Unraveling the Secrets of Kidney Disease (X4)

joint with the meeting on Diabetes: Innovations, Outcomes and Personalized Therapies (X3)

Scientific Organizers: Katalin Susztak, Caroline Fox and Masaomi Nangaku


March 3—7, 2019

Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler, BC, Canada


Sponsored by Akebia Therapeutics, Bayer AG and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated


BEWARE of booking lodging through companies unaffiliated with Keystone Symposia. Click here for more details.

Keystone Symposia is committed to maintaining a positive and respectful environment at its meetings. To this end, please review and comply with our policies.

Registered attendees of one meeting in a joint pair may participate in sessions of the other, pending space availability.

** Meeting has ended **

Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 19, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time

Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
Submission by this date receives 50.00 USD discount.
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Abstract Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadlines. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract early allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • accept your abstract online
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
(The Abstract Deadline: is December 19, 2018)

Global Health Travel Award Deadline:

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Global Health Travel Award Details: You MUST complete your Global Health Travel Award appplication by the Global Health Travel Award Deadline and complete the other required steps (verify your contact information and submit a recommendation letter) to be considered for a travel award.


Click here to learn more about Global Health Travel Awards.

Scholarship Deadline: November 19, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Scholarship Details: You MUST submit your abstract by the Scholarship Deadline and complete the other required steps (submit a scholarship application and submit a mentor letter) to be considered for a scholarship.

Click here to learn more about Scholarships.

Abstract Deadline: December 19, 2018

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadline. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract by the Abstract Deadline allows us to:

  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
Abstracts submitted after the Abstract Deadline will NOT be considered for a short talk.

(Discounted Abstract Deadline: is November 19, 2018)

Discounted Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time


Registration Fee: 945.00 USD* (includes 200.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 720.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 1145.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 920.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

Registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to discounted registration deadline.

Please be advised that some meeting participants have received calls and emails from a number of different housing services, including "Exhibitors Housing Services," “Expo Housing Services,” "Global Housing," etc. THESE COMPANIES ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH KEYSTONE SYMPOSIA and are not authorized by Keystone Symposia to contact you. These companies may tell you that the meeting is filling, without any actual knowledge to that effect, and pressure you into giving them your credit card number to make a lodging reservation with them.

We highly recommend that you not make a reservation with these companies or any other housing service! These companies' representations to participants have been misleading. Please report any calls or correspondence you might have received to Keystone Symposia and book only through lodging links in your Keystone Symposia account, an established travel agency or directly with the hotel(s) listed on our website.

Things to Do

Walking distance  = Walking distance (within 1/2 mile of conference center)  FREE Shuttle/Bus available  = FREE Shuttle/Bus available
Shuttle/Bus required  = Shuttle/Bus required  Car/Taxi required  = Car/Taxi required  not available  = Not Available

Suggestion: To find other attendees who may want to join you in activities, use the message board located near the Registration Desk. Post your contact information and activity of interest, and be sure to check the message board during the meeting for posts by fellow attendees.

During your stay in Whistler, enjoy one of the many special discounts on transportation, activities and dining offered by Tourism Whistler! For more information and to book, visit "www.whistler.com/activities/winter"

Do you love to ski and are attending more than one Keystone Symposia conference this year? If so, think about purchasing a Season Pass! There are 2 passes to consider depending on meeting and travel locations. Season passes are typically available to purchase through November, so act early. The EPIC Pass includes ski resorts in Keystone, Breckenridge, Park City, Whistler, Tahoe, and more. The IKON Pass includes ski resorts in Tahoe, Colorado, Banff, as well as Taos, NM, Big Sky Resort, MT and Alta/Snowbird, UT. Typically, the value of the pass pays for itself in as little as 5-6 days of skiing. For more information on the passes as well as prices, restrictions and packages, make sure to check out their websites.
Not a skier? Whistler Resort offers a variety of activities for enjoyment during your stay. The Village offers shops, galleries, spas, fitness centers and many excellent restaurants.
Skiing Walking distance FREE Shuttle/Bus available Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains: Holding the title of North America’s largest ski resort, these two colossal mountains offer more than 200 marked trails that include in-bounds backcountry, wide-open glaciers, powder-filled bowls, secluded glades and perfectly groomed trails. Freestylers will find six terrain parks that accommodate beginners to elite athletes, including a 22’ superpipe. Averaging 462 inches of snowfall each year, there’s something for everyone at Whistler Blackcomb.
  More Ski Information: Discount Lift Tickets:  

Whistler Blackcomb is pleased to offer you great savings on Lift Tickets, Rentals and Snow School Programs. It is easy for you to pre-register and pre-purchase the products that you need through our Dedicated Reservation Call Centre and Customer Rental Link.

2020 rates and booking information will be posted once they are negotiated with the ski area, check back in early December.
PLEASE NOTE ALL AMOUNTS ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS!

Snow School
Adult Snow School Programs are TBD% off during the conference.

Equipment rentals:  Save up to TBD% by booking rentals online

2020 Rates and booking information will be posted once negotiated.

Ski Area Website: www.whistlerblackcomb.com
Other FREE Shuttle/Bus available The Adventure Group, TAG, offers Keystone Symposia participants, and their guests, a discount of 15% off their exciting adventures. Book ahead of time by using the promo code: KEYSTONE15 on the booking page of their website. OR, look for their booth at registration to sign up and pay for your TAG adventure!

Superfly Ziplines combines the exhilarating feeling of soaring through the air with the breathtaking beauty of Cougar Mountain. Our unique system allows two guests to ride side-by-side, each on their own cable during this incredibly scenic experience. Superfly Zipline

Enjoy the thrill of a Snowmobile Tour through the pristine backcountry on freshly groomed trails. A range of terrain allow for beginner, intermediate and advanced tour that are catered to varying ability levels. Snowmobile Tours

Our Whistler Snowshoeing Tours range from serene walks through old growth forests on Whistler Mountain, to vigorous treks on our backcountry trails. You don’t need to be a skier to enjoy all our mountains have to offer! Snowshoe Tours
Hiking Walking distance Car/Taxi required Several trails are easily accessible during the winter months with snow shoes. Rental stores are located throughout the village. The Whistler Village has an outdoor mall which is maintained for pedestrians all winter long.
Snowboarding Walking distance Whistler Blackcomb does allow snowboarding, with pricing the same as that for skiing. Equipment rental is available throughout the resort.
Snowshoeing Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Whistler is a great spot for snowshoeing. Equipment rentals and packages are available throughout the Village. For trails, rates and more information, go to Whistler Snowshoeing
X-country Skiing Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Cross country (nordic) skiing is one of Whistler's best kept - and most affordable! - secrets. No chairlift line ups here; just pure physical and mental fulfillment through majestic winter wonderland. Trail maps and rental equipment are available in sports shops throughout the village.
Cross Country Connection, 604-905-0071

Other Walking distance Whistler Tasting Tours is a progressive dining experience that takes a group of guests with a local tour guide to 5 restaurants in Whistler Village where they enjoy a course of a meal at each. The guide plays a trivia poker game and provides interesting facts and information along the way that includes prizes. There are two dining tours that depart at 5pm, a lunch tour that departs at 12:30pm or a dessert tour that departs at 8:30pm. They are also able to create custom tours if there are specific budgets, time restrictions, or special requests that need to be met. You can find out more information about each of their tours here or on these flat sheets. Keystone Symposia attendees can use the promo code: Keystone2019 when booking to apply a 15% tour discount on all tours, not including wine pairings for dinner tours.
Fitness Center Walking distance Whistler Core Fitness Centre, 604-905-7625
Depending on your lodging, fitness centers may be available at your hotel. Check with the concierge.
Library Walking distance Whistler Public Library, 604-935-8433
Movie Theaters Walking distance Village 8 Cinemas
Spa Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Check with your hotel concierge for on site spa services. In addition, check out Scandinave Spa for traditional therapies for modern tensions.
Swimming Walking distance Car/Taxi required Each location at Whistler offers different amenities. Check with your hotel concierge for details.

Galleries Walking distance Whistler Resort has many options for browsing galleries.Tourism Whistler - Arts and Culture in Whistler

Bars/Pubs Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Whistler Nightlife gives you all the information you need to find the best pub, bar, club, and other exciting nightlife.
Dining Walking distance FREE Shuttle/Bus available Shuttle/Bus required Whistler Tasting Tours is a progressive dining experience that takes a group of guests with a local tour guide to 5 restaurants in Whistler Village where they enjoy a course of a meal at each. The guide plays a trivia poker game and provides interesting facts and information along the way that includes prizes. There are two dining tours that depart at 5pm, a lunch tour that departs at 12:30pm or a dessert tour that departs at 8:30pm. They are also able to create custom tours if there are specific budgets, time restrictions, or special requests that need to be met. You can find out more information about each of their tours here or on these flat sheets. Keystone Symposia attendees can use the promo code: Keystone2019 when booking to apply a 15% tour discount on all tours, not including wine pairings for dinner tours.

Whistler Dining provides an extensive list of restaurants in the village at Whistler.
Market/Grocery Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Nesters Market & Pharmacy is located at 7019 Nesters Road, RR 7, and is a great full service market. Stock up on goodies for your room or condo! Nesters Market
Amounts are in Canadian dollars
The above information is provided as a courtesy to our conferees and is subject to change without notice.