ERA-EDTA is an association of physicians with more than 9.000 members. It is registered in England and Wales, but its area of activity mainly covers Europe and the Mediterranean area. The objects of the Association are the advancement of medical science by promoting fundamental and clinical advances in the field of nephrology, dialysis, renal transplantation, hypertension, and related subjects. APH researcher Kitty Jager received this years' ERA-EDTA Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions to Nephrology.
Kitty Jager (MD PhD) is a Professor of Medical Informatics & Kidney Epidemiology and Principal Investigator at the AMC/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After obtaining a PhD on dialysis adequacy, she has led the department’s kidney epidemiology research group for 20 years and has been the ERA-EDTA Registry Director. She was member of the Advisory Board of the European Renal Best Practice, the EURECA-m Working Group Epidemiology and Biostatistics Advisory Board, the Global Kidney Health Atlas Steering Committee, the Nephrology Public Policy Committee, the ESPN/ERA-EDTA Registry Scientific Committee and the Research Council of the Dutch Kidney Foundation. Her research has focused on the prevalence and progression of CKD and the frequency of Kidney Replacement Therapy with focus on international differences and sex differences; and on the relationship of public health aspects and nephrology practice patterns with patient outcomes. She published more than 340 scientific articles and a high number of book chapters and reports (H-index: Web of Science 50; Google Scholar 72). She is part of the Editorial Boards of 4 indexed nephrology journals. Finally, she organised and lectured in almost 40 international CME courses in epidemiology for nephrologists and hosted 37 visiting nephrology researchers from 20 countries.