Kidney News sat down with Steven G. Achinger, MD, Managing Partner & Chairman of the Board at Watson Clinic LLP in Lakeland, FL, to speak about his recent move into management after 11 years of clinical nephrology practice, including how he made the decision and any advice he has for those considering a similar move.

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Kidney News interviewed Christian Schafmeister, PhD, Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Technology, Temple University, about his KidneyX Prize, “Atomically Precise Membranes for High-Flux and Selective Removal of Blood Toxins” during hemodialysis. Schafmeister presented the work for the Phase I Redesign Dialysis Prize at the inaugural KidneyX Summit in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019.

Kidney News interviewed Jeff Ross, PhD, CEO of Miromatrix Medical, about the company’s work to bioengineer new kidney grafts consisting of human cells grown in pig extracellular matrix scaffolds. Ross presented the work, “Building New Kidneys,” at the inaugural KidneyX Summit in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019.

The editors hope that this issue of ASN Kidney News focusing on anemia and its management will allow readers to review lessons learned from our use of rEPO and to take pause as we thoughtfully embark on anemia treatment strategies utilizing newer agents that may soon be available.

In 2018, expert opinion that our present strategies for the use of intravenous (IV) iron were harming chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients took a severe thrashing. Despite clear evidence that iron is essential for treating the anemia of CKD, generous IV iron use has been discouraged by guidelines and by many experts.

The introduction of erythropoietin-stimulating agents (ESAs) in the late 1980s revolutionized the treatment of anemia for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), with the ensuing parade of clinical trials serving as the scientific basis for current management principles.