Leader of ASN Grants Review Committee Named Editor-in Chief of KI; New Chair Named

After leading the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Grants Program for 3 years, Detlef Schlondorff, MD, has been named editor-in-chief of Kidney International. Under his guidance, the ASN Grants Review Committee added two new opportunities for career development grants: the ASN–Association of Specialty Professors (ASP)–National Institute of Aging (NIA) Junior Development Grant in Geriatric Nephrology, and the NephCure Foundation–ASN Research Grant. Schlondorff was also instrumental in expanding the ASN Student Scholar Grant Program and launching the new ASN Research Fellowship Program, which will fund its first 10 fellows later this year.

The ASN Grants Program distributes more than $3 million each year in research funding to medical students, fellows, new investigators, and established investigators. Last year ASN awarded a total of 31 research grants.

“Dr. Schlondorff has been instrumental in maintaining the high caliber of quality of the ASN Grants Program, and expanding the program to reach more researchers,” said ASN Past-President Joseph Bonventre, MD, PhD, FASN. “I am particularly impressed by his ability to manage an increasingly complex grants portfolio with increasing numbers of applications, and his leadership in strengthening ASN’s partnerships with the Halpin Foundation, the NephCure Foundation, ASP, and NIA.”

In addition to his success overseeing the ASN Grants Program, Schlondorff has a long list of academic and professional achievements. He currently serves as visiting professor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he leads an active research laboratory. Schlondorff has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed original and review articles and book chapters, and has edited two textbooks. He is a member of numerous professional societies and has received the Franz Volhard Medal from the German Nephrology Society and the International Prize Luis Hernando from the Spanish Renal Foundation.

Schlondorff received his medical degree at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, and continued his training in Germany and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Hospital in New York. He was professor of medicine and chief of the nephrology division at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1988 to 1993, when he became chair and professor of medicine and director of the University Medical Policlinic Hospital Innenstadt of the Ludwig Maximillians University and eventually professor emeritus in 2007.

ASN is pleased to announce that Roy Zent, MD, PhD, will succeed Schlondorff as chair of the ASN Grants Review Committee. Zent is professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and has served on the Grants Review Committee since 2008. “I am confident that Dr. Zent will provide excellent leadership as ASN continues to expand and innovate its grants program,” said ASN President Ronald Falk, MD, FASN. “In particular, I’m excited that Dr. Zent agreed to help launch the ASN Research Fellowship Program this year.”

May 2012 (Vol. 4, Number 5)