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Quantitative Morphology in Kidney Research

Feb. 13 - 14, 2012 Location Contacts
Event Details Agenda

Event Details


  1. Review the principles of stereological analysis, including design-based and model-based methods, and their application to kidney research using animal and human tissue, with a focus on accurate determination of glomerular number and podocyte number.
  2. Review the range of valid histomorphometric methods that can be used to generate estimates of these parameters, with varying degrees of precision and accuracy.
  3. Discuss what preclinical and clinical studies will be required prior to any kidney morphology parameter being accepted as a surrogate marker to facilitate drug development.
  4. Review novel approaches using in vivo imaging techniques to assess kidney tissue structure.
  5. Consider additional quantitative kidney tissue measurements (e.g., capillary density).

Steering Committee

John Bertram, Monash University, Australia
Agnes Fogo, Vanderbilt University
Kevin Lemley, University of Southern California Co-Chair
Michael Mauer, University of Minnesota
Roger Wiggins, University of Michigan


Jeffrey Kopp, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Co-Chair
Paul Kimmel, NIDDK
Marva Moxey-Mims, NIDDKK
Robert Nelson, NIDDK
Steve Hewitt, National Cancer Institute