Three ASN Grant Recipients to Speak at Renal Week

More than a decade ago, ASN recognized the importance of helping early-career faculty gain independent funding and initiated a grants program to help them transition from mentored trainee to independent investigator.

In 2009, the career development grants program for young investigators supported 16 renal researchers. The growth of this program reflects ASN’s commitment to helping young faculty develop promising research initiatives and share their findings with their colleagues.

Three 2008 research grant recipients will present their work at ASN Renal Week 2009. Marcelo D. Carattino, PhD, 2008 recipient of the Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant, Steven G. Coca, DO, 2008 recipient of the ASN-ASP Junior Development Grant in Geriatric Nephrology, and Arjang Djamali, MD, FASN, 2008 recipient of the ASN-AST John Merrill Grant in Transplantation, will speak during Renal Week.

Marcelo D. Carattino

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Steven G. Coca

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Arjang Djamali

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Dr. Carattino will speak during the Basic Science Symposia on Sunday, November 1. His presentation will focus on Tubular Flow Regulation of Renal Sodium Reabsorption.

Dr. Coca will speak during the Basic Science Symposia, Biomarkers in Kidney Disease, on Thursday, October 29. His presentation will focus on using biomarkers to predict clinical outcomes and other potential applications in medical treatment and research.

Dr. Djamali will speak during the In-Depth Nephrology Course, Kidney Transplantation for the General Nephrologist, on Wednesday, October 28. His presentation will focus on cardiovascular disease and anemia in kidney transplant recipients.

Receiving ASN funds has helped investigators develop independent research initiatives and defray study costs. ASN funds have helped researchers hire staff and purchase critical supplies, as well as provided protected time for investigators to complete research in kidney health and disease.

ASN’s overall Grants and Funding portfolio encompasses four main components: career development grants for young investigators, interim funding for established investigators, grants for medical student research, and travel support for ASN members. The majority of ASN funding continues to assist investigators early in their research careers, such as for Drs. Carattino, Coca, and Djamali.

Career development grants include the Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant, the Norman Siegel Research Scholar Grant, the Alaska Kidney Foundation-ASN Research Grant (co-funded by the Alaska Kidney Foundation), the Halpin Foundation-ASN Research Grant (co-funded by the Halpin Foundation), the John Merrill Grant in Transplantation, and the ASN-ASP Junior Development Grant in Geriatric Nephrology (co-funded by the Association of Specialty Professors).

Under the leadership of Peter S. Aronson, MD, FASN, ASN has improved several aspects of its grant program, such as expanding funding opportunities, simplifying the applications process, and streamlining review procedures. In 2009, Dr. Aronson led the efforts to hire Detlef O. Schlondorff, MD, as the Society’s first Research Grant Program Director. Dr. Schlondorff works with ASN Grants Coordinator Holly Osborne to continue to build on Dr. Aronson’s efforts to maintain the scientific rigor of the grants program and to strengthen funding opportunities for those working to advance treatment and research in kidney disease.

The success achieved by ASN grant recipients is the strongest measure of the success of the ASN grants program. For more information regarding ASN Grants and Funding, please visit www.asn-online.org.

Notes

[1] Marcelo D. Carattino, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His presentation, Tubular Flow Regulation of Renal Na Reabsorption, will occur on Sunday, November 1, 10:30–11 a.m., Room 8.

[2] Steven Coca, DO, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He will present Biomarkers in AKI on Thursday, October 29, 3–3:30 p.m., Room 20A.

[3] Arjang Djamali, MD, FASN, is Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He will present Cardiovascular Disease and Anemia in the Transplant Patient, on Wednesday, October 28, 10:15–10:50 a.m., Room 6C.