A large thematic project, coordinated by Professor Lucia da Conceição Andrade, Associate of the Nephrology Discipline, Clinical Medical Department at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, aims to research the influence of air pollution, specifically the effect of PM2.5 particulate matter, on the progression of chronic kidney disease and kidney aging.

"The incidence of chronic kidney disease varies greatly among countries with 6% in The Netherlands compared to 11% in São Paulo", reported Prof. Lúcia Andrade. The study is funded by the São Paulo State Research Support Foundation (FAPESP), through a contract signed on October 22nd, 2020, and by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

Prof. Lúcia Andrade reported that "exposure to air pollution may accelerate the progression of kidney disease and kidney aging. This hypothesis will be tested in experimental animals and in patients. The Professor also added: "with the project, we intend to identify which pathophysiological pathways are involved in the decline of kidney function in the face of air pollution, so that preventive measures for healthy kidney aging can be adopted. 

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