Jochen Reiser, MD, PhD
Year elected: 2009
Current membership category: Active
Chairman of MedicineRush University
1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
United States of America
Dr. Reiser is the Ralph C. Brown Professor and Chairman of Medicine at Rush University Medical Center and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. Dr. Reiser's research has provided important mechanistic insights into the molecular pathogenesis of kidney diseases. Dr. Reiser discovered the role of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) as a global, circulating risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD) as well as acute kidney inury (AKI). suPAR is investigated as potential causative agent contributing to many kidney diseases including Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). These studies have broad clinical significance and lay foundation for the creation of novel diagnostics and pharmaco-therapeutics with potential benefit for a large patient population.