CKD Researcher's Eknoyan Lecture to Focus on Correct Hemodialysis Dosing

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Laura M. Dember, MD, FASN

Citation: Kidney News 15, 10/11

The Garabed Eknoyan, MD, Endowed Lectureship will be delivered by a leading chronic kidney disease (CKD) researcher on Thursday, November 2.

Laura M. Dember, MD, FASN, will speak on “Thrice Weekly Hemodialysis and Kt/Vurea: Carved in Stone?” The lecture will be presented during a session on “Dosing Hemodialysis: One Size Does Not Fit All.”

Dr. Dember is professor of medicine and epidemiology in the Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension Division, a senior scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and director of the Certificate Programs in Clinical Research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

She conducts patient-oriented research in CKD with a particular focus on interventions to improve clinical outcomes for patients treated with maintenance hemodialysis. She has held leadership roles in several multi-center clinical trials and observational studies, including the Dialysis Access Consortium, the Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation Study, the Hemodialysis Novel Therapies Consortium, the Hemodialysis Opioid Prescription Effort (HOPE) Consortium trial, and the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) study, all funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

As the principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health Time to Reduce Mortality in End-Stage Renal Disease (TiME) trial, Dr. Dember played an important role in introducing large, pragmatic trials embedded in clinical care delivery to the nephrology community, an effort that she is continuing as a co-investigator for the NIDDK, including HiLo: Pragmatic Trial of Higher vs Lower Serum Phosphate Targets in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis and as an investigator for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Comparative Effectiveness of Two Approaches to Symptom Monitoring in Hemodialysis study.

Dr. Dember has mentored numerous nephrology fellows and faculty members during the early stages of their independent research careers. She has served as a deputy editor of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and received the National Kidney Foundation's J. Michael Lazarus Distinguished Award.

She is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency training at the University of Pennsylvania and her nephrology fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania and at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.