On Thursday, October 24, 2013, a group of 100 gathered at the University Club in Oakland to attend the 3rd Annual Acute Kidney Injury Symposium. This all day event was hosted by Dr. John A. Kellum, Director of the Center for Critical Care Nephrology, Department of Critical Care Medicine; Dr. Thomas R. Kleyman, Director of the Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research and Chief of Renal-Electrolyte Division of the Department of Medicine and Dr. Fadi Lakkis, Scientific Director of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Institute.
The purpose of the yearly symposium is to highlight research activities involving prevention, diagnostics, therapeutics, and long-term outcome of acute kidney injury (AKI) at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC and to promote collaborations among experts focused on advancing renal healthcare. Twenty researchers gave presentations on their current cutting-edge projects which were followed by Q & A sessions.
Two visiting keynote speakers, Dr. Bruce Molitoris (pictured above with Dr. John Kellum) from Indiana University and Dr. Joseph Bonventre from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (photo on left), gave fascinating talks on "Understanding the Dissociation Between Renal Blood Flow and Glomerular Filtration in Sepsis" and "The Role of AKI in Development and Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease." The AKI group continues to grow and as Dr. Kellum stated, "An incredible showcase of talent. It was really great to see such breadth and depth of investigation across the range of basic to translational to clinical research in Acute Kidney Injury. Across campus there is a wonderful coalescence of interest around this theme from multiple different perspectives."
For more information about the symposium, please contact Faye Cotton.