John Peters Award to Honor Vicente E. Torres

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ASN will recognize the wide-ranging contributions of Vicente E. Torres, MD, PhD, with the presentation of the John P. Peters Award on Friday, Nov. 8.

The John P. Peters Award is given for outstanding contributions to improving the lives of patients and to furthering the understanding of the kidney in health and disease.


Vicente E. Torres, MD, PhD

Citation: Kidney News 11, 10/11

Dr. Torres is director of the Mayo Translational Polycystic Kidney Disease Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

His research has focused on polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and related diseases for three decades. He has published on wide-ranging topics related to these diseases, including their epidemiology, phenotypic characterization, natural history, and clinical management. He has also worked to identify responsible genes as well as the expression and function of their encoded proteins. He has led preclinical and clinical therapeutic trials as well as translational studies aimed at improving treatment for autosomal dominant PKD.

He has been the principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded CRISP imaging study, the recently completed HALT-PKD clinical trial, and industry-funded clinical trials of vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists. His research has led to publication of 350 articles, three books or monographs, 50 book chapters, and 400 abstracts.

He has been active on NIH study sections and advisory panels in his research area and on the scientific advisory board of the PKD Foundation. He has organized many meetings on PKD, including the first Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) controversies conference dedicated to PKD and the 2017 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology science research conference on PKD.

Dr. Torres has served on the editorial boards of Kidney, Kidney International, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, NephSAP, CJASN, and JASN.

His contributions to PKD research have been recognized by the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of PKD and by Mayo naming him to the Robert M. and Billie J. Pirnie Professorship in Kidney Research.

Dr. Torres received medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Barcelona in Spain and moved to the Mayo Clinic in 1972 for research fellowships and residencies in internal medicine and nephrology. He joined the faculty there in 1979 and became professor of medicine in 1991. He served for five years as chair of the division of nephrology and hypertension and for eight years as director of the kidney disease research training grant program at the Mayo Clinic.