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Renal Division News

The Division of Renal (Kidney) Medicine has many outstanding faculty and fellows who are regularly recognized for their contributions to the field of nephrology.

August 9, 2017

Leonardo Riella, MD leads unique research trial in The Genie Study, in setting of a summer camp in Florida, studying diet in children living with FSGS (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis). Read STAT News article: Can a simple diet help change these children's lives?

March 3, 2017

Julian Seifter, MD will serve as the first incumbent of the James G. Haidas Distinguished Chair in Medicine, a tribute to Dr. Seifter’s outstanding commitment to clinical care and teaching.

Reza Abdi, MD, is recipient of this year’s American Transplant Society Basic Science Investigator Award.

January 13, 2017

Anil Chandraker, MD, writes about BWH’s transplant history as well as pioneering successes of transplant: “From ‘Unethical’ to Miracle, and Beyond” in a December Transplants USA Today supplement.

Anna Greka, MD, received a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award, the highest honor bestowed by the US Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Only 102 individuals nationwide were chosen to receive the award this year. Read about it in President Obama’s White House Briefing Room Releases website.

November 10, 2016

Jamil Azzi, MD, received 3-year funding beginning 2017 for an Innovative Basic Science Award. This grant is awarded by the American Diabetes Association’s Research Program regarding Dr. Azzi's work: “The novel role of PI3K gamma inhibition in treating Type 1 Diabetes.”

November 2, 2016

Reza Abdi, MD, in conjunction with Dr. Michael Weaver, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, has received a Stepping Strong Innovator Award and Grant, for his project “New Hope for Trauma Patients with Severe Burn Injuries.” Read about Reza’s work in developing an implantable gel that can help patient skin-graft survival, in November BWH Bulletin: Stepping Strong Innovators Awards.

October 17, 2016

Amit Choudhary, PhD, is recipient of a 2016 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award. The Transformative Research Award is part of the NIH Common Fund’s “High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.” Amit’s project “Leveraging Snakes Extreme Physiology to Modulate Human Beta-Cell Function” will be conducted in conjunction with Stephen Secor, PhD at the University of Alabama and Bridget Wagner, PhD at the Broad Institute. Additional details.

October 10, 2016

Joseph Bonventre, MD, PhD, was a keynote speaker at the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting on October 2, 2016. He was presented with the Chan Woon Cheung Memorial Fund Award, the premier award given by the Society.

David Charytan, MD, was recently honored by Legacy Society member David Javitch, PhD. Javitch made a Planned Gift contribution in honor of the care and guidance he received from Drs. Charytan and Ellenbogen here at BWH. This is an example of our staff’s outstanding care-giving prompting a directed contribution that will benefit future cardiovascular patients with kidney disease. Read BWH Development Department’s Gift-Planning full article.

October 3, 2016

Anil Chandraker, MB, ChB, FRCPAnil Chandraker, MB, ChB, FRCP, was quoted in congressional press release regarding immunosuppressive therapies, September 22: "Burgess, Kind Introduce Legislation to Protect Kidney Transplant Recipients"

"The immunosuppression bill will give access to lifesaving immunosuppressive therapies to transplant recipients who without critical drugs may lose their transplanted organs. The American Society of Transplantation (AST) applauds the leadership of congressmen Burgess and Kind in supporting passage of the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2016,” said Dr. Anil Chandraker, M.D., President, American Society of Transplantation (AST). Read full press release.

September 16, 2016

Mallika Mendu, MD, was recognized with the Primary Care Leadership Award for Excellence in Specialty Collaboration at the Primary Care Leadership Summit on September 16, 2016. This award recognizes the physician specialist who has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of primary care/specialist care collaboration(s) or collaborative care agreements. This physician’s leadership and commitment to improve primary care/specialist communication for better-coordinated patient care inspires and encourages their colleagues to follow suit.

September 5, 2016

Julien Siefter, MD, was honored with the 2016 HMS Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching in recognition of his many years of outstanding teaching and educational leadership at Harvard Medical School. He has made many important contributions to the education of Harvard medical students during the more than 25 years he has taught renal physiology and pathophysiology in the New Pathway and in HST. His outstanding contributions to teaching at HMS have launched generations of medical students as confident and well educated physicians.

June 10, 2016

Anil Chandraker, MB, ChB, FRCP, Associate Professor, medical director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation and director of the Transplant Research Center, is the new president of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), who begins his term on June 13. Chandraker will be the 13th AST president from BWH. Read BWH Awards & Honors page: Chandraker Becomes President of American Society of Transplantation; read AST blog post: “A Message from the President, Anil Chandraker.”

May 17, 2016

Lea Borgi, MD, Clinical Research Fellow, is lead author of BMJ article. The findings are published online in the British Medical Journal on May 17, 2016. Study identifies an association between eating four or more servings a week of boiled, baked, mashed potatoes or French fries and an increase in the risk of high blood pressure. Read BWH press release: Higher Consumption of Potatoes May Increase Risk of Hypertension.

April 27, 2016

Renal Division postdoctoral fellows Priyanka Trivedi, PhD, Mira Pavkovic, PhD, and Susanne Ramm, PhD, along with graduate student Cory Gerlach, also of the HMS Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences, recently won nine awards at the 55th annual Society of Toxicology (SOT) meeting. All four recipients are members of the laboratory of Associate Professor Vishal Vaidya, PhD. Vaidya Team Wins Nine Awards at SOT Meeting

March 28, 2016

Leonardo Riella, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, recently earned the American Transplant Society's (AST) Basic Science Career Development Award for his contributions to the field of transplantation.

Riella Awarded AST Basic Science Career Development Award

January 25, 2016

Andreas Herrlich, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, has been recognized by the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) for his distinguished paper "Inside-out Regulation of Ectodomain Cleavage of Cluster-of-Differentiation-44 [CD44] and of Neuregulin-1 requires Substrate Dimerization."

Herrlich Recognized by Journal of Biological Chemistry

October 23, 2015

Joseph Bonventre, MD, PhD, Chief of BWH’s Division of Renal Medicine and a team of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Stem Cell Institute investigators published research involving the creation of human kidney organoids, three-dimensional mini-organs grown in a lab dish, to model human kidney development and to test for drug toxicity. Now, using gene-editing tools, researchers can engineer these mini-kidneys with specific genetic diseases. Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have combined cutting-edge, gene-editing techniques with stem cell science to for the first time successfully model genetic kidney disease in lab-grown, mini-kidneys. The findings were published in the journal Nature Communications.

Read BWH press release: Modeling genetic diseases in mini-kidney organoids.

October 16, 2015

Ryuji Morizane, MD, PhD, Instructor in BWH’s Renal Division and investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) have established a highly efficient method for making kidney structures from stem cells that are derived from skin taken from patients. The kidney structures formed could be used to study abnormalities of kidney development, chronic kidney disease, the effects of toxic drugs, and be incorporated into bioengineered devices to treat patients with acute and chronic kidney injury. In the longer term, these methods could hasten progress toward replacing a damaged or diseased kidney with tissue derived from a patient’s own cells. These results were published in Nature Biotechnology this week. Study co-authors also include BWH Renal Division Faculty members Albert Q. Lam, MD and M. Todd Valerius, PhD.

Read BWH press release: Investigators Create Complex Kidney Structures from Human Stem Cells Derived From Adults.

August 26, 2015

David Leaf, MD, MMSc, Instructor in BWH's Renal Division, has been awarded a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study the role of vitamin D metabolites as novel therapeutic agents for acute kidney injury (AKI) prevention.

Leaf Earns NIH K23 Career Development Award

Aug 17, 2015

Sushrut S. Waikar, MD, MPH, Director of Translational Research and of Renal Ambulatory Services in the Division of Renal Medicine, has been named the Constantine L. Hampers, MD, Distinguished Chair in Renal Medicine.

Waikar Named Constantine L. Hampers, MD, Distinguished Chair in Renal Medicine

August 11, 2015

Anil Chandraker, MB, ChB, FRCP, Associate Professor and Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation and Director of the Transplant Research Center, has been appointed president-elect of the American Society of Transplantation (AST). He will begin his term in 2016.

Chandraker Appointed President-Elect of American Society of Transplantation

July 13, 2015

Jamil Azzi, MD, Assistant Professor, received recognition from the Community of Basic Scientists of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) for the highest-scoring abstract at the 2015 American Transplant Congress (ATC). His abstract on the role of PI3K pathway in regulatory T cell homeostasis was selected as the top work, standing out amid more than 1,000 abstracts presented at the annual session.

Azzi Recognized at American Transplant Congress

May 21, 2015

Albert Q. Lam, MD, Instructor in BWH’s Division of Renal Medicine, was awarded the 2015 Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Irving M. London Teaching Award for his significant contribution in educating Harvard Medical School and HST students. Lam Receives Irving M. London Teaching Award

April 9, 2015

Andrew Siedlecki, MD

Three BWHers have been honored with 2015 Faculty Career Development Awards from BWH’s Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (CFDD). The recipients are Riley Bove, MD, MSSc, associate neurologist in the Department of Neurology; Tracy Doyle, MD, MPH, associate physician in the Pulmonary Division; and Andrew Siedlecki, MD, associate physician in the Renal Division. Bove, Doyle, Siedlecki Receive Faculty Career Development Awards

January 26, 2015

Vishal S.Vaidya, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Environmental Health in BWH's Renal Division, has been honored by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) with the 2015 Achievement Award. This award is presented to a member of the SOT who has made a significant contribution to the field within 15 years of obtaining his or her degree. Vaidya is a specialist in kidney biology and systems toxicology, directs the Laboratory of Kidney Toxicology and Regeneration at BWH and heads the Systems Toxicology Program within the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences at Harvard Medical School. Vaidya Receives 2015 Achievement Award from Society of Toxicology

December 3, 2014

Joseph Bonventre, MD, PhD, Chief of BWH’s Division of Renal Medicine has been appointed to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Advisory Council, a division of the National Institutes of Health, for his research expertise in acute and chronic kidney injury, repair, biomarkers and signal transduction and his understanding of the needs of the research community. Bonventre Appointed Member of NIDDK Advisory Council

September 15, 2014

Sangeeta Bhatia, MD, PhD, of the BWH Department of Renal Medicine, recently received the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, an award that honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention.

Bhatia Awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

July 31, 2014

Ali Khademhosseini, MASc, PhD, of the BWH Biomedical Engineering Division, was recently honored as the 2014 recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Young Investigator Award. Khademhosseini Receives Nano Young Investigator Award from AIChE

April 1, 2014

Julian Lawrence Seifter, MD, Associate Professor and Director of Renal Medical Student Education at BWH, is the recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award from Mass General Brigham. This award is given to a faculty member who excels at teaching in clinical settings. Seifter Receives Outstanding Clinical Teach Award


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