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This podcast includes an interview with Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN. Dr. Watnick is the Chief Medical Officer at Northwest Kidney Centers in Washington state and Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. She discusses the steps her organization took to protect kidney patients and health care workers once the Coronavirus hit her state.

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This podcast covers a COVID-19 update from Dr. Barbara Murphy who is on the ground in New York City, a current hotspot in the US for COVID-19 cases. Dr. Murphy, MB BAO BCh, FRCPI, is currently the Murray M. Rosenberg ttp __thumb.jpgProfessor of Medicine and department chair for the Mount Sinai Health System (NYC). She is also dean of Clinical Integration and Population Health for the New York system’s Icahn School of Medicine and an ASN Councilor. Dr. Murphy is on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in New York City and plays a leading role in organizing the care effort there.

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asn logo small_0.jpgOn Friday, March 20, ASN President Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN issued an email to all ASN members addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and how ASN is responding.

He began, “as the president of a society headquartered in the United States, I must acknowledge the deep debt we owe to our colleagues in other countries. Thank you for sharing your experiences and wisdom in treating patients affected by Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) as well as for providing advice on how to manage the unprecedented strains this pandemic is adding to our health care systems. Your focus, dedication, and spirit of collaboration exemplifies the essence of medicine.”

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Made possible by a grant from Baxter Healthcare Corporation, the effort called AKI!Now: Promoting Excellence in the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Kidney Injury, will aim to help people suffering from acute kidney injury (AKI).

“Each year, approximately 10 million people worldwide suffer from acute kidney injury, and it kills an estimated 1.75 million of them,” commented ASN President Mark Rosenberg, MD, FASN. “ASN is bringing together some of the best minds in the kidney community to figure out how we can save more lives after AKI and kidney failure as well as to improve their quality of life.”

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ImageDisplay.aspx.jpgASN Communities has relaunched the -AKI Community. To get a behind-the-scenes look at the decision to relaunch the AKI Community, as well as information on the Community Leaders that will be posting educational information and responding to your questions, Kidney News Online reached out to Dr. Javier Neyra, MD, MS, FASN, one of the new AKI Community Leaders.

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“Resident macrophages reprogram toward a developmental state after acute kidney injury” was published today, January 24th, in JCI Insight. The study with co-first authors and trainees in the NIH-funded UAB Medical Scientist Training Program, Jeremie M. Lever and Travis D. Hull, M.D., Ph.D., found that “during acute kidney injury (AKI) in a mouse model, kidney-resident macrophages are reprogrammed to a developmental state, resembling these same cells when they are found in newborn mice. UAB News stated that “this reprogramming during AKI may be important to promote healing and tissue regeneration. If a similar developmental shift is seen for human kidney-resident machrophages during AKI, that could aid new therapeutic approaches for patients”.

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The third day of the ASN Kidney Week Annual Meeting included a heavy emphasis on the patient perspective of kidney disease. Three concurrent sessions on Saturday afternoon included speakers living with kidney disease. One of those sessions was the Celeste Castillo Lee Memorial Lecture, a unique lecture amongst medical society meetings. Named for a visionary member of the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Board of Directors,  an advocate for people with kidney diseases, and founder of the KHI Patient and Family Partnership Council, the lecture elevates the patient perspective during the kidney community’s most prestigious meeting.

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Kidney News Online reached out to Kevin Fowler to speak about his upcoming talk on how CJASN has incorporated Patient Voice into a monthly feature in the journal at the 2019 Council of Science Editors Annual Meeting on the topic of “Patient Engagement in Scholarly Publishing” on May 6th in Columbus, OH. Mr. Fowler is a Patient Voice Editor for CJASN and will be presenting along with Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP , Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Internal Medicine Senior Vice President, American College of Physicians and Bill Silberg , Director of Communications, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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In a story that has transcended the kidney community and touched the mainstream, David Ayres, a 42-year-old kidney transplant recipient and director of operations at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, a local arena in Toronto, entered an NHL game on February 22nd between the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, Canada. When two of the Hurricanes goalies left the game with injuries, Ayres, the emergency backup goalie – a position that is almost never used – was called in to play the remaining 28 minutes of his first ever NHL game. He went on to save 8 of 10 shots and lead the Hurricanes to a 6-3 victory. Even fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs cheered him on, as he is a native of nearby Whitby, Ontario.

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“A new app to help individuals with kidney disease track daily eating habits, daily activities, medications and efforts to self-manage their disease is being tested”.

With development lead by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Association of Kidney Patients, and the American Society of Nephrology, the app is in “beta phase testing” but will eventually be released to veterans, as well as the general public.