News Release: School of Medicine

Sep. 25,  2009

National Academy of Sciences Member Maurice Burg to Speak at Emory on "Living with Salt"

2009 William E. Mitch Lecture in Nephrology, Emory University School of Medicine, Renal Division

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009
5 to 6 p.m.


Maurice Burg, MD, principal investigator, Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

Burg graduated Harvard College in 1952 and Harvard Medical School in 1955. He revolutionized the field of renal physiology by developing new techniques to study the function of individual nephron segments and using these techniques to identify many new transport systems as well as the sites of action of vasopressin and major diuretics.

Since 1986, Burg has been studying the mechanisms by which cells survive and function in the kidney medulla where they are exposed to extremely high concentrations of salt and urea.

Burg has received numerous honors and awards, including the Homer Smith Award and election to the National Academy of Sciences.


Emory University School of Medicine
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The William E. Mitch Lecture in Nephrology is given annually to honor Dr. Mitch, who served as director of the Renal Division at the Emory University School of Medicine from 1987 to 2002. Mitch is recognized for his many years of dedication and service in nephrology as a physician, teacher, and scientist in the area of chronic renal failure and nutrition in renal disease. He served as President of the American Society of Nephrology in 2004. He currently is the Gordon A. Cain professor of Medicine and director of the Renal Division at Baylor College of Medicine.

The Mitch Lectureship is endowed by Amgen, a human therapeutics company in the biotechnology industry. The lectures, which focus on translational research, recognize individuals who are skilled as both scientists and clinical scholars and can present cutting-edge knowledge, new clinical techniques, and the latest in medical education to the faculty and students of Emory University School of Medicine.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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