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ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Commits $3 Million to Research Funding in 2013

Released: 14-Jul-2013 5:00 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
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Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC - American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research will fund $3 million in original, meritorious research in 2013.

“ASN established a foundation with one mission - to prevent and cure kidney diseases through research and innovation. By supporting a total of 20 new projects in 2013, the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research helps kidney professionals make a positive difference in the lives of millions,” Chair of the Board of Directors Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN, said.

The Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program supports nephrology fellows who will advance the understanding of kidney biology and disease. The inaugural class ( includes:
Ben J. Lipps Research Fellows
Yongen Chang, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Katharina Hopp, PhD, Mayo Clinic
Daria Ilatovskaya, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Steven Kim, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Omar Maarouf, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Sharon Anderson Research Fellow
Nwamaka Eneanya, MPH, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dimitrios G. Oreopoulos Research Fellow
Tripti Singh, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
George B. Rathmann Research Fellow
Jie Cui, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Fellows
Colin Lenihan, MD, Stanford University
Meghan Sise, MD, Columbia University Medical Center

The foundation’s Career Development Grants Program ( helps young investigators achieve independent research careers. Supported projects include basic and clinical research in adult and pediatric nephrology, immunology and genetics directly relevant to human membranous nephropathy, glomerular diseases and idiopathic focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). The 2013 recipients are:

Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grants
Matthew Abramowitz, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Michelle Gumz, PhD, University of Florida
Tamara Isakova, MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Pinelopi Kapitsinou, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Mara Mcadams-DeMarco, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Jennifer Pluznick, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Aylin Rodan, MD, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Norman Siegel Research Scholar Grant
Katherine Wesseling-Perry, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
The Halpin Foundation-ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grant
Ying Chen, MD, PhD, Washington University
The NephCure Foundation-ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grant
Jeffrey Hodgin, MD, PhD, University of Michigan

“The 2013 grant recipients will propel advances in patient care and outcomes through basic, translational and clinical research,” Dr. Falk said. “ASN is delighted to support this research and foster the careers of the next generation of nephrology investigators.”

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research was established in 2012 and funds the Career Development Grants Program, the Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program, and the Student Scholar Grants Program. For more information on the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research or its Grants Program, please visit or contact, 202.618.6990.

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