Nephrology Research FellowshipFaculty members oversee a wide range of activities within nephrology research at the DCRI. Our current focus in trials is on anemia management and is expanding to have a much greater emphasis on cardiovascular outcomes in anemia management. Our research includes studies in HIV-related kidney diseases and urinary biomarkers of renal injury from both the AKI and the CKD noninvasive diagnostic standpoints. In addition, we provide health services and policy-related work.
- Nephrology research fellows at the DCRI spend 2 years in the Nephrology Research Fellowship to comprehensively develop their clinical research skills and background.
- DCRI nephrology research fellows are key participants in numerous research project teams, which primarily focus on primary data collection and analyses of available data sets but may also manage phase I–III randomized clinical trials as they are performed within Nephrology at the DCRI. Fellows work under the tutelage of a DCRI faculty member on each project team to develop expertise in clinical research operations.
- Each DCRI nephrology research fellow has a primary research mentor from the DCRI nephrology faculty who helps to design their research portfolio, which usually includes working on clinical trials or registry project teams and other individualized projects, such as secondary analyses of databases housed at the DCRI, based on the fellow’s interest.
- DCRI nephrology research fellows have unparalleled access to large clinical trial, registry, and local cardiovascular databases to perform secondary analyses that support both abstract presentations and first-authored manuscripts.
- All DCRI nephrology research fellows are encouraged to obtain didactic training in clinical research methodology, biostatistics, and decision analyses through master’s degree programs at the Duke University School of Medicine or the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. Support for these courses should be discussed with the primary mentor and division chief.
- Each DCRI nephrology research fellow is provided with the support and direction needed for the submission of grants to support unfunded research and his or her future career progression.
- DCRI nephrology research fellows at the DCRI have unprecedented opportunities for participation in major cardiovascular scientific meetings and networking with national and global nephrology thought leaders.