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Kidney Week

Basic/Clinical Science Session

The Kidney as a Sensor

October 25, 2020 | 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Location: Simulive

Session Description

Recent studies have highlighted a role for the kidney as a sensor, often of metabolites or compounds from distant organs or sites. This session highlights the latest findings in this area and illustrates how the kidney acts as a sensor to help maintain homeostasis.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe how the kidney acts as a sensor of gut microbial metabolites
  • Discuss the role of receptors such as Oxgr1 (oxoglutarate receptor 1) in renal function

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Cell and Transport Physiology


  • Jeff M. Sands, MD, FASN
  • Blythe D. Shepard, PhD


  • Alpha-Ketoglutarate and Renal Function
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Paul A. Welling, MD
  • Taste Receptors and Kidney Function
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Pablo A. Ortiz, PhD
  • The Kidney as a Sensor for Organic Anions
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Rosalinde Masereeuw, PhD 
  • The Kidney as a Sensor for Butyrate
    04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
    Niels Olsen Saraiva Camara, MD, PhD