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8th Annual Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Symposium

October 26, 2018
The 8th Annual AKI Symposium was held October 11-12 at the University of Pittsburgh and was hosted by the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the Center for Critical Care Nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh, along with the Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research, the National Kidney Foundation, and the Western PA Kidney Support Group. The CME-accredited symposium was for physicians, researchers, patients, and patient advocates who have an interest in AKI and related kidney-health topics.
For the second year in a row, a patient and family education session was conducted as part of the Symposium on October 11. The broad topic was Kidney Health: Reducing Your Risk of Acute Kidney Injury and Disease. Programming for the patient seminar included keynote speakers, patient advocate lectures, and presentations on kidney health related topic from researchers and clinicians in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, including Emily Joyce, MD who specializes in treating and researching AKI.

Keynote speakers at this year’s scientific session included Samuel M. Brown, MD, from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Fangming Lin, MD, PhD from Columbia University Medical Center. Sunder Sims-Lucas, PhD, from the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at UPMC Children’s also presented during the scientific sessions on October 12 on the topic of Sirtuin 5 as a regulator of fatty acid oxidation during AKI.