National Kidney Foundation Honors Italian Kidney Disease Expert

New York, NY (April 27, 2016) – Giusseppe Remuzzi, MD, FRCP, of Italy, 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 have advanced the work of the National Kidney Foundation. 

Dr. Remuzzi is the Director of the Department of Medicine at A.O. Papa Giovanni XXIII, and Research Coordinator at IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, both in Bergamo, Italy.  He is also Renown Professor of Nephrology at University of Milan.

Dr. Remuzzi's work, focusing on improving the outlook for patients with end-stage renal disease, has led to major advances in many areas of nephrology. He is currently investigating the kidney's ability to regenerate itself through cell therapy.

“I am very honored to be receiving this award, and it will be a real pleasure to attend and to accept it,” said Dr. Remuzzi. “I also look forward to seeing many of my esteemed colleagues and peers there. I expect it will be a very pleasant and stimulating event.”

Dr. Remuzzi is particularly excited about additional interventions that better control kidney disease. His work on a standardized intervention program, named “Remission Clinic Program,” is based on lifestyle modification and multidrug treatment. This program has been shown to be effective in normalizing proteinuria and can even stop disease progression, especially in patients with non-diabetic renal disease. This work can also be effective in patients with diabetes when initiated at an early stage of diabetic kidney disease.

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