Budget austerity measures are imperiling funding for NIH research. This concerns me a great deal as a physician-scientist focused on providing the 20 million Americans with kidney disease the best care possible. Kidney disease is a devastating disease, and it’s costing taxpayers a fortune.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has funded four grants that will serve as pioneers in using data from the VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP), a major step in the VA’s effort to advance precision medicine. The four funded grants will answer key questions about heart disease, kidney disease, and substance use.

Jeff M. Sands


A well-known Emory University researcher will present the Barry M. Brenner, MD, Endowed Lectureship on “Novel Therapy for Diabetes Insipidus” on Sunday, Nov. 8.

ASN President Thomas Coffman and The Sopranos actor Vincent Curatola.

For the Renal Week edition of ASN Kidney News, editor-in-chief Pascale Lane, MD, interviewed ASN President Thomas Coffman, MD, and incoming ASN President Sharon Anderson, MD.

"Up in Space: Medicine off the Earth” was the topic of a lecture by Jonathan B. Clark at Kidney Week 2011. Clark is assistant professor of neurology and space medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Center for Space Medicine. He is also clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He worked at NASA as a space shuttle crew surgeon from 1997 to 2005.