University of Colorado Researcher Receives Highest Honor from National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY—April 10, 2017—Richard J. Johnson, MD has been selected to receive the David M. Hume Memorial Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) at its 26th annual Spring Clinical Meetings to be held in Orlando, Florida.  Dr. Johnson is the Tomas Berl Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Renal Division and Hypertension at the University of Colorado.     
“Dr. Johnson is a highly regarded scientist and clinician who has dedicated his life’s work to understanding the causes behind some of the world’s most common and deadly diseases—kidney disease, diabetes and heart disease,” said Michael Choi, MD, President and Chair, NKF Scientific Advisory Board. “He has conducted highly original work on the relationship between uric acid and chronic kidney disease, as well as the relationship between hepatitis C and a specific pattern of glomerular disease, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis.  We sincerely congratulate Dr. Johnson on receiving NKF’s highest honor.”
Dr. Richard J. Johnson is a highly-cited scientist who has lectured in over 40 countries, has authored two books The Sugar Fix (2008) and the The Fat Switch (2012), and whose research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. His primary research interest has been on mechanisms causing kidney disease, but he also has performed research on mechanisms causing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  He has special interest in the potential role of sugar (especially fructose) and its byproduct, uric acid, in driving metabolic and kidney disorders. Most recently his work has shifted to how animals survive climate change, and the potential role of heat stress and dehydration as a mechanism to cause chronic kidney disease.  He recently chaired an NKF Controversies Conference on ‘Hyperuricemia, CKA and Cardiovascular Disease: What Are the Relationships?”  Dr. Johnson has an active clinical practice and enjoys patient care.

“Dr. Hume was a visionary who was part of the team doing the first successful renal transplantation.  In many ways, all of us engaged in the research and treatment of kidney have the same dream, one of finding ways to better understand the underlying causes of kidney disease and thereby find better ways to prevent and treat these diseases,” said Dr. Johnson.  “I am deeply honored to receive this award, and I thank my research collaborators, colleagues and patients who have given me the opportunity to try and make a difference.” 

The David M. Hume Memorial Award was created in memory of one of NKF’s most distinguished members.  The Hume Award is the highest honor given to a distinguished scientist-clinician in the field of kidney and urologic diseases.  It is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies the high ideals of scholarship and humanitarianism in an outstanding manner.  This prestigious 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.
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