This year’s award for ANIO Clinical Excellence goes to Dr Rulan Parekh
Dr. Rulan S. Parekh is Associate Chief of Clinical Research, Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and University Health Network and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She also has served as Program Director for both Pediatric Nephrology and Adult Nephrology programs, and Interim Director of the Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Center.
She is a leading scientist in nephrology who has made significant contributions to our understanding of cardiovascular disease in children and adults with kidney disease, and the genetic risk of chronic kidney disease among African Americans. She leads a number of observational studies in kidney disease in Canada, US and Africa addressing risk factors leading to chronic kidney disease. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications in high profile journals such as Nature Genetics, New England Journal of Medicine, and is associate or section editor of several leading nephrology and pediatric journals. She is currently funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and NIH, and also serves on several grant panels at CIHR, NIH, and various foundations.
Rulan has a long track record in research mentoring with over 40 Master’s, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral trainees in clinical research with many having successful research careers as well as over 50 clinical fellows she mentored as program director. Dr. Parekh has received numerous awards including the American Society of Nephrology-Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar, the Advising, Teaching and Mentoring Award Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University and the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Award for outstanding scientific achievement. She has also been elected into the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society.