Renal Symposium 2023
Thursday, May 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, May 11, 2023 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This event will be also sponsored by the UAB-UCSD O'Brien Core Center for Acute Kidney Injury, the UAB Nephrology Research and Training Center, and by grants from selected industry sponsors. There is no charge for attending the event.

Agenda 2023



Seminar Title

9:00 - 9:15 AM


Anupam Agarwal, M.D.
Dean, UAB Heersink School of Medicine
Senior Vice President of Medicine

Brad Yoder, Ph.D.
Department of Cell, Deveopmental and Integrative Biology
UAB U54 Childhood Cystic Kidney Disease Core Center


 Session I:

 Advances in Cystic Kidney Disease


 9:15 - 9:45 AM

Benjamin D. Humphreys, M.D.,  Ph.D.

Professor and Chief
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Defining Cellular Complexity in Human and Mouse ADPKD by Multimodal Single-cell Analysis

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Pinelopi Kapitsinou, M.D.

Associate Professor
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine


10:15 - 10:25 AM



 10:25 - 10:55 AM

Chou-Long Huang, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Nephrology
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum-Mitochondria Connection in the Pathogenesis of ADPKD

 Session II:

 Advances in Acute Kidney Injury


 10:55 - 11:30 AM

Meet the Professor

Zoom breakout rooms for morning speakers

11:30 - 12:00 PM



12:00 - 1:00 PM

The 7th James A. Schafer Lectureship
Introduction - Anupam Agarwal, M.D.

David P. Basile, Ph.D.

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


Th17 Cell Activation in Kidney Injury and Potential Role in Progression of CKD

 1:00 - 1:10 PM



 1:10 - 1:40 PM

Kaleab Z. Abebe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Design and Rationale of a Patient-Centered, Randomized Trial of a Process-of-Care Intervention in Hospitalized AKI Patients: The COPE-AKI Trial

 1:40 - 2:10 PM

Brittany Lasseigne, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Genome-Driven Approaches to Prioritizing ADPKD Drug Targets and Repurposing Candidates 

 2:10 - 2:20 PM



 2:20 - 2:50 PM

Steven C. Borkan, M.D.

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine



 2:50 - 3:25 PM

Meet the Professor

Zoom breakout rooms for morning speakers

3:25 - 3:40 PM




Online registration deadline: Wednesday, May 9, 2023

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


Program Highlights

Theme Sessions:
I. Advances in Cystic Kidney Disease
9:30  11:15 AM

James A. Schafer Lectureship

12:00  – 1:00 PM

II. Advances in Acute Kidney Injury
11:15 AM – 2:30 PM

    Contact Information
Rene Eubank