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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

The Genomically Empowered Clinician

October 23, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Live-Streamed

Session Description

It is incumbent on clinical nephrologists to acquire a conceptual model of the role of genomics in nephrology and to equip themselves with skills in the ordering, interpretation, and communication of genetic testing and results. This session delves into many of these aspects, beginning with a justification of the importance of genomics in nephrology and a description of the challenges in variant interpretation. A primer in interpreting and communicating genetic testing results is also presented.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Enumerate the benefits of genomic testing in nephrology
  • Describe the challenges in deciding whether a genetic change is pathogenic and strategies to improve classification
  • Discuss how to interpret genetic testing results and communicate them to patients

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Genetic Diseases of the Kidneys


  • John Andrew Sayer, MBChB, PhD
  • Bessie A. Young, MD, MPH, FASN


  • The Value of a Genetic Diagnosis for a Kidney Disease Patient
    10:30 AM - 11:10 AM
    Detlef Bockenhauer, MD, PhD 
  • Pitfalls in Kidney Gene and Variant Interpretation and What We Can Do About It
    11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
    Andrew John Mallett, MBBS, PhD, FASN 
  • APOL1 Testing: When to Consider in Clinical Practice
    11:50 AM - 12:30 PM
    Ebele M. Umeukeje, MD, MPH