Distinguished Researchers—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 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 wants 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.