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ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grants opened October 11

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research (ASN Foundation) has now opened applications for its Career Development Grants, Clinician Educator Grant, and Research Fellowship program. The ASN Foundation funds clinical and basic research and provides grant support to ASN members at various points in their careers.

Dr. Al-Aly speaks about recent JASN article: "Particulate Matter Air Pollution and the Risk of Incident CKD and Progression to ESRD"

To get a behind-the-scenes look into the recent study, Kidney News Online asked Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, the senior author and director of the Clinical Epidemiology Center at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System, to answer several questions about the findings and what they mean for the future.

NKF releases results from patient-led survey on kidney disease research priorities

Yesterday, September 28, 2017, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) published findings from a “year-long outreach and engagement with patients and caregivers to identify patient-led kidney disease research priorities”. The findings “include the research topics that matter most to patients and family members affected by kidney disease; barriers that prevent patients from being active participants in kidney disease research or part of the research team; and what potential solutions may exist”.

Are Scientific Articles Less Reader Friendly Now? Karolinska Researchers Say Yes.

Authors from Karolinska Institute examined over 700,000 articles and concluded that "readability of science is steadily decreasing." See what you think.

Kidney Community Advocacy Day 2017 – September 19th, 2017

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 21 other healthcare organizations are meeting with Representatives and Senators today to urge Congress to increase investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to cosponsor and pass the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1270), legislation that eliminates barriers to living donation.

ASN, ERA-EDTA, and ISN Launch Global Nephrology Workforce Survey Project

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) have launched a collaborative effort to assess the global nephrology workforce. One of three current ASN/ERA-EDTA/ISN joint projects, the Comparing Realities Across the Global Nephrology Workforce Survey will offer kidney health professionals a better understanding of the specialty by characterizing the kidney health workforce at the country- and region-specific level.

ASN supports Hurricane Harvey kidney patient relief efforts

To provide a continuity of care for displaced kidney dialysis patients in need of treatment, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is joining efforts by the American Kidney Fund (AKF) and the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) coalition.

ASN Opposes Proposed Cuts to NIH and F&A Costs

The American Society of Nephrology and more than 100 organizations from the broader medical research community united to express opposition to the Administration’s proposed 21% cut in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget and drastic reductions in NIH support for facilities and administrative (F&A) costs. The united stance is included in a letter delivered Wednesday, August 23, to the Office of Management & Budget Director John Michael Mulvaney and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas E. Price, MD.

CMS to cancel major bundled payment initiatives, cardiac and expanded joint replacement

Last week, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a new rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) which “would cancel the mandatory bundled payment programs for heart attacks and bypass surgeries as well as the expansion of the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model to include surgical treatments for hip and femur fractures. Those bundled payment initiatives have already been delayed twice. They’re currently slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2018”.

Healthcare Repeal and Replace Effort Takes a Possibly Fatal Blow

Is a headline that has run many times over the past few months, but the current Republican healthcare reform effort was certainly dealt a serious, if not lethal, blow early Friday morning, July 28.