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Using Twitter to discuss and debate kidney disease research findings

May 19, 2014

Dr. Swapnil Hiremath has moved the discussion of nephrology into the social media sphere by co-founding a new Twitter-based Journal Club focused on kidneys and kidney disease. Dr. Hiremath and co-creator Dr. Joel Topf of the St. John Providence Health System in Detroit, Michigan are using Twitter to engage other researchers, clinicians and patients in discussions around areas of interest related to kidneys. The first Twitter Journal Club session was held in late April and involved a discussion of the latest findings from the National Kidney Foundation's KEEP study – a community-based screening and education program for kidney disease. The journal club's hashtag is #NephJC and their website is www.nephjc.com

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