Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

3/12/09: Understanding the Development of Diabetic Nephropathy

Understanding the Development of Diabetic Nephropathy: From Bedside to Bench

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, March 12, 2009

8:00 AM
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/Einstein

12:15 PM
Cherkasky Auditorium/Montefiore Medical Center


Katalin Susztak, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine/Nephrology,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Katalin Susztak's research deals with the cell biology of glomerular injury. Most recently her laboratory has uncovered a novel role for a developmental signaling system, the Notch Pathway, in the genesis of glomerular disease. This work was published in Nature Medicine this year. She has been supported by competitive extramural grants including an RO1 Award from the NIH. She is a permanent member of a Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Study Section and is slated to join an NIH study section as a permanent member. She has trained numerous students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Susztak received her MD and PhD degrees (each summa cum laude) from Semmelweis University in her native Hungary. In 1997, she came to the United States and trained in the internal medicine and nephrology programs of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She also obtained a Masters of Science degree (with distinction) in the Einstein Clinical Research Training Program. She joined the faculty of Einstein in 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. In addition to her research, which is summarized below, she carries the usual clinical and teaching responsibilities, which are highly rated. Additionally, she runs the Renal Grand Rounds series and the Research Conferences for the nephrology division.

Dr. Susztak has been an invited speaker at several major universities and has been asked to join the organizing committee for the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology. She has won the Mary Jane Kugel Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Wilhelm Kriz Award of the Podocyte Meeting.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the diagnosis and natural history of diabetic nephropathy

  2. Understand the pathomechanism of diabetic nephropathy

  3. Know about current and investigational treatment modalities and current research effort in diabetic nephropathy


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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