The purpose of the Scientific Enrichment Program in the Translational Polycystic Kidney Disease Center is to enhance cooperation, collaboration and communication among center members.

The mission of the center is to facilitate translational PKD research and to attract new and seasoned investigators to PKD research. The Scientific Enrichment Program directly supports this mission and helps give the center an extramural and intramural identity.

Visiting Scientist Program

The Visiting Scientist Program within the Translational PKD Center offers investigators from outside Mayo Clinic the opportunity to spend one or two weeks working in center-related laboratories to learn new techniques, acquire knowledge about new model development or finalize a collaborative investigation. The center provides funding for accommodations but not travel expenses.

If you are interested in spending time at the center as a visiting scientist, please contact us. Center leadership will contact you after reviewing your request.

Translational PKD Center Weekly Seminar and Monthly Conference

The Translational PKD Center seminars are held weekly and are open to other PKD investigators. The seminars focus on topics of interest for PKD research and involve a presentation of recent results or description of a recent paper. The monthly Translational PKD Center Conference describes resources and research of general interest to the Translational PKD Center.

See the full weekly seminar and monthly conference schedule (PDF).

Human Imaging Core Quarterly Conference

This takes place on a Monday in the first month of each quarter from 4 to 6 p.m. and consists of a description of recent imaging research or an imaging resource of interest to PKD researchers.

Translational PKD Center at Nephrology and Hypertension Grand Rounds

Several times a year, the Mayo Clinic Nephrology and Hypertension Grand Rounds presentation focuses on PKD. These presentations engage and inform the local nephrology community about studies associated with the center.

View schedule (must be logged in to the Mayo network).

Visiting Faculty Program

The purpose of the Visiting Faculty Program is to invite distinguished faculty to present to the Translational PKD Center, develop new research initiatives and showcase the center.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The objective of the SURF associated with the Translational PKD Center is to expose future biomedical scientists and clinician-investigators to research opportunities in nephrology, particularly in areas germane to PKD.

Learn more about SURF opportunities.

Center Annual Retreat

Each year, the center holds an annual retreat that brings together PKD researchers, clinicians, industry leaders and policymakers in PKD. The conference highlights the work that has been done in the past year by the center and promotes collaboration among all stakeholders.


For information about any of these programs, contact the center.