Transplantation & Immunology

The Living Donor Protection Act of 2019 Reintroduced in House and Senate

The Living Donor Protection Act of 2019, a longstanding priority of the ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee and the larger kidney and transplant community, has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives and Senate by Representatives Jaime Herrera-Beulter (R-WA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Senators Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR).

Kidney Watch 2019: February Special Section

final 2017_1.jpgFrom key medical advances to progress in the policy arena, 2019 will be a pivotal year in kidney care. Read about the top areas to watch in our special section, Kidney Watch 2019.

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.

NIH All of Us Research Program: 100,000 Participants and 2019 Update

The All of Us Research Program, a groundbreaking research effort funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has officially enrolled over 100,000 core participants. The effort looks to collect data from one million individuals on their health, habits and location to look for patterns that may affects one’s health with the goal of accelerating research and developing personalized and highly effective health care.

ASN Fighting for the Six Protected Classes of Drugs

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) submitted comments to Medicare on its Medicare Advantage and Part D Drug Pricing Proposed Rule on January 25.  ASN objected to segments of the proposed rule that remove protections from the “six protected classes of drugs” in Medicare Part D.

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 Monday, March 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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:

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