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Margaret Collins, MD, a nephrologist who runs a hypertension specialty practice in Wilmington, North Carolina, knows well the challenges women in nephrology face from trying to get through a grueling nephrology fellowship during her childbearing years to trying to navigate demands for 90-hour weeks in practice with children at home.

As representatives of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) joined the audience of thousands in the nephrology community from around the world, ASN President Mark E.

Extending Medicare coverage for immunosuppressive drugs through the life of a kidney transplant could reduce the costs of a patient’s care by $3163 while improving their quality of life, according to research presented at Kidney Week 2019.

Results from a sub-analysis of the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL) did not find any benefit from either supplement in preventing or slowing kidney disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. Negative results from the primary analysis of the VITAL trial were published earlier this year showing no benefit of the supplements in cancer or cardiovascular diseases prevention.

Difelikefalin may offer dialysis patients some relief from the persistent itching associated with chronic dialysis, according to results from the KALM-1 trial presented during Kidney Week 2019.

Research in nephrology has been on the rise over the past 5 years and data show that the future is bright for both innovators and people living with kidney diseases. This glimmer of hope was displayed throughout Kidney Week, during which both people living with kidney diseases and kidney health professionals came together to learn and discuss the current and future state of clinical research.

ASN will recognize the wide-ranging contributions of Vicente E. Torres, MD, PhD, with the presentation of the John P. Peters Award on Friday, Nov. 8.

The John P. Peters Award is given for outstanding contributions to improving the lives of patients and to furthering the understanding of the kidney in health and disease.

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