Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center of Excellence

The UCSF Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center of Excellence is dedicated to providing comprehensive, cutting-edge care to patients with polycystic kidney disease, or PKD. PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, and more than half of people with PKD will develop kidney failure by the age of 50.

Because PKD can affect many organ systems in addition to the kidneys, our center is experienced in navigating all medical conditions related to PKD. Our team includes experts from many different specialties – including nephrology, hepatology, cardiology, radiology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and maternal-fetal medicine – as well as a dedicated dietitian and genetic counselor. Our patients benefit from the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment options, including advanced imaging technologies to monitor progression of the disease.

As a growing hub for PKD research, we are also working toward developing new therapies. Find out more about our clinical research.

Support us

Your contributions will help us realize our vision for this innovative PKD Center of Excellence and make considerable strides toward finding a cure for PKD.

To make a contribution, visit us here.

To find out more about giving opportunities, contact Allison White, assistant director of development, at [email protected] or (415) 514-1137.

A gift of any size helps advance the center and provides important support for our most pressing needs. On behalf of the UCSF Division of Nephrology, thank you for your interest in our work.

Our locations

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    Hyperpolarized 13C Pyruvate MRI Scan in Predicting Tumor Aggressiveness in Patients With Locali...

    Descriptive statistics (mean, median, standard deviation, distribution, etc) of the metabolism measures will be calculated. We will use a tree-based cross-validated Classification & Regression Trees (CART) model for predicting ben...


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    Liberation From Acute Dialysis

    Alive and off dialysis at the time of discharge, with sustained independence from dialysis for 14 days. This outcome does not require that all 14 days of sustained independence occur in-hospital.


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    Hyperpolarized 13C Pyruvate MRI for Treatment Response Assessment in Patients With Locally Adva...

    Descriptive statistics will be used to summarize the mean, standard deviation, and 95% confidence interval of the measurements.


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    A Trial of Bardoxolone Methyl in Patients With ADPKD - FALCON

    To assess the off-treatment change from baseline in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) at Week 52 or following a 4-week drug treatment withdrawal period in the first year of treatment, for patients receiving active drug, ...


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    A Medical Research Study Designed to Determine if Venglustat Can be a Future Treatment for ADPK...

    Annualized rate of change in total kidney volume (TKV) based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from baseline to 18 months (Stage 1)


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    APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO)

    Time from receipt of kidney transplant to death-censored renal allograft failure. Measured in days.


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    Screening for Colonization With Resistant Enterobacterales in Neutropenic Patients With Hematol...

    Gram-negative BSI during the episode of neutropenia


    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-nephrology

      Best in Northern California in nephrology

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