This application for a K24 award is to provide support to allow Dr. Gary Curhan to pursue his passion for mentoring junior investigators and to expand his work in clinical investigation. His research focuses on the prevention of common diseases by investigating scientifically and clinically important questions and exploring the role of modifiable factors, chiefly in the areas of nephrology and urology. His long-term objectives remain focused on examining and challenging existing beliefs and commonly accepted practices, with the goal of motivating important changes in clinical practice and understanding to improve the health of individuals. Currently, he is the principal investigator or co-investigator of NIH-funded studies examining risk factors for a variety of conditions including nephrolithiasis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and gout. He is studying dietary, lifestyle factors, genetic contributions and biomarkers in large cohort studies based at the Channing Laboratory. Dr. Curhan has mentored over 25 individuals, all of whom are in academic settings. He is currently the primary mentor for 4 junior faculty nephrologists with K-awards and 4 nephrology fellows supported by NIH training grants. He is actively involved in teaching and mentoring in didactic Masters degree programs. The centerpiece of training of new mentees will be a mentored research project. In addition, the training will include didactic course work at the Harvard School of Public Health, training in the responsible conduct of research, the preparation of manuscripts and grants, and formal presentations in a stimulating and vibrant research environment. The award will support an examination of the impact of menopause on 24 hour urine composition, contributing to the understanding of a variety of common conditions including nephrolithiasis and osteoporosis. Trainees will directly benefit by their involvement in this project and the multiple related ongoing projects of Dr. Curhan. Support by this K24 award will allow Dr. Curhan to continue to mentor individuals who wish to pursue careers in clinical investigation, particularly those interested in nephrology and urology. These individuals will make important contributions to our understanding of disease and to improving the public's health.

Public Health Relevance

This application for a K24 award is to provide support to allow Dr. Gary Curhan to pursue his passion for mentoring junior investigators and to expand his work in clinical investigation. The award will also provide funds for an examination of the impact of menopause on 24 hour urine composition, contributing to the understanding of a variety of common conditions including nephrolithiasis and osteoporosis. Support by this K24 award will allow Dr. Curhan to continue to mentor individuals who wish to pursue careers in clinical investigation, and these individuals will make important contributions to our understanding of disease and to improving the public's health.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Type
Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
Project #
5K24DK091417-03
Application #
8464086
Study Section
Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases B Subcommittee (DDK)
Program Officer
Rankin, Tracy L
Project Start
2011-05-01
Project End
2016-04-30
Budget Start
2013-05-01
Budget End
2014-04-30
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$145,351
Indirect Cost
$10,767
Name
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department
Type
DUNS #
030811269
City
Boston
State
MA
Country
United States
Zip Code
02115
Glicksman, Jordan T; Curhan, Sharon G; Curhan, Gary C (2014) A prospective study of caffeine intake and risk of incident tinnitus. Am J Med 127:739-43
Flythe, Jennifer E; Mangione, Thomas W; Brunelli, Steven M et al. (2014) Patient-stated preferences regarding volume-related risk mitigation strategies for hemodialysis. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 9:1418-25
Paik, J M; Curhan, G C; Sun, Q et al. (2014) Calcium supplement intake and risk of cardiovascular disease in women. Osteoporos Int 25:2047-56
Ferraro, Pietro Manuel; Taylor, Eric N; Gambaro, Giovanni et al. (2013) Soda and other beverages and the risk of kidney stones. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 8:1389-95
Flythe, Jennifer E; Curhan, Gary C; Brunelli, Steven M (2013) Disentangling the ultrafiltration rate-mortality association: the respective roles of session length and weight gain. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 8:1151-61
Rhee, Connie M; Curhan, Gary C; Alexander, Erik K et al. (2013) Subclinical hypothyroidism and survival: the effects of heart failure and race. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 98:2326-36
Ferraro, Pietro Manuel; Taylor, Eric N; Eisner, Brian H et al. (2013) History of kidney stones and the risk of coronary heart disease. JAMA 310:408-15
Mandel, Ernest I; Taylor, Eric N; Curhan, Gary C (2013) Dietary and lifestyle factors and medical conditions associated with urinary citrate excretion. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 8:901-8
Mandel, Ernest I; Forman, John P; Curhan, Gary C et al. (2013) Plasma bicarbonate and odds of incident hypertension. Am J Hypertens 26:1405-12
Lynch, Katherine E; Lynch, Rebecca; Curhan, Gary C et al. (2013) Altered taste perception and nutritional status among hemodialysis patients. J Ren Nutr 23:288-295.e1