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.
Maarten W. Taal
Prof. Maarten W. 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 Royal Derby Hospital, UK, in 2002 and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK in 2011. He was appointed Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine at the University of Nottingham in April 2014, where he leads the Centre for Kidney Research and Innovation. His current research interests include chronic kidney disease progression, diabetic nephropathy, renal osteodystrophy and cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). He has a career-long interest in CKD and co-authored the Renal Association's Clinical Practice Guidelines for CKD. He serves as an Editor for Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, Section Editor for Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension and Academic Editor for PLOS Medicine. He is Chair of the UK Kidney Research Consortium CKD Clinical Study Group and Immediate Past President of the British Renal Society.
Dr Chandraker received his medical degree from Glasgow University, UK in 1987. He completed his initial medical training in the UK after which he did his fellowship training in Nephrology/Transplant Immunology at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA where he has remained since 1995. He is an established clinician, scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator. He serves as the Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. As the Director of the Transplant Research Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, he leads a team of basic and clinical investigators who focus on various aspects of research in the field of transplantation. His own clinical research interests include understanding the development of the immune response against transplanted organs, including antibody mediated rejection and transplantation tolerance. His laboratory research has focused on the role of the T cell in transplant tolerance and chronic allograft rejection. The major focus of his research currently is to translate basic research into clinical therapies. He has led a number of clinical interventional trials in kidney and heart transplantation and has received research funding from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National Kidney Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, amongst others. He has also served as the President of the American Society of Transplantation. He has authored over 150 original scientific papers, review articles, books and book chapters as well as serving on the editorial board of several medical journals.
J. Kevin Tucker
Dr J. Kevin Tucker is an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA, Chief of Nephrology at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, USA and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, USA. His interests are in nephrology medical education and the management of patients with end-stage kidney disease requiring renal replacement therapy. He is the former Director of the Joint Nephrology Fellowship Program of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, and he now serves as the Faculty Director for Accreditation and Maintenance of Certification in the Department of Postgraduate Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. He is also Medical Director of DCI-Faulkner, an ambulatory dialysis clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.