National University of Malaysia Researcher Honored by National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY—April 10, 2017—Tilakavati Karupaiah, PhD, APD, AN has been selected to receive the Joel D. Kopple Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) at its 26th annual Spring Clinical Meetings held in Orlando, Florida.  Dr. Karupaiah is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with Dietitian’s Association of Australia, a Professor and Head of the Dietetics Program at the National University of Malaysia; and also Adjunct Associate Professor at Wayne State University, Detroit.    
“Dr. Karupaiah’s contribution to renal nutrition in her home country and throughout South East Asia has greatly benefitted dialysis patients, caregivers and the nephrology community,” said Judy Kirk, MS, RD, and Chair of National Kidney Foundation’s Council on Renal Nutrition. “Her dedication to sharing her knowledge with colleagues and students alike has furthered the field of renal nutrition and we congratulate her on receiving this significant award.” 
Dr. Karupaiah’s involvement in renal nutrition began because of a lack of dietitians in this field in Malaysia, and dialysis patients needed patient-friendly information about local diets. At the National University of Malaysia, she encouraged early exposure of dietetic students to renal patient care through community engagement, outpatient counseling and practical skills on patient diet planning. Dr. Karupaiah is now targeting capacity building mentorship for developing renal dietitians in Malaysia through nutrition research.
“This award represents an important landmark for dieticians in Asia and Africa,” said Dr. Karupaiah.  “The award will be significant in turning the spotlight on seeking minimal approaches to enhancing dietitian service in the chronic care of patients with kidney disease through research, education and negotiation with peers.” 
Outside of Malaysia, Dr. Karupaiah works closely with the nephrology community in sharing expertise and promoting renal nutrition education in South East Asia through strategic partnerships with the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations.  In addition to teaching and clinical service, she has 33 peer-reviewed publications and 34 abstracts which include award winning research by her students.  She is a recipient of national and international research grants and her research collaboration extend to three continents.  

The Joel D. Kopple Award is an annual award honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of renal nutrition.  The award will be presented during the National Kidney Foundation 2017 Spring Clinical Meetings in Orlando, FL from April 18-22.

For the past 26 years, nephrology healthcare professionals from across the country have come to the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings to learn about the newest developments related to all aspects of nephrology practice, network with colleagues, and present their research findings. The NKF Spring Clinical Meetings are designed for meaningful change in the multidisciplinary healthcare teams’ skills, performance, and patient health outcomes.  It is the only conference of its kind that focuses on translating science into practice for the entire healthcare team.  

Kidney Disease Facts
1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.  26 million American adults have kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it.  Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and age 60+.  People of African American; Hispanic; Native American; Asian; or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease.  African Americans are 3 ½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1 ½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.

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