Professor Jürgen Floege is the recipient of the 2017 ERA-EDTA Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions to Nephrology.
Professor Jürgen Floege received his clinical training at the Hannover Medical School, Germany. His particular interest in renal diseases developed during various research periods in physiology, pharmacology, nephrology and pathology at the Hannover Medical School, Germany, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York and the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He was appointed as head of the Division of Nephrology and Immunology at the University of Aachen, Germany in 1999. Professor Floege is a former vice dean in Aachen, executive council member of the ERA-EDTA and International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and current member of the executive board of KDIGO, a society developing world-wide nephrology guidelines.
He is immediate past-president of the German Society of Nephrology as well as honorary member of the Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian and Slovakian Societies of Nephrology. In 2017 he was elected into the council of the German Society of Internal Medicine, Europe’s largest professional medical society, and is President-elect of that society for 2019.
Prof. Floege’s major scientific accomplishments are the development of a novel scintigraphic method to diagnose dialysis amyloidosis, clarification of the role of various growth factors and cytokines in renal disease and identification of novel mechanisms of vascular and soft tissue calcification- in particular the roles of fetuin-A and vitamin K in CKD. He has also been the creator and leader of the investigator-initiated STOP-IgAN trial and has contributed to numerous other major trials in glomerular disease and CKD-MBD.
Prof. Floege has authored and co-authored more than 500 scientific articles, reviews and monographs. He has patented methods to diagnose and treat amyloidoses specifically and a method for the treatment of nephritis using anti-PDGF-D antibodies.
Together with Professors Richard Johnson, Marcello Tonelli and John Feehally he edits the best-selling textbook “Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology”, now in its 6th edition. Finally, Professor Floege is associate editor of Kidney International since Jan 2018 and currently is a member of the editorial board of Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Nature Reviews Nephrology, Journal of Nephrology and others.
Prof. Floege has chaired, co-chaired and organised several congresses of ERA-EDTA, the American Society of Nephrology and World Congresses of Nephrology. He is an honorary member of the Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, and Slovakian National Societies and a Fellow of the American National Kidney Foundation.
In 2011 Prof. Floege was recognised as a Distinguished Fellow of ERA-EDTA (FERA).