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Get ready for ASN's 2012 Kidney Week

October 30, 2012
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SAN DIEGO – Discussions on economics, health care reform, workforce, and practice patterns in nephrology will mingle with current research and the future of kidney care this week as the American Society of Nephrology holds its Kidney Week 2012.

The six-day meeting begins today with pre-conference sessions and continues through Sunday, Nov. 4 at the San Diego Convention Center. Organizers are expecting more than 13,000 renal professionals to attend.

The conference includes presentations by William L. Roper, MD, MPH, former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Bruce Vladek, former head of the Health Care Financing Administration. Both will talk about health care economics and the future of health care reform.

Recent controversies in renal care, including the change in practice patterns resulting form the ESRD payment bundle, will be part of lectures presented by the U.S. Renal Data System and the Dialysis Outcomes Practice Patterns Study.

Getting around Kidney Week – virtually
To help attendees assemble their own road map for the conference, ASN provides its "Program Builder" application. The Program Builder can combine abstract listings and an itinerary of all the ASN sessions.

Abstracts span many topics
In additional to formal sessions each day, the week will include the display of 4,600 abstracts on topics ranging from basic science to outcomes and dialysis modality selection to studies with new devices and pharmaceuticals. You can review the abstracts here. The downloadable PDF includes tools to help you search the abstracts by author and by subject matter.

ASN offers state-of-the-art lectures
Renal Week 2012 includes a number of lectures by prominent health care leaders, scientists, and researchers. Here are some of the topics.


Tolerance and kidney transplantation
David H. Sachs, MD

Health care reform in America – past, present, and future
William L. Roper, MD, MPH

Entering the era of genomic medicine: research opportunities and challenges
Eric D. Green, MD, PhD

Where kidney disease was and where it is headed
Robert W. Schrier, MD

Endowed lectureships

Christopher R. Blagg endowed lectureship in renal disease and public policy
Allocation of health care: dialysis and beyond
Bruce C. Vladeck, PhD

Barry M. Brenner endowed lectureship
Mutations on the k+ channel KCNJ5 produce primary aldosteronism
Richard P. Lifton, MD, PhD

Jack W. Coburn endowed lectureship
Stone formation in Dent's disease

Rajesh v. Thakker, MD

Robert W. Schrier endowed lectureship
Sepsis AKI: kidney as amplifier and target
Robert A. Star, MD


If you come early to Kidney Week 2012
ASN early programs continue through Wednesday. Each program is a 1- or 2-day course that addresses a specific topic in nephrology.

  • Advances in Geriatric Nephrology: The Dimitrios G. Oreopoulos Memorial Program
  • Advances in Research Conference: Autoimmunity and Alloimmunity
  • CKD: A Recipe for Cardiovascular Disaster
  • Critical Care Nephrology: 2012 Update
  • Diagnosis and Management of Disorders of Acid-Base, Fluid, and Electrolyte Balance
  • Dialysis Facility Medical Directorship
  • Fundamentals of Renal Pathology
  • Glomerulonephritis Update: Diagnosis and Therapy 2012
  • In-Service Exam
  • Interventional Nephrology for the General Nephrologist
  • Kidney Transplantation for the General Nephrologist
  • Maintenance Dialysis: Principles, Practical Aspects, and Case-Based Workshops
  • Maintenance of Certification: NephSAP Review and ABIM Modules
  • Onco-Nephrology: What the Nephrologist Needs to Know about Cancer and the Kidney
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • Renal Relevant Radiology
  • Update in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Kidney Disease
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