CELLULAR PHYSIOLOGY OF THE KIDNEY
This summer course will provide an introduction to the kidney and lower urinary tract, with emphasis on kidney structure and function. The course, which meets once a week (two hours each session), will be taught through both lecture and in class discussion of the primary literature. Discussion of how bench top findings can be translated to treatments in the clinic will be facilitated by a diverse faculty that includes both basic and physician scientists. You will first learn about the specialized cell types that comprise the kidney and lower urinary tract. Subsequently, you will be introduced to renal stem cells and how they lead to kidney development. Next, you will learn the functions of the kidney, including regulation of water and ion balance. This will be followed by a discussion of the lower urinary tract. Finally, you will learn how drugs can be used to treat kidney dysfunction and how kidney transplants can be used to treat those patients with end-stage renal disease.