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Driving Discoveries: connecting the renal research community

This year, we are excited to bring back our two-day conference which aims to bring together the renal community.

The conference is specifically aimed at renal research professionals. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your work, discuss ideas, and build networks.

9-10 November 2022 (registration closes 31 October) 

Marriott Hotel, Edinburgh

Free for delegates*

*Our conference is free to attend, however the cost to the charity is £105 per person. Voluntary donations are welcome to cover accommodation and food.

About the conference

We want to share with you how far we have come in renal research and how far we are going to push to achieve our goals. Only by coming together, by strengthening our community and our research efforts, can we change the future for people living with kidney disease.

Join us to network, establish key relationships and to hear all about the latest research projects from some of the most inspirational and innovative professionals in renal research, whilst earning CPD accreditation.

Registration closes 31 October 2022.

Submission for abstracts that describe original, published or unpublished research that supports our research strategy is now closed. Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the organising committee. 

Agenda

This is the draft programme for the conference

Wednesday 9 November 2022

10am

Registration and refreshments

Poster placement on display boards  

Registration area Pentland Suite 

10am

11am

Welcome and introduction

Sandra Currie, CEO, Kidney Research UK.

Opening addressDriving Discoveries 2022 chair, Professor Jeremy Hughes, chair of trustees, Kidney Research UK 

Kidney Research UK news – our new ways of working, Dr Aisling McMahon, Executive director of policy and research, Kidney Research UK 

11am

11.30am

Session 1 - Collaboration

The UK Kidney Research Consortium: its purpose, the benefits of membership, headline plans and how/why you should be involved. 

Invited academic speakers: Co-chairs of the UK Kidney Research Consortium: Professor Sunil Bhandari, Vice President (England and Wales) Royal College Physicians of Edinburgh and Nephrologist, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Dr Sharlene Greenwood, NIHR Advanced Research Fellow, Consultant Physiotherapist at King’s College Hospital and President of the UK Kidney Association.

Oral presentations: 4x10 minute talks plus 5 minutes of questions.

11.30am

1pm

Lunch

1pm

2pm

Session 2 – Novel routes to progress innovation

Optimising the preservation of donor kidneys 

Invited academic speakers:  Dr John Stone and Dr James Fildes.

Oral presentations: 4x10minute talks plus 5 minutes of questions

2pm

3.30pm

Afternoon break and networking

3.30pm

4pm

Session 3 – Renal health data session

Invited speakers: Data network co-leads Samira Bell, Nigel Brunskill and Miranda Scanlon 

4pm

4.45pm

Closing summary

Event chair, Professor Jeremy Hughes   

4.45pm

5pm

Moderated poster session

Presenters at posters

5pm

7pm

Evening reception

Pre-dinner drinks and informal sit-down dinner.

7pm

Thursday 10 November 2022

7.30am

Breakfast

Breakfast and room check out

7.30am

9am

Welcome to day 2

Driving Discoveries 2022 chair, Professor Jeremy Hughes

9am

9.15am

Session 4 – Regenerative medicine

Working with Kidney Research UK, collaboration, benefits of a network approach, progress since funding award. 

Invited academic speakers: Professor Jamie Davies and Dr Laura Denby

Oral presentations: 4x10minute talks plus 5 minutes of questions

9.15am

10.45am

Morning break

10.45am

11.15am

Patient session

Q&A – what are patients looking for when they read a proposal.

11.15am

11.15am

Presentations

Invited presentations from three fellows

11.15am

12.45pm

Lunch

12.45pm

1.45pm

Session 5 – From research to innovation

Ways of working with Kidney Research UK

Invited academic speakers: Professor Moin Saleem, Purespring 

Session chair: Katherine Forbes, Director of innovation and enterprise 

Oral presentations/panel session: prize winners from our recent MedTech competition, patient representative, iTPA, PureSpring 

1.45pm

3.15pm

Moderated poster session

Presenters at posters

3.15pm

4pm

Afternoon break

4pm

4.30pm

Concluding remarks

Kidney Research UK chair of trustees concluding remarks 

Awards presented

4.30pm

5pm

Close of formal programme

Afternoon refreshments and networking before departure 

5pm

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Got a question? Get in touch.

For more information or if you have any questions, get in touch with our research team:

0300 303 1100

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