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Renal Translational Pathology Workshop

January 25 - January 26, 2024

Location: Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville


The Vanderbilt O'Brien Kidney Center (VOKC) is organizing a two-day, comparative renal pathology workshop with didactic and hands-on training in qualitative and quantitative renal pathology Jan. 25-26, 2024 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville. Drs. Agnes Fogo and Haichun Yang from VUMC'S Division of Renal Pathology have developed a virtual, slide-based workshop to train pre-clinical investigators on the fundamentals of human and experimental renal pathology, focusing on similarities and differences between human disease and mouse models used to study these human diseases. They will be assisted by Dr. Charles Jennette from the Department of Pathology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Drs. Mark de Caestecker, Craig Brooks, and Raymond Harris from VUMC's Division of Nephrology and Hypertension will be providing additional content expertise. The focus of the workshop will be to train investigators to understand the relevance of experimental models of human disease and to understand how to interpret and quantify histological findings using these models so they can bring this expertise back to their own institutions. Four topic areas (diabetic nephropathy; focal segmental glomerular sclerosis; acute kidney injury; and crescentic kidney disease) will be covered with the goal to train investigators to recognize: a) patterns of renal injury; b) similarities and differences between human and mouse models of kidney disease, as well as species and strain differences in renal pathology seen using different experimental models; and c) to be able to quantify cell specific pathologic changes using the appropriate histological staining. The format of the workshop will include lectures covering basic background about the human diseases, the mouse models used, the quantitative methods used to evaluate them, alternating with hands-on interactive training using computer-based virtual slides to illustrate the pathologies being discussed. Each student will be required to bring their own laptop.