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April 12, 2010

Coresh Receives Multiple Honors

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Josef Coresh, MD, PhD, MHS, professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and director of the George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention, was named the 2010 recipient of the Garabed Eknoyan Award by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), as well as the 2010 recipient of the Epidemiology and Prevention Mentoring Award by the American Heart Association’s Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.

As an advocate for public health research and prevention, Coresh has served as a mentor to cardiovascular epidemiologic researchers, and has led investigations on the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the U.S. His research activities include, examining genetic and molecular markers for cardiovascular and kidney disease, as well as collaborations on the development and application of innovative statistical methodology. Coresh has co-authored more than 200 publications, and his 2007 paper featured in JAMA, “Prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the United States,” was among the 20 most-cited `Hot Papers´ over all fields and a `Highly Cited Paper in Clinical Medicine´ according to Essential Science Indicators.

“I feel very privileged to be at Hopkins where I have had such wonderful students and mentors who have made working so productive and fun,” said Coresh. “I am particularly grateful for these awards because the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology is the one annual meeting I haven’t missed in 20 years since [Bloomberg School Dean] Mike Klag brought me there as his student. The dedication to mentorship by Klag and the other senior faculty members influenced my career choices and it is touching to be recognized for having inspired and mentored others.” Coresh adds, “the National Kidney Foundation award is very special because of this society’s dedication to patients.”   

The Garabed Eknoyan Award was created to recognize an individual who has promoted the mission of the NKF to improve the lives of people with kidney disease through exceptional contributions to key initiatives of the Foundation. Coresh’s contribution to the standardized definition of chronic kidney disease and its stages, as well as his research on the full spectrum of the disease, its causes and complications, have contributed to a recognition of kidney disease as a public health problem. This work helped to bring kidney disease care into the realm of general internists and contributed key data to the National Kidney Disease Education Program.

Public Affairs media contact for JHSPH: Natalie Wood-Wright at 410-614-6029 or nwoodwri@jhsph.edu.

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