U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Robert Nelson

 Contact Info

Tel: 602-200-5205
Email: rgnelson@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Ph.D.University of California, Los Angeles1998
  • M.P.H.Harvard University1986
  • B.S., M.D.Loma Linda University1978

 Related Links

  • Epidemiology/Population Sciences
Research Summary/In Plain Language

Research Summary

Research Goal

Our goal is to find the causes and identify new and effective treatments to slow the progression or prevent the development of diabetic kidney disease.

Current Research

Our lab has worked with the Pima Indians in Arizona since 1986, focusing primarily on the kidney complications of type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Current activities include identifying biomarkers for diabetic kidney disease and characterizing the structural and functional changes within the kidneys that occur with the development and progression of diabetic kidney disease.  Gene expression in kidney tissue and epigenetic modification of gene expression is also a major focus of our work.​

Applying our Research

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease worldwide and is a major cause of death and disability.  New therapeutic options may reduce the frequency of this disease.

Need for Further Study

More studies are needed to understand the causes of diabetic kidney disease and to find more effective treatments.