Location

Rochester, Minnesota

Summary

Fernando C. Fervenza, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Mayo Nephrology Collaborative Group (MNCG).

Through his work with the MNCG, he has been pursuing patient-oriented research projects in the area of parenchymal renal diseases, with an aim of bringing new bench research discoveries to the bedside treatment of patients with these diseases.

Focus areas

Dr. Fervenza's current projects include a number of interventional studies that represent important steps in transferring bench research discoveries to the patient's bedside, with the potential for benefiting many patients afflicted with these formidable diseases.

These projects are investigating new treatments for glomerular diseases, such as membranous nephropathy, IgA glomerulonephritis, focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis, lupus nephritis, and ANCA-associated vasculitis.

These studies are evaluating the effectiveness of various drugs that work against the body's abnormal autoimmune response, as many of the diseases that lead to kidney failure often do their damage through the autoimmune system. In addition, studies conducted by the MNCG are helping with the understanding of the role of a number of pathogenic antibodies and their response to therapy.

Significance to patient care

Until recently, treatment was unsatisfactory for most patients with renal parenchymal diseases. However, recent advances have shed significant light on the understanding of the pathogenic processes involved in some of these diseases.

Similarly, developments in biotechnology have resulted in the availability of a significant number of new and very promising agents that may be beneficial to patients with autoimmune diseases involving the kidneys.

This is a crucial moment — years of promising laboratory research are ready to be put to the test by conducting prospective studies aimed at treating these patients using novel approaches to therapy. The aim is to achieve today the promise of tomorrow.

Professional highlights

  • Fellow — American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation and American College of Physicians
  • Member, Nephrology Section, American Board of Internal Medicine

Recent Publications

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Professional Details

Primary Appointment

  1. Nephrology and Hypertension

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Medicine

Education

  1. Resident - Internal Medicine Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. Fellow - Nephrology Stanford University
  3. Lecturer - Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Nephrology and Transplantation University of Oxford
  4. Senior Registrar - Internal Medicine and Nephrology University of Oxford
  5. PhD University of Oxford
  6. Registrar - Internal Medicine and Nephrology University of Oxford
  7. Senior House Officer - Internal Medicine University of Oxford
  8. Resident - Department of Internal Medicine Hospital Sao Lucas of the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul
  9. Internship - Department of Internal Medicine Hospital Sao Lucas of the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul
  10. MD Medical School of the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul
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