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Kidney disease is topic of guest speaker Oct. 19

October 12, 2010

It’s the most common genetic life-threatening disease, but most people have never heard of it.

Polycystic Kidney Disease affects 12.5 million people worldwide, including children and adults, regardless of sex, race, or ethnic origin. The disease causes cysts to develop in kidneys, ranging in size from a pinhead to the size of a grapefruit, often resulting in kidney failure. Parents with autosomal dominant PKD have a 50 percent chance of passing it on to their children.

Dr. Gregory Vanden Heuvel would like to change all that. As a professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, he is using genetically modified mice to model PKD and investigate ways to suppress and treat this condition.

He will present a public lecture about his work on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. “Polycystic Kidney Disease: Understanding the most common life-threatening genetic disease you've never heard of,” will be presented at Dordt College’s Science and Technology Center lecture hall SB 101.

Vanden Heuvel attended Dordt College, Calvin College, and Grand Valley State College for his B.S. degree; earned an M.S. from Western Michigan University; a Ph.D. from University of Alabama at Birmingham; and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University School of Medicine. He previously taught at the North Carolina University School of Medicine and has supervised many graduate, postdoctoral, and undergraduate research internships, including fifteen Dordt College students in the past ten years.

The public is welcome to attend this lecture.

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