National Kidney Foundation Honors BU Researcher for Excellence in Clinical Nephrology

Dallas, TX (March 19, 2015) — David Salant, MD, has been announced as the 2015 recipient of The Donald W. Seldin Award to be presented at the National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) Spring Clinical Meetings held March 25-29, 2015 at the Gaylord Texas in Dallas, TX.

The Donald W. Seldin Award recognizes excellence in clinical nephrology in the tradition of one of the foremost teachers and researchers in the field, Dr. Donald W. Seldin.

"Dr. Donald Seldin is one of the giants of Nephrology and his legacy is reflected in the successes of many of his former trainees that have gone on to become leaders themselves." Dr. Salant said. "Receiving the Seldin Award is a singular honor."

Dr. Salant is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Chief, Section of Nephrology at Boston Medical Center. Supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he has conducted extensive research on immune disorders of the kidneys.

"My research has focused on how the kidneys are damaged when our own immune system goes awry and makes antibodies that attack critical components of the kidneys," he said.

Dr. Salant's work has led to breakthroughs in identifying and treating membranous nephropathy, specifically he helped to identify a protein called PLA2R that is crucial to understanding the development of the disease.

"The discovery of PLA2R as the target antigen in membranous nephropathy has led to the development of a valuable diagnostic test that was recently approved by the United States FDA," he said. "This will help physicians make the diagnosis of membranous nephropathy and follow their patients' response to treatment"

Dr. Salant's work has garnered him several awards and honors, including an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, the Jean Hamburger Award from the International Society of Nephrology, and the John P. Peters Award from the American Society of Nephrology.

"In the realm of kidney diseases we still have much to learn about how the kidneys are damaged and how to prevent and treat such illnesses," Dr. Salant said. "With public support for scientific discovery, I am optimistic, indeed convinced, that we have the talent, skill and motivation in the Nephrology community to rise to the challenge and to take advantage of modern scientific methods to bring relief to our patients suffering from kidneys diseases."

The National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings take place March 25-29, 2015 at the Gaylord Texas in Dallas, TX. For more information, visit www.nkfclinicalmeetings.org.

 

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.