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Kidney Week

Basic/Clinical Science Session

Glomerular Biomarkers: Beyond Urine Proteins

November 07, 2019 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: Ballroom A, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Session Description

Biomarker discovery for glomerular diseases has been ongoing for several years without much to show for these efforts. The majority of biomarker studies have examined urine proteins, like cytokines or chemokines, thought to be involved in disease pathogenesis or manifestations. Several other types of urinary analytes have more recently been examined as potential biomarkers and may help bring forward markers that can be used clinically. This session reviews nonprotein analytes found in urine that have received attention as potential GN biomarkers.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe the diversity of potential urine biomarkers
  • Explain the association of urine leukocytes, RNA, and metabolites to glomerular diseases in general or specifically
  • Describe how nonprotein urine biomarkers are identified and measured

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Glomerular Diseases


  • Helen Liapis, MD
  • Pierre M. Ronco, MD, PhD


  • Urinary Leukocytes as Biomarkers of Glomerular Disease
    02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Philipp Enghard, DrMed 
  • Urinary mRNAs as Biomarkers of Glomerular Disease
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Cheuk-Chun Szeto, MD 
  • Urinary MicroRNAs as Biomarkers of Glomerular Disease
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Ariela Benigni, PhD
  • Urinary Metabolites as Biomarkers of Glomerular Disease
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Hans J. Anders, MD