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
This month’s CJASN e-journal club was hosted at the Department of Nephrology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. It discussed a trial designed to investigate the efficacy of an intensive low salt diet intervention (weekly 30 minutes phone feedback by a dietary consultant) on albuminuria in non-diabetic hypertensive patients already on an ARB. This study is an open-label, case-control, randomized clinical trial based in South Korea. It is important to note that selected […]
In this months edition of JCI a group led by Dr B Murphy from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai describe a beautiful set of experiments that explain the mechanism by which the CKD and eGFR risk allele rs17319721 causes chronic kidney allograft damage.The single nucleotide polymorphism rs17319721 is in intron 1 of a gene called SHROOM3. The risk allele A (major allele G) of rs17319721 was found in large GWAS studies of European ancestry to be associated with GFR (p=1*10−12), incident […]
This is the 5th year RFN has hosted the Top Nephrology Stories of the year poll. This is an attempt to look at the year in nephrology voted by the readers of RFN. Take a few moments and vote for any of the stories you feel are worthy of making the top 10 list. You can vote for as many as you wish. Write a quick blog post about a story you think deserves the vote. If we missed anything please feel free to comment below. Note, the story must be published after the year end poll of 2013.Please go […]
There was a fascinating case published a couple of months ago in the American Journal of Medicine. I have a particular interest in this case as it was my clinic mentor, Julian Seifter, who made the diagnosis and published the case. I have waiting for a long time to write a post about it but couldn't until the paper came out.The case is a 50yr old man with a history of CKD, quadraplegia and an ileal conduit who was being investigated for CKD. His serum creatinine was 3mg/dl and a creatinine […]
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