Unraveling the Secrets of Kidney Disease

Meeting Type External
Start Date 3/3/2019
End Date 3/7/2019
Location Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
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Purpose Close to 1 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 meeting will review
clinical and observational studies in the kidney disease area, highlight recent
advances in basic biology of kidney and kidney disease, assesses emerging
strategies and agents for CKD treatment, and discuss major obstacles in drug
development. This meeting will also encourage collaborations among clinicians
and researchers from academic institutes and pharmaceutical laboratories and
accelerate innovation in this field. There has not been a meeting in the area in
kidney disease that would bring together clinicians, basic scientists and
industry and foster collaboration. Small focus meetings have been organized by
the International Society of Nephrology, but these meetings are limited to a
single special topic. Furthermore more than half of kidney disease is caused by
diabetes, this meeting will have the opportunity to understand diabetes and its
complications development.
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