The following ERA Awards will be given on May 19, 2022 at the 59th ERA Congress, during the Welcome Ceremony.

ERA Award for Outstanding Basic Science Contributions to Nephrology

Corinne Antignac

Corinne Antignac, initially trained as a Pediatric Nephrologist, is Professor of Genetics at University Paris Cité, Paris, France and co-head of the INSERM Laboratory of Hereditary Kidney Diseases at the Imagine Institute, an interdisciplinary research center on rare genetic diseases in the Necker Enfants-Malades University Hospital campus.

Her research focuses on identifying and characterizing genes responsible for inherited renal disorders. Her lab’s main results concern the identification and the characterization of genes involved in nephronophthisis, cystinosis and steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS), among which the NPHS2 gene encoding podocin back in 2001. Podocin turned out to be a crucial protein of the podocyte and this discovery was among the pioneer works that point to the podocyte as a major player in the development and maintenance of the glomerular filtration barrier. Prof. Antignac has also been involved in identifying genes and in phenotype/genotype correlation in other hereditary renal disorders such as Bartter and Alport syndromes and renal tubular dysgenesis.

Prof. Antignac was awarded several French awards (Medical Research Prize from the French Medical Research Foundation, Eloi Collery Prize from the French National Academy of Medicine and the Prize of the French Association of patients with Nephrotic Syndrome) and the Lilian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease in 2009. She was elected at the French National Academy of Sciences in 2019.

ERA Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions to Nephrology

Ziad Massy

Ziad A. Massy is Professor of Nephrology and Head of the Division of Nephrology at the Paris West University (UVSQ) – Ambroise Paré University Hospital, Paris, and Co-Director of Research Unit INSERM U-1018 CESP Team 5 at the UVSQ, Versailles/Villejuif, France.

Prof. Massy was a Member of ERA Council and Chair for the ERA Registry and Clinical Governance Affairs (until June 2021). He was an advisory board for the EURECA-m Working Group, and CKD-MBD WG Working Group, and a current member and former co-chairman of European Uremic Toxins (EUTox) group. He was a Core-member of the Executive KDIGO board. He was granted with the “Fondation du Rein” Award in September 2010 and the Hungarian Society of Nephrology Award in November 2015. In 2021, he was awarded by the French President Emmanuel Macron with the Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honour, Knight degree), a high French decoration to reward most the deserving citizens in different fields of activity, for outstanding contributions in the promotion of nephrology around the world (particularly in south East Asia and Africa).

His research areas of special interest include uremic toxins, cardiovascular disease, vascular calcification, hyperlipidaemia, oxidative stress, and chronic renal failure. He published several original articles, reviews and chapters of books 8 Total Number of Publications, Medline Feb 2022: 596). His H-Index 78 (Source: Web of Science).

ERA Award for Research Excellence in Nephrology

Andreas Linkermann

Andreas Linkermann is a DFG-Heisenberg professor and senior consultant nephrologist at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He was trained to specialize in internal medicine and nephrology at the Division of Nephrology at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (FASN) with a clinical focus on kidney transplantation and acute kidney injury. As a clinician scientist, research in his laboratory includes work on the basic understanding of regulated cell death and the mechanisms of necroinflammation. The immunogenicity of regulated necrosis was identified as a potential therapeutic target not only during transplantation and acute kidney injury, but also in myocardial infarction, stroke and intoxications. Recently, the laboratory focused on cell death propagation in the renal tubules and two specific signalling pathways of regulated necrosis referred to as necroptosis and ferroptosis. In collaboration with medicinal chemists, small molecule inhibitors of these pathways have been developed.

Another recent but exciting project investigates kidney xenotransplantation. For the identification of the mechanistic details of signalling pathways of regulated necrosis and their role in pathophysiologic settings, Linkermann received the Carl-Ludwig-Award and the Franz-Volhard-Award of the German Society of Nephrology (DGfN), the Rudolf-Pichlmayr-Award of the German Society of Transplantation, the young investigator award of the American Transplantation Society and was entitled honorary member of the European Academy of Tumor Immunology. He is a 2021 Clarivate Highly Cited researcher.

ERA Eberhard Ritz Award for Young Investigators in clinical science

Jennifer Lees

Dr Jennifer Lees is a Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Trainee in Renal Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She graduated from the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh then moved to Glasgow to train in renal and general internal medicine. During her PhD, she designed and led the ViKTORIES trial (ISRCTN22012044; funded Kidney Research UK) testing vitamin K supplementation to treat vascular stiffness and calcification in kidney transplant recipients. She was a co-investigator on the K4Kidneys vitamin K trial in people with CKD 3b/4 (ISRCTN21444964; funded British Heart Foundation).

Her research interest is in the long-term risks associated with CKD, particularly cardiovascular disease and cancer (funded by the Chief Scientist Office, Scotland). She has an interest in the use of cystatin C to risk-stratify patients with CKD. In 2022, Dr Lees won the Raine Award: a prestigious annual award made by the UK Kidney Association to a junior investigator who has made a significant contribution to renal research. Her work has been published in high-impact nephrology and medical journals including Nature Medicine, American Journal of Transplantation and J Am Soc Nephrol.

Dr Lees is the Visual Abstracts Editor for Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, co-chair of the ERA Journal Club. She is a member of the CKD Prognosis Consortium, trainee representative on the UK Renal Trials Network and medical co-chair of the British Transplantation Society’s Dragon’s Den: an initiative designed to support medical and surgical trainees in transplantation to develop their own clinical trials.

ERA Rosanna Gusmano Award for Young Investigators in basic science

Turgay Saritas

Dr. Turgay Saritas studied medicine at the Charité University Berlin. In 2012, he joined the Division of Nephrology at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Germany, where he is working as a scientist, consultant nephrologist, intensive care specialist and educator.

His particular interest in renal sodium & potassium handling, tubule remodelling, and AKI-CKD transition developed during research stays at Charité Berlin, University Aachen, and Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA. His own team of researchers within the lab of Prof. Kramann is currently aiming to target the progression of AKI into CKD and reno-cardiac syndrome. Further, as German CKD study investigator he is also involved in clinical studies.

His work has been awarded with several prestigious prizes of the Germany Society of Nephrology and others, and he has been supported by several foundations including the German Research Foundation. Further, he has been selected for the future leaders programs of the German Societies of Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

He serves as a reviewer for highly reputed journals, is editorial board member in Kidney Blood Pressure Research, is active within several national and international societies, including ERA since 2013. As ERA YNP member, he will co-chair the ERA AKI course in Paris.

ERA Stanley Shaldon Award for Young Investigators in translational science

Francesco Trepiccione

Francesco Trepiccione MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Nephrology at University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” in Naples, Italy.

His research activities include renal clinical and experimental physiology, mainly focusing on kidney water and acid-base homeostasis, and studies on experimental model and patients affected by rare kidney diseases. He contributed to discover new mechanisms of disease both for primary and lithium-induced nephrogenic diabetes insipidus and to expand the knowledge on the role of intercalated cells in both acid-base and sodium chloride transport. These studies are published in high-ranked journals. At Biogem Institute for molecular biology and genetics, he is responsible for the laboratory of translational nephrology.

Among the techniques developed in the lab, the in-vivo study of kidney and peritoneal membrane by multi-photon microscopy deserves a special mention. The lab activity benefited from several grants including two grants offered by the Telethon Foundation for rare genetic diseases. He mentored several residents and basic researchers who still remain fond of kidney physiology. On the clinical side, he manages an outpatient clinic for tubulopathies and electrolytes disorders, a topic that generates continuous clinical questions and needs to be duly addressed.