In early 2021, Jeffrey Miner, PhD, FASN, Director of Basic Research for the Division of Nephrology, was named the inaugural Eduardo and Judith Slatopolsky Professor of Medicine in Nephrology (see article here). Although the appointment was celebrated virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions, an official endowed chair installation ceremony recognizing Dr. Miner and Dr. Slatopolsky was finally held in person on October 27, 2022, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center, Auditorium.
Miner is an international leader in basement membrane biology and the involvement of basement membranes in kidney function and disease. He is an expert in research on Alport Syndrome, a genetic disease of the kidney glomerular basement membrane. Among his many accomplishments, Miner is currently President of the American Society for Matrix Biology.
The professorship honors Eduardo Slatopolsky, MD, Professor Emeritus, Division of Nephrology, and his wife, Judith, who died in 2012. Dr. Slatopolsky dedicated his career to the study of kidney disease and mineral metabolism. His contributions to the understanding of the pathophysiology of secondary hyperparathyroidism, hyperphosphatemia and vitamin D biology are recognized worldwide.
After introductory words by David H. Perlmutter, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. Slatopolsky, and Vicky Fraser, MD, Chair of the John T. Milliken Department of Medicine, Miner was presented with a medallion that signifies the appointment. Miner then spoke on “Can a Damaged Kidney Filter be Fixed? The Paradigm of Alport Syndrome.”