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Matthew Weir, MD, Named One of JDRF's Stars of Hope for 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

 Dr. Matthew Weir

The JDRF Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter has named the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Matthew Weir, MD, a Professor in the Department of Medicine, and his wife, Duffy, who is on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Maryland Chapter, as their Stars of Hope for 2013. Both Dr. and Mrs. Weir have been long-time supporters of JDRF. They will be honored at the chapter’s annual Night of Hope Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until they achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. JDRF was formally known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, but they rebranded in 2011 after research showed that the majority of Type 1 diabetes patients now are adults, not juveniles.

Dr. Matthew Weir

Dr. Weir, who is also Head of the Division of Nephrology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, primarily researches the use of anti-hypertensive therapy for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy; hypertensive renal injury in African Americans; and preventing allograft nephropathy in transplant recipients. He has written more than 500 manuscripts and book chapters about these topics. Dr. Weir has also edited four books on topics in nephrology, transplantation, and hypertension. Additionally, he has presented at numerous international scientific association meetings, hospitals, and medical schools.

Dr. Weir currently reviews manuscripts for more than 30 major medical journals, including the American Journal of Kidney Disease, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and Archives of Internal Medicine. He is on the editorial board of 12 journals and is Section Editor of Current Hypertension Reports and Current Opinion in Hypertension and Nephrology. He has two active NIH supported grants from NIDDK. In addition, he is a member of numerous associations, including the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the American Society of Transplantation.

Dr. Weir received his medical degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  He completed his internship and residency programs in medicine at the Waterbury and Yale-New Haven Hospitals in Connecticut, and completed his nephrology training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. He then moved to the University of Maryland where he has been a full-time faculty member since 1983. 

If you are interested in attending the Night of Hope Gala, ticket information is available at https://jdrf-md.ejoinme.org/?tabid=478264.

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