2015 News

Kids' Chronic Care

Kids' Chronic Care

Imagine taking five or ten medications a day—before you even graduate high school. An undergrad researcher helps young adults transition to managing their own care. Republished with permission by Ashita Gona.

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Dr. Bill Primack Shares Career Insights on New Podcast

Dr. Bill Primack Shares Career Insights on New Podcast

Dr. Bill Primack, a pediatric nephrologist, recently celebrated his retirement from UNC. He discusses several topics and issues that he dealt with in his career in this new podcast.

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Kidney Kare Celebrates Its Tenth, and Final Year

Kidney Kare Celebrates Its Tenth, and Final Year

The annual Kidney Kare 5K Run/Walk will celebrate its Tenth Anniversary on Saturday, March 14.

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2015 Blythe Lecture Will Feature Dr. Robert Chevalier

2015 Blythe Lecture Will Feature Dr. Robert Chevalier

The Blythe Lecture takes place each year in honor of Dr. William Blythe, who was a distinguished and admired former chief of the Division of Nephrology at UNC. This year's lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 8 at 4:00 PM in G-100 Bondurant Hall. Dr. Chevalier will present "The Proximal Tubule and Chronic Kidney Disease: Lessons from the Mouse."

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The Kidney Education Outreach Program Celebrates 10 Years

The Kidney Education Outreach Program Celebrates 10 Years

UNC’s Kidney Education Outreach Program (KEOP) is celebrating 10 years of kidney screenings in the communities of North Carolina. The very first screening took place in October of 2005, and since then, more than 6,000 people at increased risk for CKD in North Carolina have had their kidney function screened as a result of this program.

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UNC Researchers Publish Editorial in Lupus Science & Medicine and Discuss Need for Repeat Kidney Biopsies in Patients with Lupus Nephritis

UNC Researchers Publish Editorial in Lupus Science & Medicine and Discuss Need for Repeat Kidney Biopsies in Patients with Lupus Nephritis

Fernanda Schober, MD and Will Pendergraft, MD, PhD just published an editorial in Lupus Science & Medicine in which they review a recent study of specific biomarkers in lupus nephritis and provide their expert opinions on the need for repeated kidney biopsies to help treat patients with lupus nephritis and also identify meaningful biomarkers that could predict disease development and response to therapy.

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New Podcast Features David Cole, Kidney Transplant Recipient and Raven Rock Ramble Organizer

New Podcast Features David Cole, Kidney Transplant Recipient and Raven Rock Ramble Organizer

David Cole shares his story in this new podcast on how he went from a very healthy athlete, to a person diagnosed with kidney disease. And then, how his life changed after having a kidney transplant. David has organized the Raven Rock Ramble, a 100-mile bike ride which promotes awareness of organ donation issues, and benefits the UNC Kidney Center. The 14th Raven Rock Ramble will take place on May 3.

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2015 Carolina Care Excellence Awards Include Patrick Nachman, MD

2015 Carolina Care Excellence Awards Include Patrick Nachman, MD

UNC Health Care administers the CMS-approved Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS) survey to solicit feedback from our patients. At UNC Medical Center, a selection of providers representing different areas of medicine and health care received the highest possible honors from the patients they serve. UNC Kidney Center's Patrick Nachman, MD is among those honored with this award.

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Vasculitis Support Group Convenes for Spring Meeting

Vasculitis Support Group Convenes for Spring Meeting

The NC/Raleigh Chapter of the Vasculitis Support Group consists of vasculitis patients, family members and friends who have joined together to share experience, information and support in their journey with vasculitis. This group meets twice a year and meetings include updates and discussion on vasculitis health are topics and study updates, as well as time for one-on-one and small group conversations. Its most recent meeting took place on May 2, 2015 in Durham, NC.

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Fourteenth Annual Raven Rock Ramble Is Biggest Ever

Fourteenth Annual Raven Rock Ramble Is Biggest Ever

The Raven Rock Ramble is a 100-mile bike ride which promotes awareness of organ donation issues and benefits the UNC Kidney Center. It is organized by David Cole who is a cyclist and a kidney transplant recipient.

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2015 GDCN Meeting Brings Researchers and Physicians Together

2015 GDCN Meeting Brings Researchers and Physicians Together

The GDCN was established in 1985 as a means of enhancing communication and research efforts between community nephrology offices, academic nephrology & pathology departments, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Its purpose is to learn more about the causes and pathogenesis of glomerular diseases, as well as to find the most effective treatments for patients with these diseases. Every year, network members meet up for continuing education and to review ongoing and new studies involving patients with glomerular disease.

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For the Love of William

For the Love of William

A grandson’s care leads Ward and Julia Marslender of Raleigh, N.C., to establish a $1 million bequest that will help UNC Children’s train the next generation of pediatric specialists in nephrology and urology. Republished with permission from UNC Health Care.

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UNC Kidney Center Researchers Visit London for 2015 International Vasculitis & ANCA Workshop

UNC Kidney Center Researchers Visit London for 2015 International Vasculitis & ANCA Workshop

The 17th International Vasculitis & ANCA Workshop was held in London on April 19-22. Physicians and researchers from around the world gathered at the Business Design Centre to share and hear about the latest advances in the field of vasculitis, and to network with healthcare professionals and scientists.

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New Publication Evaluates End Points for Clinical Trials

New Publication Evaluates End Points for Clinical Trials

Clinical trials that study kidney disease usually use end-stage kidney disease (having to go on dialysis or receive a kidney transplant) as the primary outcome, or end point, of a study. For many kidney diseases such as those associated with nephrotic syndrome (heavy protein loss in the urine), end stage kidney disease (ESKD) may not occur for several years, sometimes 10 years or more. This long course make it very difficult to evaluate the efficacy of treatments in preventing ESKD.

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UNC Fellows Celebrate Completion of Nephrology Training

UNC Fellows Celebrate Completion of Nephrology Training

On June 17, 2015, four nephrology trainees were recognized in a graduation ceremony for successfully completing their subspecialty training at UNC. Baher Basta, MD, Elizabeth Brant, M5, Koyal Jain, MD, and Kawan Swain, MD have graduated and each will be starting new jobs as nephrologists.

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2015 Maestro Award Presented to Dr. Ron Falk

2015 Maestro Award Presented to Dr. Ron Falk

Each year, the graduating nephrology trainees present the Maestro Award to a faculty member who has shown outstanding commitment and excellence in teaching. On June 17, 2015, the Maestro Award was presented to UNC Kidney Center Director Dr. Ron Falk. Dr. Fernanda Schober presented the award on behalf of the fellows, and delivered the following speech.

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UNC Kidney Center's Jean Brown Receives Star Heel Award

UNC Kidney Center's Jean Brown Receives Star Heel Award

The Star Heel Awards Program is administered by Benefits Services in the Office of Human Resources at UNC and is sponsored by TIAA-CREF and presents the award to one person in each division and department at the university every year to recognize and reward excellent employees.

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Meet the Incoming 2015 UNC Nephrology Trainees

Meet the Incoming 2015 UNC Nephrology Trainees

The UNC Kidney Center welcomes new trainees Shannon Mahoney, MPH, MD, Monica Reynolds, MD, and Elizabeth Upton, MD, who began their nephrology training this month.

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UNC Kidney Center Fellows Selected as Winners of ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest with “Nephropoly” Game

UNC Kidney Center Fellows Selected as Winners of ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest with “Nephropoly” Game

Dr. Dorey Glenn, a pediatric nephrology fellow at UNC, with the help from UNC adult nephrology fellows, has created “Nephropoly: Urine Trouble!,” a board game that teaches kidney physiology. The creation of Nephropoly came about as a response to the 2015 American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest, which asked the kidney community to submit ideas for innovative tools to teach medical students and residents aspects of kidney physiology.

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UNC Kidney Center Former Trainee Receives Editorial Recognition for Publication in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

UNC Kidney Center Former Trainee Receives Editorial Recognition for Publication in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

An article published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) journal by former UNC Kidney Center trainee Jill Lebov, PhD, was recently discussed in an editorial on the publication’s web site. Dr. Lebov’s article, “Pesticide use and risk of end-stage renal disease among licensed pesticide applicators in the Agricultural Health Study,” studied commonly used pesticides applied by farmers and commercial pesticide applicators and the rates of End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) among that population.

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Nine UNC Kidney Center Physicians Named to Best Doctors in America®  List

Nine UNC Kidney Center Physicians Named to Best Doctors in America® List

Nine UNC Kidney Center physicians were named to the 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America® list. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review. Best Doctors, Inc helps patients get the right diagnosis and right treatment. The UNC Kidney Center physicians who made the 2015-2016 list are: Randal K. Detwiler, MD, Ronald J. Falk, MD, Maria E. Ferris, MD, MPH, PhD, Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, Gerald A. Hladik, MD, J. Charles Jennette, MD, Roger Lamanna, MD, Patrick H. Nachman, MD, and Volker Nickeleit, MD

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J. Charles Jennette, MD Delivers Berryhill Lecture

J. Charles Jennette, MD Delivers Berryhill Lecture

On Nov. 11, J. Charles Jennette, MD, Kenneth M. Brinkhous Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, delivered the 2015 Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture. In his lecture, Jennette thanked his family and faculty colleagues for the support they have given him throughout his career at UNC. He highlighted his close working relationship and friendship with Ron Falk, MD. Jennette and Falk have worked closely for more than 35 years and achieved great acclaim for advancing the understanding of glomerular disease and vasculitis.

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UNC Kidney Center Research Presented at 2015 American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week

UNC Kidney Center Research Presented at 2015 American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosts an annual meeting and scientist exposition. UNC Kidney Center researchers joined more than 13,000 kidney professionals from across the globe in San Diego, CA. The world's premier nephrology meeting, Kidney Week provides participants opportunities to change knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances, and listen to engaging and provocative discussions with leading experts in the field.

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New Year’s Resolutions Your Kidneys Will Thank You For!

New Year’s Resolutions Your Kidneys Will Thank You For!

As we approach the milestone of another new year, our thoughts sometimes turn to festive events, ball drops, confetti, and maybe tail-gaiting parties. Why not start off the New Year with this list of kidney-friendly top 10 resolutions, courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation (“Kidney-Friendly New Years Resolutions.”)

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