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2012-2013 Invited Speakers

Elaine Chottiner, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology

David F. Keren, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology

Sreejith Parameshwaran, M.D.
Chief, Division of Nephrology
JIPMER, Pondicherry, India








Gary Curham
Editor, CJASN


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Basic Science

Board Review Lectures

Nuts & Bolts Lectures

Medicine Grand Rounds

Basic Science

Contact person:   Benjamin Margolis, M.D. (

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. (6530 MSRB I)

Past presenters and topics

Renal Center Basic Science Seminar Series: At this seminar either a Nephrology or non-Nephrology member of the George M. O'Brien Renal Center Group, or an invited speaker from inside or outside the University, gives a basic science seminar based on their own work. The purpose is to exchange ideas, to inform all of the participants about activities of the various laboratories, as well as to provide a forum in which trainees can identify potential mentors.

Board Review Lectures

Contact person:   Panduranga S. Rao, M.D. (

Tuesdays, 12:00 noon (3913 TC)

Past presenters and topics

Nephrology Boards Preparation Seminar Series: Over a two-year cycle, a series of weekly seminars are held that systematically deal with all aspects of clinical Nephrology that a trainee may be expected to know. The series stresses molecular and cellular mechanisms as well as evidence-based medical practice. Presentations include:

  • renal physiology
  • glomerular and tubulointerstitial diseases
  • renal cell injury and acute renal failure
  • theory and practice of dialysis
  • transplantation immunology and pathobiology
  • calcium metabolism, metabolic bone disease and renal stones
  • issues in hypertension
  • pediatric Nephrology
  • controversies in Nephrology
  • reading of native and transplant biopsies
  • structural studies and their use in Nephrology (Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Faculty)
  • ethical issues in clinical medicine and research.
Nuts & Bolts Lectures

Contact person:   William F. Weitzel III, M.D. (

Tuesdays, 12:00 noon (Nephrology Library / 7D-UH Conf. Room)

Past presenters and topics

Research/Basic Science Combined Conference

Contact person:   Panduranga S. Rao, M.D. (

Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m. (2C224 UH)

Past presenters and topics

On the first Wednesday of the month a Grand Rounds is presented by a Nephrology faculty or invited speaker from inside or outside the Institution. This is a clinical Nephrology-related talk. On subsequent Wednesdays, each of three teams from the clinical services, and frequently the Pediatric Nephrology team, present a case. Each case presentation is accompanied by a discussion by the fellow of the relevant literature on the particular topic and a handout in which the key points to be made are highlighted and references are provided. Usually one case each week includes presentation and discussion of a biopsy by a renal pathologist. Arising morbidity and mortality issues are also covered in this conference in a similar case presentation format. Every three months, ethical issues will be discussed by individual faculty or fellows.

In combination with the above clinical presentations, the following occur on a monthly basis:

  • Basic Science Seminar by a Nephrology faculty member.
  • Journal Club - A faculty and a fellow discussant present and discuss a paper of their choosing. The format serves as both an educational exercise and a forum in which to train fellows to evaluate papers and to impart information in a succinct and understandable fashion.
  • Seminar by an invited speaker from outside the University.
  • Research presentation by a Nephrology faculty member.
Renal Epidemiology Research Conference

Contact:   Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (

Fridays, 9:30 a.m., KECC, 315 W. Huron

Epidemiology Conference: The Renal Epidemiology Research conference is an official educational activity of The University of Michigan. It is held weekly at The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center. The presentations focus on research studies in renal epidemiology, specifically on study design, methodologies, statistics, outcomes and interpretations.

Medicine Grand Rounds

Click here for a schedule of upcoming Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.

Fridays, 12:00 noon, Ford Amphitheater


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