Kidney Week 2016: Program Chair's Message

Roy Zent, MD, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the ASN Program Committee and ASN President Raymond Harris, MD, FASN, I am pleased to invite you to join us at ASN Kidney Week, November 15–20, in Chicago, IL. This year's theme is "Reinventing Nephrology: From Molecule to Man." This theme honors the history, commitment, and dedication of kidney health professionals worldwide who focus time and expertise to advance the lives of millions of people with kidney diseases.

This year, ASN marks 50 years of leading the fight against kidney diseases. Throughout the year, ASN will recognize kidney health advances from the last half century and look forward to new innovations in kidney care. Celebrations will culminate at ASN Kidney Week 2016. Please join me at the Welcome Reception for all Kidney Week participants in the exhibit hall. During this celebratory event, ASN will have booths celebrating the past, present, and future of both ASN and nephrology.

World-renowned scientific leaders will highlight recent advances in medicine in the daily State-of-the-Art Lectures. This year's speakers are:

  • Stephen O'Rahilly, MD, University of Cambridge, who will address "The Causes and Consequences of Human Obesity: Lessons from Genetics"
  • Kevin Tracey, MD, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, who will discuss "Reflex Circuits in Immunity: Bioelectric Medicine"
  • Ross Cagan, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who will present "A Fly Model of Diabetic Nephropathy"
  • Daniel Drucker, MD, University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital, who will discuss "Enteroendocrine Physiology Informs Drug Design for Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity"

Other key presentations at this year's meeting include the Christopher R. Blagg Lectureship in Renal Disease and Public Policy on "Optimizing Transitions for Our Patients in and out of the Hospital: Justifying Theory and Practice" by David Meltzer, MD, PhD; the Barry M. Brenner Endowed Lectureship on "Fibrotic Changes Mediating AKI to CKD Transition" by Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD, FASN; the Jack W. Coburn Endowed Lectureship on "Pathophysiology of Renal Osteodystrophy" by Susan Ott, MD; the Robert W. Schrier Endowed Lectureship on "Biomarkers of Structural Pathology in Diabetic Kidney Disease and Renal Function Decline" by Robert Nelson, MD, PhD; and the Michelle P. Winn Endowed Lectureship on "GWAS in Nephrology" by Cheryl Ann Winkler, PhD.

The ASN Program Committee and Postgraduate Education Committee, chaired by Patrick Nachman, MD, FASN, have developed an exciting program that includes Basic/Clinical Science Sessions, Clinical Practice Sessions, Translational Sessions, and much more. In addition to the Early Program usual suspects, you can look forward to outstanding programs on metabolic phenotyping, clinical nephro-pharmacology, and kidney stones.

Please note that the abstract submission deadline is Wednesday, June 8 (2:00 p.m. EDT), and the Late-Breaking Clinical Trial submission deadline is Wednesday, September 7 (2:00 p.m. EDT). Make sure to check the ASN website regularly for Kidney Week updates.

Please join ASN in Chicago and gain the tools you need to stay on the leading edge of our profession.


Roy Zent, MD, PhD
Chair, 2016 Program Committee