Years ago, the Annual Dialysis Conference was simply known as “the PD conference.” Although it also incorporated sessions on hemodialysis, as it does today, it was the source each year for learning about the latest developments in the world of peritoneal dialysis. Many of the lecturers back then continue to support the home modality today and, at the ADC, being held Feb. 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta, there remains a healthy dose of sessions on PD. Here is a sampling, along with some offerings on home hemodialysis. To download the complete brochure, go to

(Annual Dialysis Conference offers courses for nurses looking for home dialysis, pediatric care)

Peritoneal Dialysis

Development of the PD technique

Special workshop: Sharing a moment in history (The birth of CAPD)

Jack Moncrief, MD

Basic science frontiers in PD and HD 

New and comprehensive view of the peritoneal response to dialysis and dialysis components

Rafael Selgas, MD, PhD

Update on clinical studies of the endothelial glycocalyx in PD and HD patients

Raymond Krediet, MD, PhD

Results with tamoxifen in preventing encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis

Rafael Selgas, MD, PhD

What do serum albumin and hemoglobin really tell us in HD and PD patients? How do we correct for volume control?

Raymond Krediet, MD, PhD

PD in special circumstances

Urgent start PD

Anjali Saxena, MD

PD in the post-surgical patient

Pranay Kathuria, MD

“PD First” has been widely encouraged, why isn’t PD growing faster?

John Burkart, MD

PD Outcomes

Is PD in the pre-transplant period associated with better outcomes after transplantation compared to HD?

Aleksandra Kukla, MD

Sodium and Volume Control in PD Patients

Fredric Finkelstein, MD

Peritoneal Dialysis: Clinical Issues III

Vascular and arterial calcification in PD patients

Steven Guest, MD

Improving the nutritional status of the PD patient

Joshua Botdorf, DO

PD in immediate post-transplant period

Aleksandra Kukla, MD


Home Hemodialysis

Implementing hemodialysis in the home: A global perspective

This session covers patient safety and vascular access issues. “Based upon published data, an estimated 40-60% of patients with end-stage renal disease are medically capable of performing home hemodialysis. However, Home HD adoption is challenged by numerous barriers, and current penetration remains low despite evidence demonstrating its clinical and humanistic benefits,” the organizers write.

Speakers will also cover the progress on development of practical tools assembled by a multidisciplinary group of 30 researchers and clinicians to help improve the global uptake of home HD.  Co-led by Christopher Chan, MD, and Mark Marshall, MBChB, MPH, this expert group is developing a practice manual that addresses barriers and challenges to Home HD adoption, outlines the basics of providing home HD, and includes best practices where possible.  Both patient- and provider-related topics are addressed, including dialysis machines and water treatment, patient selection and training, prescription of home HD, psychosocial issues and support, vascular access, funding and planning, emergency care planning, patient referrals/recruitment/networking, workforce development and models of care, and clinical governance structure/localities and infrastructure.

• 40 years of home hemodialysis experience in Belgium: What can we learn from them?

Tony Goovaerts, RN

• Home hemodialysis in rural communities

Les Spry, MD


Effective management of the home hemodialysis program

Panelists: Thomas Golper, MD; Michelle Carver, BSN, RN; Sylvia Donato-Moore, BSN, RN; Wayne Evancoe, MS

This session will address all aspects of a home hemodialysis program’s clinical operation including design and utilization of physical space, patient training, patient management issues after training, staffing, and reimbursement of home HD treatments.