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Kidney Week

Basic/Clinical Science Session

Improving Vascular Access Medicine: Following the Science

November 05, 2021 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: Live-Stream, Virtual Only

Session Description

Vascular access dysfunction remains the Achilles heel of the dialysis procedure. This session presents studies that highlight patient perspectives about vascular access and important clinical outcomes and discusses new insight into vascular access and select outcomes in select populations (i.e., by sex, race, and age). Discussions also include novel mechanisms of arteriovenous fistula dysfunction, including new preclinical studies involving sex and angioplasty, and clinical trials and studies of new technologies for treating and preventing vascular access dysfunction.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Discuss vascular access choice and outcomes from a patient perspective
  • Discuss the vascular access selection and outcomes for select populations
  • Describe novel mechanisms and pathways of arteriovenous fistula dysfunction
  • Discuss results from recent clinical studies and randomized clinical trials of novel technologies for vascular access creation and maintenance

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis


  • Jie Cui, MD
  • Timmy C. Lee, MD, MPH, FASN

Patient Voice/Commentator

  • Leigh-Ann Williams, MS, MPH