National Kidney Foundation Honors Canadian Kidney Disease Expert

New York, NY – Brendan Barrett, MD of St. Johns, NL, Canada, has been awarded the 2016 International Distinguished Medal by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). 

The International Distinguished Medal was established in 1990 to honor the achievement of individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of kidney disease and extended the goals of the National Kidney Foundation. 

Dr. Barrett is a Professor of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Eastern Health. His research on acute kidney injury due to x-ray dyes has gained international attention. He has also conducted trials to assess how best to deliver care for those with chronic kidney disease.

Dr. Barrett is also the Director of the NLSUPPORT Unit, which is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. The unit is engaged in a variety of patient-oriented research projects in areas such as drug and laboratory test utilization, housing options for seniors, and care for cardiovascular disease among others.

He is currently part of a team applying for a large national grant in Canada called CAN-SOLVE-CKD, which would create a powerful patient-oriented research network to transform the care of people affected by kidney disease. If funded, they will be able to do a large range of studies on many aspects of chronic kidney disease and how to manage it.

The award will be presented during the National Kidney Foundation 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings being held April 27 to May 1, in Boston, MA. For additional program information, and to register, visit

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit