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Laurel DamashekJune 7, 20232 min read

International Podocyte Conference Research Achievement Awards

The ISGD team extends our congratulations to the winners of the 14th International Podocyte Conference Research Awards! We are privileged to count so many brilliant glomerular scientists among our ranks.

Wilhelm Kriz Early Career Research Achievement Award

The Kriz Award is presented biannually at the International Podocyte Conference to recognize an early career investigator whose has made innovative or impactful research contributions toward to understanding of glomerular biology or to understanding the pathobiology of glomerular disease. To be eligible, the nominee must be less than 45 years old on May 26, 2023.

Shreeram ‘Ram’ Akilesh, MD, PhD

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Associate Professor, Renal Pathology
Medical Director, Immunofluorescence Laboratory
Director, Digital Spatial Profiling
Core Faculty Member, Kidney Research Institute
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology

Dr. Akilesh graduated from Dartmouth College as the valedictorian of his graduating class, then attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine where he performed his thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Andrey Shaw and was awarded MD and PhD degrees. Following a residency in Anatomic Pathology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Dr. Akilesh completed a Fellowship in Renal Pathology at the University of Washington, Seattle with Dr. Charles Alpers. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship training in epigenomics, supported by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellowship.

In 2013, Dr. Akilesh joined the faculty at the University of Washington and has established an NIH and DOD-funded research program as an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. As a practicing renal pathologist and researcher, Dr. Akilesh has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the genetics of FSGS, the mechanisms of podocyte foot process effacement, the dissection of genome regulation of glomerular cells, and more recently spatial transcriptomics of human glomerular disease.

Marilyn G. Farquhar Lifetime Research Achievement Award

The Farquhar Award is presented biannually at the International Podocyte Conference
to recognize an individual whose research contributions have been foundational to our
understanding of glomerular biology or to understanding the pathobiology of glomerular disease.

Tobias B. Huber, MD

University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Director and Chair of the III. Medical Department

Chair of the Center of Internal Medicine

Founding Director, Hamburg Center for Kidney Health

Dr. Tobias B. Huber is Chair of the Center of Internal Medicine and Director of the III. Department of Medicine (Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Transplantation) at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). Together with his team he is internationally recognized for discovering signaling pathways relevant for kidney development, filtration, maintenance, and disease. He has published over 275 articles, is one of the internationally most cited podocyte researchers, has received numerous national and international honors including the Donald W. Seldin Young Investigator Award of the American Society of Nephrology, and is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina. A major focus of his career has been to mentor, educate and facilitate the careers of young talents and clinician-scientists. He is the inaugural president of the International Society for Glomerular Disease.


Laurel Damashek

Laurel Damashek is the Executive Director of the International Society of Glomerular Disease.