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Vascular and renal translational research group

Vascular and Renal Translational Research (VRTR) Group from the IRBLleida is a multidisciplinary group with basic and clinical scientists working in an integrated environment. The main focus of our research group is the identification of factors involved in the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular complications in CKD from the basic/translational and the clinical point of view. Through an array of diverse experimental approaches that include molecular biology, biochemistry, in vivo animal models of disease and state-of-the-art vascular imaging techniques, scientists of VRTR group join their efforts in solving challenging scientific problems.

VRTR group has stable collaborations with several renal divisions around Spain, as we are members of the Spanish Network for Renal Diseases (REDinREN ISCIII) funded by the Spanish Government. VRTR group has been successfully leading the NEFRONA and ILERVAS project, with main objective in investigating vascular disease and hidden kidney disease. VRTR group holds collaborations with various international research groups in the USA, Canada, Netherlands, Italy and France. Researchers from the VRTR group are actively involved in several national and international EU-funded consortia.

The main research lines of the Vascular and Renal Translational Research Group are:

  • Identification of molecular mechanisms involved in the progression of chronic kidney disease.
  • Factors involved in glomerular diseases
  • Identification of factors involved in the acceleration of atherosclerosis and vascular calcification in chronic kidney disease.
  • Factors involved in the disruption of mineral homeostasis in chronic kidney disease.
  • Vitamin D receptor in health and disease.

Featured publications

Abajo M; Betriu À; Arroyo D; Gracia M; Del Pino MD; Martínez I; Valdivielso JM; Fernández E

Mineral metabolism factors predict accelerated progression of common carotid intima-media thickness in chronic kidney disease: the NEFRONA study



Valdivielso JM; Betriu A; Martinez-Alonso M; Arroyo D; Bermudez-Lopez M; Fernandez E

Factors predicting cardiovascular events in chronic kidney disease patients. Role of subclinical atheromatosis extent assessed by vascular ultrasound

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Jose Manuel Valdivielso Revilla

Jose Manuel Valdivielso Revilla


Biomedicine I / Biomedicina I
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