Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC – The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research will fund $2.8 million in original, meritorious research in 2014 to improve care for the more than 20 million Americans with kidney disease, and for kidney patients worldwide.

“The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research helps prevent and cure kidney diseases through research and innovation. By adding 19 new research projects to a strong funding portfolio, the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research helps kidney professionals apply their talents to make a positive difference in the lives of millions,” Chair of the Board of Directors Bruce A. Molitoris, MD, FASN, said.

The Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program supports nephrology fellows who will advance the understanding of kidney biology and disease. The 2014 class includes:

Ben J. Lipps Research FellowsAkinwande A. Akinfolarin, MBBS, Brigham and Women’s HospitalPei-Lun Chu, MD, PhD, University of VirginiaDaniel Fantus, MD, University of Pittsburgh Silvia Ferrè, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Michelle M. O'Shaughnessy, MD, MBChB, Stanford University • Donald E. Wesson Research FellowNicholas Zwang, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital• Joseph A. Carlucci Research FellowGene- Yuan Chang, MD, University of California San Francisco• Sharon Anderson Research FellowMoshe Shashar, MD, Boston Medical Center• ASN Foundation for Kidney Research FellowsJavier A. Neyra, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Rabi Yacoub, MD, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The foundation’s Career Development Grants Program helps young investigators achieve independent research careers. Funding supports 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 2014 recipients are:

Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar GrantsMichael Butterworth, PhD, University of PittsburghKirk N. Campbell, MD, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount SinaiKrzysztof Kiryluk, MD, Columbia UniversityTimmy C. Lee, MD, FASN, University of Alabama at BirminghamEthan Marin, MD, PhD, Yale School of MedicineBrian B. Ratliff, PhD, New York Medical CollegeMatthias Wolf, MD, University of Texas Southwestern• John Merrill Grant in TransplantationMartin H. Oberbarnscheidt, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh• The NephCure Foundation-ASN Foundation for Kidney Research GrantHeon Yung Gee, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital

“The 2014 grant recipients will propel advances in patient care and outcomes through basic, translational and clinical research,” Dr. Molitoris said. “ASN is delighted to support this research and foster the careers of the next generation of investigators who will advance care for kidney patients.”

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. The Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program is supported by educational donations provided by the American Renal Patient Care Foundation, Inc., Amgen, ASN, Baxter, and Fresenius Medical Care. For more information on the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research or its Grants Program, please visit or contact [email protected], 202.618.6990.


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