ASN Kidney Week 2014

ASN Kidney Week 2014

Myles Wolf, MD, MMSc
The ASN-AHA Young Investigator Award will be presented to Myles Wolf, MD, MMSc, for his groundbreaking research on mineral metabolism. He will describe his recent findings in an address: “Mineral (Mal)Adaptation to Kidney Disease.”

Dr. Wolf is the Margaret Gray Morton Professor of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is the founding director of the Center for Translational Metabolism and Health and director of the physician-scientist training program at Feinberg.

Beth C. Levine, MD
“Autophagy and Metabolic Diseases” is the title of a state-of-the-art lecture to be presented by one of the founders of the autophagy field on Sunday, Nov. 16.

Beth C. Levine, MD, is the director of the Center for Autophagy Research and the Charles Cameron Sprague Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science at the University of Texas Southwestern.

Allan J. Collins, MD
The Belding H. Scribner Award will be tendered to Allan J. Collins, MD, for his career-long contributions to the practice of nephrology.

Dr. Collins is professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and Hennepin County Medical Center and director of the Chronic Disease Research Group of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation.

Josephine P. Briggs
ASN will recognize the wide-ranging contributions of Josephine P. Briggs, MD, with the presentation of the John P. Peters Award.

An accomplished researcher and physician, Dr. Briggs is director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Left: Tom Marino, Right: Jim McDermott
Two distinguished members of Congress will each receive a President’s Medal for championing the cause of kidney patients and research in a special presentation during the plenary session on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Reps. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Tom Marino (R-Pa.) are the co-chairs of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, which Rep. McDermott co-founded in 2002.

Stuart L. Linas, MD, FASN

Stuart L. Linas, MD, FASN, will receive the Robert G. Narins Award for his many contributions to medical education.

Dr. Linas is the Rocky Mountain Professor of Renal Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he has served on the faculty throughout his academic career. He has directed the renal fellowship program since 1984 and headed the section of hypertension within the division of renal diseases since 1994. He is also the chief of nephrology at Denver Health Medical Center.

Chad A. Mirkin, PhD

Smaller and smaller particles are doing bigger and bigger things in all fields of science. A specialist in these tiny matters will deliver a state-of-the-art lecture on “Realizing the Promise of Nanomedicine” on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Friedhelm Hildebrandt, MD

Acclaimed researcher Friedhelm Hildebrandt, MD, will receive the Homer W. Smith Award and deliver an address at Kidney Week on “Single-Gene Defects Elucidate Mechanisms of CKD.”

Dr. Hildebrandt is the Warren E. Grupe Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of the division of nephrology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Andrey S. Shaw, MD
Andrey S. Shaw, MD, will deliver the Michelle P. Winn, MD, Endowed Lectureship on the genetics of human focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) on Friday, Nov. 14.

Dr. Shaw is the Emil R. Unanue Professor of Pathology and Immunology and head of the division of immunobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Mary B. Leonard
Mary B. Leonard, MD, will present the Jack W. Coburn, MD, Endowed Lectureship on Friday, Nov. 13. Dr. Leonard’s topic will be “Frailty, Fractures, and the Bone-Muscle Connection in CKD.”
Eske Willerslev

An internationally recognized researcher in the fields of ancient DNA and evolutionary biology will unveil some secrets that can be learned from history in a state-of-the-art lecture entitled “What We Can Learn from the Genetic Past” on Friday, Nov. 14.

Peter Igarashi

An expert on molecular mechanisms underlying kidney function will deliver the Robert W. Schrier, MD, Endowed Lectureship on the topic “MicroRNAs that Slow Cyst Progression” on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Peter Igarashi, MD, FASN, is professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he holds the Robert Tucker Hayes Distinguished Chair in Nephrology. Dr. Igarashi is also director of the University of Texas Southwestern O’Brien Kidney Research Core Center.

Martin R. Pollak, MD
A leading researcher into the genetic basis of kidney disease will deliver the Barry M. Brenner, MD, Endowed Lectureship on Thursday, Nov. 13. Martin R. Pollak, MD, will speak on “APOL1 and Glomerular Disease.” Dr. Pollak is the chief of the renal division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is also professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate member of the Broad Institute.
Richard J. Baron

The president of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) will deliver the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Lectureship in Renal Disease and Public Policy on the topic “Opportunities and Challenges: Attracting the Next Generation” on Thursday, Nov. 13.

In addition to leading ABIM, Richard J. Baron, MD, also heads the ABIM Foundation in Philadelphia. ABIM is a certifying board that works with 250,000 physicians in 19 specialties—about one in four practicing physicians in the United States. Dr. Baron leads a staff of 200.

Douglas A. Melton
Stem cells offer hope for treatment of a host of diseases, and diabetes could be one of the most important. The potential of “Stem Cells to Understand and Treat Diabetes” will be the subject of a state-of-the-art lecture by Douglas A. Melton, PhD, on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Dr. Melton is the Saris University Professor at Harvard. He is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and co-chair of the department of stem cell and regenerative biology at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Dr.

ASN President-Elect Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD, FASN, Looks to the Year Ahead
Without a doubt the coming year will present many exciting opportunities and challenges for nephrology, and I anticipate that ASN will be right in the middle of the action.
Sharon M. Moe

We need to be proactive and positive in promoting nephrology to the public, students, politicians, and government. Nephrology offers physicians a rewarding career that combines the excitement of science and physiology, continuity of care and lasting relationships, and the opportunity to improve our patients’ lives. We are detail-oriented by necessity, but sometimes this attention to detail can become unnecessarily negative. I encourage everyone to think positively and embrace collaboration in research, innovation, education, and health care delivery across the kidney health spectrum. The ultimate goal is to improve the care of those with kidney disease.

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