Robert G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

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Scientific Focus Areas: Clinical Research, Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Systems Biology

Publications

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Structural Predictors of Loss of Renal Function in American Indians with Type 2 Diabetes.
Fufaa GD, Weil EJ, Lemley KV, Knowler WC, Brosius FC 3rd, Yee B, Mauer M, Nelson RG.
Clin J Am Soc Nephrol (2016 Feb 5) 11:254-61. Abstract/Full Text
Tissue-specific metabolic reprogramming drives nutrient flux in diabetic complications.
Sas KM, Kayampilly P, Byun J, Nair V, Hinder LM, Hur J, Zhang H, Lin C, Qi NR, Michailidis G, Groop PH, Nelson RG, Darshi M, Sharma K, Schelling JR, Sedor JR, Pop-Busui R, Weinberg JM, Soleimanpour SA, Abcouwer SF, Gardner TW, Burant CF, Feldman EL, Kretzler M, Brosius FC 3rd, Pennathur S.
JCI Insight (2016 Sep 22) 1:e86976. Abstract/Full Text
Advanced Glycation End Products Predict Loss of Renal Function and Correlate With Lesions of Diabetic Kidney Disease in American Indians With Type 2 Diabetes.
Saulnier PJ, Wheelock KM, Howell S, Weil EJ, Tanamas SK, Knowler WC, Lemley KV, Mauer M, Yee B, Nelson RG, Beisswenger PJ.
Diabetes (2016 Dec) 65:3744-3753. Abstract/Full Text
Multinational Assessment of Accuracy of Equations for Predicting Risk of Kidney Failure: A Meta-analysis.
Tangri N, Grams ME, Levey AS, Coresh J, Appel LJ, Astor BC, Chodick G, Collins AJ, Djurdjev O, Elley CR, Evans M, Garg AX, Hallan SI, Inker LA, Ito S, Jee SH, Kovesdy CP, Kronenberg F, Heerspink HJ, Marks A, Nadkarni GN, Navaneethan SD, Nelson RG, Titze S, Sarnak MJ, Stengel B, Woodward M, Iseki K, CKD Prognosis Consortium..
JAMA (2016 Jan 12) 315:164-74. Abstract/Full Text
Systems biology analysis reveals role of MDM2 in diabetic nephropathy.
Saito R, Rocanin-Arjo A, You YH, Darshi M, Van Espen B, Miyamoto S, Pham J, Pu M, Romoli S, Natarajan L, Ju W, Kretzler M, Nelson R, Ono K, Thomasova D, Mulay SR, Ideker T, D'Agati V, Beyret E, Belmonte JCI, Anders HJ, Sharma K.
JCI Insight (2016 Oct 20) 1:e87877. Abstract/Full Text

Additional Publications

White blood cell fractions correlate with lesions of diabetic kidney disease and predict loss of kidney function in Type 2 diabetes.
Wheelock KM, Saulnier PJ, Tanamas SK, Vijayakumar P, Weil EJ, Looker HC, Hanson RL, Lemley KV, Yee B, Knowler WC, Hadjadj S, Najafian B, Mauer M, Nelson RG.
Nephrol Dial Transplant (2018 Jun 1) 33:1001-1009. Abstract/Full Text
Cytosine methylation predicts renal function decline in American Indians.
Qiu C, Hanson RL, Fufaa G, Kobes S, Gluck C, Huang J, Chen Y, Raj D, Nelson RG, Knowler WC, Susztak K.
Kidney Int (2018 Jun) 93:1417-1431. Abstract/Full Text
Erratum. Effect of Losartan on Prevention and Progression of Early Diabetic Nephropathy in American Indians With Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes 2013;62:3224-3231.
Weil EJ, Fufaa G, Jones LI, Lovato T, Lemley KV, Hanson RL, Knowler WC, Bennett PH, Yee B, Myers BD, Nelson RG.
Diabetes (2018 Mar) 67:532. Abstract/Full Text
The Global Epidemiology of Diabetes and Kidney Disease.
Koye DN, Magliano DJ, Nelson RG, Pavkov ME.
Adv Chronic Kidney Dis (2018 Mar) 25:121-132. Abstract/Full Text
Role of Kidney Biopsies for Biomarker Discovery in Diabetic Kidney Disease.
Looker HC, Mauer M, Nelson RG.
Adv Chronic Kidney Dis (2018 Mar) 25:192-201. Abstract/Full Text
A molecular morphometric approach to diabetic kidney disease can link structure to function and outcome.
Nair V, Komorowsky CV, Weil EJ, Yee B, Hodgin J, Harder JL, Godfrey B, Ju W, Boustany-Kari CM, Schwarz M, Lemley KV, Nelson PJ, Nelson RG, Kretzler M.
Kidney Int (2018 Feb) 93:439-449. Abstract/Full Text
Burden of Proof-When Is Kidney Disease Attributable to Diabetes?
Saulnier PJ, Nelson RG.
Clin J Am Soc Nephrol (2017 Dec 7) 12:1917-1918. Abstract/Full Text
ORAI channels are critical for receptor-mediated endocytosis of albumin.
Zeng B, Chen GL, Garcia-Vaz E, Bhandari S, Daskoulidou N, Berglund LM, Jiang H, Hallett T, Zhou LP, Huang L, Xu ZH, Nair V, Nelson RG, Ju W, Kretzler M, Atkin SL, Gomez MF, Xu SZ.
Nat Commun (2017 Dec 4) 8:1920. Abstract/Full Text
White blood cell fractions correlate with lesions of diabetic kidney disease and predict loss of kidney function in Type 2 diabetes.
Wheelock KM, Saulnier PJ, Tanamas SK, Vijayakumar P, Weil EJ, Looker HC, Hanson RL, Lemley KV, Yee B, Knowler WC, Hadjadj S, Najafian B, Mauer M, Nelson RG.
Nephrol Dial Transplant (2017 Dec 1) 32:2145. Abstract/Full Text
Global kidney health 2017 and beyond: a roadmap for closing gaps in care, research, and policy.
Levin A, Tonelli M, Bonventre J, Coresh J, Donner JA, Fogo AB, Fox CS, Gansevoort RT, Heerspink HJL, Jardine M, Kasiske B, Köttgen A, Kretzler M, Levey AS, Luyckx VA, Mehta R, Moe O, Obrador G, Pannu N, Parikh CR, Perkovic V, Pollock C, Stenvinkel P, Tuttle KR, Wheeler DC, Eckardt KU, ISN Global Kidney Health Summit participants..
Lancet (2017 Oct 21) 390:1888-1917. Abstract/Full Text
Cardiometabolic risk profile based on body mass index in American Indian children and adolescents.
Wheelock KM, Fufaa GD, Nelson RG, Hanson RL, Knowler WC, Sinha M.
Pediatr Obes (2017 Aug) 12:295-303. Abstract/Full Text
Plasma bradykinin and early diabetic nephropathy lesions in type 1 diabetes mellitus.
Wheelock KM, Cai J, Looker HC, Merchant ML, Nelson RG, Fufaa GD, Weil EJ, Feldman HI, Vasan RS, Kimmel PL, Rovin BH, Mauer M, Klein JB, CKD Biomarkers Consortium..
PLoS One (2017) 12:e0180964. Abstract/Full Text
Associations between persistent organic pollutants, type 2 diabetes, diabetic nephropathy and mortality.
Grice BA, Nelson RG, Williams DE, Knowler WC, Mason C, Hanson RL, Bullard KM, Pavkov ME.
Occup Environ Med (2017 Jul) 74:521-527. Abstract/Full Text
Reading the tree leaves-how to enrich clinical trials of diabetic kidney disease.
Looker HC, Nelson RG.
Kidney Int (2017 Jul) 92:23-25. Abstract/Full Text
Urine Kidney Injury Biomarkers and Risks of Cardiovascular Disease Events and All-Cause Death: The CRIC Study.
Park M, Hsu CY, Go AS, Feldman HI, Xie D, Zhang X, Mifflin T, Waikar SS, Sabbisetti VS, Bonventre JV, Coresh J, Nelson RG, Kimmel PL, Kusek JW, Rahman M, Schelling JR, Vasan RS, Liu KD, Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study Investigators., CKD Biomarkers Consortium..
Clin J Am Soc Nephrol (2017 May 8) 12:761-771. Abstract/Full Text
Genome-Wide Association of CKD Progression: The Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study.
Parsa A, Kanetsky PA, Xiao R, Gupta J, Mitra N, Limou S, Xie D, Xu H, Anderson AH, Ojo A, Kusek JW, Lora CM, Hamm LL, He J, Sandholm N, Jeff J, Raj DE, Böger CA, Bottinger E, Salimi S, Parekh RS, Adler SG, Langefeld CD, Bowden DW, FIND Consortium., Groop PH, Forsblom C, Freedman BI, Lipkowitz M, Fox CS, Winkler CA, Feldman HI, and the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study Investigators..
J Am Soc Nephrol (2017 Mar) 28:923-934. Abstract/Full Text
Estimation of chronic kidney disease incidence from prevalence and mortality data in American Indians with type 2 diabetes.
Vijayakumar P, Hoyer A, Nelson RG, Brinks R, Pavkov ME.
PLoS One (2017) 12:e0171027. Abstract/Full Text
Filtration Markers as Predictors of ESRD and Mortality: Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis.
Inker LA, Coresh J, Sang Y, Hsu CY, Foster MC, Eckfeldt JH, Karger AB, Nelson RG, Liu X, Sarnak M, Appel LJ, Grams M, Xie D, Kimmel PL, Feldman H, Ramachandran V, Levey AS, CKD Biomarkers Consortium..
Clin J Am Soc Nephrol (2017 Jan 6) 12:69-78. Abstract/Full Text
Urine biomarkers of tubular injury do not improve on the clinical model predicting chronic kidney disease progression.
Hsu CY, Xie D, Waikar SS, Bonventre JV, Zhang X, Sabbisetti V, Mifflin TE, Coresh J, Diamantidis CJ, He J, Lora CM, Miller ER, Nelson RG, Ojo AO, Rahman M, Schelling JR, Wilson FP, Kimmel PL, Feldman HI, Vasan RS, Liu KD, CRIC Study Investigators., CKD Biomarkers Consortium..
Kidney Int (2017 Jan) 91:196-203. Abstract/Full Text
Association of Serum Amyloid A with Kidney Outcomes and All-Cause Mortality in American Indians with Type 2 Diabetes.
Saulnier PJ, Dieter BP, Tanamas SK, McPherson SM, Wheelock KM, Knowler WC, Looker HC, Meek RL, Nelson RG, Tuttle KR.
Am J Nephrol (2017) 46:276-284. Abstract/Full Text
Long-term Effect of Losartan on Kidney Disease in American Indians With Type 2 Diabetes: A Follow-up Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial.
Tanamas SK, Saulnier PJ, Fufaa GD, Wheelock KM, Weil EJ, Hanson RL, Knowler WC, Bennett PH, Nelson RG.
Diabetes Care (2016 Nov) 39:2004-2010. Abstract/Full Text
Patient and Other Stakeholder Engagement in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Funded Studies of Patients with Kidney Diseases.
Cukor D, Cohen LM, Cope EL, Ghahramani N, Hedayati SS, Hynes DM, Shah VO, Tentori F, Unruh M, Bobelu J, Cohen S, Dember LM, Faber T, Fischer MJ, Gallardo R, Germain MJ, Ghahate D, Grote N, Hartwell L, Heagerty P, Kimmel PL, Kutner N, Lawson S, Marr L, Nelson RG, Porter AC, Sandy P, Struminger BB, Subramanian L, Weisbord S, Young B, Mehrotra R.
Clin J Am Soc Nephrol (2016 Sep 7) 11:1703-12. Abstract/Full Text
Relationship of proximal tubular injury to chronic kidney disease as assessed by urinary kidney injury molecule-1 in five cohort studies.
Waikar SS, Sabbisetti V, Ärnlöv J, Carlsson AC, Coresh J, Feldman HI, Foster MC, Fufaa GD, Helmersson-Karlqvist J, Hsu CY, Kimmel PL, Larsson A, Liu Y, Lind L, Liu KD, Mifflin TE, Nelson RG, Risérus U, Vasan RS, Xie D, Zhang X, Bonventre JV, Chronic Kidney Disease Biomarkers Consortium Investigators..
Nephrol Dial Transplant (2016 Sep) 31:1460-70. Abstract/Full Text
Predicting decline of kidney function in lupus nephritis using urine biomarkers.
Abulaban KM, Song H, Zhang X, Kimmel PL, Kusek JW, Nelson RG, Feldman HI, Vasan RS, Ying J, Mauer M, Nelsestuen GL, Bennett M, Brunner HI, Rovin BH.
Lupus (2016 Aug) 25:1012-8. Abstract/Full Text
Serum β-Trace Protein and β2-Microglobulin as Predictors of ESRD, Mortality, and Cardiovascular Disease in Adults With CKD in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study.
Foster MC, Coresh J, Hsu CY, Xie D, Levey AS, Nelson RG, Eckfeldt JH, Vasan RS, Kimmel PL, Schelling J, Simonson M, Sondheimer JH, Anderson AH, Akkina S, Feldman HI, Kusek JW, Ojo AO, Inker LA, CKD Biomarker Consortium and the CRIC Study Investigators..
Am J Kidney Dis (2016 Jul) 68:68-76. Abstract/Full Text
Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy associates with nephropathy lesions in American Indians with type 2 diabetes.
Wheelock KM, Jaiswal M, Martin CL, Fufaa GD, Weil EJ, Lemley KV, Yee B, Feldman E, Brosius FC 3rd, Knowler WC, Nelson RG, Pop-Busui R.
J Diabetes Complications (2016 Jul) 30:873-9. Abstract/Full Text
Burden of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy in Pima Indians With Type 2 Diabetes.
Jaiswal M, Fufaa GD, Martin CL, Pop-Busui R, Nelson RG, Feldman EL.
Diabetes Care (2016 Apr) 39:e63-4. Abstract/Full Text
Metabolic Risk Factors and Type 2 Diabetes Incidence in American Indian Children.
Wheelock KM, Sinha M, Knowler WC, Nelson RG, Fufaa GD, Hanson RL.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2016 Apr) 101:1437-44. Abstract/Full Text
Analysis of SLC16A11 Variants in 12,811 American Indians: Genotype-Obesity Interaction for Type 2 Diabetes and an Association With RNASEK Expression.
Traurig M, Hanson RL, Marinelarena A, Kobes S, Piaggi P, Cole S, Curran JE, Blangero J, Göring H, Kumar S, Nelson RG, Howard BV, Knowler WC, Baier LJ, Bogardus C.
Diabetes (2016 Feb) 65:510-9. Abstract/Full Text
Tumor necrosis factor receptors 1 and 2 are associated with early glomerular lesions in type 2 diabetes.
Pavkov ME, Weil EJ, Fufaa GD, Nelson RG, Lemley KV, Knowler WC, Niewczas MA, Krolewski AS.
Kidney Int (2016 Jan) 89:226-34. Abstract/Full Text
ABCC8 R1420H Loss-of-Function Variant in a Southwest American Indian Community: Association With Increased Birth Weight and Doubled Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Baier LJ, Muller YL, Remedi MS, Traurig M, Piaggi P, Wiessner G, Huang K, Stacy A, Kobes S, Krakoff J, Bennett PH, Nelson RG, Knowler WC, Hanson RL, Nichols CG, Bogardus C.
Diabetes (2015 Dec) 64:4322-32. Abstract/Full Text
Urinary Biomarkers and Risk of ESRD in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.
Foster MC, Coresh J, Bonventre JV, Sabbisetti VS, Waikar SS, Mifflin TE, Nelson RG, Grams M, Feldman HI, Vasan RS, Kimmel PL, Hsu CY, Liu KD, CKD Biomarkers Consortium..
Clin J Am Soc Nephrol (2015 Nov 6) 10:1956-63. Abstract/Full Text
Update on Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Light of Recent Evidence: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
Fox CS, Golden SH, Anderson C, Bray GA, Burke LE, de Boer IH, Deedwania P, Eckel RH, Ershow AG, Fradkin J, Inzucchi SE, Kosiborod M, Nelson RG, Patel MJ, Pignone M, Quinn L, Schauer PR, Selvin E, Vafiadis DK, American Heart Association Diabetes Committee of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health., Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia, Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research., American Diabetes Association..
Diabetes Care (2015 Sep) 38:1777-803. Abstract/Full Text
Update on Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Light of Recent Evidence: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
Fox CS, Golden SH, Anderson C, Bray GA, Burke LE, de Boer IH, Deedwania P, Eckel RH, Ershow AG, Fradkin J, Inzucchi SE, Kosiborod M, Nelson RG, Patel MJ, Pignone M, Quinn L, Schauer PR, Selvin E, Vafiadis DK, American Heart Association Diabetes Committee of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia, Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research, and the American Diabetes Association..
Circulation (2015 Aug 25) 132:691-718. Abstract/Full Text
Genome-Wide Association and Trans-ethnic Meta-Analysis for Advanced Diabetic Kidney Disease: Family Investigation of Nephropathy and Diabetes (FIND).
Iyengar SK, Sedor JR, Freedman BI, Kao WH, Kretzler M, Keller BJ, Abboud HE, Adler SG, Best LG, Bowden DW, Burlock A, Chen YD, Cole SA, Comeau ME, Curtis JM, Divers J, Drechsler C, Duggirala R, Elston RC, Guo X, Huang H, Hoffmann MM, Howard BV, Ipp E, Kimmel PL, Klag MJ, Knowler WC, Kohn OF, Leak TS, Leehey DJ, Li M, Malhotra A, März W, Nair V, Nelson RG, Nicholas SB, O'Brien SJ, Pahl MV, Parekh RS, Pezzolesi MG, Rasooly RS, Rotimi CN, Rotter JI, Schelling JR, Seldin MF, Shah VO, Smiles AM, Smith MW, Taylor KD, Thameem F, Thornley-Brown DP, Truitt BJ, Wanner C, Weil EJ, Winkler CA, Zager PG, Igo RP Jr, Hanson RL, Langefeld CD, Family Investigation of Nephropathy and Diabetes (FIND)..
PLoS Genet (2015 Aug) 11:e1005352. Abstract/Full Text
Role of Established Type 2 Diabetes-Susceptibility Genetic Variants in a High Prevalence American Indian Population.
Hanson RL, Rong R, Kobes S, Muller YL, Weil EJ, Curtis JM, Nelson RG, Baier LJ.
Diabetes (2015 Jul) 64:2646-57. Abstract/Full Text
Filtration markers as predictors of ESRD and mortality in Southwestern American Indians with type 2 diabetes.
Foster MC, Inker LA, Hsu CY, Eckfeldt JH, Levey AS, Pavkov ME, Myers BD, Bennett PH, Kimmel PL, Vasan RS, Coresh J, Nelson RG, CKD Biomarkers Consortium..
Am J Kidney Dis (2015 Jul) 66:75-83. Abstract/Full Text
A cis-eQTL in PFKFB2 is associated with diabetic nephropathy, adiposity and insulin secretion in American Indians.
Muller YL, Piaggi P, Hanson RL, Kobes S, Bhutta S, Abdussamad M, Leak-Johnson T, Kretzler M, Huang K, Weil EJ, Nelson RG, Knowler WC, Bogardus C, Baier LJ.
Hum Mol Genet (2015 May 15) 24:2985-96. Abstract/Full Text
Cross-Disciplinary Biomarkers Research: Lessons Learned by the CKD Biomarkers Consortium.
Hsu CY, Ballard S, Batlle D, Bonventre JV, Böttinger EP, Feldman HI, Klein JB, Coresh J, Eckfeldt JH, Inker LA, Kimmel PL, Kusek JW, Liu KD, Mauer M, Mifflin TE, Molitch ME, Nelsestuen GL, Rebholz CM, Rovin BH, Sabbisetti VS, Van Eyk JE, Vasan RS, Waikar SS, Whitehead KM, Nelson RG, CKD Biomarkers Consortium..
Clin J Am Soc Nephrol (2015 May 7) 10:894-902. Abstract/Full Text
MicroRNA-21 in glomerular injury.
Lai JY, Luo J, O'Connor C, Jing X, Nair V, Ju W, Randolph A, Ben-Dov IZ, Matar RN, Briskin D, Zavadil J, Nelson RG, Tuschl T, Brosius FC 3rd, Kretzler M, Bitzer M.
J Am Soc Nephrol (2015 Apr) 26:805-16. Abstract/Full Text
Elevation of circulating TNF receptors 1 and 2 increases the risk of end-stage renal disease in American Indians with type 2 diabetes.
Pavkov ME, Nelson RG, Knowler WC, Cheng Y, Krolewski AS, Niewczas MA.
Kidney Int (2015 Apr) 87:812-9. Abstract/Full Text
Urinary monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 and hepcidin and early diabetic nephropathy lesions in type 1 diabetes mellitus.
Fufaa GD, Weil EJ, Nelson RG, Hanson RL, Knowler WC, Rovin BH, Wu H, Klein JB, Mifflin TE, Feldman HI, Vasan RS, Kimmel PL, Kusek JW, Mauer M, CKD Biomarkers Consortium and the RASS Investigators..
Nephrol Dial Transplant (2015 Apr) 30:599-606. Abstract/Full Text
Sphingomyelinase-like phosphodiesterase 3b expression levels determine podocyte injury phenotypes in glomerular disease.
Yoo TH, Pedigo CE, Guzman J, Correa-Medina M, Wei C, Villarreal R, Mitrofanova A, Leclercq F, Faul C, Li J, Kretzler M, Nelson RG, Lehto M, Forsblom C, Groop PH, Reiser J, Burke GW, Fornoni A, Merscher S.
J Am Soc Nephrol (2015 Jan) 26:133-47. Abstract/Full Text
Association of urinary KIM-1, L-FABP, NAG and NGAL with incident end-stage renal disease and mortality in American Indians with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Fufaa GD, Weil EJ, Nelson RG, Hanson RL, Bonventre JV, Sabbisetti V, Waikar SS, Mifflin TE, Zhang X, Xie D, Hsu CY, Feldman HI, Coresh J, Vasan RS, Kimmel PL, Liu KD, Chronic Kidney Disease Biomarkers Consortium Investigators..
Diabetologia (2015 Jan) 58:188-98. Abstract/Full Text
A Family History of Diabetes Modifies the Association between Elevated Urine Albumin Concentration and Hyperglycemia in Nondiabetic Mexican Adolescents.
Jiménez-Corona A, Ávila-Hermosillo A, Nelson RG, Ramírez-López G.
J Diabetes Res (2015) 2015:437079. Abstract/Full Text