Clinical and Epidemiology

UCSF faculty members have played prominent leadership roles in high-profile, federally-sponsored prospective studies and clinical trials. These include: APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO), Assess, Serial Evaluation, and Subsequent Sequelae in Acute Kidney Injury (ASSESS-AKI), Acute Renal Failure Trial Network (ATN), CDC Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System, Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort study (CRIC), Chronic Kidney Disease Biomarker consortium (CKD Biocon), Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Prospective Cohort Study (CKiD), Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation (CTOT), Folic Acid for Vascular Outcome Reduction in Transplantation (FAVORIT), Frequent Hemodialysis Network (FHN), United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Nutrition Special Study Center, USRDS Rehabilitation and Quality of Life Special Study Center.

In addition, UCSF Nephrology is a site for ongoing investigator-initiated observational and interventional studies, spanning AKI, CKD, dialysis and transplantation. For example, several ongoing cohorts focus on novel biomarkers as well as genetic and environmental risk factors for adverse outcomes in patients with CKD or on maintenance dialysis (including declines in physical function) and kidney transplant recipients (including cardiovascular disease). Several faculty also focus on health services research and implementation science, including pragmatic trials of CKD clinical decision support tools.

UCSF in partnership with the San Francisco VA Health Care System established the Kidney Health Research Collaborative, to enhance our research training program and infrastructure to improve kidney health. We invite you to visit the website at to learn more about the mission and vision of this new endeavor.

Training of research fellows is one of our most important missions. Reflecting the depth and breadth of our clinical research mentorship, UCSF has 3 faculty members with current or recent K24 research mentoring grants focused on kidney disease research (Neil Powe, Kathleen Liu, and Chi-yuan Hsu).

Fellows are encouraged to participate in formal training programs offered at UCSF to further their knowledge of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. Through the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) there are several programs available to fellows and faculty:

We cover the full tuition cost of a Master's Degree Program in Clinical Research for clinical research fellows.

For more information on ongoing clinical research in Nephrology at UCSF, learn about our some of the Clinical Research Faculty here: