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Penn State Health Inclusion Week: The Historical Impact of Race on eGFR

January 18, 8:00 am to 8:50 am

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best way to measure how well your kidneys are working, but this test is complicated and cannot be easily done in a doctor’s office. To get around this, laboratories use mathematical equations to estimate the glomerular filtration rate instead of measuring it. This session discusses the historical impact and debate in using race in calculating eGFR.

This session will be led by presenters Dr. Bernadette Gilbert, Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid for the College of Medicine, and Assistant Professor and physicians in the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dr. Yusheng Zhu, Professor of Pathology and Lab Medicine in the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Department of Pharmacology, Medical Director for the  Clinical Chemistry and Automated Testing Laboratory, Co-Director of the  Pathology Core Reference Laboratory, Medical Co-Director of the POCT Program, Director of the Postdoctoral Clinical Chemistry Program, and Chair of the Laboratory Utilization Committee.

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This session will be recorded, and participation constitutes consent to be recorded.

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January 18
8:00 am to 8:50 am
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