The American Society of Nephrology will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year at ASN Kidney Week, November 14-20, 2016, in Chicago, IL. As part of the celebration, the society will recognize all award recipients from the last half-century. Among those to be honored are two members of our division, Jeffrey Miner, PhD, FASN, Professor of Medicine and Eduardo Slatopolsky, MD, FACP, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Director of Chromalloy American Kidney Center (CAKC) from 1967 to 1997.
Dr. Slatopolsky received the Belding H. Scribner Award in 1999 at the ASN annual meeting held that year in Miami, FL. Established in 1995, the Belding H. Scribner Award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions that directly affect the care of patients with renal disorders or that significantly influence the clinical practice of nephrology. Dr. Slatopolsky, a pioneer in the field of nephrology, has dedicated his career to the study of kidney disease and mineral metabolism. His groundbreaking work on phosphate retention in chronic renal failure and the use of vitamin D analogs opened the door to the development of new treatments for kidney patients.
Dr. Miner received the ASN’s Young Investigator Award in 2004. This award is presented to an individual, age 45 or younger, who has an outstanding record of achievement and creativity in basic or patient-oriented research related to the kidney function and disease. Co-sponsored by ASN and the Council on the Kidney of the American Heart Association, the award consists of a certificate of recognition and an unrestricted grant of $5000 to the recipient’s laboratory. The awardee is also invited to give an oral presentation during the plenary session at the annual meeting.
“It was a great honor and a special plesure to receive the ASN’s Young Investigator Award at the Annual Meeting in St. Louis in 2004,” says Dr. Miner. “I was the first PhD-only researcher to receive this award. I think this demonstrates ASN’s still ongoing commitment to recognize and value the contributions of PhD scientists in nephrology research.” The event was also memorable to Dr. Miner for another reason. “Sadly, besides winning the award, one thing I will always remember about that Kidney Week is being in Busch Stadium to see the Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals to win the World Series in Game 4 the night before the main meeting began.”
All former recipients of the Robert G. Narins Award, the John P. Peters Award, the Belding H. Scribner Award, the Homer W. Smith Award, and the Young Investigator Award will be recognized during the plenary session on Friday, November 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., in McCormick West Room 375, Salon C, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
For the complete list of previous awardees, click here.