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Vol. LXVII, No. 4
February 13, 2015

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Briggs Honored for Fighting Kidney Disease

Dr. Josephine Briggs

Dr. Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, has been honored with the 2014 John P. Peters Award by the American Society of Nephrology for her research and clinical contributions to combating kidney disease, which affects more than 20 million Americans. The Peters Award recognizes an individual who has made substantial research contributions to the discipline of nephrology and has sustained achievements in academic medicine, including clinical care, education and leadership.

Briggs and recipients of four other awards were honored by ASN during a plenary session in Philadelphia at the society’s recent annual meeting, ASN Kidney Week 2014. ASN noted Briggs’s accomplishments as a researcher and physician, remarking that her translational research has brought a fuller understanding of the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health practices.

Highlights of her work in the area of kidney disease include study of the renin-angiotensin system, diabetic nephropathy, circadian regulation of blood pressure and the effect of antioxidants in kidney disease. She has published more than 175 scholarly works, served on the editorial boards of several journals and held professorships in nephrology and other disciplines. She was the past director of the Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases at NIDDK, where she co-chaired an NIH roadmap committee on translational core resources.

“ASN is pleased to recognize Dr. Briggs with the John P. Peters Award for her immeasurable contributions to the understanding of diabetic nephropathy and the renin-angiotensin system,” said ASN past-president Dr. Sharon M. Moe. “Like the award’s namesake, she has not only advanced clinical and translational science, but has done so while serving in numerous leadership positions, including at the NIDDK, HHMI and now NCCIH.”

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