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Translating Science to Improve Health: Hope for Patients With Kidney Disease at What Cost?

Delphine S. Tuot, MDCM, MAS; and Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA
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From San Francisco General Hospital and University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Financial Support: Dr. Tuot is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (K23DK094850).

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-1886.

Requests for Single Reprints: Delphine S. Tuot, MDCM, MAS, Division of Nephrology, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, Building 100, Room 342, San Francisco, CA 94110; e-mail, delphine.tuot@ucsf.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Tuot: Division of Nephrology, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, Building 100, Room 342, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Dr. Powe: Chief of Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, Room 5F40, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(6):430-431. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-6-201309170-00012
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