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International Visitors

Yesterday we had 4 visitors from all stretches of the globe join us for the daily case conference! Dr. Amal Ezzaiyani (UT peds neph fellow from Libya), Dr. Ireen Sultana (pathologist from Bangladesh), Dr. Miranda Tsilosani (pathologist from Georgia), and Dr. Manuel Gonzalez (transplant neph fellow from El Salvador). 🌎 Dr. Tsilosani translated "I love kidney pathology" in Georgian for us: მე მიყვარს თირკმლის პათლოგია!    

Dr. Abraham Visit

We are so thrilled to have one of our dearest friends here all week.  Dr. Anila Abraham is a nephropathologist in Chennai, India as well as one of the kindest souls you will ever meet. We just love it when she visits.  :)    

Kidney Pillow

How cute is this kidney pillow?!  Dr. Caza and Dr. Dvanajscak had two of these pillows commissioned by Heather Weathers at sewoddity.com for Dr. Larsen and Dr. Walker. Be sure to go check out her work.  She creates anatomical and science-based art in her home studio and everything is super cute.     

Fellow Graduation

We are experiencing power outages due to storms last night, but that didn’t stop us this morning from celebrating the graduation of our two fellows, Dr. Dvanajscak and Dr. Caza! We're so excited to have these two join our team permanently.     

The Time is Now: Call to Action in Kidney Clinical Trials

Clinical trials investigating novel, targeted agents in kidney disease have been uncommon in the past as endpoints in this field required long studies and large costs. Recently, new surrogate markers have been developed that have allowed many pharma and biotech companies to move into the field of kidney disease. Currently, there are more than 20 clinical trials open to patient enrollment but there is concern about whether they can be filled. If we want better, more targeted drugs for our patients, we must work to fill these trials. Arkana has partnered with NephCure in an effort to get the word...

NSH Brochure

It’s Jon! We spotted a photo of one of our histotechs while browsing this year’s NSH - National Society for Histotechnology brochure. We asked for an autograph, but he was too busy processing kidney tissue this morning.     

Here Comes Another Bride

There must be something in the Spring air.  A second bride-to-be on our transcription team was showered with gifts today!  Best wishes to Hillary and her groom!     

Dr. Wael Abukwaik Visit

We were thrilled to have Dr. Abukwaik visit us this week.  He is currently a PGY-3 Nephrology Fellow at Children's Hospital of Michigan.  We hope he takes some extra knowledge of kidney disease back with him!       

Here Comes the Bride

Our transcription team knows how to party, Vol. IV. Ashley is getting married this weekend and her team threw the cutest bridal shower. Best wishes to the excited couple!

Dr. Lorraine Racusen Visit

We were lucky to get to spend time with Dr. Lorraine Racusen this morning at Arkana. We may have even brought a few extra kidney transplant cases to conference to capitalize on learning from such a distinguished kidney transplant expert!