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Rep. Suzan DelBene

Rep. Larry Bucshon

Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Larry Bucshon, MD (IN-08), leading voices in Congress for improving the health of the 37 million Americans living with kidney diseases, will deliver the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Endowed Lectureship on “Inside the Beltway: Why Everyone is a Stakeholder in Kidney Health Policy.”

As co-chairs of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, the representatives have shaped the development of kidney health policy, including emphasizing earlier detection, prevention, and patient choice in treatment. Longstanding advocates for innovation, Reps. DelBene and Bucshon are staunch proponents of KidneyX. Their leadership has resulted in multiple

L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH

A Duke University physician will present the Garabed Eknoyan, MD, Endowed Lectureship on Friday, November 5, on “Elephant in the Room: Sex and Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplantation.”

The speaker will be L. Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, who is the Eleanor Easley distinguished professor of medicine, director of the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, vice dean for translational science, and associate vice chancellor for translational research in the School of Medicine at Duke University. She also serves as chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Boulware is a general internist and clinical

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Continuing Education Credit

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Thursday, November 4

More Options and More to Come: Update on the Management of Lupus Nephritis

Support is provided by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline .

New Insights in Iron Deficiency Anemia Among Patients with Non-Dialysis CKD

Support is provided by an educational grant from Akebia Therapeutics, Inc .

Partners for Life: Optimizing Collaboration of Community and Transplant Nephrologists

Support is

Vivette D'Agati, MD

A researcher who has spent more than 20 years investigating glomerular diseases will speak on “From Morphology to Mechanisms,” in the Michelle P. Winn, MD, Endowed Lectureship.

Vivette D'Agati, MD, is the Delafield professor of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where she has served as director of the Renal Pathology Division since 1984. She will speak on Friday, November 5.

Dr. D'Agati directs one of the largest renal pathology laboratories in the country, which processes approximately 4800 renal biopsies annually. This large biopsy practice has facilitated her research into

Joanne M. Bargman, MD

Joanne M. Bargman, MD, will receive the Robert G. Narins Award on Saturday, November 6, for her many efforts in education and training of the next generation of nephrologists. Dr. Bargman is a staff nephrologist at the University Health Network and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, from which she received her MD followed by a clinical fellowship in nephrology at Stanford University..

Since arriving at the University of Toronto in 1986, she has led nephrology education for undergraduate medical students, core internal medicine, and the postgraduate training program. She previously chaired the departmental

Donald E. Wesson, MD, MBA, FASN

ASN will recognize the wide-ranging contributions of Donald E. Wesson, MD, MBA, FASN, with the presentation of the John P. Peters Award on Friday, November 5. The John P. Peters Award is given for outstanding contributions to improving the lives of patients and furthering the understanding of the kidney in health and disease.

Dr. Wesson is professor of medicine at Texas A&M University in Dallas and president of Donald E. Wesson Consulting. His pioneering research and many leadership roles in academic medicine and clinical care have advanced nephrology, medicine, and public policy.

He is

Anthony Fauci, MD

Sanjay Gupta, MD

ASN is partnering with the National Academy of Medicine to kick off Kidney Week with a first-of-its-kind opening plenary presenting a COVID-19 update, with a global focus on kidney health.

Anthony Fauci, MD, will present the keynote address on “Public Health Lessons Learned and Implications for Future Pandemics.”

The moderator will be the well-known CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD.

The plenary speakers will highlight the viral pathogenesis and importance of the COVID-19 variants in the development of next-generation therapies and vaccines and provide expert opinions on public health policy and the potential

Daniel Kraft, MD

A physician-scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur will deliver a state-of-the-art lecture titled “The Future of Health and Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?” on Saturday, November 6.

Daniel Kraft, MD, has served as the Chair for Medicine and Neuroscience at Singularity University since its inception in 2008. Singularity University describes itself as a global community using exponential technologies to tackle the world's biggest challenges. In 2011, Dr. Kraft founded the Exponential Medicine Program there, which explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.

Dr. Kraft currently chairs the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance Task Force, a

Glenda V. Roberts

The terms used in the patient-facing side of nephrology are changing, in sometimes controversial ways. A clinical practice session on this topic will feature the Celeste Castillo Lee Memorial Lectureship, “Make It Plain: The Patient Perspective on CKD Terminology,” on Saturday, November 6.

The speaker will be Glenda V. Roberts, a long-term kidney patient who is director of external relations and patient engagement at the Center for Dialysis Innovation and the Kidney Research Institute at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the university, Ms. Roberts spent 35 years as an information technology executive.

Based on her

David R. Williams, PhD, MPH

David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, will present a state-of-the-art lecture on “Social Inequities in Health: How Can We Effectively Reduce Them?” on Friday, November 5.

Dr. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Dr. Williams has played a national leadership role in raising awareness of the problem of health inequities and identifying interventions to address them. His work