8th Annual AKI Symposium Features Kidney Health Experts and Patient Advocate

Fostering Across-Campus Research Collaboration on Acute Kidney Injury and Promoting Patient Advocacy and Kidney Health Education

VENUE: University of Pittsburgh, Starzl Biomedical Science Tower; Conference Room S120, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh PA 15261

The 1-½ day AKI Symposium on October 11 & 12, 2018 is an event for physician-scientists, patients and patient advocates who are interested in AKI and kidney health and disease.

The symposium is a CME-accredited event that will feature national experts presenting the latest acute kidney injury research and also feature two keynote speakers: one an AKI researcher and the other an AKI patient advocate. The keynote speakers are:

Samuel M. Brown, MD, MS, FASE, University of Utah School of Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center presenting “We’re All in This Together: Toward Patient-Centered Research”

Fangming Lin, MD, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center. She will present "Renal Tubular Adaption to Ischemic and Hypoxic Injury"

The AKI 'Patient Education Session' returns for the second year after extremely positive reviews last year. This session will be held on October 11 beginning at 11:30 am.

The AKI Symposium is hosted by the Center for Critical Care Nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research–O’Brien Center, Renal-Electrolyte Division; Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Division of Nephrology; and Starzl Transplantation Institute.

AKI Symposium Features

  • Scientific talks
  • Two keynote speakers
  • AKI abstracts and posters
  • Patient education session
  • Latest research updates from national and international scientific meetings

Important Dates

August 20 – Call for abstracts deadline

September 5 – Notification of abstract acceptance

October 1 – Registration deadline

October 11 – Symposium Day 1: keynote speakers, poster competition, patient community seminar

October 12 – Symposium Day 2:  scientific talks, research breakthroughs, active studies and future direction


Symposium Program Overview

Download pdf of AKI Symposium program for Thursday, October 11

Download pdf of AKI Symposium program for Friday, October 12


Patient/Advocate Benefits

  • Free advice from world-renown AKI experts
  • Learn more about kidney health and risks
  • Participate in Q&A
  • Free registration 
  • Free parking (UPMC vouchers given at symposium)
  • Free lunch


  • Deadline – October 1, 2018
  • All participants must register by emailing or calling Faye Cotton at cottonfg [at] upmc.edu or 412-383-4229

Call for Abstracts

Deadline: 5 pm, August 20, 2018

Who:  Open to all fellows, residents and post-doctoral scholars

How:  Email to xx [at] pitt.edu

Prize:  Best three abstracts receive monetary awards ($500, $300, $200)

What:  Submit research as a 6-slide/6-minute PowerPoint presentation 

    Slide 1:  Title and authors

    Slide 2:  Purpose of study

    Slide 3:  Hypothesis

    Slide 4:  Experimental design or methods

    Slide 5:  Summary of results

    Slide 6:  Conclusions