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Editorial Board


Dr. Raisa Nazir Ahmed Kazi
Assistant Professor, College of Applied Medical Sciences - Wadi Ad Dawasir, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Dr Raisa Nazir Ahmed Kazi is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Physiology in College of Applied Medical Science, Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia. Born and brought up in India. Completed her post-graduation in the field of Medical Physiology from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Mangalore, Manipal, India. After post-graduation worked for three years as a lecturer in department of Physiology, Al Ameen Medical College, Bijapur, India. She holds her doctorate from Renal and Cardiovascular Physiology/Pharmacology research lab, School of Pharmaceutical science, University Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia. She is currently having 10 years of teaching experience in the field of Physiology. Her published work includes the effect of high dietary salt intake on the kidney function in normotensive and hypertensive conditions with specific consideration on various alpha1a Adrenoceptor subtype. Her research experience includes cardiovascular and renal response to dietary sodium variation.

Tian-Biao Zhou
Department of Nephrology, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, 510655, China

2009.3 ~ 2010.6, to participate in the Education Department of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region "Effect of retinoic acid on the expression of apolipoprotein E in glomerulosclerosis rats" (no. 0810) research subjects engaged in construction of the glomerulosclerosis rats model and the determination of the expressions of apoE, MMP-2, MMP-9, collagen IV, fibronectin, ?-smooth muscle actin, and transforming growth factor-?1. 2006.1 ~ 2007.6, to participate in the Ministry of Education project poultry reproductive stem cells as the carrier of the bio-reactor research platform," the study subjects engaged in the work of stem cell transplantation. 2009.3 ~ 2010.6, to participate in the Natural Science Foundation of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region "Effect of all-trans retinoic acid treatment on the prohibitin expression in renal interstitial fibrosis rats" (no. 0832121) research subjects engaged in construction of the renal interstitial fibrosis rats model and the determination of the expressions of prohibitin, PAX2, collagen IV, fibronectin, ?-smooth muscle actin, and transforming growth factor-?1. 2010.11 ~ 2012.9, the Nature Science Foundation of China (no. 81060061) to participate in the project "Roles and signaling pathways of prohibitin in the pathogenesis of renal interstitial fibrosis" research subjects engaged in the cells culture and the determination of the indicators in this project.

Akira Sugawara
Professor, Department of Molecular Endocrinology,?Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, JAPAN

Professor Akira Sugawara belongs to the Department of Molecular Endocrinology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan. He graduated from Tohoku University School of Medicine on 1987 (M.D.), and got Ph.D. on 1991 from Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. He performed Postdoctoral Fellowship in William Chin?s laboratory at the Women?s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston from 1991 to 1994. His major is general internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism and hypertension and nephrology. His research interest is 1) molecular biology of nuclear hormone receptors, 2) etiology of high blood pressure, 3) pathophysiology of diabetic nephropathy, 4) gene regulation of aldosterone synthase, and 5) epigenetics of hypertension and diabetes mellitus.

Ahmed Halawa
Consultant General and Transplant Surgeon, Sheffield Kidney Institute, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield, UK.

Ahmed Mostafa Kamal Ahmed (Halawa) is working at Sheffield Kidney Institute and also serving as Senior Lecturer (Hon), University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He is leading an online course in transplantation awarding a higher degree in transplantation from the University of Liverpool, the UK and Laparoscopic Hernia Repair "hand on" course, Sheffield, UK. In addition to the Parathyroidectomy "hand on" course in Egypt, which attracts surgeons from different countries (endorsed by the International Society of Nephrologists). He is appointed as ISN ambassador in transplantation and surgery of the parathyroid.

Leandro Z Crivellenti
Professor of Post-Graduation (Animal Science), University of France (UNIFRAN), Av. Dr. Armando Salles Oliveira, 201, Franca - SP CEP 14404-600

Bachelor´s in Veterinary Medicine at Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU), Minas Gerais, Brazil. Medical residence in Small Animal Clinics and Surgery at Universidade de Franca (UNIFRAN), São Paulo, Brazil. Master?s in Veterinary Medicine at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), São Paulo, Brazil. PhD in Veterinary Medicine at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Jaboticabal in association with Renal Pathology Service at Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, Universidade do Estado de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil, (FMRP/USP), and Foreign Research Fellowship at The Ohio State University, Ohio, EUA (OSU). Postdoctoral in nephrology area with participation of UNESP, Jaboticabal; FMRP/USP and OSU (USA). Professor at Graduate Program in Animal Science at Universidade de Franca (UNIFRAN) - Clinical and Small Animal Surgery with emphasis in Nephrology and Urology. Member of the Brazilian College Board of Nephrology and Urology and the Brazilian College Board of Veterinary Surgery. Author of the books ?Caso de Rotina em Medicina Veterinária de Pequenos Animais?, ?Bulário Médico-Veterinário Cães e Gatos? and the software BoolaVet. Editor-in-Chief of the Investigação journal and coordinator of the research group in Veterinary Nephrology and Urology accredited by CNPq.

Hernan Rincon-Choles
Medical Director, Ohio Renal Care Group Huron Dialysis Center. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University

During his early career in Nephrology, he worked with a Minority population in South Texas that has a high incidence and prevalence of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) and was the Medical Director for a dialysis center for the University Health System. He is very committed to improving heath disparities and helps run the annual Minority Men?s Health Fair at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. Another field of interest is ICU nephrology and he is reviewer for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and for the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.

Hansjorg Rothe
Lecturer in nephrology, Coburg University (Hochschule für Angewandte Naturwissenschaften) Consultant in Nephrology and Internal Medicine, Eilenburg General Hospital and DaVita Germany

Moro O Salifu
Chief, Division of Nephrology Director, Interventional Nephrology Program, Principal Investigator & Director, Brooklyn Health Disparities Center (BHDC)

Dr. Moro Salifu is a tenured Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. He is also the Edwin C. and Anne K. Weiskopf Endowed Chair in Nephrology and Transplantation. He has served as fellowship program director since 2003, division chief of nephrology, and director of the kidney transplant program at SUNY Downstate since 2008. He has trained and mentored many residents and fellows, across different institutions in New York and in several States. Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Salifu is known for his outstanding research, and clinical and administrative skills. He is an expert in internal medicine, kidney diseases, kidney transplantation, interventional nephrology and has two additional masters level degrees, one in public health and the other in business administration. He is highly respected within the SUNY Downstate community as well as in the national and international nephrology community. He is a productive investigator whose research interests include vascular biology, interventional nephrology, and kidney transplant outcomes. His work in vascular biology has resulted in the discovery peptides inhibitors of the F11 receptor on platelets, endothelial and smooth muscle cells and now holds a patent on inhibitors of F11 receptor, with therapeutic implications for the treatment of thrombosis, atherosclerosis and smooth muscle disorders such as pulmonary hypertension and dialysis vascular access dysfunction. He is the recipient of numerous grants including being the principal investigator of multi-million dollar awards from the National Institutes of Health to advance the work of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. The center is involved with community based participatory research in cardiometabolic diseases. Dr. Salifu is the recipient of numerous awards, including best educator of the year, Best Doctor US News and World Report, Castle Connelly Top Doctor, Worldwide Registry of Executives and Professionals, Kings of Kings County, just to name a few. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals nationally and internationally. He is a Master of the Maerican College of Physicians. He is a member and journal reviewer for nephrology and transplant societies and has served on many local and national professional committees. He is the past president of the New York Society of Nephrology for the 2013-14 academic year.

Ennio Duranti
Department of Nephrology and Dialysis, Arezzo Hospital, Italy

Ennio Duranti, today Director of the UOC of Nephrology of Arezzo, in the 80s organized the Peritoneal Dialysis service with the training of patients for the execution of Peritoneal Dialysis at home. In the same period he has set up numerous studies on the etiopathogenesis and therapy of kidney stones, for which he attended the Clinic of Prof. C. Pak of the University Hospital of Dallas Texas USA. In the 90s he dedicated himself to the study of the most efficient hemodialysis techniques: AFB, HDF. Director of the Dialysis Center of Montevarchi from 1996 to 2003 and of the Dialysis Centers of Sansepolcro, Cortona and Bibbiena from 2004 to 2012 he developed territorial management projects (with family doctors) of chronic renal failure and related complications. He developed an outpatient Pre-Dialysis path for the conscious and shared choice and the start of patients for Peritoneal Dialysis or Hemodialysis. He is currently setting up a program to initiate patients on Home Hemodialysis and the territorial monitoring of patients in Home Peritoneal Dialysis. It has also activated within the Department of Specialized Medicine, a path for the entry of patients into a renal transplant list, through the use of the Day Service.

Lalathaksha Murthy Kumbar
Chief of Interventional Nephrology, Division of Nephrology, Henry Ford Hospital

Dr. Lalathaksha M Kumbar is the section chief of Interventional Nephrology in the Division of Nephrology, Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Kumbar was born in India and completed his medical education at Bangalore Medical College, India in 1998. Dr. Kumbar pursued his training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at SUNY Downstate at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. Interventional Nephrology training was obtained in Wichita KS under Life Line Vascular Access. Before moving to Detroit, MI, Dr. Kumbar worked in the Division of Nephrology at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, NY with an academic appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine with SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology with re-certified in Interventional Nephrology from American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology. Dr. Kumbar has been practicing all aspects of Nephrology including Interventional Nephrology for last 9 years, closely involved in the teaching, supervising and mentoring of fellows and residents. Dr. Kumbar has participated in clinical trials, developed investigator initiated clinical studies with his work being published and cited in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Kumbar has been active in American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology as an active member of accreditation sub-committee and now in international committee. Dr. Kumbar has been invited to present in conferences in India and while being an International Society of Nephrology Educational Ambassador, conducted 2 week educational activity on vascular access in India. His research interests include development of novel therapeutic paradigms in access surveillance and quality metrics to assess intervention outcomes.

Ahmed Abdallah Hassan Ali
Lecturer of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt

Dr. Ahmed Abdallah has working experience as Registrar of Internal Medicine at Dar Al-Fouad hospital for 2 years, Consultant of Nephrology at Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital, Sharm El-Sheikh city, Egypt, Consultant of Internal Medicine, New Kasr El-Aini Teaching Hospital, Nephrology referring physician at Dar Al-Fouad hospital since May 2013.

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