Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:47

Awards for young investigators

 MG 0703At this year's World Congress of Nephrology, ISN honored the big efforts for new insights into scientific questions in nephrology.

Research in nephrology is a task for experienced as well as for young investigators. The ISN is aware that a lot of young colleagues put in a big effort to gain new insights into scientific questions in the !eld of nephrology.

The best abstract in basic science from the developing world came from Chen Yang, a Ph.D candidate of Medical Sciences at the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He graduated from Hebei University, China with a Bachelor degree in Science in 2004, then obtained his Master of Sciences at Guangdong Medical College in 2008. He was enrolled into the PhD program in the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011 and supervised by Professor Hui Yao Lan.

His current research interests include the mechanism of TGF Smad signaling mediated immune responses as well as T cell differentiation and regulatory role in anti-glomerular basement membrane glomerulonephritis. So far, Chen Yang has developed the cell tracing technique with double transgenic mice to explore the function of immune cells in experimental glomerulonephritis.

Jessica Ryan (best abstract in basic science, developed world) is a Nephrologist currently undertaking a PhD in antibody-dependent and antibody-independent renal injury, with the Department of Nephrology,
Monash Medical Centre and Monash University (Victoria, Australia). Ryan attended Monash University, graduating with a MBBS (Hons) in 2001.

She completed her advanced training in Nephrology at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, obtaining fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2008. She currently has a clinical appointment as a General Medical consultant at Monash Health. Her major research interests include antibodymediated and innate renal disease, and the clinical areas of glomerulonephritis and transplantation.

Emma McMahon (best clinical abstract, developed world) is an accredited practising dietitian and PhD candidate from the Princess Alexandra Hospital and University of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. She worked as a clinical dietitian and research dietitian before beginning her doctoral studies. She is in the final year of her doctorate exploring dietary sodium and cardiovascular risk in people with chronic kidney disease. McMahon has an interest in research methodology, and has been involved in several other
fields of research including weight loss, taste dysfunction and evidence-based practice guidelines, as well as research exploring other cardiovascular and renal risk factors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education and a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics majoring in Research.

Pavan Kumar Rao (best clinical abstract, developing world) is a second year post graduate student at the Andhra Medical College, Vishakhapatnam, India. After graduating in 2003 from Rangaraya Medical
College in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India he completed a post graduate degree in Pediatrics in 2008 at the same college. He presented a paper on ”Nutritional assessment SGA score and quality of life
index in hemodialysis patients” at the Indian Society of Hemodialysis 2013 held in Bhubaneshwar, and a poster at the Indian Society of Nephrology Conference 2012 about “spontaneous remission in membranous nephrology”.

Dr. Rao has been selected for the ISN ANIO program. Currently he works as nephrologist at Andhra Medical College, a tertiary care centre in South Eastern India with 1,500 beds. It caters to the needs of people of four districts with a population of 30 million. Its nephrology services are provided to 1,700 to 2,000 inpatients every year, dialysis for 700 to 750 patients per year, renal biopsies of 350 to 400 patients, renal transplantation and other services.

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