2017 Kokko Lecture in Nephrology

John Cijang He, MD, PhD (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) will present this year’s Juha P. Kokko Lecture in Nephrology, “Glomerular Endothelial Cell Injury in Diabetic Kidney Disease.”

The Juha P. Kokko Lecture in Nephrology is presented annually to honor Dr. Juha P. Kokko, who served as chair of the department at Emory University from 1986 to 1999 and developed a nationally prominent research base to complement the excellent clinical care for which the Department of Medicine is recognized. The lectures are given annually by a rising star in nephrology research.


Tuesday, May 16
Presentation at 5 p.m.
Location: Emory University Psychology Building, Lecture Hall 290
Reception to follow

John Cijiang He, MD, PhD

Speaker: John Cijiang He, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Irene and Dr. Arthur Fishberg Professor of Medicine/Nephrology
Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York)

About Dr. He

Dr. John Cijiang He is a graduate of Shanghai Second Medical University. He got his PhD in physiology at University of Paris VII, France. He received further research training as a visiting scientist at NIH in Maryland and the Picower Institute for Medical Research in New York. He completed his medical residency at SUNY and his clinical nephrology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He is a tenured professor of medicine and pharmacology/systems therapeutics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He holds the title of Irene and Dr. Arthur Fishberg Endowed Chair of Nephrology. He is division chief of nephrology at both Mount Sinai Hospital and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. He is a past president of the New York Society of Nephrology. Currently, he serves as president of the Chinese-American Society of Nephrology, and he is a visiting professor at both Nanjing University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. He has been funded by multiple NIH and VA grants and has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His major research areas include podocyte biology and pathology, signaling networks in kidney cells, systems biology of kidney disease, and kidney fibrosis. His major clinical interests include diabetic kidney disease, viral-induced kidney disease, and primary glomerular disease.


About Juha P. Kokko, MD, PhD

Juha P. Kokko, MD, PhD

Juha P. Kokko, MD, PhD

Juha P. Kokko, MD, PhD–nationally and internationally recognized for his studies on kidney function–achieved tremendous success throughout his career. He has authored more than 100 original works in journals which meet the highest peer-review standards. Along with Richard Tannen, MD, Kokko is co-editor of Fluids and Electrolytes, the definitive book in the field. He is one of five consulting editors on the 20th edition of Cecil’s Textbook of Medicine, one of the most widely used references by physicians. Kokko’s longstanding interest in and commitment to medical research is evidenced by his success in training more than 100 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom became directors of divisions of nephrology at other prestigious universities. As past chair of the Department of Medicine, Emory University’s largest department, Kokko developed a nationally prominent research base to complement the department’s excellent clinical care. He also spearheaded efforts to establish Grady Memorial Hospital’s general clinical research center.

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Emory Department of Medicine
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