Experts

Our appointed committee members hold the highest levels of expertise in a multitude of medical fields.
BETonMACE

Clinical Steering Committee (CSC)

Professor Kausik K. Ray

BSc (hons), MBChB, MD, MPhil (Cantab), FACC, FAHA, FESC, FRCP
Chairman

Professor Ray’s research interests focus on the prevention of cardiovascular disease using observational methods and intervention studies including large trials.

  • Professor of Public Heath, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, UK
  • Established the Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Studies Collaboration (FHSC)
  • Principal Investigator for the TOGETHER study
Dr. Henry N. Ginsberg

MD, FAHA
Member

Dr. Ginsberg’s research focuses on the regulation of lipoprotein metabolism, particularly in relation to insulin resistance and diabetes.

  • Irving Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia University Medical Center
  • Principal Investigator in the landmark ACCORD Lipid Trial
Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh

MD, MPH, PhD, FAAP, FACP, FASN, FAHA, FNKF
Member

Dr. Kalantar’s research focuses on kidney disease outcomes and cardiovascular risks in CKD and diabetes. Dr. Kalantar has authored or coauthored over 400 peer reviewed research articles and scientific papers and 15 book chapters.

  • Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • President Elect of the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Associate Editor of several journals including the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Dr. Stephen J. Nicholls

MBBS, PhD
Member

  • Professor of Cardiology at the University of Adelaide
  • Deputy Director at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Principal Investigator of the SATURN, AQUARIUS, ACCELERATE, STRENGTH and GLAGOV trials
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and American College of Cardiology
  • Member of the American Heart Association
Dr. Gregory G. Schwartz

MD, PhD
Member

  • Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology of the University of Colorado Denver
  • Lead investigator in MIRACL (atorvastatin), dAL-OUTCOMES (dalcetrapib), and ODYSSEY Outcomes (alirocumab) trials
  • Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology
  • Member of the American Physiological Society and the International Society for Heart Research
Dr. Peter P. Toth

MD, PhD, FAAFP, FICA, FAHA, FNLA, FCCP, FACC
Member

  • Chief of Medicine for CGH Medical Center
  • Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Member of the American College of Cardiology Foundation Council on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • Member of the American Heart Association’s Council on Lipoproteins, Lipid Metabolism, and Thrombosis
BETonRENAL

Renal Clinical Advisory Board (RCAB)

Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh

MD, MPH, PhD
Chairman

  • Professor and Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at University of California, Irvine
  • Founder and Director of the Harold Simmons Center for Kidney Disease Research and Epidemiology
  • Associate Editor of several peer-reviewed journals including Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (NDT), American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD), Cardiorenal Medicine (CRM), Seminars in Dialysis, Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle (JCSM)
  • Member of the editorial board of Kidney International (KI), Journal of American Society Nephrology (JASN), Nature Reviews Nephrology, American Journal of Nephrology (AJN)
Dr. Srinivasan Beddhu

MD
Member

Dr. Beddhu’s clinical and research interests include hypertension, chronic kidney disease progression and complications and end-stage renal disease.

  • Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology
  • Served on several national committees including NIH panels, American Society of Nephrology Research Committee and NKF Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee
Dr. Vincent Brandenburg

MD
Member

Dr. Brandenburg's primary focus is on chronic kidney disease – mineral and bone disorder, cardiorenal syndrome, and calciphylaxis.

  • Nephrologist, Associate Professor and Senior Consultant at the Department of Cardiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Vascular Medicine, University Hospital of the RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Leader of the German Calciphylaxis Registry
  • Board member of the ERA-EDTA Scientific Working Group Chronic Kidney Disease – Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD)
  • Member of the German and European Societies of Nephrology and the Societies of Cardiology
Dr. Mathias Haarhaus

MD, PhD
Member

Dr. Haarhaus’s research at the Division of Renal Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, focuses on the link between skeletal disorders and cardiovascular complications in chronic kidney disease, with a special focus on alkaline phosphatase.

  • Consultant Nephrologist at the Department of Nephrology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden where he is head of the Bone and Mineral Program
  • Member of the Chronic Kidney Disease – Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD) Working Group of the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplantation Association (ERA-EDTA)
  • Member of the Guidelines Committee of the Swedish Society of Nephrology
Dr. Marcello Tonelli

MD, SM, FRCPC
Member

Dr. Tonelli was named a “Highly Cited” researcher in 2015 by Thomson-Reuters, corresponding to a rank in the top 1% by citations of all researchers worldwide for field and publication year.

  • Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Calgary
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • Member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2014
Dr. Carmine Zoccali

MD, FASN, FNKF, FERA
Member

Dr. Zoccali is a specialist in Renal Diseases (Pisa University) and Hypertension.

  • Director, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation, Ospedali Riuniti, Reggio Cal, Italy
  • Chief, CNR-IBIM Clinical Epidemiology and Pathophysiology of Renal Diseases and Hypertension
  • Professor, Postgraduate Schools of Nephrology, Palermo, Catania and Messina Universities
  • Editor in Chief, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation
  • Academic Editor, (Nephrology) PlosOne
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN)
  • Editorial Board member, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (cJASN)
  • Editorial Board member, Kidney International (KI)
NEURODEGENERATIVE

Neurodegenerative Clinical & Scientific Advisory Board (NCSAB)

Dr. Bengt Winblad

MD, PhD
Chairman

Dr. Winblad’s research interests focus on the basic mechanisms behind, as well as treatment of, Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Professor at the Karolinska Institutet Alzheimer Disease Research Center in Huddinge, Sweden
  • Chief Physician at Karolinska University in Huddinge
  • Guest professor at the Department of Psychiatry in Frankfurt
  • Honorary professor at Beijing University, Wuhan University and Shanghai University in China
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Medical Research Council
  • Co-chair of the European Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium (EADC)
  • Chair of the Medical Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)
Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings

MD, ScD
Member

Dr. Cummings is an experienced clinical trialist with expertise in clinical trial design and analysis, global trial implementation, and trial outcome measures.

  • Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada and Cleveland, Ohio
  • Camille and Larry Ruvo Chair of the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Clinic
  • Author of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI)
  • Former Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at UCLA, Director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA, and Director of the Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA
Dr. Rada Koldamova

MD, PhD
Member

Dr. Koldamova’s current research is concentrated on the role of lipoproteins in AD pathogenesis using transgenic mice expressing human ApoE isoforms.

  • Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Henrik Zetterberg

MD, PhD
Member

Dr. Zetterberg is has spent the last 10 years focusing on the development of biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.

  • Developed new diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as new preclinical models
  • Professor of neurochemistry at the University of Gothenburg