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Unraveling the Secrets of Kidney Disease (X4)


Organizer(s) Katalin Susztak, Caroline Fox and Masaomi Nangaku
March 3—7, 2019
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, British Columbia Canada
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Nov 19, 2018
Abstract Deadline: Dec 19, 2018
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 19, 2018
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 11, 2019

Sponsored by Akebia Therapeutics, Bayer AG and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated


Summary of Meeting:
Approximately one in 11 people in the world suffers from kidney disease. The incidence of kidney disease is increasing, especially in the developing world. This issue was recently reviewed and emphasized in a Lancet article (Global Health Atlas). Acute and chronic kidney disease is associated with a highly significant increase in cardiovascular death. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) represents a leading cause of death in the United States. There is no cure for this disease, with current treatment strategies relying on blood pressure control through blockade of the renin-angiotensin system. Such approaches only delay the development of end-stage kidney disease and can be associated with serious side effects. Recent identification of several novel mechanisms contributing to CKD development - including vascular changes, loss of podocytes and renal epithelial cells, matrix deposition, inflammation and metabolic dysregulation - has revealed new potential therapeutic approaches for CKD. This conference will review clinical and observational studies in the kidney disease area, highlight recent advances in basic biology of kidney and kidney disease, assess emerging strategies and agents for CKD treatment, and discuss major obstacles in drug development. The conference will also encourage collaborations among clinicians and researchers from academic institutes and pharmaceutical laboratories to accelerate innovation in this field. There has not been a conference in the area in kidney disease that brings together clinicians, basic scientists and industry to foster collaboration. Small focused conferences have been organized by the International Society of Nephrology, but these conferences are limited to a single special topic. Furthermore, more than half of kidney disease is caused by diabetes; pairing the conference with a conference focused on diabetes affords the opportunity to understand the role of diabetes in the development of kidney complications.

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Scholarships/Awards

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Scholarship Recipients

Elia Escasany
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Sarah L. Finnie
University of Edinburgh, UK

Sho Hasegawa
University of Tokyo, Japan

Shizheng Huang
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Matthew Ishahak
University of Miami, USA

Jay C. Jha
Monash University, Australia

VerĂ³nica Miguel
Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa, Spain

Valeriia Rudomanova
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; University of Cincinnati, USA