Upcoming talk on the evolution of the kidney: Dr. Robert Chevalier

TriCEM is hosting a breakfast featuring Dr. Robert Chevalier of the University of Virginia. He will be giving a lecture titled Bringing together a research career, clinical challenges, and the evolutionary paradigm.

October 29, 2018, 8:00 am – 9:30 am 

If you are interested in attending the breakfast, please email Grace Farley at grace.farley@duke.edu, as TriCEM breakfasts are by invitation only.

In addition, Dr. Chevalier will be giving a seminar later that day titled The moth and the aspen tree: Evolution and chronic kidney disease .

October 30, 2018, 8:00 – 9:00 am, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Duke North Hospital, Room 2002


More information on Dr. Chevalier’s research can be found here, https://research.med.virginia.edu/chrc/current-projects/robert-l-chevalier-m-d/.

Abstract for Dr. Chevalier’s TriCEM breakfast (Oct 29) talk: “I trained as a physiologist, studying animal models of kidney disease throughout my career. My clinical practice included  children with chronic kidney disease (CKD), which progresses due to nephron loss through tubular cell death and eventual fibrosis, a process regarded as “maladaptive”. Angiotensin inhibitors can slow progression but do not arrest it. Most current research is focused on blocking fibrosis, the final common pathway, but no effective therapies have been developed thus far. I decided to seek evolutionary explanations for the global epidemic of CKD, combining physiologic and cellular mechanisms, to explore new research approaches. I propose that a new “integrated synthesis” that extends the “modern synthesis” of evolutionary theory will most likely lead to new insights into CKD.”