Rulan Parekh

Medical Review Panel

Vice-President, Academics
Women’s College Hospital

Professor of Medicine and Paediatrics
University of Toronto 
Toronto, ON, Canada

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The focus of Dr. Parekh’s research is to study risk factors both clinical and genetic leading to progression of chronic kidney and cardiovascular disease. She has published over 90 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and has mentored over 25 postdoctoral fellows and students. She leads both NIH and Canadian Institute of Health Research sponsored observational studies in kidney disease including: “Predictors in Arrhythmic and Cardiovascular Disease in End Stage Renal Disease (PACE)”, a new cohort study in dialysis patients to identify risk factors for sudden cardiac death; the “ Insight into Nephrotic Syndrome: Genes, Health and Therapeutics (INSIGHT)”, a cohort study of childhood nephrotic syndrome; a pediatric solid organ transplant cohort; and is also site PI for the Family Investigation of Nephropathy in Diabetes (FIND).

She is a co-investigator on the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Kidney Disease Research Network and leads the aims to study genetic risk, specifically APOL1, for chronic kidney disease in West and East Africa. She has recently been inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation and Society for Pediatric Research.