University of Pennsylvania Researcher Honored by National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY—April 10, 2017—Raymond R. Townsend, MD has been selected to receive the Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) at its 26th annual Spring Clinical Meetings held in Orlando, Florida.  Dr. Townsend is Professor of Medicine and an Associate Director of the Center for Human Phenomic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. 
“Dr. Townsend is a leader in hypertension research and education.  He has played an integral role in research and provision of authoritative guidance on the key issue of blood pressure management in chronic kidney disease, and we congratulate him on receiving this distinguished award,” said Michael Choi, MD, President and Chair, NKF Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Raymond Townsend will be presenting the Massry Lecture on “The Ailing Kidneys Under Pressure—and It’s not Just Systolic” on Wednesday, April 19th from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. EST at the Spring Clinical Meetings. 
Dr. Townsend is currently a Principal Investigator evaluating the role of demographic, phenotypic, humoral and genetic factors in the progression of kidney disease and the development and progression of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease.  He was also the Principal Investigator of a multicenter effort evaluating the specific role of pulse wave velocity in the renal and cardiovascular consequences of chronic kidney disease.   Dr. Townsend led the work group that wrote the KDOQI Commentary on the 2012 KDIGO Guideline on this subject, and most recently co-chaired the NKF workshop on Potassium Homeostasis in Disease and Health, the report on which will soon be published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease and Journal of the American Society of Hypertension.
“This was a totally unexpected blessing, and I am speechless; which is unusual for me,” said Dr. Townsend.  “It brings to mind that phrase about ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’.  Being recognized by peers is a huge honor and I am very grateful and looking forward to the 2017 Spring Clinical Meetings.”
The Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture Award was established to honor Dr. Massry for his scientific achievements and contribution to the kidney health care community and to the National Kidney Foundation. 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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