Center Overview

Mary Foster, MD
Associate Director

Thomas M. Coffman, MD
Center Director

Welcome to the Duke University O’Brien Center for Kidney Research (DOCK). This center was established in 2012 and is supported by a P30 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and by the Duke University School of Medicine and Department of Medicine.

Our goal is to unravel the mechanisms underlying the profound impact kidney disease imparts on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The goal of the DOCK center is to explore how kidney disease interacts with the cardiovascular system using a genetic and basic science approach. We will also foster clinical and translational research aimed at the inter-relationships between CKD, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

Our center is designed to facilitate multidisciplinary research as well as training and information transfer related to animal models to support basic discovery research, intellectual and technical support for projects that help to bridge the both kidney research and cardiovascular research. Our cores provide unique resources for the renal research community within Duke University and throughout the United States.