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Professor Melissa Little creates new book on Kidney research

Research News
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:45am
Professor Melissa Little has led a new book on Kidney research, described as a “pioneering and gigantic step forward” by a world leading scientist.

Kidney Development, Disease, Repair and Regeneration focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of kidney development, exploring the origins of kidney lineages, the development of kidney tissue, as well as the genetic and environmental regulation of kidney development.

The book, published Elsevier and edited by Professor Little, provides special coverage of kidney stem cells and their potential for use towards kidney repair and regeneration.

The hardcover brings together chapters from new and existing texts by some of the most respected scientists in the field, aimed at biomedical researchers working in experimental nephrology and developmental biology.

The book’s Forward is penned by Professor Detlef Schlöndorff of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

“This book provides a state of the art compendium of our present knowledge and of future perspec­tives for all aspects of regenerative kidney repair and therapy. As such it represents a pioneering and gigantic step forward in this exciting new field,” Professor Schlöndorff writes.

Professor Melissa Little joined the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in 2015 and leads the Kidney Development, Disease and Regeneration team. Professor Little is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

An alumnus of The University of Queensland, she worked for more than 20 years at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, where her research has focussed on the molecular basis of kidney development, renal disease and repair.

Professor Little is internationally recognised both for her work on the systems biology of kidney development and also for her pioneering studies into potential regenerative therapies in the kidney. Her research now focuses on the generation of mini-kidneys from patient stem cells for use in drug screening and disease modelling.

Receiving multiple awards and accolades for her work, Professor Little previously served as the Chief Scientific Officer at the Australian Stem Cell Centre and is currently the Vice President of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research.

Purchase your copy of Kidney Development, Disease, Repair and Regeneration here.