Thoughts from a PKD Researcher – Jackie Phillips, Macquarie University
How did I get here?
My introduction to PKD was through high blood pressure, my research area, and a chance discussion with a veterinary colleague who mentioned they had a strain of animals with what looked like PKD. I already knew kidney disease was linked to high blood pressure and so began my journey in 2005.
Fast forward 10 years and I have published 20 articles about PKD ranging from identifying a genetic mutation, anaemia, abnormal heart function, brain wiring to novel treatments for hypertension. Along the way I have met amazing researchers trying to work out how the gene mutations result in disease through to clinicians who’ve helped me understand treatment priorities.