Jared Grantham to Receive John P. Peters Award

Jared J. Grantham

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Jared J. Grantham, MD, FACP, is this year’s recipient of the John P. Peters Award, to be presented on Saturday, November 12. The award recognizes Dr. Grantham’s outstanding contributions to improving the lives of patients with kidney disease and to furthering the understanding of the kidney in health and disease.

Dr. Grantham is the Harry Statland Professor of Nephrology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. In 2000, he was selected to be the founding director of The Kidney Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center, an interdisciplinary renal research and training program comprised of 20 physician- and basic scientists, where he is now director emeritus.

His life work in nephrology falls into two major categories: defining the cellular mechanisms of salt and fluid transport across renal epithelial membranes and exploring the pathogenesis and treatment of polycystic kidney disease. The former work was recognized by ASN with the Homer W. Smith Award and the latter work was recognized by the International Society of Nephrology and Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation with the Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize. With Kansas City businessman Joseph Bruening, Dr. Grantham co-founded the PKD Foundation in 1982. That organization has grown to have a national and international reach that has promoted awareness and research funding directed at understanding the basis and the treatment of polycystic kidney disorders. In 2009, for example, the PKD Foundation gave nearly $2 million in grants to fund 32 projects in five countries.

Dr. Grantham currently serves as treasurer of ASN, and was the founding editor of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, American Clinical and Climatological Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow), and International Society of Nephrology, where he serves on the executive committee. He has received the David Hume Award from the National Kidney Foundation, the Award of Merit from the American Heart Association, and the Jean Hamburger Award from the International Society of Nephrology.

A life-long Kansan, he graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He did his residency in internal medicine at the Kansas University Medical Center followed by a research fellowship at the National Heart Institute’s laboratory of kidney and electrolyte metabolism. After his fellowship, he served as a staff investigator for three years before returning to the University of Kansas to establish a renal research laboratory in the department of internal medicine, where he has received continuous National Institutes of Health funding. In 1970, he became director of nephrology, a position he held for 25 years.

John P. Peters

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John P. Peters, MD, was one of the fathers of nephrology and former chief of the Metabolic Division in the Department of Medicine at Yale University. He transformed clinical chemistry from a discipline of qualitative impressions to one in which precise quantitative measurements of body fluids comprise a vital part of the patient examination and provide great explanatory value.

He advanced the view that disease is a quantitative abnormality of normal physiological processes and that, by understanding disease, one could gain a deeper understanding of normal physiology. His enduring scientific contributions paralleled his intense commitment to the care of the sick, as well as his fervent mission to ensure that the physician be an advocate for the patient.