About Kidney and Urinary System
While the digestive tract removes solid waste from the body, it’s the job of the kidneys and the urinary system to filter and pass liquid waste. The two kidneys continuously work to filter blood, removing waste products and excess fluids. This combined fluid waste, urine, gets passed to the bladder before being flushed out of the body. If the kidneys are overworked or weakened, serious issues can result. If the mineral levels in your blood are too high, painful kidney stones can develop. Other conditions, especially diabetes and high blood pressure, can cause disease by reducing the kidneys’ ability to filter. Studies in this field might also look at issues related to urination, from incontinence (the involuntary release of urine) to overactive bladder. Because of the waste products contained in urine, the urinary tract is also at risk for infections. By studying these and other urinary issues, Pitt researchers hope to provide relief to everyone.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
RADIANCE CAP Study
Are you 18-75 years old? Are you seeking to control your blood pressure? You may be eligible for a research study to evaluate the Paradise Ultrasound Renal Denervation (uRDN) System, a new investigational approach using ultrasound energy, which may lower your blood pressure and reduce your need for blood pressure medications. Compensation is provided.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
You may be able to change the future of medicine. The All of Us PA Research Program is enrolling adults 18 years of age or older. This may be your chance to improve how your children and your children’s children receive medical care.
TAPER (Techniques of APplying vaginal Estrogen for prevention of Recurrent urinary tract infections)
Are you a postmenopausal woman who has had multiple urinary tract infections (UTI) over the past year? You may be eligible for a research study looking at the effects of estrogen cream in the vagina on preventing urinary tract infections. Compensation is provided.
Do you have recurrent urinary tract infections? You may be eligible for a research study focusing on two different ways to manage urinary tract infection symptoms in older women. Compensation is provided.
Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) Study
Are you living with kidney disease caused by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)? Are you of African or Caribbean descent? If so, you may be able to participate in a study to see if you have a genetic mutation (a change in your DNA). This study involves a 30-minute visit where you will undergo a blood draw. Compensation is provided.