January 31, 2023
(Brussels, Belgium): Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) announces that a full-time science writer has joined the team. Jennifer King, PhD, ELS, will work with KDIGO Chief Scientific Officer, Michael Cheung, and KDIGO Guideline Development Director, Amy Earley, to continue building a library of publications that provide recommendations and observations for better clinical patient care for patients with kidney disease.
Jennifer has worked on KDIGO Controversies Conference Reports for the past six years on a freelance basis. She worked with the co-chairs and steering committees of those conferences to produce helpful observations on important topics in nephrology. She will continue to support the development of Controversies Conference Reports and will additionally support the production of clinical practice guidelines. These two types of publications are the core remit of KDIGO. Jennifer also will play an important role in the development of KDIGO’s clinical education program.
Jennifer is eminently qualified to provide this high-level scientific writing and editing. She earned a PhD at Duke University in cell and molecular biology, is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, and has served as president of the Carolinas Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association. She also has been a Senior Editor at the Duke University Clinical Research Institute.
KDIGO’s Chief Executive Officer, John Davis, said: “We are very pleased that such an accomplished science writer as Jennifer King has agreed to join our staff. She will expand our abilities and speed in producing more clinical information for the global kidney community. The excellence of our publications will continue and can expand and accelerate.”
Jennifer will have the title of Director of Medical Writing and will begin February 1, 2023. During her first week, she will attend the KDIGO Women and Kidney Health Controversies Conference in Athens. She will produce drafts of the conference report, which will reflect the views of 80 kidney experts, expressed over two and a half days, into a single peer-reviewed journal publication.
Davis added: “The volume of KDIGO guidelines and guideline updates, as well as conference reports, has grown greatly over the past few years. Jennifer will help us increase our capacity to keep up the pace of informing the community and keep us scientifically grounded in the latest developments in a fast-changing field.”