John P. Peters Award to Honor Roger C. Wiggins

Roger C. Wiggins

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ASN will recognize the wide-ranging contributions of Roger C. Wiggins, MB, BChir, with the presentation of the John P. Peters Award.

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. Dr. Wiggins is emeritus professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he served as director of the nephrology training program for 10 years, division chief for 15 years, and director of the George M. O’Brien Kidney Center for 23 years.

His research, which the National Institutes of Health has funded since 1982, has focused on podocyte biology and defining the role of podocyte depletion in glomerulosclerosis and loss of kidney function. These studies started with the identification, cloning, and sequencing of novel markers for podocytes. They moved on to developing transgenic animal model systems to discover, define, and validate the mechanisms and consequences of podocyte depletion. Dr. Wiggins is currently focused on translating discoveries made from model systems to glomerular diseases in man with the goal of providing the practicing clinician with the insights and tools needed to prevent progression.

Dr. Wiggins is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the American Association of Physicians. He has received several awards from the University of Michigan, including teacher of the year from the residents in internal medicine, an award for distinguished research by young faculty members, and a lifetime achievement award. He has given numerous invited lectures, including the Donald Seldin lecture for the American Heart Association. He has served as a study section member for the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, and as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Wiggins was raised on a farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He attended Cambridge University in the U.K. as an undergraduate. He received his medical training at the Middlesex Hospital in London, with postgraduate training in London Hospitals and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital. He then spent five years in the department of immunopathology at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., for fellowship training and as junior faculty. He was recruited to the University of Michigan in 1981.

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.