Renal Fellow Network
The Renal Fellow Network (RFN) was established on April 23rd, 2008 by the late Dr. Nathan Hellman. RFN was created to provide a forum to discuss interesting nephrology cases, scientific papers, and other topics germane to nephrologists, particularly fellows. Our goal is to present cutting edge nephrology-related research and challenging clinical topics in an easily digestible format. The current editor of the site is Dr. Conall O' Seaghdha and the deputy editor is Dr. Matt Sparks, and our contributors are a spread of Nephrology fellows and attendings from across the United States and the United Kingdom. If you are interested in becoming a contributor please contact either the editor or deputy editor. In November 2010 the Renal Fellow Network announced a partnership with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). We are delighted to team up with NKF, and believe this is an exciting opportunity for both parties. This collaboration serves to help sustain the site for future nephrology fellows by creating an editorial board composed of nephrology fellows whose mission will be to keep the integrity and mission of the site intact. The NKF does not provide monetary support to RFN. From our perspective, we hope the collaboration will further raise the profile of the site, allowing us to reach an even wider audience. Our ultimate goal is to provide an integrated hub for all Nephrology practitioners, providing useful and up to date clinical and research information, permitting discourse on topics of clinical or career interest, and serving a go-to source for information on grants, fellowships and other information relevant to Nephrologists, whatever the stage of their careers. As of November 2010, RFN averages 40,000 page views and site visits per month, and 20,000 unique site visits per month. Interest in the site, as reflected in number of unique page views, has grown month-on-month for the past year. Approximately 45% of our readers are fellows, 20% attendings, 20% are residents or medical students and 5% are involved in full time research according to the poll conducted on our website.
Renal Fellow Network's Latest Posts
Organ donation from HIV positive patients has been prohibited in the USA since 1988. Pre-transplant screening for HIV is mandatory using nuclear amplification test (NAT), though false negative results during “window period” are a potential concern in donor selection.Elmi Muller spoke at our Transplant Grand Rounds yesterday and told us about the challenge she faces in South Africa, where HIV infection affects more than 15% of the population, HIV patients frequently develop […]
Aristolochic acids (AA) are found in products derived from the aristolochia genus of plants which are used extensively in herbal medicines, particularly in Asia. Nephrotoxicity resulting from AA exposure was originally described in a case series of women taking diet supplements in Belgium but has subsequently been identified in the US, Europe and Asia. Consumption of products containing AA remains endemic in some areas with an estimated exposure in up to 40% of the Taiwanese population. The […]
At ASN Kidney Week there was some interest in abatacept as a targeted therapy for glomerular diseases. T-cell activation requires 2 signals; (i) binding of the T-cell receptor to the antigen-MHC complex on the antigen-presenting cell and (ii) a co-stimulatory signal involving CTLA-4 on the T-cell and B7-1 on the antigen presenting cell. Abatacept is a fusion protein composed of the Fc region of IgG1 fused to the extracellular domain of CTLA-4 which inhibits the T-cell co-stimulatory […]
Registration has opened for the Spring session of the Ultrasound course for Nephrologists at Emory University. It will be held on Feb 1-2 2014, in Atlanta.The brochure for the upcoming course is available here.
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