First, do no harm [POSTPONED due to COVID-19]

COVID-19 NOTICE: To protect the health of Dr McIntyre, his patients, and the students and faculty of UNM School of Medicine, this year’s Joseph V Scaletti Memorial Catalyst Lecture has been POSTPONED. Please follow the recommendations of the CDC to protect yourself, your family and your community during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Thank you.

Dr Christopher McIntyre

Christopher McIntyre, MD, PhD


On April 3, one of the world’s leading kidney physician/researchers, Dr. Christopher McIntyre, will be at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine to present: Dialysis: the Terrible Things that Well-intentioned People Do

Dr. McIntyre, Professor of Medicine at Western Ontario University, holder of the Dr. Robert Lindsay Chair in Dialysis Research and Innovation, Director of the London Kidney Clinical Research Unit at London Health Sciences Centre and researcher at the Lawson Health Research Institute will present the 10th annual Joseph V Scaletti Catalyst Lecture as part of an ongoing series featuring researchers working at the forefront of biomedical research and implementing innovative models for healthcare delivery and education.

Live Stream starts Friday, April 3 2020 at 12 pm MST (18:00 UTC)

The cure should not contribute to disease…

Worldwide, there are over 2 million people who require periodic dialysis to help filter out harmful wastes, extra salt, and water from the blood when, due to chronic kidney disease, their kidneys are no longer able to perform this function; it is, in fact, a life-saving procedure.

But Chris McIntyre, the physician, started to notice that the leading cause of death in his dialysis patients was cardiovascular disease and that “tragically, dialysis patients…have a lower life expectancy than many cancer patients.” Not content to blame these outcomes solely on other risk factors, Dr. McIntyre, the scientist, started investigating and came to the unexpected conclusion that hemodialysis itself causes cardiac, liver, and gastro-intestinal injury and contributes to cognitive impairment.

By challenging conventional wisdom through a persistent program of systematic, data-driven research, Dr. McIntyre, the researcher/practitioner is now able to offer patients a better quality of life. For a brief video introduction to Dr. McIntyre research, including an interview with a participant in one of his clinical trials, see

Chris McIntyre is the embodiment of the ideals of translational research—a compassionate physician who is also a rigorous scientific researcher, dedicated to transferring lessons gained through scientific research to improve the outcomes and the quality of life for his patients. He leads a team of multidisciplinary researchers focusing on the pathophysiology of the affected cardiovascular, brain, liver and gastro-intestinal structure and function in patients with chronic kidney disease. Here’s a link to some of their published research.

The focus of my research program is to deliver life-sustaining hemodialysis with maximal benefit and efficiency without patient harm. – Chris McIntyre, MD, PhD

Each year, the Joseph V. Scaletti Catalyst Lecture series features scientific breakthroughs by a biomedical researcher at the forefront of biomedical research and education. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Friday, April 3, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Domenici Center Auditorium
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
The Joseph V. Scaletti Catalyst Lecture: A Public Forum for Envisioning the Future of Biomedical Research and Innovative Models for Healthcare Education and Delivery

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