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Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension: March 2011 - Volume 20 - Issue 2 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/MNH.0b013e32834406c7
Editorial introductions
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Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension was launched in 1992. It is part 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 each 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 Section Editors for this issue.

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Section Editors

Bradley Denker

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Bradley M. Denker is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA. He is also the Chief of Nephrology at Harvard Medical Associates. Dr Denker is a graduate of State University of New York Medical School in Syracuse, USA. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He did a one-year Fellowship in Hematology at the Laboratory of Dr Peter Agre (2003 Nobel Laureate), at Johns Hopkins, USA. Here he identified a protein in kidney and red blood cells that was ultimately shown to be aquaporin-1. He completed his Nephrology Fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in the laboratory of Dr Eva Neer. Here he mapped structural domains of G protein subunits.

Dr Denker maintains a research laboratory in the Renal Division. His interests are signaling pathways regulating epithelial tight junctions and autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Dr Denker has received teaching awards and is the past President of the Medical Advisory Board for the National Kidney Foundation serving New England. He has authored numerous chapters and textbooks on various aspects of kidney disease. He has a busy outpatient Renal Clinic. He is a co-recipient of an NIH grant to use electronic medical records - to improve recognition and management of chronic kidney disease.

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Rhian Touyz

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Dr Rhian Touyz is the Canada Research Chair in Hypertension at the Kidney Research Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI)/Univ of Ottawa, Canada. She is a Senior Scientist at the OHRI and professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology. Dr Touyz received her BSc (Hons) (1980), MBBCh (1984), MSc (1986); and PhD (1992) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship (1992–1996) at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, USA. She has received numerous academic and research awards. This includes the Young Investigator Awards from the American Society of Hypertension, the Canadian Society of Hypertension; and the Quebec Society of Hypertension, as well as being a finalist for the Irving H Page Award, Atherosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology- from the American Heart Association. Dr Touyz has been awarded the 2005 Dahl Lecture Award by the American Heart Association, the 2006 Grace A Goldsmith Award, American Society of Nutrition; the 2009 Vincenzo Panagia Distinguished Lecture Award; Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences Award; and the 2010 Distinguished Service award, from Hypertension Canada, in recognition of her contributions to hypertension research.

Dr Touyz co-chairs the Recommendations Task Force of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP), she is on the executive board of the International Society of Hypertension and she is the past President of the Canadian Hypertension Society. She is the current Chair of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association. She is the Scientific Officer of the cardiovascular committees at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada; and she is a member of the Microcirculation and Hypertension Review panel of the National Institutes of Health in the USA. Dr Touyz chairs the organization committee for establishment of the Vascular Medicine and Biology program, Dept of Medicine, Univ of Ottawa. She is funded by grants from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Kidney foundation of Canada/Pfizer and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dr Touyz is Associate Editor of the journals Clinical Science and the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension. Dr Touyz is on the editorial board of Hypertension, Circulation Research, Journal of Hypertension; American Journal of Physiology, Magnesium, Current Hypertension Reviews, and Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. Dr Touyz has published over 250 original papers and more than 30 review articles. Her main focus of research relates to molecular, cellular and vascular mechanisms of hypertension. Her areas of study include clinical and experimental hypertension, hypertension in renal disease, signal transduction, oxidative stress; ion transport, vascular biology; adipose biology; and insulin resistance and diabetes. She has a particular interest in translational research.

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