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River the Office Dummy

Last week Gail pulled her dummy from the closet (he goes by River around here) to set him up as someone taking a nap in the common space. Since then, River has entertained a visitor... Caught up on some reading... And started to plan his Halloween costume!  He's really been checking things off of his to-do list this past week.    

The Strength in Unity

Clap your hands if you are ready to visit Georgia! Yesterday Dr. Tsilosani gave a short presentation which included information about her cultural heritage, her home town, and multiple sightseeing locations in Georgia. She also taught us their flag, main goods, and language.  Booking our plane tickets now...     

Dr. Amin Goodbye Party

Dr. Amin will soon be leaving our practice returning to the academic world at West Virginia University.  We gathered today to say our goodbyes and eat cupcakes.  His presence will greatly be missed around this place and we wish him well in his new adventure!   

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!