PDOPPS: International Icodextrin Use and Association with Peritoneal Membrane Function, Fluid Removal, Patient and Technique Survival

PDOPPS: International Icodextrin Use and Association with Peritoneal Membrane Function, Fluid Removal, Patient and Technique Survival

The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) Program at Arbor Research Collaborative for Health is pleased to announce the publication of our Peritoneal DOPPS manuscript titled, International Icodextrin Use and Association with Peritoneal Membrane Function, Fluid Removal, Patient and Technique Survival describing international icodextrin prescription practices and their relationship to clinical outcomes.

Arbor Research Collaborative for Health Appoints Chris Spera, PhD as New President & CEO

Seasoned business leader and researcher, Chris Spera, Ph.D, takes the helm at Arbor Research, succeeding retiring president, Robert M. Merion, M.D. FACS.

Dr. Spera joins at the conclusion of a leadership transition process initiated last year by former President, Dr. Robert Merion and the Arbor Research Board of Directors. With Dr. Spera’s appointment, Dr. Merion takes on a new part-time role as a Distinguished Research Scientist, in which he can continue to impact outcomes research and the lives of patients.

Arteriovenous Vascular Access–Related Procedural Burden Among Incident Hemodialysis Patients in the United States

Intervention rates were calculated using data from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) for patients in the US starting hemodialysis with an arteriovenous fistula or arteriovenous graft created during their first year of hemodialysis.

Transition Announced

Dr. Robert M. Merion, MD, FACS has announced that he will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arbor Research Collaborative for Health by August 2021. The Arbor Research Board of Directors has appointed a Search Committee to lead the recruitment efforts for a successor. The position opportunity can be found on the Arbor Research careers page. Following the transition, Dr. Merion will remain on staff as a member of the scientific team.

2020 ASTS Vanguard Award

Our collaborator on the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) project, Amit Mathur, MD, transplant surgeon at the Mayo Clinic of Arizona, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2020 Vanguard Award from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), in recognition of his recent publication in Clinical Transplantation, “Return on investment for financial assistance for living kidney donors in the United States.”  This work finds that financial support for organ donors’ out-of-pocket expenses produces dramatic federal savings through incremental living donor kidney transplants, by transitioning patients off dialysis. 

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