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Pre-Congress Program

Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) Course

Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Total educational time: 6 hours

About the course:
Acceleration of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) research has continued in the last decade. The first drug (Tolvaptan) to treat autosomal dominant PKD (ADPKD) has been approved and several large clinical trials have been completed. The course aims to present a state-of-the art overview of the role of genetics, imaging, metabolic factors and other biomarkers in the evaluation and management of ADPKD. In addition, studies in model systems to advance the understanding of the pathogenesis of ADPKD will be presented. The speakers are nephrologists, gastroenterologist, geneticists, radiologists and biomedical scientists from around the world who are recognized leaders in their field.

Clinical Trials

Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Total educational time: 6 hours

About the course:

This course covers the principles and practicalities of designing and conducting randomised clinical trials. It will provide an overview of the trial creation process from concept to protocol, including practical advice on when and how to engage consumers. The course will feature an overview of the fundamental features of the classical trial including design, conduct and reporting. It will also discuss innovative trial designs with a particular focus on their relevance to evidence generation in nephrology. Participants will be introduced to statistical principles for classical and innovative trial designs. The course will equip participants to critically assess randomised trials and will provide an introduction to trial design and delivery.

Course in Clinical Epidemiology: Observational Studies in Nephrology

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 08:00 - 16:30

Total educational time: 6 hours

About the course:

This course in observational study designs will provide an overview of the most salient approaches used in clinical nephrology research today. It will enhance the course participants’ skills in the critical appraisal of the published medical literature. Both traditional and more novel study designs, along with approaches to their statistical analysis, will be highlighted. In addition, presentations will focus on control of confounding, the implementation of studies of the development and evaluation of diagnostic tests, and the principles underlying pharmacoepidemiological studies. Course participants be exposed to illustrative examples from the published nephrology literature.

Complement Disorders and the Kidney Course

Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Total educational time: 6 hours

About the course:

The complement disorders and the kidney course is an exciting opportunity to understand how complement can damage the kidney and what we can now do to prevent it. A group of leading experts in complement and complement-mediated kidney disease will describe what the nephrologist needs to know about complement in 2020 through a combination of talks and discussion of clinical cases. We will explain how complement causes glomerular inflammation and glomerular thrombosis; how we measure complement in the patient and detect it in the renal biopsy; and how we can treat patients with complement inhibitors. After attending this course you will be able to recognise complement-mediated kidney disease in your practice and what to do about it. Don’t miss the best session of the meeting.

Global Kidney Policy Forum: Focus on the Middle East

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 08:00 - 11:35

Total educational time: 3 hours

About the course:

The ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum brings together a high-profile audience, high-level decision-makers and stakeholders, to address the burden of kidney disease and encourage fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the kidney health community, and to share strategies for prevention and improved management of the disease at regional and global level.

Special focus on the Middle East will bring an international viewpoint on key kidney health challenges and opportunities affecting the Middle East. "

Interventional Nephrology Course

Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 9:30 - 17:30

Total educational time: 6.5 hours

About the course:
The Interventional Nephrology Course is designed for physicians and associate health providers and offers a unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of dialysis vascular access care. The hybrid course design includes on-demand didactic sessions available on the ISN Academy along with a 1-day on-site session in Abu Dhabi. The course will focus on the challenges to improving dialysis access care in the Middle East Region. The onsite simulation workshop will highlight fundamentals of procedures such as CVC placement, kidney biopsy, point of care ultrasonography (POCUS), physical examination, cannulation and comprehensive care of dialysis access.

Nephrology Annual Review Course

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 08:00 - 16:30

Total educational time: 6 hours

About the course:
The Nephrology Annual Review Course is a must attend for those who want to stay updated about ""what's hot and what's not"" in the last one year in the field of CKD, dialysis and transplantation.

This one-day course will focus on hot topics that are likely to have an impact on clinicians from different regions and will cater to the needs of delegates from all parts of the globe - developing and developed world alike. The course will cover various aspects of nephrology and will have 3 themes ie Chronic Kidney disease, Dialysis and Transplantation and Newer Drugs in Nephrology. Its target audience are nephrologists, clinicians, fellows and trainees from all over the world. Speakers consist of a mixture of clinicians, researchers and trialists who are experts in their field, with a strong emphasis on translational medicine useful in day-to-day clinical practice. At the end of the course, participants are expected to have 1) A snapshot update on the most recent published literature in nephrology and 2) Enhanced knowledge and understanding in various aspects of nephrology.

Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Symposium

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 08:00 - 16:30

Total educational time: 6 hours

About the course:
This program provides an important opportunity for kidney health professionals of all disciplines to share their experiences, challenges and innovations in delivering kidney care. With a focus on multidisciplinary care, delivered by leading clinicians from the Middle East and internationally, the symposium will set the scene for building capacity for kidney care globally.

Peritoneal Dialysis Course

Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 10:00 - 18:10

Total educational time: 6.5 hours

About the course:
The Peritoneal Dialysis Course will discuss updates on the current role of PD in the management of the patient with AKI and ESKD. Updates will be presented on the new guidelines for high quality PD for the ESKD patient, the utilization of PD for the AKI patient, and the management of peritonitis. The global status of PD therapy and PD's role in times of crisis will be reviewed. Current thinking about fluid management, membrane function, fluid removal and health related quality of life assessments will be presented. In depth discussions will be held concerning the role of PD therapy in the Middle East and Africa, including interactive sessions with course participants

Rare Genetic Kidney Diseases Course

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 08:00 - 16:30

Total educational time: 6 hours

About the course:
The Renal Genetics Course is an opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of Genetic Kidney Diseases. The course highlights indications for genetic testing, state of the art technology for clinicians, and describes a wide spectrum of glomerular and tubular inherited kidney disorders, focused on practical aspects of diagnosis and management, and providing novel insights in disease mechanisms.

In addition, participants will be offered a possibility to present selected clinical cases to elucidate diagnostic or therapeutic dilemmas.

The speakers are clinical geneticists, physiologists and (pediatric) nephrologists from around the world who are recognized leaders in their field.

Renal Pathology Course

Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 08:00 - 18:10

Total educational time: 6.5 hours

About the course:
Renal biopsy examination plays an important role in the diagnosis and management of medical renal diseases, providing prognostic information as well as aid in therapeutic decision making. The renal pathology course offers an in-depth update of the various kidney lesions commonly encountered along with potential utility of ancillary techniques. This course also describes recent insights into the pathophysiologic aspects of diseases and recommendations for further molecular and genetic studies, where necessary.

A range of the glomerular, tubulointerstitial and vascular lesions of the kidney will be discussed along with problematic areas in transplant pathology. Additionally, a symposium dedicated to challenging topics in kidney disease that may occur in most geographic areas, as well as a case seminar showing distinctive renal biopsy findings, that are instructive towards a definitive diagnosis. The speakers are renal pathologists and nephrologists from around the world who are recognized leaders in their field.