FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2008

Contact: Michele Anthony or Rachel Schreibman, NKF
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National Kidney Foundation Showcases DC Area Fellows’ Research

17th Annual Fellows Forum Winners Present Research Relating to Kidney and Urologic Diseases and Transplantation

WASHINGTON, DC – The NKF Serving the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA) is hosting its 17th Fellows Research Forum to recognize excellent research related to kidney and urologic diseases and transplantation, and to award trainees who are currently carrying out studies.

There are 26 million Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and millions more at risk who don’t even know it. The rate of kidney failure in the District of Columbia is the highest in the nation—it is almost two and a half times the national average. The NKF/NCA seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

The Fellows Forum is a unique opportunity for graduate and post-graduate trainees in the basic and clinical sciences from Washington metropolitan area institutions to present their current work in areas related to the NKF/NCA’s mission. The NKF/NCA is dedicated to finding the ultimate cure to kidney and urologic diseases, and in the past decade has funded over $3.2 million in medical research.

The 2008 Fellows Forum winners are:

Scott D. Cohen MD, MPH
Institution: George Washington University
Program Director: Samir Patel, MD
Clinical Science
Factor and Survival Analyses of Cytokines in End Stage Renal Disease Patients

Mark Vishnepolsky MD, CPT, MC, USAF; Nephrology Fellow
Institution: Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Program Director: Dr. Erin Bohen
Clinical Science
Hypomagnesemia is associated with colistimethate therapy

Edward Barnes MD, MAJ,MC,USA; Nephrology Fellow
Institution: Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Program Director: Dr. Erin Bohen
Clinical Science
Renal Transplantation Associated Leukopenia

Ping Li, MD, Nephrology/Hypertension Fellow
Institution: Georgetown University Hospital
Program Director: Shakil Aslam, MD
Basic Science
Tempol Attenuates the Development of Salt-induced Hypertension in Rats with Chronic Renal Failure

Michael Sherman, DO
Institution: Washington Hospital Center
Program Director: Jack Moore, Jr.
Basic Science
Modulation of Apoptosis by Custodiol© (HTK) Storage Solution and PK 11195, a Translocator Protein (TSPO) Ligand, in a Cold Ischemia Reperfusion Model of Human Renal Proximal Tubular Epithelial Cells

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.