Second Annual IDEAS Conference

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The University of Washington Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI), a collaboration between the Northwest Kidney Centers and UW Medicine, is hosting the 2nd Annual IDEAS Conference: Innovations in Dialysis—Expediting Advances Symposium. The meeting will take place August 18–20, 2019, in Seattle, WA, on the University of Washington campus.

Nearly 500,000 Americans have kidney failure treated with dialysis and 50,000 die each year from kidney disease. There has been little significant innovation advancing dialysis technology since chronic hemodialysis was launched 59 years ago in Seattle.

IDEAS brings together innovators of wearable, portable, and implantable dialysis technologies, including researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, patients, industry representatives, and government officials committed to improving outcomes and reducing costs for people with end stage kidney disease to discuss one goal: transform dialysis.

Keynote talks and panel discussions will cover the landscape of dialysis today, how governments and foundations look at dialysis, vascular access challenges and advances, bio- and cell-based approaches, portable dialysis, and membranes and toxin separation.

IDEAS 2019 plenary speakers include:

  • Robert Califf, MD, MACC, the Vice Chancellor for Health Data Science, Director of Duke Forge, the Center for Actionable Health Data Science at Duke Health, Donald F. Fortin, MD, Professor of Cardiology in the Duke University School of Medicine, Chair of the Board of the People Centered Research Foundation, and an advisor for Verily Life Sciences, a member of the Alphabet family of companies formed by Google. Califf served in the administration of President Barack Obama as Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 2015 to2016, and as Commissioner of Food and Drugs from 2016 to 2017.

  • Dean Kamen, serial entrepreneur and inventor, who invented the first wearable infusion pump, founded AutoSyringe to manufacture and market the pumps, and later founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation, which developed the HomeChoiceTM peritoneal dialysis system along with many other innovative medical devices. He also founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to moving the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. He also has many other notable inventions including the iBOTTM mobility device and the Segway® Human Transporter.

  • John Rogers, PhD, Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Chemistry and Neurological Surgery, and Founding Director of the Center on Bio-Integrated Electronics at Northwestern University. His research focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of nano and molecular scale fabrication as well as materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems.

IDEAS 2019 will also showcase a diverse lineup of speakers from many sectors of the dialysis and kidney communities, including Bruce Culleton, MD, CVS Health; Karin Hehenberger, MD, PhD, Lyfebulb; Kazuhiko Ishihara, PhD, University of Tokyo; Michael Sefton, PhD, University of Toronto; Sandeep Patel, PhD, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the KidneyX Innovation Accelerator; John Sedor, MD, FASN, Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and the KidneyX Innovation Accelerator; Buddy Ratner, PhD, University of Washington; and Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD, University of Washington.

In addition to these speakers, the agenda will include 2 interactive panel sessions with dialysis patients and caregivers to explore their perspectives on what is needed to improve the paradigm of care, lightning talks from dialysis innovators, and a poster session showcasing new dialysis technologies in development. Attendees are also invited to the Night at the Museum Tour and Reception on August 18, sponsored by the Northwest Kidney Centers, which will showcase iconic photos, artifacts, and dialysis machines and equipment used throughout the U.S. over the past 50 years.

We invite you to help make life better for people on dialysis—join us at IDEAS 2019 on August 18–20, 2019, in Seattle, WA.

Registration information may be found at AAKP members receive a 50% discount on registration with the code IDEAS19_AAKP. The first 20 dialysis patients to register are eligible for free registration with the code IDEAS19_patient. Register today!