Special Issue "Chronic Kidney Disease: Epidemiology and Disparities"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tanjala S. Purnell
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Guest Editor
Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA
Interests: health equity; community engagement; kidney transplantation; epidemiology; disparities
Dr. Dinushika Mohottige
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Guest Editor
Department of Medicine, Duke Universty School of Medicine, Durham, NC 27701, USA
Interests: nephrology; transplantation; medical trust; shared decision making
Dr. Dinee C. Simpson
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Guest Editor
Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Interests: transplantation; health equity; diversity; inclusion; kidney disease; structural racism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Effective solutions are needed to combat longstanding inequities in the burden of chronic kidney disease across populations. Socially at-risk individuals in the US and other nations (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities) experience disproportionately high prevalence and rapid progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Although many mechanisms have been postulated to explain these disparities, including genetic risk factors and the disproportionate burden of underlying co-morbidities (i.e., diabetes and hypertension), less attention has been given to key social drivers of kidney health inequity, including structural racism and its downstream manifestations (e.g., wealth and income inequality, disproportionate burden of housing and food insecurity). More research is also needed to understand the ways in which exposure to structural forms of racism or marginalization have become embodied in kidney health inequity over the life course (e.g., via gene–environment interactions, allostatic load, etc.). 

We are calling for papers that advance theory and evidence to better understand the mechanisms through which structural racism and other social determinants of health impact disparities in chronic kidney disease burden, progression, and access to transplantation. Studies may include original science or review articles that span the life course perspective (from in utero to the care of older adults), and involve multidisciplinary collaborations, such as those in the fields of nephrology, epidemiology, environmental justice, sociology, community-based research, urban health, and global health.

Dr. Tanjala S. Purnell
Dr. Dinushika Mohottige
Dr. Dinee C. Simpson
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • kidney health equity
  • health disparities
  • anti-racism
  • nephrology
  • environmental justice

Published Papers

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