NKDEP Increases Outreach to Hispanics with New Website, Media Campaign
Word is spreading about the National Kidney Disease Education Program’s (NKDEP’s) new Spanish website, thanks to a successful outreach campaign targeting Hispanic television, radio, and online media. As a result, website traffic and web visitor engagement from Hispanics in these areas have increased substantially.
“The great interest from the media reflects the need for more health information in Spanish,” said NKDEP Director Andrew S. Narva, M.D., F.A.C.P. “We were very surprised to see how little is available for the public in Spanish about kidney disease.”
Hispanic adults are at higher risk for kidney disease than non-Hispanic white adults largely because they are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, a leading risk factor for kidney disease.
2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Two NIH Grantees
The 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded jointly to National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University Medical Center, and Brian K. Kobilka, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine, for groundbreaking discoveries on G-protein-coupled receptors. Dr. Lefkowitz has received support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) since 1974. Dr. Kobilka has received support from the NHLBI, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 1990.
“About half of all medications, including beta blockers, antihistamines, and various kinds of psychiatric medications, act through these receptors,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “NIH is proud to have supported this work, which began as basic science and ultimately led to dramatic medical advances.”
NIDDK Epidemiologist Paul Eggers Retires
Paul Eggers, Ph.D., director of kidney and urology epidemiology in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ (NIDDK’s) Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases, retired in January after 36 years of federal service, including 12 years at the NIDDK. Dr. Eggers is most known for his dedication to developing and managing the U.S. Renal Data System, which provides data on the incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and costs of end-stage renal disease.
NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., noted that Dr. Eggers’ efforts have truly been a labor of love. “We are fortunate that he will continue to lend his knowledge and expertise to the research community after he formally retires.”
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