Biomarkers of Diabetic Kidney Disease to Be Subject of Schrier Lectureship

Robert G. Nelson, MD, PhD


A researcher with decades of experience will deliver the Robert W. Schrier, MD, Endowed Lectureship, entitled “Biomarkers of Structural Pathology in Diabetic Kidney Disease and Renal Function Decline,” on Friday, Nov. 18.

Robert G. Nelson, MD, PhD, is a senior investigator with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). He has conducted studies of type 2 diabetes and its complications in the Pima Indians for the past 30 years. His research focuses primarily on the kidney complications of type 2 diabetes, and his areas of special interest include the natural history, genetic and environmental determinants, pathophysiology, and treatment of diabetic nephropathy. His most recent work focuses on studies of glomerular structure, gene expression in kidney tissue, and biomarkers of diabetic nephropathy.

He has worked with National Kidney Foundation committees on practice guidelines for diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD); proteinuria and other markers of CKD; and evaluation, classification, and stratification of CKD. He serves on an expert group on diabetes complications for the World Health Organization’s global burden of disease study. He has served on the executive committee of the European Diabetic Nephropathy Working Group and on the scientific sessions planning committee of the American Diabetes Association. He is currently a member of the World Congress of Nephrology’s scientific program committee.

Dr. Nelson has been on the editorial board of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and is currently on the boards of Primary Care Diabetes and Nephrology News & Issues. His research and other activities have resulted in almost 300 publications.

He has received many awards, including the Ruth Osterby Award from the European Diabetic Nephropathy Study Group, several plain language awards for educational videos from the National Institutes of Health, and the L.S. Goerke Memorial Award from the UCLA School of Public Health.

Dr. Nelson received his medical degree from Loma Linda University, an MPH from Harvard University, and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

October/November 2016  (Vol 8, Issue 10/11)