The Pediatric Nephrology Research Consortium (PNRC) was initially called the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium (MWPNC) when it was established in 2004. The founding premise originated on a napkin over a few beers, but it acknowledged that
The MWPNC at its inception in 2004 (with support and vision of Dr. Craig Helms, PharmD at Genentech) was based on the vision of the founding members, including Dennis Geary, MD, John D. Mahan, MD, Tej Mattoo, MD, and William E. Smoyer, MD, followed shortly thereafter by the addition of Larry Greenbaum, MD, PhD.
The first MWPNC meeting included representatives from 24 pediatric nephrology programs across the Midwest in beautiful, bucolic Toledo, Ohio in March 2004 on the Maumee Riverfront (using such a central location to help keep down travel costs for many participants). Ever since its inception, the MPWNC has held two meetings each year, one each spring and fall for a total of 34 meetings in 22 different cities (including 23 different host institutions) across the U.S. and Canada. We firmly believe that the PNRC’s effectiveness and growth has clearly been derived and driven by the interactions generated by these personal biannual meetings.
Due to significant growth in the number of participating programs over the first 15 years, and expansion of our research portfolio, the MWPNC in 2019 incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, and changed our name to the Pediatric Nephrology Research Consortium (PNRC) to more accurately reflect the expansion of the consortium to include participating programs from all across the US and Canada. Our first meeting as the PNRC, which also was largest meeting to date, was sponsored by St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University and held in St. Louis, MO in September 2019.
Our first MWPNC coordinator was Janice Winnick from the University of Michigan, and after 5 successful years, she was succeeded by Corinna Bowers, from Nationwide Children’s in 2008. Corinna has done a wonderful job in managing our impressive growth in membership and science; and the transition to a fully incorporated non-profit organization.
By the end of 2019, the consortium has completed 54 multi-center studies and has 33 active studies underway. The MWPNC/PNRC has published a total of57 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Since inception, the consortium has received 21 grants, including …….
We continue to make history, from expanding to membership now from 125 sites across North America, to record industry sponsorship of our biannual meetings, to now an impressive number of 87 MWPNC/PNRC peer-reviewed-publications, to new opportunities to take leadership roles in developing industry trials.
A few ‘first’ facts to highlight:
We intend to continue to work on our mission to improve the care of children with kidney disorders through collaborative research and development of the next generation of talented investigators. We will continue to accomplish and continue to innovate – with the group open to any professionals committed to working on our mission!
PNRC Board of Directors