Schrier Lectureship to Focus on Biologic Memory in Acute Renal Failure

Eric G. Neilson


Eric G. Neilson, MD, FASN, will present the Robert W. Schrier Endowed Lectureship on Friday, November 11, on the subject, “The Origins of Fibroblasts: From Tissue Injury to Fibrosis.” Dr. Neilson is the From Lewis Landsberg Professor of Medicine and Cell and Molecular Biology and vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Neilson has studied renal basement membranes and the pathogenesis of interstitial nephritis leading to fibrosis, work that has resulted in more than 280 publications. His talk will describe the origins of fibroblasts focusing on epithelial and endothelial plasticity as well as other mechanisms of fibrogenesis.

Dr. Neilson is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Clinical and Climatological Association, the Interurban Clinical Club, and the Association of Professors of Medicine. He was the founding president of the Association of Subspecialty Professors. He has received the Young Investigator Award, the Barry M. Brenner Lectureship, the President’s Medal, and the John P. Peters Award from ASN as well as a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health. He has received an A. N. Richards Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Subspecialty Professors, and the Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award from the Association of Professors of Medicine. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

A medical graduate of the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Dr. Neilson trained in internal medicine and nephrology at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he rose to become the C. Mahlon Kline Professor of Medicine, chief of the renal-electrolyte and hypertension division, and director of the Penn Center for Molecular Studies of Kidney Diseases. He came to Vanderbilt in 1998 as the Hugh Jackson Morgan Professor and chairman of the department of medicine. He finished his term in the latter position in 2010.


[1] ASN gratefully acknowledges Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Novartis, Astellas Pharma US, and several individuals for support of the Robert W. Schrier Endowed Lectureship.

October-November 2011 (Vol. 3, Number 10 & 11)