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Kidney Week

Basic/Clinical Science Session

Race and Ethnicity Considerations in CKD

October 24, 2020 | 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Location: Live-Streamed

Session Description

Racial and ethnic disparities in CKD are profound. Some have argued that the very approach to detecting CKD (using GFR estimating equations inclusive of a coefficient for race) is worth rethinking due to its potential contribution to these disparities. This session covers recent findings regarding determinants of racial and ethnic disparities and highlights viewpoints on the use of race in GFR estimating equations.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe key determinants of racial and ethnic disparities in CKD
  • Discuss the differences between race, ethnicity, and ancestry in relation to health
  • Identify the pros and cons of the use of race in GFR estimation

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Genetic Diseases of the Kidneys


  • Joseph Lunyera, MBChB, MS
  • Keith C. Norris, MD, PhD


  • Social Determinants of Race and Ethnic Disparities in CKD
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Jenna M. Norton, MPH 
  • Incorporating Ancestry in Medicine: Subjective versus Objective Tools
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Neil R. Powe, MD, MBA, MPH, FASN 
  • Potential Hazards of Using Race in GFR Estimation
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Nwamaka D. Eneanya, MD, MPH, FASN 
  • Improving upon Race Coefficients in GFR Estimating Equations
    04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
    Lesley Ann Inker, MD, MS