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The 2012 Edward N. Gibbs Lecture & Award in Nephrology

Date: November 13, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00PM

Reception: 5:30 p.m., lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.


Qais Al-Awqati, MB, ChB

Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Qais Al-Awqati, MB, ChB, will deliver a lecture entitled, "Development of Nephrons and Kidneys: A Scenic Tour" for The 2012 Edward N. Gibbs Lecture and Award in Nephrology.

Welcome & Introduction of Nominator:
Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President, The New York Academy of Medicine

Introduction of Speaker:
Donald W. Landry, MD, PhD
Samuel Bard Professor of Medicine; Chair, Department of Medicine Physician-in-Chief, NYP/Columbia

About the Speaker(s)

Qais Al-Awqati is the Robert F. Loeb Professor of Medicine, The Jay I. Meltzer Professor of Nephrology & Hypertension, and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University. He has been the Chief of the Nephrology Division at Columbia since 1978.

He completed his medical training in the University of Baghdad College of Medicine and became in 1967 a resident at the Baltimore City Hospital and later a Fellow in Infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins where he worked with W.B. Greenough. They, in collaboration with Michael Field at Harvard, discovered the mechanism of action of cholera toxin (and other bacterial exotoxins) in producing secretory diarrhea by elevation of cyclic AMP and activation of a chloride channel in the intestine. From 1970 to 1974 he was at the Massachusetts General Hospital as a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Alexander Leaf on the mechanism of sodium transport in epithelia. After a brief sojourn at the University of Iowa as an Assistant Professor, he was appointed in 1977 to the faculty of Columbia University, where he has been ever since.

His research identified the molecular basis of H+ and HCO3 transport in renal epithelial cells. He then discovered that HCO3 secreting cells can convert to acid secreting cells under the influence of metabolic acidosis, a subject whose molecular details continue to be at the center of his studies. He found that this conversion is a form of differentiation of epithelial cells in the kidney and elsewhere. He has also studied the development of the kidneys, identifying the presence of stem cells in the embryonic and more recently in the adult kidneys as well. He has had a longstanding interest in the mechanism of branching morphogenesis during kidney development, the process that ultimately determines the number of nephrons.

He has been elected to several honorary societies including the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He has received many awards including an NIH MERIT Award, the Columbia Triennial Award in Science, the Homer W. Smith Award of the American Society of Nephrology, the Robert W Berliner Prize of the American Physiological Society, and the Princess Liliane Prize from Belgium. He has delivered many named lectures at various institutions here and abroad.

He has been an editor of several scientific journals including Science, the Journal of Cell Biology, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and most recently Kidney International. He serves on the Editorial Boards of numerous other publications.


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