Basic Science

First US cell-therapy trial for kidney transplant patients launched at University of Wisconsin Health

“The UW Program for Advanced Cell Therapy (PACT) will use the personalized cell therapy treatment to study its effects on a viral infection faced by around 30-40% of kidney and/or pancreas transplant recipients.

Dr. Reshma Kewalramani named incoming president and CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, former member ASN KHI Board of Directors

Announced July 25, Dr. Reshma Kewalramani will be promoted to president and CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. She is currently the chief medical officer for the company and was previously a practicing nephrologist who earned her medical doctorate at Boston University and trained at Bigham & Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Kewalramani will be the first woman to run a large biotechnology firm. Vortex’s share price “rose 360% and its sales doubled to $3 billion annually” under the previous CEO, largely due the company’s pharmaceuticals used to treat cystic fibrosis.

In Case You Missed It: Exclusive ASN Webinar on Advancing American Kidney Health

On July 26, 2019, the ASN policy team hosted anexclusive webinar discussing the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative. Click to see the slides used during the presentation. EAGnfkXW4AQEvvp_0.jpg

Interview: Dr. Michael Allon, Editor-in-Chief of the new ASN journal, Kidney360

Kidney News Online (KNO) recently spoke with Michael Allon, MD, the inaugural Editor-in-Chief for the newest journal from the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney360. As the open access, online only journal will begin accepting manuscripts in September 2019, KNO wanted to learn more...

Tomokazu Souma, MD, PhD - Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Name: Tomokazu Souma, MD, PhD

Institution: Duke University

Grant: Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Project Title: Harnessing Antioxidative Stress Pathways in Renal Epithelial Progenitors To Prevent AKI-to-CKD Transition
 

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Tengis S. Pavlov, PhD - Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Name: Tengis S. Pavlov, PhD

Institution: Henry Ford Health System

Grant: Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Project Title: Mechanism and Role of ATP Release in Polycystic Kidney Diseases
 

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Sagar U. Nigwekar, MD, MMSc - Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Name: Sagar U. Nigwekar, MD, MMSc

Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital

Grant: Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Project Title: Novel Determinants of Calcific Uremic Arteriolopathy
 

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Naoka Murakami, MD PhD - Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Name: Naoka Murakami, MD PhD

Institution: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Grant: Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Project Title: Roles of Immune Checkpoint Signaling in Autoimmune Kidney Diseases
 

How would you sum up your research in one sentence?

  • My research focuses on how immune system can tell between self and non-self using novel transgenic animal models.
     

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Dylan Dodd, MD, PhD - OHF-ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grant (2019)

Name: Dylan Dodd, MD, PhD

Institution: Stanford University

Grant: OHF-ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grant (2019)

Project Title: Gut Microbiota Modulation of Oxalate
 

How would you sum up your research in one sentence?

  • We are harnessing biochemical pathways in the gut microbiome to develop new therapies for hyperoxaluria and oxalosis.
     

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Subhashini Bolisetty, PhD - Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Name: Subhashini Bolisetty, PhD          

Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Grant: Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant (2019)

Project Title: Targeting Ferritin in Sepsis-Associated Acute Kidney Injury


How would you sum up your research in one sentence?

  • Our research program is aimed at elucidating the inflammatory and (patho-)physiological processes in health and acute kidney injury.
     

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