American Society of Nephrology

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American Society of Nephrology
ASN Logo
Founded 1966
Type Medical
Focus Nephrology, Kidney Disease, Medical Research, Education and Public Policy
Area served
c. 15,000
Key people
Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD, FASN
Tod Ibrahim
(Executive Director)
Slogan Leading the Fight Against Kidney Disease

Founded in 1966, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is the world’s largest professional society devoted to the study of kidney disease. Composed of over 15,000 physicians and scientists, ASN promotes expert patient care, advances medical research, and educates the renal community. ASN also informs policymakers about issues of importance to kidney doctors and their patients.

Each year, ASN and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research provide nearly 400 research and travel grants. ASN annual meetings are attended by approximately 13,000 participants, and regional meetings are held throughout the year. The society publishes the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) (impact factor 8.288), the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (NephSAP), ASN Kidney News, and In The Loop. JASN, established in 1990, publishes original articles of the highest quality that are relevant to the broad field of nephrology.[1] CJASN, whose inaugural issue was in January 2006, is a journal dedicated to advancing the practice of renal medicine by reporting novel and rigorous clinical research.[2] NephSAP provides educational learning, and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, for clinical nephrologists who seek to renew and refresh their clinical knowledge and diagnostic and therapeutic.[3] ASN Kidney News, which premiered in January 2009, is a newsmagazine that examines trends in medicine, industry, and policy affecting all practitioners in nephrology and provides other information supporting the work of kidney specialists.[4] In the Loop is a daily news briefing tailored to the needs of nephrologists and summarizes key reporting on kidney and renal medicine from the previous 24 hours.[5]

In addition to the annual meeting (Kidney Week)[6] and regional meetings (ASN Highlights),[7] ASN provides an Annual Board Review Course & Update[8] and other online learning opportunities for nephrologists. In 2012, nearly 1,200 instructional hours were offered by ASN to physicians, researchers, and other healthcare professionals.

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