Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension was launched in 1992. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of nephrology and hypertension is divided into 12 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Dr Adeera Levin is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, winning the Governor General's Award for the highest graduating average in her college in 1981. She completed her Medical school training at McMaster University, in 1984, and continued Internal Medicine residency at McMaster, until 1987 when she was awarded a Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Toronto. She completed her clinical training in Nephrology at U of T, and subsequently obtained a Kidney Foundation of Canada Fellowship award to pursue further research training under the mentorship of Dr's Marc Goldstein and Robert Bear.
Dr. Levin has established herself as a clinical investigator, interested in early kidney disease and cardiovascular disease by leading a number of multicentre trials in Canada, funded by Kidney Foundation of Canada. The observation that the relationship between kidney disease, LVH and anemia was present in populations prior to dialysis was an important turning point in the focus of research in kidney disease. Ongoing work includes establishing the prevalence of traditional and non-traditional risk factors in CKD populations, describing the impact of interventions in these populations, and ensuring the translation of research into clinical practice.
Dr. Levin has achieved a number of awards at the University of British Columbia, including the Dean Whitlaw award for Best Grand Rounds Representation at St Paul's Hospital UBC, the Martin Hoffman Award for Research Excellence, and has been named Master Teacher in the Department of Anesthesia at UBC in 1996 and 2001. Dr. Levin was the Program Director for Nephrology at UBC from 1993-2003, and was President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology 2000-2002. She has mentored numerous Kidney Foundation fellowship awardees, and UBC Clinical Investigator awardees, as well as participating in UBC Resident Research Day in a project sponsor capacity each year since 1992, with no less than 2 resident projects each year.
She has served the Kidney Foundation of Canada as Chair of Medical Advisory Committee, as well as member of the Biomedical Scientific Review Committee. Currently she is the Chair of the Biomedical Fellowship and Scholarship Committee for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Chair of the Kidney Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiatives for the National Kidney Foundation (USA), and member of the Executive Committee of the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO).
She continues her clinical and academic work at the University of British Columbia, in her capacity as Director of the Kidney Function Clinic at St Paul's Hospital, and Co Chair of the Clinical Investigator Program at UBC, Department of Medicine. In addition, she is the Executive Director of the Provincial Renal Agency, responsible for the planning and funding of kidney relates services in the province of British Columbia.
Maarten W Taal
Dr Maarten Taal graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa, in 1987. After completing his post-graduate training in internal medicine and nephrology at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, he joined the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Physiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA under the directorship of Barry M. Brenner, MD. His research focused on mechanisms underlying the progression of chronic kidney disease and earned him a Doctor of Medicine degree. He subsequently moved to the United Kingdom where he was appointed a Consultant Renal Physician at Derby City General Hospital in 2002.
Dr Taal's current research interests include CKD Progression, Diabetic Nephropathy, Renal Osteodystrophy and Cardiovascular Disease in CKD patients. He is a member of the Centre for Integrated Systems in Medicine and Biology at the University of Nottingham and serves as block chair for Renal Medicine teaching for the Graduate Entry Medicine course at the University of Nottingham at Derby. He has written chapters on CKD and the management of CKD Progression in major nephrology textbooks and has published original research as well as review articles in most major nephrology journals. He is a corresponding member of the American Society of Nephrology and a member of the Renal Association of the United Kingdom.
Steven H Sacks
Dr Steven Sacks is an academic nephrologist and currently Head of the Department of Nephrology & Transplantation at Guy's, King's & St Thomas' Medical School, King's College London. His main research interest is the role of complement and other components of the innate immune system in transplant rejection and infection. He also has an interest in medical ethics and is Chairman of his local research ethics committee and sits on the ethics committee of the British Transplantation Society.