Careers

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.

Kidney Health Initiative (KHI): Prioritizing Symptoms of ESRD Patients for Developing Therapeutic Interventions workshop

The “Prioritizing Symptoms of ESRD Patients for Developing Therapeutic Interventions” workshop took place from January 8th through January 10th in Washington, DC. The meeting convened various stakeholders, including patients and care givers. Discussion centered around three symptoms of ESRD that were identified as priorities through previous patient focus groups: Fatigue, Insomnia, and Muscle Cramps.

The goal of the meeting was to:

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.

NY Times: Diabetes in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Heart Disease

The women who had gestational diabetes were 20 times as likely as controls to develop Type 2 diabetes, consistent with previous studies, and the risk was highest in the first year after giving birth. In addition, these women were 2.8 times as likely to have heart disease, and nearly twice as likely to develop high blood pressure. The researchers controlled for age, body mass index, ethnicity, smoking and other variables.

CMS updates open payments data

Today, January 17, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments dataset to reflect changes to the data that took place since the last publication on June 30, 2017. The updated dataset is now available for viewing at https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/.

PLOS Blogs: 6 tips for deciphering outcomes in health studies

As studies published become more convoluted with jargon and specific measurement techniques that can be confusing and/or misleading, it’s important to be able to get down to the measured outcomes quickly and with clarity.

Negotiating for Leadership Success

This past spring, ASN joined with Women in Nephrology (WIN) to develop a series of webinars designed to help you advance your career.  In one of these presentations, Dr. Yasmin Davidds, Psy. D, M.C.C., and CEO of the Women’s Institute of Negotiation, provides advice on negotiating for leadership success.

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.

FDA approved new type II diabetes drug

The new drug, developed by Merck & Co and Pfizer Inc., is an oral drug known generically as ertugliflozin and in the class of SGLT2 inhibitors, which work to expel excess glucose through urine.


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug early this week. The drug is expected to be available for sale in early 2018.

ASN Data Bytes: ASN Kidney STARS Program from 2012 to 2017

The goal of the ASN Kidney STARS program is to stimulate interest in nephrology careers by targeting medical students, residents, and graduate students with an interest in nephrology but who have not yet committed to applying to a fellowship. In addition to tailored events and networking opportunities, this program provides travel support, complimentary registration to attend the ASN Annual Meeting at Kidney Week, and complimentary membership to the society.

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