ASN Kidney Week—New in 2018

Transforming Nephrology through Precision Health

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Early Programs

ASN offers 10 Early Programs on Tuesday, October 23, and Wednesday, October 24, preceding the Annual Meeting (October 25–28).

Here are the new or biennial Early Programs:

  • ➤ Advances in Research Conference: -Omics, Organoids, and Organs-on-Chips: Innovation Through Collaboration

    This year’s conference presents critical recent advances in the biology of organoids and organs-on-chips as they relate to the human kidneys. The conference will include descriptions of how these in vitro systems can incorporate pharmacogenetics, gene expression profiles, multiple “-omics” technologies, and biomarker discovery and translation, all for enhanced molecular understanding of the human kidneys in health and disease.

  • ➤ Clinical Nephro-Pharmacology Across the Spectrum of Kidney Diseases

    This program is designed to review fundamental issues related to clinical pharmacology in kidney diseases, as well as to improve knowledge and skills in the areas of drug dosing and pharmacology across the spectrum of kidney function and disease states. Special focus is given to anticoagulants and the toxicity of cancer medications.

  • ➤ Evaluation and Management of Kidney Stones

    Nephrologists are often called to evaluate and manage patients with recurrent kidney stones. This program reviews the current state-of-the-art with respect to evaluation and management of all forms of stone disease. Topics include the role of stone imaging modalities, as well as indications, risks, and benefits of various surgical approaches for stone removal.

  • ➤ Polycystic Kidney Disease: Translating Mechanisms into Therapy

    Recent advances in the pathophysiology and therapeutics for PKD will be the focus of this program. Reviews of recently completed clinical trials, including vasopression receptor antagonists, will be discussed, as well as new strategies to assess risk for ADPKD progression, which will likely play a key role in identifying patients who may benefit from therapeutic interventions.

Expanded Fellows-in-Training Bowl

Thursday, October 25, and Friday, October 26

Which nephrology training team will reign supreme? This year’s competition is a two-day, single-Elimination Round on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Eight teams will compete in Nephron Challenges that test medical knowledge and content retention—and buzzer skills.

  • Semi-Finals on Friday at 10:30 a.m.—4 teams compete in case-based debates.

  • Finals on Friday at 11:30 a.m.—Final 2 teams complete in Nephron Challenges.

Visit the Exhibit Hall, and cheer on your favorite teams!


We are excited to announce the launch of ASN TV at Kidney Week 2018. ASN TV will bring a new element to the conference through the use of video to enhance your experience. View daily episodes with conference news (e.g., interviews, session highlights, attendees’ insights and reactions) and in-depth leadership case studies.

ASN TV will be on screens around the convention center as well as available on select hotel channels. This content is available on the ASN website, on YouTube, as well as across social media channels.


Your Annual Meeting registration includes complimentary access to iPosters, a cutting-edge technology resource that transforms the poster hall into an online and mobile experience—both during and after Kidney Week. iPoster features include:

  • ➤ Interactive interface to browse uploaded posters

  • ➤ Keyword search and multiple indices to quickly find uploaded posters

  • ➤ Various communication tools

Access iPosters at

In addition to the new items here, don’t forget to check out these events:

  • ➤ Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

  • ➤ Daily state-of-the-art lectures during the plenary sessions (Thursday–Sunday, 8:00–9:30 a.m.)

  • ➤ Daily poster presentations with more than 3000 posters (Thursday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)

  • ➤ ASN Communities Lounge in the Exhibit Hall (Thursday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)