By Kasia Michalik
Ronald Falk, MD, president of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), announced several winners during the second day of the ASN Kidney Week 2012 which took place in San Diego on October 31 to November 4. He thanked more than 13,000 attendees for their continued support and presented the awards to several individuals.
"This year, 16 companies participated in corporate support program," Falk said. "The generosity and commitment of these organizations has helped ASN provide the highest standards of educational and science programming to thousands of kidney professionals."
Seven of these companies were awarded with a diamond level support plaque for 2012.
- Mark Houser-Abbott Laboratories
- Diane Parks-Amgen
- Mark Costanzo-Fresenius Medical Care
- Diana Ohara-Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals
- Alden Mayor-Questcor Pharmaceuticals
- Paul Franson-Reata Pharmaceuticals
- Greg Maddison-Sanofi
A rare event took place during this ceremony as well. ASN awarded Dolph Chianchano the Presidents Medal. He received his medal for his service to the kidney community.
"For more than 30 years, Dolph Chianchiano, has served the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the kidney community," Falk said. "In addition to decades of service as a strong and effective advocate for patients, Dolph was the heart and soul of NKF's research program. Under his leadership, the program expanded to not only include grants to physicians, and scientists, but other health care members, such as nurses, technicians, dietitians and social workers."
Chianchiano, senior VP for research at the NKF thanked the president, the whole ASN organization, everyone who has ever contributed financially to the NKF over the last three decades, scientists and physicians who have dedicated their time to research, and former NKF fellows.
"Forty years ago, we succeeded in establishing the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease Program as an example of the impact and science and innovative thinking," Chianchiano, said. "I believe that we can again surmount the challenges if we follow similar tools in the coming years. I urge you to join the National Kidney Foundation in doing so."
Counselor Raymond Harris, MD, FASN, chair of the Homer Smith Committee introduced Ernest Wright, PhD, as the recipient of the Homer W. Smith Address
"It is a great pleasure to be here today and to receive this award on behalf of the Wright team," Wright said. "This isn't an award to me for science, but to the team that has worked with me over the last years."