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Kidney Week

Kidney Week 2021: What's New This Year

Transition from Hybrid to Fully Virtual

With increasing uncertainties around variants of the COVID-19 virus, ASN has canceled plans for the in-person component of ASN Kidney Week 2021 in San Diego, CA. We must put health and safety first, and developments surrounding the virus and its variants have raised significant concerns about the appropriateness of bringing a large group of people together from across the country and throughout the world.

ASN firmly believe this decision is in the best interest of our meeting participants, our stakeholders, our partners, and—most important—the millions of people who have entrusted us with their health care. ASN must continue to set the standard among health professionals and medical specialty societies. Also, Kidney Week is such a rich experience because nearly 50% of the participants travel from outside the United States, which would not have been possible this year.

Please refer to the Kidney Week FAQs for details on what this transition means for registration, housing, ancillary events, and more.

Meeting Platform

All meeting content will be available to all participants on the Kidney Week platform until Friday, January 7. In late January, this content will move to the ASN eLearning Center for up to three years and continue to be complimentary to meeting participants who obtain an access code. Access code information will be available in October.

Joint ASN-NAM Opening Plenary on Thursday, November 4

National Academy of Medicine

ASN and the National Academy of Medicine have partnered on the opening plenary featuring a COVID-19 panel on the most up-to-date information on COVID with a global focus on kidney health:

  • Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN, Emory University (Moderator)
  • Anthony S. Fauci, MD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (Keynote)
  • Amitava Banerjee, MD, MPH, DPhil, University College London
  • Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, Brown University
  • Jeffrey I. Silberzweig, MD, FASN, The Rogosin Institute
  • Susan R. Weiss, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Inaugural Garabed Eknoyan Endowed Lectureship

Garabed Eknoyan, MD

ASN is pleased to announce this new lectureship honoring Garabed Eknoyan, MD, the esteemed researcher, educator, and clinician. Dr. Eknoyan is widely recognized as a key architect of evidence-based and expert-generated clinical practice guidelines in nephrology. His commitment to identifying the best demonstrated clinical practices has led to improved outcomes and enhanced care for kidney patients. This lectureship in his honor recognizes innovative advances in clinical care of patients with CKD or ESKD on dialysis.

L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, will deliver the inaugural lecture on "Elephant in the Room: Sex and Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplantation".

Early Programs: Fully Virtual

Early Programs will be fully virtual with on-demand content available in the meeting platform on Monday, October 25. All except the Advances in Research Conference will have live-streamed sessions on Wednesday, October 27, and/or Thursday, October 28. Each program requires a separate registration.