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For Immediate Release

American Kidney Fund Names 2012 Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellows

ROCKVILLE, Md. (April 2, 2012) — Today, the American Kidney Fund announced that Dr. Katherine Lynch, Dr. Sagar Nigwekar and Dr. Margaret Yu are the 2012 Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) Fellows. The CSN program strives to improve the quality of care provided to kidney patients and promotes clinical research in nephrology. It enhances the training of nephrologists who want to pursue an academic career and whose primary professional commitment is to scholarship in the provision of patient care.
 “Since the creation of the Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship in 1988, the American Kidney Fund has sponsored 33 clinicians with one overarching goal: improving the care and treatment of patients with kidney disease,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the American Kidney Fund.  “We believe the work of Dr. Nigwekar, Dr. Lynch, and Dr. Yu will have broad application in care for kidney patients and the prevention of chronic diseases.”

Dr. Sagar Nigwekar, who was awarded the American Kidney Fund-Sanofi Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship, is a clinical and research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Nigwekar’s research will examine Calciphylaxis: Role of Vitamin D Analogues and Evaluation of Serum Biomarker. “I believe that my proposed research will improve the clinicians’ abilities in terms of prevention and diagnosis of calciphylaxis and will guide them in terms of use of vitamin D analogues in end stage renal disease patients,” said Nigwekar. Financial support for this CSN Fellow has been provided by Sanofi.

Dr. Margaret Yu, who was awarded the American Kidney Fund-Sanofi Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship, is a nephrology fellow at the University of Washington. Dr. Yu’s research will examine the Gender Differences in Chronic Kidney Disease Prevalence, Risk Factors and Progression in an Outpatient Diabetic Population.  “As I look forward, I envision myself combining investigational, clinical and educational responsibilities as a scientist at an academic institution,” said Yu. “My long-term research goal is to reduce health disparities in chronic kidney disease.” Financial support for this CSN Fellow has been provided by Sanofi.

Dr. Katherine Lynch, who was awarded the American Kidney Fund-Amgen Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship, is a nephrology fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Lynch’s research will examine the Clinical Effectiveness of Common Interventions Aimed at Mitigating Intradialytic Hypotension. “With the experience and formal training I will obtain during fellowship I anticipate developing into a more independent clinical researcher who will benefit patients with kidney disease by contributing to evidence-based medicine,” said Lynch.   This activity is supported by an educational donation by Amgen.

Lynch, Nigwekar, and Yu will begin their CSN fellowships this summer at the expiration of the fellowship of Dr. Delphine Tuot. During her CSN fellowship, Tout performed a comprehensive review of the literature about provider and patient awareness of CKD.

For more information about the American Kidney Fund and the CSN program, visit


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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