Polycystic Kidney Disease: Challenges, Differing Viewpoints and Ways Forward

Conference Summary

This SRC focuses on the autosomal dominant (ADPKD) and recessive (ARPKD) forms of PKD, autosomal dominant polycystic liver diseases with mild or no kidney involvement (ADPLD) and syndromic forms of PKD caused by mutations in genes encoding for proteins in the primary cilium (ciliopathies). This SRC will bring together investigators from a wide range of different research areas sharing an interest on PKD and other renal cystic diseases and ciliopathies and promote cross disciplinary discussion and collaboration. The specific goals are: 1) Assemble an interdisciplinary program of basic scientists and clinical researchers that are at the forefront of PKD research to provide a comprehensive update on recent advances in PKD; 2) Provide a format where trainees and junior investigators can present, discuss and learn, with the goal of exciting them about PKD and inspiring them to become the next generation of PKD researchers; 3) Generate a platform for informed discussion to help resolve unanswered questions in PKD and promote collaboration; and 4) Promote the development of novel therapies for PKD by juxtaposing basic scientists, clinical investigators and representations of the pharmaceutical industry.

The program consists of nine oral presentation and two poster sessions, a keynote address on gene editing and a special lecture on the Regulatory Path to Drug Approval in Inherited Slowly Progressive Renal Diseases. Nine oral presentation sessions are structured around a theme: 1) Genetic mechanisms; 2) Structure and regulation of polycystin 2; 3) Cell biology of PKD proteins, extracellular vesicles and cilia; 4) Epigenetics and microRNAs; 5) Cilia, calcium, and cAMP signaling; 6) Other pathways and model systems; 7) Cell metabolism and metabolomics;  8) Biomarkers and clinical trials; and 9) Disease mechanisms in extrarenal tissues and organs.

Particular attention in the organization of this Conference is given to including new speakers and speakers from related fields, widening the knowledge of PKD investigators, promoting networking of young investigators with established investigators, and supporting the participation of woman scientists, individuals from underrepresented minorities, and researchers with disabilities. To promote participation of young investigators, PKD laboratories around the world and the PKD Foundation will be contacted to encourage young scientists to submit abstracts. Young scientists, will be encouraged to participate in a “Meet the Expert” session and a Career-Oriented Workshop.

Program Agenda

Important Deadlines:   Early Bird: May 14, 2017         Last Day to Register: May 25, 2017


  • A Keynote Address on Gene Editing
  • Special Lecture: Regulatory Path to Drug Approval for Inherited Slowly Progressive Renal Diseases
  • Career Development Workshop

Conference Organizers

Vicente Torres, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic

Marie Trudel, PhD
University of Montreal

Conference Staff

Robin Crawford, CMP, Conference Manager

Pippa O'Shea, Conference Assistant

Contact us:
Email: src@faseb.org
Phone: 1.301.634.7010

Date & Location

Date: June 25-30, 2017
Mountain Mall, Mammoth Room
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

The closest airport to the Big Sky area is the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). The lodge is approximately one hour from the airport. Please visit the BZN site for more information.

Shuttle Service and car rentals are available. Please use the link below for Transportation & Lodging information:

Official Conference Lodging

Big Sky Resort
Huntley Lodge
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT 

Guest rooms are reserved for attendees at the Huntley Lodge. All rooms have a private bath, free WiFi, high definition TV, coffee maker, refrigerator, and seating area. Rooms do not include air conditioning. Onsite amenities include a spa, fitness center, tennis courts and outdoor pool.

If you request a single or a double occupancy room, the registration fee covers 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday night, checkout Friday morning). A credit card will be required upon check-in for incidental expenses (i.e. in-room movies, room service, etc.)

If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

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