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Kidney Week

Basic/Clinical Science Session

New Insights into Vascular Calcification in Kidney Diseases

November 08, 2019 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: 145, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Session Description

Vascular calcification is thought to be one of the most important risk factors in patients with CKD. The prevalence of vascular calcification increases as GFR declines and calcification occurs years earlier in CKD patients than in the general population. The mechanisms of vascular calcification in CKD patients are complex and not completely understood. This session discusses novel findings that have brought attention to specific pro-calcifying and anti-calcifying factors as major determinants of vascular calcification.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe updates on the mechanisms of calcification in CKD
  • Identify anti-calcifying factors in calcification processes in CKD

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Bone and Mineral Metabolism
  • Chronic Kidney Disease


  • Silvia Ferrè, PhD
  • Jessica B. Kendrick, MD, MPH


  • Updates on the Mechanisms and Care of Calcification in CKD
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Ziad Massy, MD, PhD 
  • Role of Smooth Muscle Cells in Vascular Calcification
    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Catherine M. Shanahan, PhD
  • Magnesium Counteracts Vascular Calcification
    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Marc G. Vervloet, MD, PhD 
  • Sclerostin and DKK1: New Players in Renal Bone and Vascular Disease
    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
    Pieter Evenepoel, MD, PhD