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Heather Reich, MD

Supervisor: Dr. James W. Scholey
Award: KRESCENT Fellowship
Institution: University of Toronto
Year: 2006-2009

Dr. Heather Reich will complete her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Daniel Cattran and Dr. James Scholey at the University of Toronto, where she will study glomerular-based diseases (disease of the filters of the kidney) which account for the majority of cases of End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

Since patients with glomerular disease have a variable prognosis, the ability to predict disease outcomes is extremely limited. Dr. Reich will investigate the level of proteinuria (high protein levels in the urine) and gene expression in kidney biopsies as predictors of outcomes of End-Stage Renal Disease in order to better understand kidney disease progression and identify high risk patients.