Kidney News Podcast on the Past and Future of the Kidney Health Initiative

By Zach Cahill

ima_thumb.pngIn early December 2018, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, FASN, the outgoing American Society of Nephrology Co-Chair for KHI, and Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN, who began his term as Co-Chair for KHI in 2019, recorded a discussion with ASN Executive Vice-President Tod Ibrahim. This wide-ranging Kidney News podcast included Dr. Roy-Chaudhury’s evaluation of his six-year tenure and an outline of Dr. Harris’ vision for the future.

Dr. Roy-Chaudhury reflected that bringing together patients and regulators, along with physicians and industry, was an essential differentiation of KHI. Representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were intentionally placed on workgroups and the patient perspective was prioritized with the establishment of the Patient and Family Partnership Council to provide expertise on product development. Convening these disparate groups in a precompetitive space within projects, workgroups, and meetings, is an enduring success of the organization. 

Both physicians agreed that today KHI finds itself in a unique position as the field attracts more interest and innovative technologies begin to mature. Current and past projects addressing clinical trial endpoints and infrastructure, government collaboration, and the patient perspective all contribute positively to the current innovation environment.

Dr. Harris sees the future including continued work on roadmaps and technical constructs as well as projects tackling larger issues facing the nephrology community. His first year will include developing a new strategic plan to efficiently tackle those issues. Both leaders expressed interest in including early career professionals and clinicians in future projects and were optimistic about the impact KHI will continue to have on the lives of people with kidney diseases. 

Download the most recent episode of the Kidney News podcast to hear more about these topics and others. Learn more about the Kidney Health Initiative at www.kidneyhealthinitiative.org.

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ima_thumb.pngIn early December 2018, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, FASN, the outgoing American Society of Nephrology Co-Chair for KHI, and Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN, who began his term as Co-Chair for KHI in 2019, recorded a discussion with ASN Executive Vice-President Tod Ibrahim. This wide-ranging Kidney News podcast included Dr. Roy-Chaudhury’s evaluation of his six-year tenure and an outline of Dr. Harris’ vision for the future.

Dr. Roy-Chaudhury reflected that bringing together patients and regulators, along with physicians and industry, was an essential differentiation of KHI. Representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were intentionally placed on workgroups and the patient perspective was prioritized with the establishment of the Patient and Family Partnership Council to provide expertise on product development. Convening these disparate groups in a precompetitive space within projects, workgroups, and meetings, is an enduring success of the organization. 

Both physicians agreed that today KHI finds itself in a unique position as the field attracts more interest and innovative technologies begin to mature. Current and past projects addressing clinical trial endpoints and infrastructure, government collaboration, and the patient perspective all contribute positively to the current innovation environment.

Dr. Harris sees the future including continued work on roadmaps and technical constructs as well as projects tackling larger issues facing the nephrology community. His first year will include developing a new strategic plan to efficiently tackle those issues. Both leaders expressed interest in including early career professionals and clinicians in future projects and were optimistic about the impact KHI will continue to have on the lives of people with kidney diseases. 

Download the most recent episode of the Kidney News podcast to hear more about these topics and others. Learn more about the Kidney Health Initiative at www.kidneyhealthinitiative.org.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019