Introducing BMC Nephrology Blogs

BMC Nephrology has been publishing articles on all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis, and management of kidney and associated disorders for 20 years. In this blog post, we are delighted to announce the launch of a journal-specific blog, highlighting high-quality and topical articles published in the journal.

BMC Nephrology is an open access BMC Series journal that publishes original peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis, and management of kidney and associated disorders. The journal has been publishing articles for almost 20 years and has amassed more than 2,500 articles specific to the medical field of nephrology.

The journal is proudly affiliated with the Renal Association, a UK-based kidney-specific professional body, which has published guidance on best practice in the management of patients with kidney disease since 1995. These guidelines have been accredited by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and a selection of these guidelines continue to be published in BMC Nephrology.

To mark the journal’s 20th year of publishing, members of the journal’s Editorial Board and the Editors are delighted to announce that we will be launching a journal-specific blog to highlight the journal’s high-quality and topical published articles, which are of broad interest to nephrologists and researchers in the field.

Who is involved in BMC Nephrology blogs? 

We are pleased to announce that the journal has welcomed two Blog Editors to the Editorial Board, Daphne Harrington Knicely and Su Thavarajah, from John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Su and Daphne will be selecting journal content to highlight and writing the blogs.

 “I’m excited to collaborate with Su on the BMC Nephrology Blog.  We look forward to highlighting the innovative articles from BMC Nephrology and connecting them to clinical practice and patient care.” – Daphne Harrington Knicely

Dr. Daphne Harrington Knicely

Dr. Daphne Harrington Knicely is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Daphne is committed to medical education with involvement in multiple teaching programs at Johns Hopkins. Daphne has a special interest in patient education and outcomes and is the co-director of patient education within the Division of Nephrology at Johns Hopkins. She helped establish the Johns Hopkins Nephrology Patient Education Program and is dedicated to improving kidney disease awareness. Daphne is a member of several committees for the National Kidney Foundation serving Maryland and Delaware and has special expertise in diabetic kidney disease, solitary kidney, and renal replacement therapy.

“We hope that the blog will serve as a great conversation starter and introduce these publications to a broader audience.  There is so much exciting work being done in the nephrology field that many of our colleagues are not aware of. We hope this blog brings this work to the forefront” – Su Thavarajah

Dr. Sumeska Thavarajah

Dr. Sumeska Thavarajah is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Su is committed to education and dedicated to bringing community awareness on kidney disease through her work with the National Kidney Foundation serving Maryland and Delaware. Su has served as the Chairman of its Medical Advisory Board for the last six years and has been a member of the board since 2012. Much of Su’s work has focused on the development of patient education programs for dialysis and transplant options. She has been honored with the National Kidney Foundation’s Linda Cameron Award for Patient Services, for donating her time at community health screenings and assisting the Programs & Advocacy committee.

“Adding a blog to BMC Nephrology seems to be the natural next step to promote the journal, highlight our new scientific publications, and putting them in context of current scientific trend with the help of our experienced blog editors, Daphne and Su.” – Bernard Jaar

Dr. Bernard Jaar

Also supporting this project will be Dr. Bernard Jaar, also an Assistant Professor at John Hopkins University Medical School and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is an associate faculty of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research and a Senior Staff nephrologist at the Nephrology Center of Maryland. Bernard has been a Section Editor for BMC Nephrology since 2012 and has been committed to promoting the journal’s success since he was appointed. Bernard is actively involved in supporting the Editor team with peer review adjudication, journal development, and advocacy. For his dedication to the journal, he won Section Editor of the Year in 2014. Bernard leads the Epidemiology and health outcomes section of the journal, with Deputy Section Editor, Dr. Laura Plantinga. Bernard is especially interested in the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease, survival in dialysis patients, and associated cardiovascular disease but also environmental factors and their effect on the kidney.

Where can I access the blogs?

The blogs will be posted regularly on the BMC Nephrology blogs page. We will also provide links to this page on the journal’s homepage.


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