Congratulations to Shayna Bradford, PhD, a Washington University nephrology postdoctoral research scholar, who was selected for the ASN Policy and Advocacy Internship Program.
The Policy and Advocacy Committee helps shape public policy for nephrology patients and health professionals. Interns are chosen for their interest in – and commitment to – policy writing, analysis, and engagement. In particular, Bradford will pursue her interest in areas of policy and advocacy pertaining to renal health disparities. She will participate in bi-monthly committee calls and attend bi-annual meetings such as Kidney Health Advocacy Day, Kidney Community Advocacy Day, and the ASN Policy and Advocacy Annual Meeting. Dr. Bradford’s one-year term begins January 1, 2021.
Earning her PhD from the University of Michigan, Bradford joined the WashU Nephrology team in the Humphreys Lab in June 2020. Broadly, her research interests include diseases affecting disadvantaged communities and regenerative drug discoveries. Bradford is currently investigating the molecular mechanisms of renal regeneration after acute kidney injury, which often leads to chronic kidney disease and disproportionately affects African Americans.
Bradford is also one of 14 recipients of a competitive grant from the Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP), established by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The PDEP provides $60,000 over three years to help facilitate early career development for under-represented minority researchers in biomedical and medical research.