U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kidney Diseases Section

Jeffrey B. Kopp, M.D., Chief

About the Section

The Kidney Diseases Section has two missions

  • to provide renal consultation to in-patients and out-patients at the NIH Clinical Research Center, including those with hypertension, fluid and electrolyte disorders, acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney disease
  • to conduct studies on pathogenesis and therapy of glomerular disease, with a current concentration on focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and membranous nephropathy

Current Research

The Kidney Diseases Section studies various kidney diseases, including lupus nephritis, membranous nephropathy, and the podocyte diseases, particularly focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.

We have developed a Glomerular Disease Primer​ that presents kidney anatomy, physiology, and histology and several major glomerular diseases.

The goal of our research is to find better treatments for glomerular disease: more effective, less toxic.

Our work on mechanisms and therapy is aimed to improve our ability to diagnose and treat two common kidney diseases, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and membranous nephropathy, that pose a threat to long-term kidney function.​