Washington Update

FASEB SRC Update – Acute Kidney Injury: From Bench to Bedside (and Back Again)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

FASEB’s Acute Kidney Injury Science Research Conference (SRC) – to be held July 21-25 in Pacific Grove, California – seeks to elevate investigators’ abilities to innovate by bridging the gap between basic science and clinical research, a critical goal in the bioscience research community today.

By breaking down basic/clinical research silos, the Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) conference organizers are hoping to meaningfully enhance discovery and inspire academic progress through greater collaboration.

“The general emphasis for the basic scientists is that ‘bench and bedside’ should be brought together so they share and learn from each other,” says SRC Organizer Mark de Caestecker, PhD, Physician Scientist, Nephrologist, and Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The first-of-its-kind AKI conference will explore themes such as:

  • Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in tissue injury, repair and fibrosis after AKI, and the impact of co-morbidities, such as diabetes and old age, on these responses
  • New approaches to optimizing tissue acquisition, interrogation, and data integration by the Kidney Precision Medicine Project, an initiative to evaluate kidney biopsies to identify human cells, pathways, and targets for new therapies
  • Challenges facing investigators and new approaches being used to optimize drug development for AKI.

The conference will be held at Asilomar Conference Grounds. Located on the Pacific Ocean, Asilomar is celebrated for its restored dune ecosystem and architectural significance.