Dr. Clay Block Joins Nephrology

May 8, 2018

Dr. Clay Block is a professor of medicine in the division of nephrology with interests in clinical reasoning and the relationship/tension between the provision of health care and the administrative and economic constraints placed on providers. As this month’s featured physician in the department of medicine, he explains his return to UNC, how he chose … Continued

UNC Kidney Center Participates in 2018 Triangle Kidney Walk

November 20, 2018

Faculty, fellows and families from the UNC Kidney Center participated in the 2018 Triangle Kidney Walk, to create awareness for the urgency of kidney disease, expand the conversation about kidney health and raise funds for patient programs. “Approximately one in seven adults in the US has chronic kidney disease (CKD), which doesn’t show symptoms until … Continued

ASN’s Kidney Week 2018 Selects Dr. Amy Mottl’s Paper for “Best of” Session

October 25, 2018

A paper by Amy Mottl, MD, MPH, FASN, associate professor of medicine in the division of nephrology, has been selected for presentation during the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week 2018, the world’s largest meeting of kidney health professionals, taking place in San Diego, CA, this week. This year, the first-ever “Best of ASN Journals: CJASN and … Continued

Erica Bjornstad Studies Epidemiology of Acute Kidney Injury in Malawi

August 23, 2018

New diagnostic tests could offer a quicker diagnosis for impaired kidney function, not only for people in Africa, but in other places with limited resources, as well as disaster events like hurricanes and earthquakes that affect people around the world. In December, 2017, Erica Bjornstad, MD, MPH, a third-year pediatric nephrology fellow, received a funding … Continued

Lauryn’s Kidney Story

April 27, 2018

At the age of 4, Lauryn Mulder was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease known as IgA vasculitis. In the years that followed, she required a variety of medications, frequent blood work and regular clinic visits with her pediatric nephrologists at the UNC Kidney Center. For a while, efforts to preserve her kidney function were successful. But … Continued

Pursuing Kidney Health in the Kingdom of Bhutan

March 6, 2018

Far away in a small Himalayan kingdom, where light and color have a mystical allure and steep mountains hold thousand-year-old Buddhist monasteries, a country pursues gross national happiness, measured by the collective well-being of its people. Physically isolated from most of the world until the 1960s, Bhutan was only accessible by foot, from a northern route through … Continued

UNC Kidney Center Video Strives to Increase Research Readiness

March 6, 2018

A recent dialysis research study shows many aspects of research can be improved to encourage broader patient participation and better align research and clinical processes in clinics. A product of the study is a new video tool that features actual participants in animation. Research can create better futures for people on dialysis, those who care … Continued

Meet the Nephrology Trainees: Kiri Bagley, MD, MPH

March 2, 2018

Dr. Kiri Bagley is a first year fellow in pediatric nephrology. Kiri Bagley, MD, MPH Education MD/MPH: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 2009-2014 Pediatric Residency: University of North Carolina, 2014-2017 Hometown Sunbury, NC Hobbies and Interests I enjoy spending free time outdoors, particularly hiking and biking. I also love to bake. I enjoy traveling … Continued