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Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture

This lectureship was established to honor Dr. Shaul G. Massry for his scientific achievements and his contributions to the kidney health care community and to the National Kidney Foundation. The 2020 honored lecturer is Joachim H. Ix, MD, MAS.

Joachim H. Ix, MD, MAS is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Nephrology-Hypertension at the University of California San Diego. He is also Staff Physician at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. His research focuses on two main areas: (1) understanding the contributions of kidney tubule disease on CKD progression and (2) evaluating new approaches to treat CKD related mineral bone disorders. On kidney biopsy, the degree of tubulo-interstitial atrophy and fibrosis is a strong prognostic marker for loss of kidney function, but is poorly captured by changes in eGFR or albuminuria. His group has led research evaluating whether urine proteins that mark kidney tubule damage and dysfunction predict CKD progression independent of eGFR and albuminuria. This work has led to important insights into monitoring in interventions and drugs that change eGFR and initiation of randomized clinical trials that aim to prevent tubulo-interstitial fibrosis. In CKD mineral bone disorders, Dr. Ix has led NIH funded clinical trials evaluating novel therapies aimed at lowering serum phosphate and fibroblast growth factor-23 concentrations in CKD patients. In addition, using bone biopsies to guide diagnosis, his team is evaluating novel approaches to diagnose and treat CKD related bone disease.


Past Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture Recipients:

2019 - Gregory Germino, MD
2018 - Krista L. Lentine, MD, Phd
2017 - Raymond R. Townsend, MD
2016 - Linda Fried, MD, MPH
2015 - Michael Emmett, MD, MACP
2014 - Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS
2013 - Barry I. Freedman, MD
2012 - Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH
2011 - Glenn M. Chertow, MD
2010 - Allan J. Collins, MD, FACP
2009 - Mohamed Sayegh, MD
2008 - Tom Greene, PhD
2007 - Eberhard Ritz, MD
2006 - Giuseppe Remuzzi, MD, FRCP
2005 - Edmund J. Lewis, MD
2004 - Hans-Henrik Parvin, MD, DMSc
2003 - Robert Alpern, MD
2002 - Joseph V. Bonventre, MD, PhD
2001 - Andrzej S. Krolewski, MD, PhD
2000 - Richard J. Glassock, MD
1999 - Giuseppe Bianchi
1998 - Josephine Briggs, MD
1997 - Gary E. Striker, MD
1996 - Alfred Michael, MD

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