Autoimmune Kidney Disease and Vasculitis Research Group

About the Autoimmune Kidney Disease and Vasculitis Research Group

White blood cells are central to the development of severe forms of human glomeraula inflammation. They are also increasingly recognised as important in acute kidney (renal) injury, a common complication of hospital stays that increases the chance of a poor clinical outcome. Studies of human kidney biopsies and immune cells, as well as relevant animal models, help define the critical molecular steps in the induction of these types of injury and provide novel therapeutic targets for new and less toxic therapies.

In our bid to identify potential therapeutic targets, the overall aim of our group's research is to further our understanding of:

  • Key events in the generation of nephritogenic immune responses
  • Autoimmunity as it pertains to the kidney
  • Effector responses in the kidney.

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Group heads

Professor Richard Kitching and Professor Stephen Holdsworth

Professor Richard Kitching (Head) and Professor Stephen Holdsworth (Deputy-Head) are clinician-scientists who work in the nephrology and immunology departments. Their clinical work informs and stimulates the research to define the basis of disease and potential new less toxic therapies that may prevent and treat crescentic glomerulonephritis.

Find out more about Professor Richard Kitching and contact Professor Stephen Holdsworth.

Our staff

Meet the Autoimmune Kidney Disease and Vasculitis Research team.

Research interests

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Publications

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Opportunities

If you are thinking of a career in biomedical research The School of Clinical Sciences is a great place to start. We are located at Monash Medical Centre (MMC) Clayton within easy walking distance of both Monash University Clayton Campus and the Clayton Shopping District.

Find out more about current postgraduate opportunities (Honours, Masters, PhD).