Young Investigator Recognized for Insights on Population Data in Patient Care

Morgan Grams, MD, PhD, MHS


The Donald W. Seldin Young Investigator Award cosponsored by ASN and the American Heart Association Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease will be presented to Morgan Grams, MD, PhD, MHS, who will speak on “Using Population Data to Inform Patient Care in Nephrology” on Sunday, October 28.

Dr. Grams is associate professor of medicine and epidemiology in the division of nephrology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She is director of nephrology initiatives for the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium, an 11-million participant global consortium with a coordinating center at Johns Hopkins.

She also maintains active research programs in the metabolomics and genomics of kidney diseases as well as drug safety in CKD. Research in the Morgan Grams Lab focuses on preventing and ameliorating the complications associated with CKD. Recent work includes examining the racial differences in and prognostic value of biomarkers of hyperglycemia. The researchers have also developed an online tool to help identify living kidney donor candidates by weighing a variety of factors to assess the long-term risk of end stage renal disease.

Dr. Grams has worked with several studies, including the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study and the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium.

She serves as associate editor of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and is on the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. She is a peer reviewer for eight journals, including the Lancet.

She has served as a professional development award grant reviewer for the National Kidney Foundation, abstract reviewer for the American Diabetes Association, and an abstract reviewer for ASN Kidney Week.

Dr. Grams received the Gold Humanism Award from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Young Investigator Award from the American Transplant Congress.

She received her medical degree from Columbia University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed an internal medicine residency at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University and a nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

ASN thanks the American Heart Association’s Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease for co-sponsorship of the Donald W. Seldin Young Investigator Award.

October/November 2018 (Vol. 10, Number 10 & 11)