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Victoria Spruance, Ph.D.

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Basic and Translational Neuroscience; Institutional Training and Research Education; Conference Grants

Responsibilities & Activities

As a Program Director at NIDDK, I oversee a portfolio of basic and translational research on the neural control of kidney, urologic, and hematologic functions in health and disease. I also manage several research training programs, which support undergraduate, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral trainees actively engaged in kidney, urologic and hematologic research. These programs are intended to recruit, foster, and retain diverse and highly trained investigators that can address the modern, biomedical research challenges facing our nation.

I oversee several specific programs, including:

  1. Basic and Translational Neuroscience, including anatomical, behavioral, electrophysiological, and -omics studies intended to elucidate the contribution of central and peripheral nervous systems to renal, urologic, and hematologic functions;
  2. Institutional Network Awards for Research Training (U2C), designed to cultivate a highly integrated cohort of trainees and junior investigators and develop career development resources to accelerate kidney, urologic, and hematologic research;
  3. Research Education Programs (R25), intended to support educational activities, including courses for skill development and research experiences, for trainees and junior investigators engaged in kidney, urologic, and hematologic research; and
  4. Conference Grant Program (R13), awarded to institutions and organizations and intended to provide partial support for meetings, conferences, and workshops to coordinate, exchange, and disseminate research information.


Research Programs

Kidney Basic Research
The mechanisms and pathophysiology underlying renal disease and its progression.

Urology Basic Research
The mechanisms and pathophysiology underlying urologic disease and its progression.

Committees & Working Groups

  • NIDDK Career Development and Training Team
  • NIH Interoception Working Group
  • NIH Common Fund Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC)