Barisoni Computational Pathology Team Presents at ASN Meeting

Pictured from left to right: Akhjil Ambekar, Fan Fan, Andrew Janowczyk Emory, Dr. Barisoni, Dr. Wang

The Computational Pathology Team led by Laura Barisoni, MD, presented several studies at the annual American Society of Nephrology (ASN) meeting from Nov. 3-6, 2022, in Orlando, FL. These studies are supported by Barisoni’s R01 grant titled “Computational Pathology of Proteinuric Diseases,” and by the Pathology Department. This funding supports collaborative studies between Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and Case Western Reserve University, aiming to elucidate the kidney structure-function-molecular endophenotype continuum of glomerular diseases, such as minimal change disease and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. 

Several of Barisoni’s trainees presented posters at the event:

  • Xiang Li, PhD student in ECE Department, presented “Computational Characterization of Leukocytic & Lymphocytic Inflammation on Digital Kidney Biopsies”
  • Akhil Ambekar, Pathology AI fellow, presented “Patch Sorter Enables Efficient Digital Glomerular Classification”
  • Fan Fan, a master student in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, presented “Computationally Derived Tubular Density is Prognostic of Outcome in Glomerular Diseases”

Notably, Fan Fan received the Lillian Striker young investigator award from the Renal Pathology Society for his poster on the clinical relevance of automatic segmentation and quantification of kidney tubules. 

Duke resident Bangchen Wang, MD, PhD, PGY-3, was involved as a co-author in two of the three above mentioned abstracts, and first author in two additional abstracts: “Maintaining K Balance on the High K Diet via Proximal Tubule RAS-stimulated Na Delivery“ and  “Renal Biopsy in Systemic Infections: Expect the Unexpected.”

Bangchen Wang, MD, PhD, PGY-3 presenting his poster
Bangchen Wang, MD, PhD, PGY-3

Wang received the ASN kidney STARS travel award. The goal of the ASN Kidney STARS program is to stimulate interest in kidney disease careers by targeting medical students, residents, and graduate students with an interest in nephrology and nephropathology.

Congratulations to all who contributed to the ASN presentations.