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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The annual Kidney Kare 5K Run/Walk will celebrate its Tenth Anniversary on Saturday, March 14.
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.
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.
Enrollment has begun for a new multi-center patient registry, the Cure Glomerulonephropathy Network (CureGN), which will focus on patients with glomerular disease. The UNC Kidney Center is excited to announce its participation in this new endeavor to create a comprehensive registry that will allow for far-reaching and high impact studies for many years to come.
Republished with permission by Jamie Williams. Originally posted on UNC Health Care News.
ASN Kidney Week, the world’s premier nephrology meeting, took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from November 11 to 16, 2014. More than 13,000 kidney professionals from around the world came together to exchange knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances, and listen to engaging and provocative exchanges between leading experts in the field.
Sickle cell trait in African-Americans associated with increased kidney disease risk, new research finds
Republished with permission from UNC Health Care Newsroom.
The UNC Kidney Center has produced an audio podcast featuring Dr. Ron Falk, in which he discusses the meaning behind the slogan “Hey Doc, How Are My Kidneys?”®
The Neyhart Scholarship was established by Clara and Greg Neyhart in 2010, and this will be the second award.
The UNC Kidney Center clinical and research nephrology trainees presented the 2013-2014 Maestro Award to Dr. Bill Primack on June 11, 2014. Dr. Katie Westreich delivered the following speech in his honor.
UNC medical student Robyn Levine was awarded the Student Scholar Grant, presented by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Foundation for Kidney Research.
UNC Kidney Center Study Reports Higher Doses of Anemia Medications Among African Americans with Sickle Cell Trait
African American dialysis patients who have sickle cell trait receive higher doses of ESA medication to treat anemia, according to a new study led by UNC Kidney Center’s Dr. Vimal Derebail.
Dr. Emily Chang, a research fellow at the UNC Kidney Center, recently presented an abstract on her research at the Mid-Atlantic Young Investigator’s Forum on March 18-19, which earned her top honors among participants, as well as an invitation to present at the National Young Investigator’s Forum on April 22.