Dr. Rulan Parekh is Associate Chief, Clinical Research and Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and University Health Network, and Professor of Paediatrics and Medicine in the Departments of Paediatrics, Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management Evaluation at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Parekh is a clinician scientist, nephrologist and an international leader in clinical epidemiology and translational research in kidney disease. Her body of work has revealed novel genetic risk factors leading to kidney disease, and increased risk of morbidity and mortality for children and adults with kidney disease.
At the University of Michigan, Dr. Parekh was uniquely trained in pediatrics and internal medicine with subspecialty training in both pediatric and adult nephrology as well as research training, completing her Master’s in Biostatistics and Study Design. She subsequently went on to post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University and joined the faculty in 2000. She successfully competed for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Career Development Research Award, and the American Society of Nephrology Carl W. Gottschalk Award for young investigators, establishing research programs in the genetics and cardiovascular complications of kidney disease.
In 2008, she returned to Canada and accepted a faculty position at the University of Toronto and a scientist position with the SickKids Research Institute. Since 2000, Dr. Parekh has maintained a record of sustained NIH and CIHR funding. She has significant productivity with more than 160 published manuscripts, over 4,000 citations and a stellar track record of training and mentoring 80 students and post-doctoral trainees. She has received several awards including the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Award, Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Research Award, and was elected into academic honour societies such as the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Pediatric Academic Society and the American Pediatric Society. More recently, Dr. Parekh was named Canada Research Chair in Chronic Kidney Disease by CIHR.