FASEB AKI Conference
Areas of bench research into the mechanisms, new therapeutics for AKI, and clinical approaches to better understand inter-individual pathobiology of human AKI, have received considerable attention in recent years. The Kidney Precision Medicine Program (KPMP), as well as the drive to better coordinate pre-clinical research with clinical disease, have raised increasing interest in promoting stronger collaborations between the clinical scientists studying human AKI, and bench researchers trying to understand the complex biology of this condition.
However, aside from the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), which averages 12,000 attendees, there are no established forums that promote direct exchange of ideas across the clinical, translations basic science AKI research communities in academia and industry. The concept of the FASEB AKI conferences is to host small, in person (100-120 attendees) meetings to develop and increase scientific collaborations across the bench to bedside divide. It is anticipated that this his forum will help develop a pipeline of investigators trained to think in a more translational way about the problem of AKI.
The first meeting was organized at the Asilomar Conference Center in Monterey, Calif., in 2019. The 2nd FASEB Acute Kidney Injury Conference: From Bench to Bedside was held May 14-18, 2022 at the Banff Center for the Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada.
Goals for the FASEB AKI conferences include:
- Providing an inclusive environment to foster new relationships among individuals with different perspectives on how to best prevent and treat AKI. This includes interactions with faculty involved in KPMP, staff scientists from various industries, and meeting one-on-one with patient advocates.
- Designing a comprehensive and up-to-date program from molecular mechanisms to novel biomarkers to clinical outcomes. By encouraging speakers to present unpublished data, attendees will have an opportunity to be at the cutting edge of novel and new developments related to AKI research.
- Providing professional and career development sessions for trainees to help develop their networking skills, overcome imposter syndrome, and understand and prevent unconscious bias to help promote lifelong engagement in AKI and related research.
For more information and questions, please email Karen Thompson, Program Manager, or call (615) 343-5400.