Nephrology Clinical Research Center (NCRC)


Julia Scialla, Allison Green, Igor Shumilin, Tracey Blount, Binu Sharma, Jitendra Gautam



The Nephrology Clinical Research Center (NCRC) offers a unique opportunity for kidney-oriented clinical research directly adjacent to the Kidney Center Clinic and Dialysis Unit. The NCRC provides clinical space, equipment, standard protocols, on-site biorepository, and professional staff to conduct patient-oriented studies, clinical trials, epidemiologic studies, and outcomes research. PhD-trained biostatisticians and data analysts provide dedicated time to support projects in the NCRC, including trainee projects.

Our Core Mission is to improve the lives of people with kidney disease and advance scholarship in Nephrology by facilitating rigorous and relevant clinical research. Our portfolio of industry-oriented studies will help develop new treatments and diagnostics in kidney disease while providing opportunities for our patients to participate in trials. Our investigator-driven portfolio will pursue innovative research that answers fundamental questions in nephrology, translates existing knowledge to patients, and inspires early-career faculty and trainees to develop investigative careers.

Our Work

National Partners in Kidney Disease Research
NCRC investigators are participants in national consortia in kidney disease, including the TRIDENT Study, the PDOPPS Study, and others.

Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study, 2017‐2020 (PDOPPS 2) PDOPPS 2 is a prospective, observational cohort study of peritoneal dialysis (PD) subjects at over 230 facilities in 9 participating countries coordinated by Arbor Research Collaborative for Health. The primary mission of the study is to identify links between modifiable PD practices and outcomes to extend patient survival and improve quality of life.

The TRIDENT Study is a national consortium led by the Data and Coordinating Center at the University of Pennsylvania to understand the molecular basis of diabetic kidney disease and its progression. Patients with diabetic kidney disease are being recruited at UVa.

We support national initiatives to improve patients’ lives with kidney disease through collaborative partnerships and research.

Come Work With Us!


Questions or external requests for collaboration can be sent to our Director, Julia Scialla

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The NCRC team can assist you with regulatory support, protocol development, database design, data access, recruitment and protocol execution, data analysis, and study close out.

To access NCRC resources, please send an email from your UVA email account with the subject line ‘study request’ to: A brief REDCap registration survey will follow. Please do not include sensitive or detailed study information in your email inquiry.


Questions or external requests for collaboration can be sent to our Director, Julia Scialla

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