Research, Careers and Patient Care: A Conversation with Dr. Nicholas Zwang and Dr. Donald Wesson

Nicholas Zwang, MD was the first recipient of the Donald E. Wesson Research Fellowship. In this wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Wesson and Dr. Zwang discuss the project funded by this fellowship (Pharmacologic Phosphatidylinositol-3 Kinase Inhibition in Regulatory T Cells; 25:50) the value of humanities training for physician/scientists (3:15), how mentors can inspire work in specific areas of study (8:10) and help shape lifelong perspectives (44:50). Throughout the podcast Dr. Zwang and Dr. Wesson also share their perspectives on how basic research must always retain a focus on clinical care, and how caring for patients provides physician/scientists insights and questions that improve their research. Dr. Zwang also shares how the process of applying for this fellowship was an unexpectedly valuable learning tool (39:00).

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research commits more than $3 million every year to support cutting-edge studies that fuel today’s innovations and tomorrow’s cures. 

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Nicholas Zwang, MD was the first recipient of the Donald E. Wesson Research Fellowship. In this wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Wesson and Dr. Zwang discuss the project funded by this fellowship (Pharmacologic Phosphatidylinositol-3 Kinase Inhibition in Regulatory T Cells; 25:50) the value of humanities training for physician/scientists (3:15), how mentors can inspire work in specific areas of study (8:10) and help shape lifelong perspectives (44:50). Throughout the podcast Dr. Zwang and Dr. Wesson also share their perspectives on how basic research must always retain a focus on clinical care, and how caring for patients provides physician/scientists insights and questions that improve their research. Dr. Zwang also shares how the process of applying for this fellowship was an unexpectedly valuable learning tool (39:00).

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research commits more than $3 million every year to support cutting-edge studies that fuel today’s innovations and tomorrow’s cures.