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Dr. Lisa Robinson - Division Head
The division is Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada approved and provides complete postgraduate training in Paediatric Nephrology, as well as elective experience for Nephrology trainees from Ottawa and Edmonton. In addition, the division members contribute substantially to undergraduate training of medical students at the University of Toronto, as well as elective students from other universities.
A strong bench-research program has been developed and focuses in the area of renal morphogenesis; clinical research covers a broad range of topics including hypertension, antenatally diagnosed renal disorders, and vesico-ureteral reflux, renal transplantation and anemia in renal disease.
Following its establishment in 1966, the division's first major achievement was the development of a program for kidney transplantation and replacement therapy. The first kidney transplant was undertaken in 1969, and as of December 2005, over 600 transplants have been performed. Over the past few years, living-donor transplantation has been initiated in collaboration with the Toronto Hospital.
Another innovation of the division, started in the 1970's, was the development of peritoneal dialysis techniques for children, leading to an international reputation in this area and an increasing shift toward outpatient treatment.
The division's clinical and research arms are connected through the recent development of antenatal and neonatal renal clinics and studies of the genetic basis of renal congenital abnormalities. A balanced mix of staf members has created a dynamic working environment in which clinical and research interests enhance each other.
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