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Renal Symposium 2021
Thursday, March 11

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is hosting “RENAL SYMPOSIUM” focused on acute kidney injury, renal cystic disease and therapeutics development. An outstanding line up of leading experts will highlight most recent insight into mechanisms of renal injury and repair, causes of renal cystic disorders, and translation of innovative discoveries in these fields into development of novel therapeutic interventions. We invite you to join us for an exciting and interactive meeting.

This full-day symposium will be held on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This event will be also sponsored by the UAB-UCSD O'Brien Core Center for Acute Kidney Injury, the UAB Hepatorenal Fibrocystic Disease Core Center, the UAB Nephrology Research and Training Center and by grants from selected industry sponsors. There is no charge for attending the event.

Agenda 2021



Seminar Title

8:15 - 8:25 AM


Anupam Agarwal, M.D.
Director, Division of Nephrology
Executive Vice Dean, UAB School of Medicine

Brad Yoder, Ph.D.
Hepatorenal Fibrocystic Disease Core Center


 Session I:

Chair, Elise Erman


 8:30 - 9:05 AM

Andrew McMahon, Ph.D.

W.M. Keck Provost and University Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Biological Sciences
University of Chicago Medicine
Chair of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC

“Modeling Development and Disease in the Mammalian Kidney”

 9:10 - 9: 45 AM

Stefan Somlo, M.D.

C.N.H. Long Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and Professor of Genetics
Chief, Section of Nephrology
Yale School of Medicine


 9:50 - 10:25 AM

Alessandra Boletta, Ph.D.

Director, Division of Genetics and Cell Biology and Head of Research Unit
IRCCS Ospedale
San Raffaele


“Metabolic Reprogramming and the Role of Mitochondria in Polycystic Kidney Disease”

10:30 - 11:55 AM



12:00 - 1:00 PM

The 5th James A. Schafer Lectureship
Introduction - Anupam Agarwal, M.D.

Ora Weisz, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology, and Clinical and Translational Science
Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Medicine
Associate Dean for Faculty Development, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Excellence, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences
Harvard Medical School


“Integrating Endocytic Recovery of Filtered Proteins along the Kidney Proximal Tubule”

 Session II:

Chair, Matthew Cheung


 1:15 - 1:50 PM

Ron Gansevoort, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine
University of Groningen


“Update on Treatment for ADPD”

 1:55 - 2:30 PM

Sarah Faubel, M.D.

Medicine - Renal Med Diseases/Hypertension
University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus


“AKI, the Hepatic Acute Phase Response, and AKI Biomarkers like NGAL, Hepcidin, and HGF”

 2:35 - 3:15 PM

Tarek Ashkar, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Indiana University


“Tissue Cytometry and Machine Learning: from Small Specimens to Big Data”

 3:20 - 3:55 PM

Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D.

W.W. Caruth, Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center


 “Protein AMPylation by Selenoprotein O Regulates Antioxidant Signaling”

 4:00 - 4:35 PM

Amandeep Bajwa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center


“Mitochondrial Therapy for Prevention and Treatment of Ischemic Reperfusion Injury”


Online registration deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

Registration is required to receive the zoom link please use this link for registration.
Online Registration


Program Highlights

Theme Sessions:
I. Biology of Cystic Kidney Disorders
James A. Schafer Lectureship

12:00  – 1:00 PM

II. Biology of Acute Kidney Injury
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

  Contact Information
Rene Eubank