Race and Estimated GFR: Confounding of Social and Biological Variables

Virtual Lecture

Expires: July 27, 2024


This month’s “Virtual Lecture" discusses the health implications of the use of race in estimating glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), how to estimate GFR, and why it is important to continue funding and research to develop tools without the use of race. 


Length of Video: 46 minutes


Ramla Kasozi, M.B., Ch.B., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida

John Lieske, M.D. 

Professor of Medicine
Department of Nephrology and Hypertension
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Jeffrey Meeusen, Ph.D.

Jeff Meeusen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Division of Clinical Core Laboratory Services
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Cite the various equations used to estimate GFR.
  • Discuss the health implications of the use of “race” in eGFR.
  • Consider advocacy to promote research and funding for developing clinical tools without the use of race.

Intended audience

This program is appropriate for clinicians, pathologists, medical technologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health staff.


The following types of credit are offered for this event:


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E.® contact hour.

State of Florida

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the State of Florida. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for General credit. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

To obtain credit

1. Watch the video.

2. Complete the post-test and evaluation that launches immediately following the video.

3. Generate and print your certificate(s).

Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

Faculty disclosure

Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.


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