The 6th Annual AKI Symposium took place on October 13 and featured stimulating discussion and debate from an interdisciplinary group of researchers on complex themes in critical care nephrology. The symposium was hosted by John A. Kellum, MD, and the Center for Critical Care Nephrology (CCCN); Thomas R. Kleyman, MD, and the Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research; Fadi G. Lakkis, MD, and the Starzl Transplantation Institute; and Carlton M. Bates, MD, and the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Nephrology Division.
Over 80 attendees, representing multiple fields of science and research, heard presentations about the newest AKI-related innovations happening at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout the day, there were over 20 presentations on topics ranging from bioengineering to animal studies. The lectures encouraged an interdisciplinary dialogue and discussions moderated by leaders in the field.
The symposium also featured two keynote speakers. The first, Sean M. Bagshaw, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alberta and the Canada Research Chair in Critical Care Nephrology, shared a lecture on “Strategies for Starting Renal Replacement Therapy in AKI.” The second keynote lecture was delivered by Chirag Parikh, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN, a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Program of Applied Translational Research in the Department of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. His presentation, “Three lessons from the Long Term Follow-up of TRIBE-AKI Cohorts,” initiated an intriguing panel discussion.
This year’s symposium included a small competition between researchers in their respective fields. Thanks to generous contributions from Bard Medical Division and Astute Medical, Inc., prizes were awarded, based on audience voting, to the top three shorter lectures, which were delivered by junior faculty and researchers. Alexander Malkin, a graduate student researcher in the McGowan Institute, received first place for his work, “Development of a Leukocyte Reprogramming Device for Treatment of Sepsis.” Joan Sanchez-de-Toledo, MD, PhD, Clinical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine, took home the second place prize for his presentation, “Predicting AKI in Infants after Cardiopulmonary Bypass Surgery: Utility of Nephrocheck.” Third place was awarded to Oladipupo Olafiranye, MD, MS, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine for his presentation on “Renal Protection by Remote Ischemic Peri-conditioning in ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction.” All of the presenters deserve congratulations for their contributions to the stimulating conversations that took place during the symposium.
In addition to his keynote lecture at the AKI Symposium, Bagshaw also delivered a lecture called “Frailty in Critical Illness” at the Department of Critical Care Medicine’s Grand Rounds on October 12. After his lecture, he joined investigators from CCCN for an afternoon of brief research presentations. The group discussed groundbreaking research developments with Bagshaw and engaged in stimulating dialogue on current issues in critical care nephrology.