Delivering on the Opportunities of 2019: How the Kidney Health Initiative Will Provide Innovation for People with Kidney Disease

  • 1 Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN, is the ASN Co-Chair for the Kidney Health Initiative and the Director of Research in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
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Nephrology has constantly fought against, and sometimes succumbed to, a narrative of decline and stagnation. There is a complaint that new therapies are not being developed or approved, there has been a paucity of successful clinical trials, and in-center dialysis remains the standard of care for kidney failure. It is time to put this negative narrative to rest. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of leading the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) and from that vantage point have seen firsthand that today is a new day for innovation in kidney diseases.

Yes, many challenges remain for our specialty,