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DaVita Abstracts Accepted into American Society of Nephrology Meeting
Date:11/4/2008

Fifteen Abstracts Will Be Featured at ASN

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), in conjunction with DaVita Clinical Research(R) (DCR), recently contributed fifteen abstracts to the 41st Annual Meeting & Scientific Exposition of the American Society of Nephrology. These abstracts were developed both internally and through intellectual partnerships with leaders in nephrology.

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DaVita Chief Medical Officer, Allen R. Nissenson, MD, FACP, FASN and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA states, "DaVita is committed to improving the lives of patients with kidney disease. Generating new knowledge through research is an important component of meeting this commitment. The Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) in its Relentless Pursuit of Quality will continue to work closely with DCR and our external academic partners to significantly impact patient outcomes through clinical research."

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is organized and operated primarily for scientific and educational purposes, and advocates for the development of national health policies to improve the quality of care for renal patients. Renal Week 2008 is November 4-9 in Philadelphia, PA. DaVita Clinical Research collaborates with leading academic institutions to advance the knowledge and practice of kidney care for dialysis patients.

The abstracts featured include:

-- Association of Low Body Mass Index (BMI) and Weight Loss with Increased Mortality in Transplant-Wait-Listed Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients

Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD PhD; Elani Streja, MPH; Jennie Jing, MS; Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD; David Van Wyck, MD; Gabriel M. Danov
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