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Urgency and innovation are frequent themes in the kidney community. The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) holds an annual meeting to translate these themes into reality. A public-private partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and over 90 companies and organizations from various stakeholder groups in the kidney community, KHI was established to spur innovation and enhance patient safety.

Patients took center stage at the 2018 KHI Stakeholders Meeting, held in Silver Spring, MD, May 14–15. Each session at the meeting included a patient or care partner who provided the patient perspective on the session topic. Their personal stories

Zach Cahill

ASN Kidney Week is unique among medical society gatherings for elevating the patient voice during the annual meeting. Accelerating innovation and discovery in the kidney disease space makes including the perspectives of people with kidney disease in scientific meetings and other forums essential. During the ASN Kidney Week Annual Meeting, more than 10 people with kidney disease gave talks on a variety of topics.

The foremost of the patient presentations was the Celeste Castillo Lee Memorial Lectureship, a rare example of a lecture endowed in the name of a patient and presented during a medical society meeting. Established in 2017,

Richard Glassock, Roger Rodby, and with Zach Cahill, Senior ASN Communities Associate

Increasingly in the 21st century, nephrologists and other physicians are turning to social media (SoMe) and internet-based forums to teach the next generation, treat their patients better, and bolster their knowledge. From blogs to Twitter, there are an overwhelming number of non-traditional learning and teaching resources available to nephrologists (13).

For the past two years, ASN Communities has been a vital addition to this space by providing an online venue for nephrologists around the world to have detailed discussions about complex questions, share their knowledge with peers, and create the peer-to-peer relationships that many only find