Mayo Clinic nephrologist Rajiv Kumar, M.D., has been honored by the American Society for Nutrition. The Society has announced that Dr. Kumar will receive the E.V. McCollum Award in April at the Experimental Biology 2010 Meeting in Anaheim, California. The award is presented to, "a clinical investigator who is perceived as a major creative force, actively generating new concepts in nutrition and personally seeing to the execution of studies testing the validity of these concepts." The award is named for the pioneering biochemist and vitamin researcher from the University of Wisconsin.
“I am particularly honored to receive this award because it comes from my peers and because it honors the accomplishments of Dr. McCollum, one of the founding leaders in nutrition research,” says Dr. Kumar.
Dr. Kumar has conducted extensive research on phosphate and vitamin D and their impact on health and disease, specifically as they relate to osteoporosis and renal conditions. His work focuses on the regulation of phosphate metabolism, vitamin D and its mechanism of action and the related genetic and proteomic factors involved.
In addition to his primary appointment in nephrology, Dr. Kumar also holds appointments in biochemistry/molecular biology and endocrinology.