Keenan Research Centre

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Ramesh Prasad

MB and BS, Osmania University, India; M.Sc., Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Affiliations

Adjunct Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital

Associate Professor, Medicine, University of Toronto

Staff Physician, Nephrology, St. Michael's Hospital

Clinical Specialty

Nephrology, hypertension and transplantation

Research Interests

Renal transplantation, hypertension, cardiovascular risk, clinical epidemiology, chronic allograft nephropathy, chronic kidney disease

Research Activities

My major research interests relate to the long-term medical issues that are faced by renal transplant recipients and living kidney donors, which could in turn affect their kidney function and survival. Specifically, my team is working on: (1) post-transplant hypertension: the role of 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in defining the prevalence and refining the treatment of hypertension in recipients; (2) the role of both traditional markers (e.g. hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes) and novel markers (e.g. C-reactive protein, microalbuminuria, uric acid) in cardiovascular disease in renal transplant recipients; and (3) the long-term outcomes of living kidney donors (incidence of hypertension, proteinuria, and chronic kidney disease). My group conducts a number of prospective and retrospective database reviews to describe associations among various markers of risk, defining their specific roles in the transplant population. I am also involved as a principal investigator in clinical trials of immunosuppressive drugs in renal transplant recipients.

Selected Research

Link to Pub Med

Other Activities

  1. Member, Research Ethics Board, St. Michael's Hospital
  2. Member, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, St. Michael's Hospital
  3. Member, Canadian Hypertension Education Program

Educational Activities

I have an appointment in the Department of Medicine. I currently supervise two undergraduate medical students, one medical reident and one nephrology fellow. I am interested in accepting postgraduate students.

Contact

E-mail: PrasadR@smh.ca
Phone: 416-867-3722
Fax: 416-867-3709