The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) will commemorate its 50th anniversary at the upcoming Kidney Week 2016 meeting in Chicago, which runs from November 15 to 20.

“We’re going to try to give some sort of history of what ASN has done, and how it started, where it is now, and what it’s going to become,” said program chair Roy Zent, MD, PhD, vice chair for research in the division of nephrology at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Roy Zent, MD, PhD, is vice chair for research in nephrology at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

To celebrate the anniversary, ASN is hosting a welcome reception in the conference’s exhibit hall at McCormick Place—the meeting venue—from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on November 17. ASN will have booths celebrating the past, present, and future of both ASN and nephrology.

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The idea is to provide “a look at where nephrology has come from and where it should be going,” Dr Zent told Renal & Urology News. “Hopefully, in 50 years’ time, we’ll be thinking about nephrology in a very different way than today.”

Kidney Week‘s early program this year (November 15-16) will feature courses focusing on metabolic abnormalities that lead to kidney disease. One course is titled “Metabolic Phenotyping: From Molecule to Man,” a series of lectures on diabetes. Topics will include the pathogenesis of diabetes, emerging techniques for increasing insulin-producing cells, the role of adipose tissue in insulin resistance; and current and potential treatment modalities for diabetics.

During the annual meeting part of Kidney Week (November 17-20), investigators will present findings of more than 4,000 studies in oral and poster sessions.

Kidney Week 2016 will differ from previous Kidney Week meetings in that the only major award being given out will be the Young Investigator Award, Dr Zent noted. This year’s recipient is Amit X. Garg, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics at Western University in London, Ontario. He is the current president of the Canadian Society of Nephrology. He previously has received a National Kidney Foundation international distinguished medal for research contributions to renal medicine. Dr Garg practices general nephrology and is director of living kidney donation at the London Health Sciences Centre.

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