Inaugural Kidney Symposium brought together scientists and clinicians
On October 20, renal-focused researchers from the broader University of Arizona community gathered for the Inaugural University of Arizona Kidney Symposium, presented by the Program for Kidney Health and Disease (PKHD) in the Department of Physiology at the College of Medicine – Tucson and the BIO5 Institute. This event celebrated groundbreaking renal research happening within the labs at the University, highlighted core services and resources available, and discussed areas of research where collaborations can be built.
Nearly 50 investigators attended the half-day symposium, including faculty, staff, and trainees from the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Engineering, Science, and Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences and multiple departments/divisions, including Physiology, Nephrology, Surgery, Cardiology, Nutritional Sciences, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Medicine, and others. Throughout the morning, participants heard impactful research presentations that highlighted all aspects of kidney research from utilizing cell, animal, organoid, and data-driven models for kidney disease and renal cancer research, to developing advanced kidney transplant matching algorithms and devices examining neuromodulation in cardiovascular and kidney disease. The participants were also introduced to the wide variety of services offered by the University of Arizona Phenotyping Core and funding opportunities at the University of Arizona, the VA Medical Center, and beyond.
Allen W. Cowley, Jr., Ph.D., Harry & Gertrude Hack Term Professor of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI) and a preeminent leader in physiological research, delivered the event’s keynote lecture.
A special thanks to the organizing committee: Lishu He, Mingyu Liang, Christine Duddleston, Jacqueline Laird, and Christopher Banek (Chair).