| The Center for Glomerular Diseases at Columbia University
was organized to foster the advancement and study of glomerular
diseases of the kidney. It is a collaborative effort of members
of the Divisions of Nephrology and Renal Pathology at Columbia University
and is based at the Presbyterian Division of the New York Presbyterian
Hospital. Through the Center members collaborate in clinical and
laboratory research, in clinical studies designed to treat glomerular
kidney diseases, and educational activities. Currently over 1800
renal biopsies are processed annually by the Renal Pathology Division.
This provides a large resource for defining new diseases of the
kidney and studying the relationships between renal histopathology
and the clinical features, course, and outcome of the patients.
Basic research in the development of the glomerular filters has
been a priority of the research laboratories in the Renal Division
at Columbia University. Clinical trials are underway to study most
major glomerular diseases including focal glomerulosclerosis, diabetic
nephropathy, membranous nephropathy, IgA nephropathy, and many patterns
of lupus nephritis. Educational activities include the publication
of many scientific articles each year. Annually the Renal Pathology
Department and Renal Division conduct a four day course dealing
with Renal Biopsy and Medical Diseases of the Kidney.
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