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ASN and other groups are urging Congress and the Administration to make a critical investment in the nation’s health care delivery system by maintaining the 3.75% increase to the CF through at least calendar years 2022 and 2023.  

ASN Executive Vice President Tod Ibrahim and ASN Regulatory and Quality Officer David White offer insights about federal funding for kidney research, visas for international medical graduates, and the Equality Act.

ASN is accepting late-breaking clinical trials through September 1 for Kidney Week 2021, which will include virtual content and an in-person annual meeting from November 4th to 7th in San Diego, CA.

During Kidney Week, STARS participants attend poster sessions, “Meet the Expert” panel discussions, and networking opportunities with nephrology leaders. STARS participants are grouped by special interest and paired with mentors who offer guidance during the event. 

In a recent letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget, ASN offered an overview of the current state of inequities and disparities in kidney diseases and emphasized four areas for consideration when evaluating agency policies and actions. 

Investigators discovered that kidney failure symptoms tended to increase or remain unchanged between transplant evaluation and transplantation; however, three months after transplantation, 9 of 11 symptoms lessened.

As the 2021-2022 interviewing and recruitment season gets underway, ASN continues to strongly encourage nephrology fellowship programs to conduct all interviews with applicants during the recruitment cycle remotely. Health, safety, and equity are key factors of this best practice.

ASN recently established a Loan Mitigation Pilot Program to decrease the loan burden of those entering the field of nephrology and bolster interest in the specialty. The society has committed $2,700,000 to reaching those who are considering nephrology as a career. The 5-year program will provide financial support for trainees, focusing on individuals historically underrepresented in medicine.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 American Society of Nephrology Lifetime and Mid-Career Awards. They have helped to improve the lives of patients with kidney diseases; advanced research, treatments, and patient care; and mentored trainees and junior faculty.

In the podcast, Bignall discusses the importance of a systems-based approach in addressing racial injustices that impact patient care, and how this approach is essential in addressing broader injustices, such as poverty, income inequality, and environmental conditions.