Dr. John A. Kellum, of the Center for Critical Care Nephrology, along with Drs. Thomas Kleyman, of the Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research-O’Brien Center, Fadi Lakkis, of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, and Carl Bates, of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh-Pediatric Nephrology Division, hosted the 4th Annual Acute Kidney Injury Symposium, Moving Toward Personalized Medicine for AKI, on Thursday, October 9, 2014.
The Symposium, held in the Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower S120, was attended by over 80 physicians, faculty, and researchers and continued a cross-campus dialogue on acute kidney injury to identify areas of interest, collaboration and preliminary data in preparation for grant application. Fifteen University of Pittsburgh researchers presented his/her cutting edge research and AKI related projects.
Alan S. Maisel, MD, Professor of Cardiology at UCSD and Director of CCU and the Heart Failure Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and W. Brian Reeves, MD, Professor at Penn State College of Medicine and Co-director of the Novel Methodologies Section of the Penn State Clinical and Translational Research Institute, were keynote speakers who gave excellent talks on “The Kidney and Heart on Speaking Terms: Can Biomarkers Drive the Conversation?” and “TRPM2 and Oxidant Stress in Ischemic Kidney Injury,” respectively.
In addition, a session with ten shorter power point presentations allowed post docs, residents, and fellows to exhibit their work. A panel of judges chose the top Two Best Abstracts from the group, which were awarded to Xiaoyan Wen, MD for her work on “The Zebrafish Model of Inflammation and Innate Immune Response to Infection” and to Sunder Sims-Lucas, MD for his research on how “Kidney Derived Endothelial Progenitors Play a Critical Role During Development and Kidney Injury.”