In 1974, we awarded our first research grant to Dr. Samuel L. Kountz, a pioneer in kidney transplantation from Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Kountz’s groundbreaking research in tissue typing led to the increased use of kidneys from unrelated donors.

Today, we continue to support nephrology's brightest scholars through our Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) program, established in 1988 to improve the quality of care provided to kidney patients and promote clinical research in nephrology. Alumni of the CSN program have gone on to become leading academic researchers at institutions nationwide. In 2016, we awarded Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowships to Dr. Anoop Sheshadri, a research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. Megan Yanik, a pediatric nephrology research fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.