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The American Society of Nephrology honors leader in the fight against kidney disease

Outstanding researcher will be honored at ASN Kidney Week 2016

American Society of Nephrology

Chicago, IL (November 18, 2016)--The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) will honor Amit X. Garg, MD, PhD by presenting him with the ASN-AHA Young Investigator Award during the society's annual meeting, ASN Kidney Week 2016, held November 15-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

The Young Investigator Award is presented annually to an individual 45 years of age or younger with an outstanding record of achievement and creativity in basic or patient-oriented research related to the functions and diseases of the kidney.

Dr. Garg is a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada; site director of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western Facility; provincial leader of the ICES kidney, dialysis, and transplantation program, and a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. He practices general nephrology and is director of living kidney donation at the London Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Garg is active in clinical, health services, and population-health kidney research, with more than 370 peer-reviewed publications. Some examples of the impact of his research include the introduction of new information for living kidney donor candidates as part of the informed consent process; an improved understanding of the long-term outcomes of E. coli O157:H7 poisoning that has been cited in litigation to compensate victims of food or water mishandling; and findings about unsafe drug prescribing causing acute kidney injury that led to label changes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Garg currently serves as President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, which he previously served as Secretary-Treasurer. He recently co-chaired the international Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes clinical practice guidelines in living kidney donation committee. He serves on the living kidney donor advisory committee of Canadian Blood Services. He is also the medical lead for the Ontario Renal Network and Trillium Gift of Life Network, working for greater access to kidney transplantation and living kidney donation. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, and the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. He previously has received a National Kidney Foundation distinguished medal for his research contributions to renal medicine, a premier of Ontario research excellence award, and a Clinician Scientist Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He currently holds the Dr. Adam Linton Chair in Kidney Health Analytics at Western University.

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About ASN Kidney Week 2016

ASN Kidney Week 2016, the largest nephrology meeting of its kind, will provide a forum for more than 13,000 professionals to discuss the latest findings in kidney health research and engage in educational sessions related to advances in the care of patients with kidney and related disorders.

Kidney Week 2016 will take place November 15-20, in Chicago, IL.

About the American Society of Nephrology

Founded in 1966, and with more than 16,000 members, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) leads the fight against kidney diseases by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating the highest quality of care for patients.

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