University of California at Los Angeles Researcher Honored by National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY—April 10, 2017—Susanne Nicholas, MD, MPH, PhD has been selected to receive the Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) at its 26th annual Spring Clinical Meetings to be held in Orlando, Florida.  Dr. Nicholas is a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA in the Division of Nephrology where she maintains her clinical responsibilities, and the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, where she conducts research.  She is also a Clinical Hypertension Specialist.    
“Dr. Nicholas is not only a highly respected leader in the nephrology community but a beloved and long-standing volunteer whose steadfast support of our mission has been immeasurable,” said Michael Choi, MD, President and Chair, NKF Scientific Advisory Board.  “The contributions she has made—both at the local and national level—have significantly benefitted patients, caregivers and the nephrology community as a whole.  Dr. Nicholas exemplifies all the qualities of a true leader and we congratulate her on her work, and on receiving this distinguished award.”   
Dr. Nicholas’ research interests include understanding and identifying key factors that promote the pathogenesis of diabetic kidney disease (DKD); uncovering and validating novel biomarkers that may predict DKD progression; and quantifying renal structural changes associated with DKD in response to novel therapeutics, using stereology principles. Her research over the past 15 years has led to the identification of a novel biomarker of DKD, which is currently being validated in clinical studies.
“It is truly an honor to receive this award.  I am most grateful to the amazing staff of the local NKF office, and to my co-Medical Advisory Board members and Board of Advisors, who continue to provide their unselfish and loyal support to NKF’s cause,” said Dr. Nicholas.  “Being a part of the NKF family has allowed me to contribute to the many NKF activities that target the community at all levels: patient educational forums, scientific symposia, kidney walks, and kidney disease screening events.” 

Dr. Nicholas participated as a Principal Investigator in the largest, multi‐institutional NIH/NIDDK funded study for susceptibility genes for diabetes and their linkage relationships to nephropathy and retinopathy in Mexican Americans and African Americans. She has established collaborations locally, nationally and internationally, is well published, and has served on several federal and private foundation grant review committees. She has been an active volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation for more than 14 years and has served as Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for Southern California and Southern Nevada.

The Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an individual for their educational activities and community service in promoting the mission of the National Kidney Foundation on a local level.  The award will be presented during the National Kidney Foundation’s 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.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney diseaseFor more information about NKF visit