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NKFMDDE Research Grant Portal OPEN

Special Message from Chair, Research Grants- Dr. Raquel Greer

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware (NKFMDDE) is pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 Research Grant Cycle Portal is NOW OPEN to accept applications. Please visit our website to review the new Grant Portal to submit your application. The deadline to apply and submit is Monday, March 15, 2021 by 5:00pm.  Feel free to share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested.

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware is number one among all NKF offices in support of medical research.  Since 2000, the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware has distributed over $3.5 million dollars to nearly 350 research applicants. Through our grant application process, the National Kidney Foundation awards up to $100,000 annually* to eligible medical professionals. The best treatment for kidney and urinary tract diseases is the discovery of a cure.

*Subject to availability of funds raised annually. Note: Only central Maryland professionals can apply for NKF Serving Maryland & Delaware’s Research Grant program due to funding restrictions. 

The goal of the grants program established by the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware is to promote basic, clinical, translational and public health research that is aimed at preventing and treating diseases of the kidney and urinary tract. We currently offer two types of funding mechanisms: Mini-Grants and Professional Development Awards.

The purpose of the Mini-Grant program is to fund innovative, unfunded pilot projects that may lead to new insights into kidney or urological diseases and that will form the basis for a publication or additional external grant funding.

The Professional Development Award was designed to foster the careers of young faculty who intend to pursue research in fields related to new insights into kidney or urological diseases. The objective of this award is to provide bridge funding that will allow a junior faculty member to transition to independence by successfully applying for significant external grant funding.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the Grant Portal, please contact Pattie Dash at

Good luck!

Raquel Greer, MD
NKFMDDE- Chair, Research Grants

Giving Tuesday is December 1st- Can we count on YOU?

Together we can bring about a revolutionary shift in our system of care – one that values every patient, family member or friend affected by kidney disease.

2020 has been lifechanging for many, but especially for those battling a chronic illness like kidney disease in the midst of a global pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, supporters have empowered our fight to change lives for the better. Together we can bring about a revolutionary shift in our system of care – one that values every patient, family member or friend affected by kidney disease. You can provide hope for these patients by making a #GivingTuesday gift today: Can we count on you?

Happy Thanksgiving- From All of Us to YOU!

Thanks to you, we’ve maintained our commitment to provide all kidney disease patients with a better quality of life through research, increasing living kidney donation and long-term investments in public health infrastructure in underserved communities facing the greatest risk for both chronic kidney disease and COVID-19.

Thank you for all you’ve done – and for all that your unyielding support has continued to do for our organization and the kidney community.

We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


Eating more plant-based foods such as vegetables and grains in place of animal-based foods such as red meat may help prevent and slow the progression of chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Shivam Joshi, MD, is an internist, nephrologist, and plant-based physician practicing at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in New York City. He is a clinical assistant professor of NYU’s School of Medicine with research interests in plant-based diets, fad diets, and nephrology. He received his BS from Duke University and his MD from the University of Miami. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami and his nephrology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. You can follow him on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook (@sjoshiMD).

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryand & Delaware recently held an event featuring Dr. Joshi, Shivam.

The Benefits of Plant-Based Diets on Kidney Health

A Guide to Plant-Based Diets

Starting a plant-based diet does not mean that you need to become a vegetarian and cut all sources of animal protein from your diet.

The Role of Plant-Based Diets for Patients With Kidney Disease

With guidance from a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), a carefully planned plant-based diet may be helpful in the setting of kidney disease, depending on a patient’s specific needs.

Visit for full details and additional information from the National Kidney Foundation.

2020 Renal Rounds

Many thanks to our presenters and participants! We hope you enjoyed the event!

Renal Manifestations of COVID-19 and Management

If you were unable to be present, check out the recorded video!

Donations are welcome to help us support those impacted by kidney disease for our local Patient Emergency Assistance Program. DONATE NOW!

If you did not participate and view the presentation, please consider completing the survey to help us with future planning of Renal Rounds.

Renal Rounds was an evening of lively discussion on renal manifestations of
COVID-19 and its management.
Watch for our next event this fall!

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Kidney disease–trying to get noticed!

The numbers overall are pretty shocking. 

  • 37 million adults in the US have chronic kidney disease
  • 1 in 7 adults with chronic kidney disease
  • Almost 100, 000 people are on the waitlist for a kidney transplant
  • Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death

The most shocking part though is that many people are not aware of the potential risk of kidney disease and miss the opportunity to be screened and treated early before they ever develop end stage kidney disease where the treatment options are dialysis or transplantation.   Beyond the medical complications of kidney disease, there is an increased rate of cardiovascular complications.  Considering the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension, the two most common causes of kidney disease, it is surprising that kidney disease is not talked about more. The fact that most people are asymptomatic early on in their course helps lessen the concern. The newest statistic might be the one that gets your attention. 

  • 1 in 3 have a lifetime risk of having kidney disease. 

1 in 3 is not a small number that can be easily ignored.  It is harder to say that is something rare and something that you don’t need to be worried about.  Knowing your risk of kidney disease and working on managing the risk factors for progression early on can change the course of kidney disease. 

So where do we start. Start with are you at risk.  It starts with a simple quiz.

Armed with that information, you can have a discussion with your primary care physician and the simple testing to screen you for kidney disease.  Knowing this information earlier is invaluable.  Of the 37 million adults with kidney disease, the majority are the early stages and have an opportunity to slow down changes in the kidney function.  While you and your primary care provider will come up with a plan individualized to your health history and lab work, there are some general things you can start.

To keep your kidneys healthy:

  • Watch you’re the salt (sodium) in your diet to about 2000mg per day
    • Limit the processed foods
    • Daily exercise such as walking for about 30 minutes per day
    • Keep a healthy way
    • Blood pressure control
    • Blood sugar control
    • Not smoking
  • 1 in 3 have a lifetime risk of having kidney disease. 

Are you in that 33% of people with kidney disease?

2021 Santé– A Taste of Baltimore – Join Us March 11, 2021!

Greetings Valued Supporter,

I’m writing to you today with an important update. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the need to take appropriate precautions to protect those most at risk. Your health and safety are our priority.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults and people with kidney disease or other chronic conditions are at greater risk of experiencing serious Coronavirus illness. It is especially important for patients to take preventive measures aimed at reducing the likelihood of exposure. This includes avoiding crowds and public spaces.

Here in Baltimore, our 2020 Santé– A Taste of Baltimore scheduled for March 12, 2020 is canceled.  The safety of everyone is of the utmost importance, therefore we have scheduled this event for World Kidney Day, March 11, 2021. Watch for more details. We will be honoring all sponsorships and registrations at the rescheduled event.

We believe this decision, though not ideal, is in the best interest of the entire kidney community and is necessary to protect the patients and families at the heart of our organization’s mission. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for your understanding, generosity and support. Please contact me with any questions. Your support is improving the lives of kidney patients and their families in our community and across the country. Please read our kidney patient preparedness guide to reducing your Coronavirus risk.

Each of your guests that we received emails for will receive this communication shortly. You are welcome to forward this to your guests in the meantime just to ensure we have everyone included.

Thank you for your dedication and support! Without YOU we could not possibly make our Mission a reality in our community. As soon as we have a new date we will communicate with you immediately.

B’More Healthy- March 7th

2020 B’More Healthy Expo — Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center
March 7, 2020

The 11th annual B’More Healthy Expo will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Baltimore near the world-renowned Inner Harbor and historic Little Italy. The Expo is Maryland’s largest health fair, designed to entertain, engage, educate and empower families to take actions and make choices to be more healthy. The event will provide the opportunity for attendees to connect with health and wellness providers and learn about products and services to help them achieve their wellness goals. FOX45/CW will begin an aggressive, market-wide on-air and online attendance promotion four weeks in advance of the expo, which will once again drive a projected 30,000+ Baltimore area attendees to this exciting event.

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware are pleased to once again be a vendor at this event! Interested in volunteering? Click here to complete the volunteer form. For more information, contact Kristin Brooks.