Todd Alexander Improving the lives of children with kidney disease

Todd Alexander wants to understand what causes childhood kidney disease so he can develop better treatments for his young patients.

Alexander is the associate director of WCHRI, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, a pediatric nephrologist and Canada Research Chair in Renal Epithelial Transport. His patients face infections, growth delays, bleeding abnormalities and premature death. Their treatment requires a heavy regimen of medication and dramatic dietary changes.

With his Distinguished Researcher funding, Alexander is working to unravel the molecular basis of childhood kidney disease. This work has already begun in his lab, using DNA sequencing and research into cellular pathways. He hopes the research will eventually lead to new therapies.

Current research being conducted by our Distinguished Researcher