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​​​​​​​​CJASN Trainee of the Year

CJASN is committed to the next generation of nephrologists and strives to encourage junior colleagues as they begin their careers. In honor of this commitment, in 2019, CJASN launched CJASN Trainee of the Year, a prize contest among trainees for the best article submitted to the journal by a trainee as first author. This competition recognizes outstanding work done by junior colleagues in the early stages of their careers in nephrology.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Submission eligibility for the 2023 competition is June 18, 2022-June 18, 2023 11:59 PM ET.
  • The study must report original research conducted by the Trainee.
  • The first author must be a Trainee (defined as student, resident, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or fellow).
  • The trainee must be a member of the American Society of Nephrology at the time of submission of the manuscript. (ASN membership is free for Trainees. Become an ASN member )
  • The article must be submitted during or within six (6) months of completion of the training program. A 12-month extension will be considered for child-birth in the last year of training or within six (6) months of completion of the training program, allowing for submission within 18 months of completion of training.
  • Prize recipients will not be eligible in subsequent years.
  • The submitting author must select “CJASN Trainee of the Year” as the Manuscript Type during online submission to ensure the manuscript is considered for this competition. (Manuscripts will be reviewed to confirm correct Manuscript Type was selected.)

Judging Criteria:

  • Significance: This will be the primary consideration and will entail an assessment of the extent to which the findings advance the field of nephrology.
  • Internal and external validity of the findings reported in the study.
  • Quality of writing including how well the manuscript describes the research methods, the clarity with which the results are presented, and putting the findings of the study in context of our current knowledge in the discussion.

Prizes (up to two cash prizes will be awarded):

  • Cash prize:
    • $750 1st place cash prize
    • $500 2nd place cash prize
  • Article page fees reimbursed/waived
  • Announcement at Kidney Week*
  • Certificate presented to the trainee at the annual CJASN Editorial Board Luncheon at Kidney Week*
  • Letter from CJASN EIC to Author’s Department Head and/or Division Chief upon acceptance
  • Podcast with CJASN EIC discussing highlights of the study

CJASN encourages all applicants to separately submit an abstract on the same original research topic for consideration at Kidney Week following the “Call for Abstracts." (Note: poster acceptance cannot be guaranteed.)


First Place

Bart J. Kramers, MD, PhD​

Bart J. Kramers, Iris W. Koorevaar, Maatje D.A. van Gastel, Harry van Goor, Kenneth R. Hallows, Hiddo L. Heerspink, Hui Li, Wouter N. Leonhard, Dorien J.M. Pete​rs, Jiedong Qiu, Daan J. Touw, Ron T. Gansevoort, and Esther Meijer

Bart J. Kramers, MD, PhD, graduated with a degree in medicine from the Rijksuniveristeit Groningen in 2016. In 2017, he enrolled in the PhD program to study autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) at the ADPKD expertise center of Professor Ron Gansevoort. There, he mainly studied the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan and its aquaretic side effects in experimental and clinical studies. He is currently working as a resident of internal medicine and continues to be involved in ADPKD research.

CJASN Editor-in-Chief Rajnish Mehrotra interviewed Bart J. Kramers​​ on the findings from his article, as well as his outlook on the field and advice for trainees. A transcript of the interview is also available.​

Second Place

Insa Marie Schmidt, MD, MPH

Insa M. Schmidt, Suraj Sarvode Mothi, Parker C. Wilson, Ragnar Palsson, Anand Srivastava, Ingrid F. Onul, Zoe A. Kibbelaar, Min Zhuo, Afolarin Amodu, Isaac E. Stillman, Helmut G. Rennke, Benjamin D. Humphreys, and Sushrut S. Waikar

Insa Marie Schmidt, MD, MPH, received her MD degree from Hanover Medical School in Germany and her MPH degree from Harvard University. She has a broad range of interests in quantitative and qualitative clinical research. Her projects focus on associations of chronic kidney and cardiovascular disease, the development of novel biomarkers for kidney pathology and prognosis, and the environmental and social determinants of kidney health and disease. She recently joined the Nephrology faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

CJASN Editor-in-Chief Rajnish Mehrotra interviewed Insa Marie Schmidt on the results of her study and her next steps in research. A transcript of the interview is also available.


Sook Hyeon Park, MD, MSCI

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine  ​

Combining Blood Gene Expression and Cellfree DNA to Diagnose Subclinical Rejection in Kidney Transplant Recipients

Sookhyeon Park, Kexin Guo, Raymond L. Heilman, Emilio D. Poggio, David J. Taber, Christopher L. Marsh, Sunil M. Kurian, Steve Kleiboeker, Juston Weems, John Holman, Lihui Zhao, Rohita Sinha, Susan Brietigam, Christabel Rebello, Michael M. Abecassis, and John J. Friedewald

Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Rajnish Mehrotra and Dr. Sookhyeon Park​.

​Courtney Jane Lightfoot, BSc, Msc, PhD

University of Leicester

Reliability and Validity of the Patient Activation Measure in Kidney Disease

Courtney J. Lightfoot, Thomas J. Wilkinson, Katherine E. Memory, Jared Palmer, and Alice C. Smith

Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Rajnish Mehrotra and Dr. Courtney Jane Lightfoot​.


Karly Murphy, MD, MHS
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Association of Socioeconomic Status and Comorbidities with Racial Disparities during Kidney Transplant Evaluation

Karly A. Murphy, John W. Jackson, Tanjala S. Purnell, Ashton A. Shaffer, Christine E. Haugen, Nadia M. Chu, Deidra C. Crews, Silas P. Norman, Dorry L. Segev, and Mara A. McAdams-DeMarco

Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Rajnish Mehrotra and Dr. Karly Murphy.

Jordan G. Nestor, MD
Columbia University

Pilot Study of Return of Genetic Results to Patients in Adult Nephrology

Jordan G. Nestor, Maddalena Marasa, Hila Milo-Rasouly, Emily E. Groopman, S. Ali Husain, Sumit Mohan, Hilda Fernandez, Vimla S. Aggarwal, Dina F. Ahram, Natalie Vena, Kelsie Bogyo, Andrew S. Bomback, Jai Radhakrishnan, Gerald B. Appel, Wooin Ahn, David J. Cohen, Pietro A. Canetta, Geoffrey K. Dube, Maya K. Rao, Heather K. Morris, Russell J. Crew, Simone Sanna-Cherchi, Krzysztof Kiryluk, and Ali G. Gharavi

Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Rajnish Mehrotra and Dr. Jordan G. Nestor.


Tessa Novick, MD, MS, MSW
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Associations of Opioid Prescriptions with Death and Hospitalization across the Spectrum of Estimated GFR

Tessa K. Novick, Aditya Surapaneni, Jung-Im Shin, G. Caleb Alexander, Lesley A. Inker, Eric A. Wright, Alex R. Chang and Morgan E. Grams

Denver D. Brown, MD
Children's National Hospital

Low Serum Bicarbonate and CKD Progression in Children

Denver D. Brown, Jennifer Roem, Derek K. Ng, Kimberly J. Reidy, Juhi Kumar, Matthew K. Abramowitz, Robert H. Mak, Susan L. Furth, George J. Schwartz, Bradley A. Warady, Frederick J. Kaskel and Michal L. Melamed

Questions? Please contact Natalie Ngo, Managing Editor, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.