Pre-Congress Newsletter

December 2021

Welcome to the December edition of the WCN’22 Pre-Congress Newsletter:
A monthly preview of the top science, events, and networking coming to you
this February 2022.

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Scientific Articles


Speaker Interview

Championing best practices in patient advocacy and education

At the height of his basketball career, Alonzo Mourning was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a rare and incurable genetic kidney disease with the potential to derail his career and curtail his life.
In his plenary address at WCN’22, Mr. Mourning will recount the story of how he overcame the challenges of his disease to return to play basketball for the NBA. He wants to educate and inspire others not only to get tested, but to advocate for their own health. He says: “I made a living from my body, and I understood the importance of changing my lifestyle to give my body the best chance to continue to thrive after the transplant.”

Featured Talk

Designing and implementing more innovative clinical trials

Professor Meg Jardine is director of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre and kidney health research team at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has always been interested in clinical trials as a robust way of finding answers to clinical problems: “Human disease is a hugely complex interplay of genetics, environment, biological compensating and decompensating systems, and treatment effects. Randomization is the best way of overcoming the unconscious assumptions that arise from imperfect knowledge.”
In her talk at WCN’22, Professor Jardine will explore new advances in trial design and the challenges of trial implementation and delivery of care. She explains: “We are currently in a really exciting time for nephrology trials. There is increasing exploration of new designs fed in part by technology advances and the emergence of new potential therapies.”

Featured Talk

Understanding COVID-19-associated acute kidney injury

Professor Vincenzo Cantaluppi researches acute kidney injury (AKI) in hospitalized patients and is director of the Nephrology and Kidney Transplant Unit at Maggiore della Carità University Hospital, Novara, Italy.
In his talk at WCN’22, Professor Cantaluppi will discuss the pathogenic mechanisms of AKI during SARS-CoV-2 infection and compare these with other well-known causes of AKI such as sepsis, ischemia-reperfusion injury, and drug toxicity: “I will discuss the direct and indirect causes of AKI during COVID-19, as well as the main mechanisms involved in long COVID syndrome, including the role of AKI in this clinical scenario.”

Program Preview

Robyn Langham previews the WCN'22 program and highlights the benefits of attending online or in person

This year’s chair of the WCN Scientific Committee, Professor Robyn Langham from the University of Melbourne, Australia, shares her top tips for the program and explains the advantages of offering both online access and a real-world meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
“I’m very proud of the program we’ve put together; it’s all really good,” she comments, “but there are some sessions I’m particularly looking forward to. The obvious one is on COVID-19. We’re nearly two years into the pandemic and starting to understand how the disease affects the kidney and kidney patients. We’ve got some fantastic speakers talking about therapeutic options, our molecular understanding of COVID-19, and how we can protect patients who are immunosuppressed.”

Featured Talk

Organelle crosstalk and its role in kidney health

Professor Reiko Inagi is a division chief of CKD pathophysiology at the University of Tokyo School of Graduate Medicine in Japan. She is also a deputy chair of WCN’23’s Program Committee. Professor Inagi studies cell organelles, including the endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria and primary cilia, and the role of organelle stress and crosstalk in kidney diseases and kidney aging.
In her talk at WCN’22, Professor Inagi will discuss pathways involved in organelle crosstalk and pathogenic factors in the kidney that she and her colleagues have discovered. “We found that these pathways and factors are deeply involved in the status of lipid and glucose metabolism in kidney cells. In particular, congress participants will learn about the critical roles of metabolic derangements in inflammatory kidney disease and kidney fibrosis from my talk,” she adds.


WCN Features

Pre-Congress Courses
WCN’22 provides an outstanding opportunity to learn new skills or refresh existing skills, at one of 7 pre-congress courses available online on the virtual congress platform.
From February 21-22, 2022, ISN Collective-Member Societies and Regional Societies will join us for a series of inspiring Raising-the-Curtain sessions.
Global Kidney Policy Forum
Join us for the Professor Donal O’Donoghue Global Kidney Policy Forum: Building Healthier Sustainable Communities to Safeguard Kidney Health at the World Congress of Nephrology 2022.
Industry Symposia and Showcase
We invite you to check out the exhibitors at our Industry Showcase - WCN's virtual exhibition area.
ISN Community Film Event
Help raise awareness and improve understanding of the reality of living with kidney disease by sharing your story at the ISN Community Film Event.
An essential element of WCN’22 is the chance to connect and exchange with delegates worldwide; seeing old friends and meeting new people are at the heart of these gatherings.
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