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American Kidney Fund Announces Call for Applications for 2013-2014 Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship Program

For Immediate Release  

Rockville, MD (August 16, 2012) – The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is now accepting applications for its Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.  CSN fellows, who receive grants of up to $80,000 per year for a maximum of two years, conduct prevention and outcomes research and receive advanced training in essential skills such as medical ethics, biostatistics and epidemiology.

The primary goal of the American Kidney Fund’s CSN Program is to improve the quality of care provided to kidney patients and to promote clinical research in nephrology. This goal is achieved by enhancing the training of nephrologists who desire to pursue an academic career and whose primary professional commitment is to scholarship in the provision of patient care. The American Kidney Fund’s Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) Program is supported by an educational donation provided by Amgen.

“The CSN program is designed to provide financial support that will allow each fellow to have access to the best training and research opportunities available,” said LaVarne A. Burton, President and CEO of the American Kidney Fund.  “It is the American Kidney Fund’s goal that each fellow will be poised to make a lasting impact on the renal community and advance the level of patient care through the support of the CSN Fellowship Program.”
The application and additional details can be found at  The application deadline is December 3, 2012.  For more information, please email Ruth Martinez at or call 1-800-638-8299, extension 6677.


About the American Kidney Fund

The mission of the American Kidney Fund is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts. The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. Last year, nearly 90,000 people—almost 1 out of every 4 dialysis patients in the United States—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund’s efforts to fight kidney disease through health education and prevention efforts. The American Kidney Fund’s national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease, empowers women to protect themselves—and the people they love—from kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund offers free kidney health screenings in communities nationwide, as well as extensive online health education materials and courses and a toll-free health information HelpLine (866.300.2900).

As a 10-time recipient of the top “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator, the American Kidney Fund is ranked among the top 1 percent of charities nationwide for fiscal accountability. In addition, the American Kidney Fund holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit

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