ASN Society News - November 5, 2021
Barbara T. Murphy Endowed Lectureship
During today's plenary session at Kidney Week 2021, ASN President Susan E. Quaggin, MD, FASN announced the Barbara T. Murphy Endowed Lectureship. Established by Verici Dx (LSE: VRCI), Renalytix (LSE RENX and Nasdaq RNLX), and the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the new lectureship will honor Dr. Murphy's legacy as a leader in transplant immunology and medicine by recognizing advances in kidney transplantation.
As a researcher, Dr. Murphy focused on genetics and genomics in transplantation. Her discoveries have led to renal transplantation in HIV-positive patients becoming standard of care. She conducted ground breaking research using high-throughput genomic technologies to understand the immune mechanisms leading to graft injury and loss. Importantly, she aimed to identify gene expression profiles or genetic variants that would predict patients' risk for disease. Dr. Murphy's laboratory took a systems biology approach to identifying genetic drivers of fibrosis; this has had important implications for kidney transplantation and eventually an enormous impact on all organ transplantation.
Dr. Murphy was the President-Elect of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and was named in June as the recipient of the ASN's Trailblazer Award, a lifetime achievement award for her work on advocacy, mentorship and breaking barriers in nephrology and medicine. She is a past president of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and served on Executive Committee of the American Transplant Congress. She received the AST Young Investigator Award in Basic Science in 2003. She spent much of her career advocating for those disadvantaged who had no access to kidney transplantation, such as HIV infected patients and urging the federal government to provide extended drug coverage for transplant recipients. She was most proud of her advocacy work and direct impact on patient care.
In recognition of Dr. Murphy's amazing achievements in the field of nephrology, the endowed lecture will bear her name in perpetuity. Starting at ASN Kidney Week 2022, the Murphy Endowed Lectureship will take place at every Kidney Week.