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The GDCN was established in 1985 as a means of enhancing communication and research efforts between community nephrology offices, academic nephrology & pathology departments, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Its purpose is to learn more about the causes and pathogenesis of glomerular diseases, as well as to find the most effective treatments for patients with these diseases.

Every year, network members meet up for continuing education and to review ongoing and new studies involving patients with glomerular disease.

Photos by Susan Hogan

Dr. McGregor meets Dr. Daqing Guo (Valley Hypertension Nephrology)

Close to 100 physicians attended the annual meeting of the Glomerular Disease Collaborative Network (GDCN) in Chapel Hill, NC over the weekend of April 11-12, 2015. Physicians traveled from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia.

The 2015 meeting included daily poster sessions during which 18 study posters were displayed and discussed with participants by study coordinators and investigators.

Several presentations were given over the weekend, which included a variety of topics including a CureGN study update, discussions on IgA Glomerulonephritis, the use of plasmapheresis and use of apheresis in patients with glomerular disease, a review of pulmonary disease in ANCA patients, discussions on membranous nephropathy, and updates in transplant allocation. Participants also engaged in an interactive biopsy case discussion.

View copies of this year’s presentations.


CureGN: One Year Later
JulieAnne McGregor, MD, Caroline Poulton, MSW

Updates on the Pathogenesis IgA Nephropathy and IgA Vasculitis (HSP) – J. Charles Jennette, MD
Updates in the Treatment of IgA – Patrick Nachman, MD

Therapeutic Plasma Exchange in Glomerular Diseases
Jay Raval, MD

Use of Biologics in Glomerular Disease
William Pendergraft III, MD, PhD, Ronald Falk, MD

Treatment of Resistant Glomerular Disease
Patrick Nachman, MD

Pulmonary Disease in Vasculitis
Ashley Henderson, MD

PLA2R in Membranous Glomerulopathy
J. Charles Jennette, MD

Updates in the Kidney Allocation System
Randy Detwiler, MD