John Peters Award to Honor David Salant

David J. Salant

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ASN will recognize the wide-ranging contributions of David J. Salant, MD, with the presentation of the John P. Peters Award.

Dr. Salant is professor of medicine at Boston University Medical Center, where he has been chief of nephrology and director of the nephrology training program since 1987.

The John P. Peters Award is given for outstanding contributions to improving the lives of patients and to furthering the understanding of the kidney in health and disease, and Dr. Salant’s research has added greatly to this understanding.

Supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he has conducted extensive research on immune disorders of the kidneys. His work has focused on mechanisms of immune deposition and the role of complement in glomerular diseases as well as the structural biology of the podocyte.

Dr. Salant was one of the earliest proponents of the notion that podocyte injury forms the basis of most, if not all, proteinuric kidney diseases. He was among the first to identify the podocyte as the primary target of injury in antibody-mediated glomerular disease.

In a landmark New England Journal of Medicine paper in 2009, Dr. Salant and his colleagues described their discovery that a high proportion of patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy have circulating autoantibodies to the M-type phospholipase A2 receptor on human podocytes. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters.

Dr. Salant has received several awards and honors, including an investigator award from the American Heart Association, election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and the Jean Hamburger Award from the International Society of Nephrology. He has served on several NIH advisory panels and on the editorial boards of several major nephrology journals. He has also played a prominent educational role nationally as chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Nephrology.

Dr. Salant graduated from the Witwatersrand University Medical School in South Africa and completed his clinical training at the Johannesburg General Hospital. He received research training at Boston University with Dr. William Couser and joined the faculty in 1979.

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 fervent mission to ensure that the physician be an advocate for the patient.

October-November 2013 (Vol. 5, Number 10 & 11)