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New York, NYâ€”November 16, 2010--The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced today a new collaboration with the Renal Fellow Network (RFN), a research-related blog that provides a forum for the discussion of nephrology cases, scientific papers and challenging clinical topics. As part of the partnership, the blogâ€™s content will be fully integrated into NKFâ€™s website, kidney.org. This new component will be previewed at NKFâ€™s booth at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology, November 16-21 in Denver.
Says Conall O' Seaghdha, MD, RFN editor and Clinical Research Fellow, the Framingham Heart Study, â€œThis blog, which features updated content daily, was initiated in 2008 by Dr. Nathan Hellman as an educational resource for nephrology fellows. While the writing style is deliberately concise and at times humorous, the content is of high quality, presenting the cutting edge of nephrology research in an easily digestible format. After Dr. Hellmanâ€™s tragic death last winter, I became editor and have gradually built up a talented core of writers from across the United States.â€�
The blog, which is endorsed by the American Society of Nephrology and deemed a "Web Favorite" by the International Society of Nephrology, averages 45,000 page views and 22,000 site visits per month. Approximately 45% of the readers are fellows, 20% are attending physicians, 20% are residents or medical students and 5% are involved in full time research. NKFâ€™s kidney.org averages 1.1 million page views and 410,000 site visits each month. More than 70% of visitors to kidney.org are new to the site.
â€œWe hope this collaboration will expand the audience for this blog and are excited by its potential to stimulate new directions in clinical research. NKF has a longstanding commitment to fostering the careers of nephrology fellows and anticipate that the blog will promote interest in the pursuit of research careers and may ultimately enhance quality of care for kidney patientsâ€� says Dolph Chianchiano, NKF Senior Vice President for Research and Public Policy.
NKFâ€™s goal in merging RFN into kidney.org is to provide an integrated hub for all nephrology practitioners, providing useful and up- to-date clinical and research information, and serving as a comprehensive resource for information on grants, fellowships and all information relevant to nephrologists at every stage of their careers. â€œWe are delighted to team up with NKF and hope the collaboration will further raise the profile of the site, allowing us to reach an even wider audience,â€� says Dr. Matthew Sparks, co-editor of RFN, who is a nephrology fellow at Duke University.
The National Kidney Foundation provides nearly $4 million in research support annually to Fellows, Young Investigators and Clinical Scientists at major centers across the U.S. The foundation also provides free subscriptions for fellows to its peer-reviewed journal, the American Journal of Kidney Disease as well as scholarships to attend its major professional education programs such as the annual Spring Clinical Meetings. The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing and treating kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by this disease and increasing availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information visit kidney.org.