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Darren Yuen, MD

Supervisors: Dr. Richard Gilbert and Dr. Susan Quaggin
Award: KRESCENT Fellowship
Institution: St. Michael's Hospital
Year: 2008-2011

Dr. Darren Yuen will complete his post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Gilbert at the University of Toronto, where he will study blood vessel repair in kidney injury. Evidence suggests that the kidney endothelium (the inner lining of the blood vessel wall in the kidney) is important for the kidney to work properly, and recent studies have found that regenerative cells in human bone marrow can repair damaged endothelium. Dr. Yuen’s research will determine whether injected regenerative cells can improve the endothelium and if there are better ways to target regenerative cells to the injured kidney, with the potential to identify new opportunities in the treatment of kidney disease.