2016 News

2016 Neyhart Scholarship Accepting Applications
Clara and Greg Neyhart created the Neyhart Scholarship in 2010 to support patients with kidney disease or children of patients with kidney disease. The fifth scholarship will be awarded in 2016. Applications for the 2016 scholarship currently are being accepted through May 1, 2016.
UNC Kidney Center Welcomes Dietitian Shaun Riebl
Shaun Riebl, PhD, RDN, LDN, recently joined the UNC Kidney Center as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Riebl earned his PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He serves alongside the nephrology team in the Kidney and Hypertension Specialty Clinic providing nutrition therapy and education to individuals with kidney disease.
Dr. Richard Glassock to Give 2016 Blythe Lecture
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 20 at 4:00 PM in G-100 Bondurant Hall. Dr. Glassock will present "Auto-immunity in Glomerular Disease- 50 years of Progress."
Predoctoral Trainee Xiaojuan Li Receives First Place for Data Visualization Contest
The inaugural Data Visualization Showcase and Contest at the UNC Health Sciences Library, held on April 5, highlighted UNC students’ work in data visualization in a competitive format. Four students from the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Medicine (SOM) at UNC presented their work, which was assessed by three faculty judges.
Smith Doss & Claude Monnier: Raven Rock Ramble Supporters Share Their Story
Dr. Ron Falk sits down with Smith Doss and Claude Monnier, two incredible individuals who support the Raven Rock Ramble in a number of ways, as corporate-level sponsors, volunteers, and participants. The Raven Rock Ramble, which is organized by David Cole, is a 100-mile bike ride which promotes awareness of organ donation issues, and benefits the UNC Kidney Center. The 15th Raven Rock Ramble is on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Dr. Ron Falk interviews Smith and Claude about their love for biking, their adventures on a tandem bike, and why they choose to support this event.
UNC School of Medicine Class of 2016 Selects Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH for Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award
UNC Kidney Center’s Dr. Keisha Gibson was recognized by the Class of 2016 with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award at the School of Medicine Commencement this weekend. This award, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, honors a faculty member “who best demonstrates the Foundation’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence.”
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Awards 2-Year Contract to Improve Research Studies in the Dialysis Community
Researchers led by UNC Kidney Center’s Jenny Flythe, MD, MPH have won a 2-year award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) which will focus on building the research capacity in the dialysis community at the local level.
Graduating Fellows Embark on their Careers as Nephrologists
UNC Kidney Center Nephrology fellows recently celebrated the completion of their subspecialty training. Graduates include Sara Burgardt, MD, Akhil Hedge, MD, Suzanne Katsanos, MD, Vivek Sanghani, MD, and Katie Westreich, MD. Here, the graduating fellows share where they're heading next.
Dorey Glenn, MD Evaluates Perceptions of the Pediatric Nephrology Workforce in World-Wide Study
This publication described the results from a web-based survey sent to members of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA). Responses came from 71 countries representing multiple regions around the globe including Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, and North America. It is the first study that looks at this specific workforce from the perspectives of all regions of the world.
UNC Kidney Center Welcomes New Faculty Member John Poulton, PhD
John Poulton, PhD, has joined the UNC Kidney Center faculty to work in basic science research in kidney diseases. Dr. Poulton attended Florida State University as an undergraduate and for his graduate work, and recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at UNC. He answers some questions here about his background and his research.
Lindsay's Gift
An article published on the Higher Education Works Foundation highlights the kidney transplant story of UNC patient Kevin Howell and donor Lindsay Recchie. Howell, who is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for the UNC system, is a patient of Dr. Falk. When he needed a kidney transplant, Lindsay Recchie, also a UNC system employee, stepped up to donate. She received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for the gift of her kidney to a co-worker.
Meet the 2016 Incoming Nephrology Trainees
The UNC Kidney Center welcomes new trainees who recently began their nephrology training. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight each trainee; featured here is Dr. Roshni Radhakrishna.
Meet the Nephrology Research Trainees: Shakia Hardy, MPH, CPH
The UNC Kidney Center training program provides research training opportunities for epidemiological, clinical, basic and translational research in kidney disease. The current research trainees at the Kidney Center are Magdalene Assimon, PharmD, Shakia Hardy, MPH, CPH, Britta Jones, PhD, and Xiaojuan Li, MSPH. Each will be featured here so you can learn more about them and the work they're doing.