Laura M. Dember, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine where she is a faculty member in the Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension Division and a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Dember conducts patient-oriented research in chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease and has particular interests in hemodialysis vascular access and interventions to improve clinical outcomes for patients treated with maintenance hemodialysis. She has leadership roles in several multicenter observational studies and clinical trials including the Dialysis Access Consortium, the Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation Study, the Hemodialysis Novel Therapies Consortium, and the TiME Trial, all funded by the US National Institutes of Health. She has clinical expertise in the systemic amyloidoses and has been involved in the development of new treatment approaches for this group of disorders. Dr. Dember has been a member of several committees of the American Society of Nephrology and is a Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.