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 2017, we awarded a Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship to Dr. Jessica Tangren, a research fellow at the Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Join Nephrology Fellowship Program.