Identifying the genetic risk factors of kidney disease

African Research on Kidney Disease (ARK) is a research collaboration focused on understanding kidney disease in sub-Saharan Africa, with study sites in Malawi, Uganda, and South Africa.   ARK’s multi-centre research consortium includes researchers from all three countries, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), and most recently, Variant Bio (USA).

The Agincourt population has a high risk for kidney disease, treatment is costly and for the poor and those unable to seek treatment, it can be fatal. A new study on this population, led by Dr June Fabian and in partnership with Variant Bio, aims to identify genetic risk factors that cause kidney disease in South Africans and to improve the tools used to diagnose kidney disease. 

Read more about this study here.