National Kidney Foundation Honors Acclaimed Nutrition Researcher

Las Vegas, NV (April 7, 2014) – Juan Jesus Carrero, PharmD, MSc, MBA, PhD, will be honored with the National Kidney Foundation's Joel D. Kopple Award for his contributions to the field of renal nutrition at the Spring Clinical Meetings in Las Vegas this April.

Dr. Carrero; an Associate Professor in Renal Medicine at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; is best known for his work focused on nutrition and catabolism among patients with CKD.

"To receive this award is both an honor and a privilege," Dr. Carrero said. "It truly represents an incentive and an encouragement to continue devoting my efforts to renal nutrition, research and education."

Dr. Carrero's work is focused on healthy diet and healthy lifestyle as both preventive and therapeutic treatments in CKD management. Currently, he is working on the concepts of physiological nutritional status and body composition changes that accompany aging.

"Much of the dialysis population is composed of elderly people," he said. "So, some of their nutritional status alterations may be a consequence of aging rather than of disease. I believe that separating both concepts (aging versus disease-induced malnutrition) can lead to a better understanding of the needs, diagnosis and therapeutics possibilities of this vulnerable patient population."

Dr. Carrero has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and 15 book chapters. He is a council member of the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism (ISRNM) and is also the theme editor in Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation (NDT). Dr. Carrero is on the editorial board of the Journal of Renal Nutrition, Journal of Nephrology and NDT-Educational, where he also leads the Renal Nutrition blog.