The Center’s Educational Enrichment Program consists of a monthly seminar, an Annual Scientific Symposium, the Kidney Club (UAB), and the PKD/Cilia Club (MUSC). The seminar series, which is organized by Darwin Bell, features speakers who are conducting research in one of the areas of emphasis of the Center. With the seminar speaker permission, the seminars will be broadcast to the extended research base through a web portal with login access provided by the Center.

HRFDCC Workshops

As part of the Educational Enrichment Program, the Center also hosts technology workshops to help members utilize contemporary methodologies in their research. The most recent series of workshops were given through Core B and were entitled The Use of CRISPR Technology to Generate In Vitro and In Vivo Mutants. Members will be made aware of workshops as they are developed.

 2014-15 HRFDCC Educational Seminar Series

Visiting Scholar/Symposium Institution Date Title
Ed Inscho UAB 10/24/2014 Understanding the Renal Microcirculation
Mini Symposium on Fabry Disease and Polycystic Kidney Disease
(Co-sponsored by the Division of Nephrology, NRTC, O'Brien Center, and HRFDCC)
  • Eric Wallace (UAB)
  • Melanie Sivley (UAB)
  • Peter Harris (Mayo Clinic)
  • Michal Mrug (UAB)
  • Tomas Natoli (Genzyme Corp)
  • Robert Weiss (UCSD)


Mayo Clinic



  • Fabry Disease: 10 years of Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT) and the current unmet clinical needs
  • Novel Ocular Findings in Classically Affected Male Fabry Patients After Long-Term ERT
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease: Current Treatment Approaches and Unmet Needs
  • Mouse Models of Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Development of Substrate Reduction Therapy (SRT) in Mouse Models of Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Metabolomic Links between GM and GL Pathways in Polycystic Kidney Disease and Fabry Disease
 Rebecca Burdine  Princeton  Jan 2015  TBA
 Josh Lipschutz - Cancelled due to weather  MUSC  Feb 25, 2015  The Role of the Exocyst in Ciliogenesis and PKD
 Terry Watnick  UMD Baltimore  March 2015  TBA
 Darren Wallace University of Kansas   April 2015  TBA
 David Kaplan (P&F Awardee)  Tufts  May 2015  TBA
 TBA  TBA  June 2015  TBA

Contact Information

Dr. Darwin BellDr. Darwin Bell
Medical University of South Carolina
Children's Research Institute
137 Ashley Ave
CRI 210
PO Box 250623
Charleston SC 29425
Phone Number: 843-792-4123