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The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is a non-profit medical professional association dedicated to enhancing and assisting the study and practice of nephrology, providing a forum for the promulgation of research, and fulfilling the professional and continuing education needs of its members. Nephrology is the branch of medicine that specializes in the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the kidneys and the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases. The American Society of Nephrology was founded in 1967 and currently consists of approximately 6,500 members from over 65 countries. The ASN is committed to providing continuing education to assist members in certification and re-certification and to encourage them to continually update their skills, knowledge, and competencies. The Society also offers grants, research awards, and fellowships as well as educational conferences. In addition, the ASN provides a variety of professional publications including the "Journal of the American Society of Nephrology," a monthly journal that encourages dynamic interaction between basic and clinical sciences and facilitates rapid communication between nephrologists and other specialists in related disciplines. The Journal features original peer-reviewed articles, reviews of basic and clinical topics, comprehensive studies addressing research questions, scientific commentary, and 600 pages of annual meeting abstracts. The Journal's audience includes nephrologists, internists, urologists, transplant surgeons, and nephrology nurses. The Society also engages in government relations and maintains a web site on the Internet. The ASN's web site provides information on the Society's mission, goals, programs and services, and professional publications; in addition, the site provides consumer information in a "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) area.
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