Professor Jeff Michael Sands

Jeff Michael Sands

Professor Jeff Michael Sands from Emory University has been awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to experimental nephrology research, a field in which he is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts. His research focuses on cytophysiological, cytobiological, physiological and pathophysiological methods of analysing how the kidneys regulate water in the body and the body’s saline balance and blood pressure.

Jeff Michael Sands established his laboratory at Emory University 25 years ago, where he has made many important discoveries relating to the way in which the kidneys regulate the transport of sodium, urea and water in the different parts of the organs. He has also demonstrated that basic research findings have clinical significance and can be transferred to clinically relevant medical examinations, which he has performed together with colleagues in the US and around the world.

Jeff Michael Sands has worked with colleagues in several departments of Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital for the last 20 years. This has brought him to Aarhus University many times and has involved collaborating on publications and assessment of a number of dissertations. There is no doubt that the award of an honorary doctorate to Jeff Michael Sands will contribute to an even closer collaboration with Aarhus University.

Curriculum Vitae (highlights)


1981: MD, Boston University School of Medicine

Recent positions:

1998 - : Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2000 - : Professor of Physiology, Department of Physiology, Emory University

2002 - : Chief of Renal Division, Emory University

2002 - : Juha P. Kokko Professor of Medicine, Renal Division, Emory University

2006 - 2010: Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Emory University

2009 - 2015: Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine, Emory University

Selected prizes and honorary awards:

2013: Carl Gottschalk Distinguished Lectureship, American Physiological Society

2014: Distinguished Achievement Award, American Heart Association

2015: Barry M. Brenner Endowed Lectureship, American Society of Nephrology

2017-2018: President-elect, American Physiological Society

2018-2019: 91st President, American Physiological Society

2019-2020: Past president, American Physiological Society