OPTN Proposing Contentious Changes to Long-Standing Policy Creation Process

Recently, the Organ Procurement Transplant Network / United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN / UNOS) executive committee published a concept paper[i] which is currently under public comment.  The paper proposes that the current committee structure utilized to develop and implement policy should be drastically altered.

Communities Weekly Rewind: Donor Evaluation


A person with history of coronary artery disease, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and no other comorbidities is being evaluated as a potential kidney donor. Stress test (TMT) and stress echocardiography are currently normal.  Can such a person be considered for kidney donation? If not, are there any guidelines and what other factors should be considered?

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) approves ASN membership

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors recently approved the membership of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) in the AAMC, making ASN the latest CFAS member society.

Communities Weekly Rewind: Confusing Acid Base Disorder

Query & Hypothesis

Why did metabolic acidosis get worse after receiving normal saline? Could normal saline alone be the cause for the drop in HCO3? Could the originally proposed etiology of her acid base disorder been faulty?

Yale leads largest-ever collaboration to educate health workers in Rwanda

This is the largest single collaboration in health workforce education to be funded by the United States,” said Dr. Asghar Rastegar, director of the Office of Global Health at the Yale School of Medicine. “It demonstrates how we can bring our knowledge and capacity to bear to improve medical training and health care in the developing world."

CJASN: Employment among patients starting dialysis in the United States

A recent study published by the Clinical Journal of Nephrology (CJASN) found that employment was low among patients starting dialysis throughout the study period at 23% to 24%, and 38% of patients who were employed six months prior to being diagnosed with kidney failure stopped working by the time they initiated dialysis.

NIH Common Fund Announces New Funding for Human Biomolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP)

HuBMAP  aims to accelerate the development of the next generation of tools and techniques to generate 3D tissue maps through an open data platform established in partnership with other funding agencies, programs, and the biomedical research community.

ASN Communities - 2017 in Review

2017 is drawing to a close, marking the end of a year that saw ASN Communities hit its stride within the nephrology social media landscape. Providing an interactive learning experience for nephrologists around the world has become the sites primary strength. Interacting on Communities reminds many practicing nephrologists of the iterative case conferences they had in residency. Both complicated and mundane discussions provide a springboard for nephrologists to finding their own answers and improving their own knowledge base.

Scientists modify CRISPR to epigenetically treat diabetes and kidney disease in mice

"Salk scientists have created a new version of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology that allows them to activate genes without creating breaks in the DNA, potentially circumventing a major hurdle to using gene editing technologies to treat human diseases.

Endocrinologist/nephrologist clinic found to reduce diabetic kidney disease progression

“Patients with type 2 diabetes and stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease who attended a joint endocrinologist-nephrologist diabetic kidney disease clinic were less likely to progress to end-stage renal disease after 3 years vs. similar patients seen at a diabetes center, according to findings from a nested, case-control study”.