Basic Science

Plant-based Diets OK for People with Kidney Disease, Can Lead to Better Outcomes

WASHINGTON, DC – The effects of plant-based diets and phosphorous restriction on kidney disease were the subject of two talks presented at Kidney Week 2019.

HHS-wide Forum on Advancing American Kidney Health Details Voluntary Payment Models Exclusively for Kidney Week Attendees

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials from the office of the Secretary, office of the Chief Technology Officer (OTC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Innovation Center at CMS, came together for an HHS-wide Forum on the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH), especially the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) model on Thursday, November 7, at Kidney Week 2019.  The session was standing room only with a very engaged audience.

Caloric Restriction Could Help Obese Patients with Kidney Disease

WASHINGTON – Caloric restriction, whether through diet, bariatric surgery, or new sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor (SGLT2) medications, could help improve measures of kidney disease in obese patients, according to a Kidney Week 2019 presentation.

Kidney Week Discussion Panel on Disruption in Kidney Care Focused on Need for a Patient-Centered Process

An exciting, and sometimes heated, panel and audience discussion occurred today at Kidney Week 2019 on the subject of disruptors in the nephrology market. Major new healthcare players are entering kidney care, bringing perspectives and expertise on technology, big data, and artificial intelligence and integrated payer-provider platforms. These innovators are working to transform the landscape in kidney care. The audience was standing room only and the hour-long question period had a line the entire time.

The five panelists included:

Biopsies the “Imperfect Gold Standard” for Diagnosing Post-Transplant Rejection

WASHINGTON, DC -- Biopsies remain the gold standard for diagnosing post-transplant kidney disease but they are imperfect, a speaker said here during Kidney Week 2019. Emerging biomarkers may provide a complement to helping nephrologists diagnose and manage disease. The session entitled, "Needle Phobia: Kidney Transplant Biopsy Alternatives", included four speakers on the topic.

Details of the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model – Voluntary Model in the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative (AAKH)

You can learn more about the KCC Model of the AAKH initiative by joining a series of webinars being hosted by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

ASN Communities – A Unique Educational Asset

Members from over 180 countries continue to regularly engage in ASN Communities.  In just three years, there have been almost 140,000 unique logins to the Communities.  The educational value of Communities was recognized in 2019 by the Kidney Week program committee when they accepted a submission about the international and educational value of Communities.  Members helping and supporting each other dealing with complex clinical cases, educational challenges, policy initiatives and more have created an online educational asset that

New Insights and Directions for 2019 Annual Nephrology Fellow Survey

Graduating nephrologists perceived improvements in job markets close to their training institutes, and an increasing majority of nephrology fellows would recommend the specialty. These are two of the key insights from an analysis of the 2019 ASN Nephrology Fellow Survey responses released on October 28, 2019. The report, 2019 Nephrology Fellow Survey—Results and Insights, authored by principal investigator Stephen M.

Three research scientists, including a nephrologist, awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine for work with how cells sense and adapt to oxygen

Announced on October 7th, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was jointly awarded to a trio of scientists, William G. Kaelin Jr., Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Gregg L. Semenza, for their work on “how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability,” The New York Times reports.

These “investigators uncovered detailed genetic responses to changing oxygen levels that allow cells in the bodies of humans and other animals sense and respond to fluctuations, increasing and decreasing how much oxygen they receive.”

JASN Editor in Chief Josie Briggs, MD, Appointed Interim Executive Director of PCORI

On September 27th, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced the appointment of Josephine P. Briggs, MD, as PCORI’s Interim Executive Director, starting on November 1, 2019. Briggs will lead the organization during its search for a replacement for Joe Selby, MD, MPH, who announced plans to retire as Executive Director by year’s end. She will continue her work as JASN Editor-in-Chief during this time.

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