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Renal Symposium 2019 
Thursday, April 18
KAUL Building • Finley-Compass Bank Conference Center

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is hosting “RENAL SYMPOSIUM” focused on acute kidney injury, renal cystic disease and therapeutics development. An outstanding lineup 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, April 18th, 2019 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm at the UAB Finley-Compass Bank Conference Center in Birmingham, Alabama. 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 2019



Seminar Title

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Registration and Breakfast


8:50 AM - 9:00AM

Brad Yoder, Ph.D.


Hepatorenal Fibrocystic Disease Core Center


9:00 AM - 9:35AM

Reena Rao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Medicine, Nephrology, and Hypertension

The University of Kansas Medical Center

“Epithelial Vasopressin Type-2 Receptors Regulate Fibroblast Activation by a YAP Dependent Mechanism in ADPKD”

9:40 AM - 10:15AM

Darren Wallace, Ph.D.


Department of Internal Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center

“Periostin Accelerates Renal Cyst Growth and Fibrosis in Polycystic Kidney Disease”

10:15 AM - 10:30AM



10:30 AM - 11:05AM

Leah Siskind, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

University of Louisville School of Medicine

“Mechanisms of Cisplatin-induced Kidney Injury and Progression to Chronic Kidney Disease”

11:05 AM - 11:55AM



12:00 - 1:00 PM

James A. Schafer Lectureship

Christof Westenfelder, M.D.

Professor of Medicine


Chief, Section of Nephrology at the George E. Wahlen VA Health Sciences Center

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center

“Superiority of Mesenchymal Stem Cell-derived Exosomes for Rescue Therapy of Advanced Stage Acute Kidney Injury”

1:00 - 1:15 PM



1:15 - 1:50 PM

Abolfazl Zarjou, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


The University of Alabama at Birmingham

“Dynamic Signature of Lymphangiogenesis During AKI and CKD”

1:55 - 2:30 PM

Anita Layton, Ph.D.


Applied Mathematics, Pharmacy, and Biology

University of Waterloo

“Natriuretic Effect of SGLT2 Inhibition in Subtotal Nephrectomy: Insights From Computational Modeling”


Online registration deadline: March 29, 2019

On-site registration will be available the day of the symposium

Online Registration

Contact Rene Eubank at 
eubank@uab.edu to register for meeting.

Lodging - Double Tree Hotel  

located at 808 20th Street South,
adjacent to the UAB campus.
Reserve your room directly by calling (205)
    Program Highlights
Registration and Breakfast 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

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
Lunch 11:20 AM – 12:30 PM

Location Information
Hugh Kaul Human Genetics
705 South 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35294
  Contact Information
Brad Yoder, Ph.D.
Phone: 205.934.0994

Rene Eubank
Phone: 205.975.7145