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Kidney Week

Basic/Clinical Science Session

Kidneys at the Zoo: What Can We Learn from Comparative Renal Physiology?

October 24, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Simulive

Session Description

In this session, we leverage findings from comparative physiologists to better understand how the kidney functions in both health and disease. The expert speakers in this session examine how kidney injury is prevented and normal renal function is protected from challenges presented by varied physiologies and environments. These lessons from comparative physiology can shed light on how kidney function in humans is maintained in health and offer valuable insights into how renal function may be altered in disease.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Report the challenges that giraffe physiology presents for renal and cardiovascular function
  • Explain how renal function is altered in hibernation
  • Describe how acute dehydration is handled by desert rodents
  • Define the unique water balance characteristics in dolphins

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Cell and Transport Physiology
  • Acute Kidney Injury


  • Aylin R. Rodan, MD, PhD, FASN


  • Renal Function and BP Regulation in the Giraffe
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Peter Bie, MD, DrMed 
  • Preventing Kidney Injury After Acute Dehydration in a Desert Rodent
    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Matthew MacManes, PhD
  • Water Balance in the Dolphin
    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Miwa Suzuki, PhD
  • Gene Expression Profiles of Hibernating Black Bears and Tenrecs May Provide Clues of Renal Recovery
    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
    Ron Korstanje, PhD