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ASN President's Column: Strategic Goals for 2019

I am honored to be ASN President in 2019 and excited by the possibilities for this year. ASN developed and launched a 5-year strategic plan in 2016. Significant progress has been made on all strategic goals, and these remain as the main issues ASN will need to address over the course of the next year. In 2019, I’d like to see ASN focus on accomplishing three broad goals that will continue the society’s momentum and help accomplish the strategic plan by the end of 2020.

New Website Launched for the Kidney Health Initiative

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) recently released a new website to inform the community about its mission, objectives, and membership. The new site also showcases the publications from completed projects since the formation of KHI in 2012.

Nominations for ASN Midcareer Awards are Open

Nominations for ASN’s midcareer awards are open. These awards identify those who exemplify the very best in our field. Recognize your peers for their work in the fight against kidney disease.

To nominate a candidate, submit one letter of nomination and the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV). Please note that ASN can only accept one nomination letter per candidate; however, the letter may have multiple signatories.

The deadline for all ASN midcareer awards nominations is through Friday, March 22, 2019.

JAMA study finds better health outcomes and lower mortality rate for undocumented immigrants with scheduled dialysis

JAMA Internal Medicine published findings this month that found when “compared with emergency-only dialysis, scheduled dialysis significantly reduced 1-year mortality, hospitalizations, and costs among undocumented immigrants with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). However, in “40 of 50 US states, scheduled dialysis is withheld from undocumented immigrants with ESRD; instead, they receive intermittent emergency-only dialysis to treat life-threatening manifestations of ESRD’”.

Recent JASN study: Hemodialysis linked with decline in cognitive function

In a recent study published by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), set out to examine the “immediate and longer-term effects of hemodialysis on cerebral circulation, cerebral structure, and cognitive function as they are currently poorly understood.

97 hemodialysis patients, with a median age of 59 years, were included in the study and the tests occurred over a 12-month period. During which transcranial Doppler ultrasounds were used to “measure cerebral arterial mean flow velocity (MFV) throughout dialysis, as well as cognitive scores, and MRI imaging.

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Year in Review

“What I have learned more than anything else, is that if you get talented and committed people from different backgrounds together, then wonderful and impactful things just seem to happen.” Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, FASN, ASN Co-Chair for the Kidney Health Initiative

Marcello Tonelli, MD, SM, MSc speaks about the complexities of treating nephrology patients in recent study

tonelli.jpgA recent study was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) entitled “Comparison of the Complexity of Patients Seen by Different Medical Subspecialists in a Universal Health Care System” on November 30, 2018.

Please access the abstract and full report on the JAMA website.

Community-Minded: A Review of the ASN Communities for 2018

Three years ago, the ASN developed and released ASN Communities with the objective of creating an international venue to network, collaborate and discuss important issues in a members-only environment. Since the launch:

ASN Workforce and Career Advancement Opportunities Now Open

ASN is now accepting applications for the 2019 Kidney TREKS (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Scholars) program and for travel support to the 2019 Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) Annual Workshop.

Building the Future: Search for NephSAP® Editorial Director

ASN has opened a search for the next Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (NephSAP®) Editorial Director. The current NephSAP Co-Directors’, Gerald A. Hladik, MD and Jerry Yee, MD, FASN, conclude their successful leadership of NephSAP on December 31, 2019.

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