Narins Award to be Presented to Barry Brenner

Barry M. Brenner


Barry M. Brenner, MD, will receive the Robert G. Narins Award on Friday, November 19.

Dr. Brenner is director emeritus of the renal division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Samuel A. Levine Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

The award honors those who have made substantial contributions to education and teaching.

Dr. Brenner earned his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1962 and completed his internal medicine residency at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in 1966. He continued his career in research positions at the National Heart Institute and the University of California, San Francisco, before arriving at Harvard in 1976. He has held various positions at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, including director of the laboratory of kidney and electrolyte physiology. During the period from 1979 to 2001, when he was director, Brigham’s renal division was named America’s leading nephrology program by U.S. News and World Report, a ranking that continues to the present day.

His basic and clinical research has focused on mechanisms of glomerular function in health and disease, for which he is generally considered the world’s leading authority.

A former president of ASN, Dr. Brenner has served as an officer in many societies, including as councilor and vice president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, founding member and president of the American Society of Hypertension, councilor of the International Society of Nephrology, councilor of the American Association of Physicians, and chair of the section on medical sciences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He has held 25 editorial board appointments, published more than 650 scientific articles, edited 48 books, and participated in more than 300 visiting lectures and/or professorships.

He has received numerous awards and accolades, including Fellow, Royal College of Physicians in London; the Jean Hamburger Award and Amgen Prize of the International Society of Nephrology; the Richard Bright Award of the American Society of Hypertension; the Donald W. Selden and David M. Hume Awards of the National Kidney Foundation; and the Novartis International Award of the American Heart Association. He is the only person to have received both the ASN’s Homer W. Smith Award for basic science and John P. Peters Award for clinical science. He has also received honorary degrees from Harvard University, Long Island University, Université de Paris, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Robert G. Narins


Robert G. Narins, MD, was the first recipient of the award bearing his name. He taught and mentored countless students, serving on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Harvard University, Temple University, and Henry Ford Hospital.

Well recognized for his contributions in the fields of fluid-electrolyte and acid-base physiology, Dr. Narins has also led numerous education efforts at the national and international levels. Among these, he has chaired the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Nephrology Board and worked on the American College of Physicians’ Annual Program Committee. From 1994 to 2006, he developed and guided ASN’s educational programs, including working to expand educational programs during Renal Week. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of ASN’s newest journal, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology; in establishing the Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology program; and in negotiating ASN’s partnership agreements with Hypertension, Dialysis, & Clinical Nephrology (HDCN) and UpToDate. Dr. Narins is also credited with working with organizations in Europe and Asia to help promote education and teaching in nephrology.