Basic Science

3 Tips for Better PhD Candidate and Principal Investigator Meetings

Principal investigators (PIs) are an integral part of the PhD student experience and they can offer a wealth of knowledge and experience that is worthwhile to utilize. The mentoring meetings offer an excellent opportunity to ask questions and round out your education, so it’s important to take advantage of the one-on-one opportunities.

Three tips or practices that help to optimize this time are:

New NephSAP Issue - "Secondary Glomerular Diseases"

NephSAP Volume 17, Number 4, September 2018

Please read the full issue.

Redesign of Online ASN Journals Ready to Improve User Experience

The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) and the Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) online platforms have been relaunched with increased functionality and a new interface providing readers with an on-the-go experience designed for all devices.

The relaunched sites with their modern design, contain numerous new features and functions making the reader experience easier and more efficient – thereby helping ensure that readers and authors can find what they’re looking for when they need it.

Google’s new Dataset Search aims to assist researchers find online data

Google’s launch of Dataset Search on September 5 is a great step forward for researchers in search of data online that is “freely available to use”. Aimed at “scientists, data journalists, data geeks, or anyone else” the new service will provide a service that assists the open-data movement by providing a simpler way to find and re-use data from “government agencies, scientific publishers, research institutions and even individual researchers”.

Opinion: Re-establishing trust and improving outcomes in Nephrology

To re-establish trust and improve outcomes, we must carry health equity from “the bedside to the curbside.” From research and discovery, to policy and advocacy, nephrologists must engage directly with community members, stakeholders, and lawmakers. Minority communities need to see nephrologists in their schools, houses of worship, block parties, and community centers.

Dr. Shivam Joshi speaks about plant-based diets and the relationship with CKD in recent study: "Adequacy of Plant-Based Proteins in Chronic Kidney Disease”

A recent study was published online in the Journal of Renal Nutrition entitled “Adequacy of Plant-Based Proteins in Chronic Kidney Disease” on August 16, 2018. To get a behind-the-scenes look into the recent study, Kidney News Online asked Dr. Shivam Joshi, a physician and faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine, to answer several questions about the findings and what they mean for the future.

Electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) are gaining traction

Electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNS) are increasingly being used by researchers and scientists. “ELNs comprise software that helps researchers to document experiments, and that often has features such as protocol templates, collaboration tools, support for electronic signatures and the ability to manage the lab inventory". As younger individuals, who tend to expect and embrace electronic systems in general, begin to fill research roles, they are electing to use ELNs as well. Though use is growing, as there are currently 72 active ELN products, they are not yet ubiquitous.

Q&As with ASN Foundation Grant Recipients 2018

The following articles are brief Q&A sessions with American Society of Nephrology (ASN) grant recipients. The sessions explore what research the individual is undertaking with the grant funds, their hopes for the research, career goals, and advice for others interested in applying for these grant funds.


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Rebecca Hjorten, MD - Sharon Anderson Research Fellowship Award (2018)

Name: Rebecca Hjorten, MD

Institution: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Grant: Sharon Anderson Research Fellowship Award (2018)

Project Title: Modeling APOL1 Disease in Drosophila Melanogaster
 

How would you sum up your research in one sentence?

Katherine Shipman - ASN Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award (2018)

Name: Katherine Shipman

Grant: ASN Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award (2018)

Project Title: Megalin trafficking in Dent disease
 

How would you sum up your research in one sentence?

  • I study the reabsorption of protein by the proximal tubule to better understand causes of tubular proteinuria and provide insight into developing therapeutics.


Provide a brief overview of the research you will conduct with help from the grant.

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