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Theodore W. Kurtz, MD

Research and Clinical Interests

Molecular genetics and therapeutics of hypertension, the metabolic syndrome, and related clinical disorders. Primary research focus: identification of genes and new therapies for hypertension and the metabolic syndrome and the development of transgenic models for these disorders.

Selected Publications

  • Pravenec M, Kazdova L, Landa V, Zidek V, Mlejnek P, Simakova M, Jansa P, Forejt J, Kren V, Krenova D, Qi N, Wang JM, Chan D, Aitman TJ, Kurtz TW. Identification of mutated Srebf1 as a QTL influencing risk for hepatic steatosis in the spontaneously hypertensive rat. Hypertension 2008; 51:148-153.
  • Petretto E, Sarwar R, Grieve I, Lu H, Kumaran MK, Muckett PJ, Mangion J, Schroen B, Benson M, Punjabi PP, Prasad SK, Pennell DJ, Kiesewetter C, Tasheva ES, Corpuz LM, Webb MD, Conrad GW, Kurtz TW, Kren V, Fischer J, Hubner N, Pinto YM, Pravenec M, Aitman TJ, Cook SA. Integrated genomic approaches implicate osteoglycin (Ogn) in the regulation of left ventricular mass. Nature Genetics 2008; 40(5):546-552.
  • Pravenec M, Churchill PC, Churchill MC, Viklicky O, Kazdova L, Aitman TJ, Petretto E, Hubner N, Wallace CA, Zimdahl H, Zidek V, Landa V, Dunbar J, Bidani A, Griffin K, Qi N, Maxova M, Kren V, Mlejnek P, Wang J, Kurtz TW. Identification of renal Cd36 as a determinant of blood pressure and risk for hypertension. Nature Genetics, 2008; 40(8):952-954.
  • Kurtz TW and Klein U. Next generation multifunctional angiotensin receptor blockers. Hypertension Research, 2009; 32:826-34.
  • Pravenec M, Kajiya T, Zídek V, Landa V, Mlejnek P, Simáková M, Silhavy J, Malínská H, Oliyarnyk O, Kazdová L, Fan J, Wang J, Kurtz TW. Effects of Human C-Reactive Protein on Pathogenesis of Features of the Metabolic Syndrome. Hypertension. 2011; 57(4):731-7.
  • Zídek V, Mlejnek P, Simáková M, Silhavy J, Landa V, Kazdová L, Pravenec M, Kurtz TW. Tissue-Specific Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor Gamma Expression and Metabolic Effects of Telmisartan. American Journal of Hypertension. 2013, Jun;26(6):829-835.

Selected Awards

  • President, The American Society of Hypertension 2000-2002
  • American Heart Association Novartis Award for Hypertension Research
  • International Okamoto Award for Basic Research in Vascular Diseases
Theodore W. Kurtz, MD
  • Professor and Vice Chair of Laboratory Medicine, Chief of Clinical Chemistry
  • Laboratory Medicine

Specialty Area

  • Clinical Chemistry

Contact Information

Mailing/Shipping Address:

  • UCSF
  • Theodore W. Kurtz, MD
  • Laboratory Medicine, Box 0134
  • 185 Berry Street, Suite 290
  • San Francisco, CA 94143

Other UCSF Organizational Association(s)

  • Cardiovascular Research Institute
  • Program in Human Genetics

Hospital Affiliation(s)

  • UCSF Moffitt-Long Hospitals
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