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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

NU GoKidney Innovation Symposium

October 18, 2019

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Innovation Symposium: The Revolution in Kidney Medicine

A full day of discussions and presentations with the leading experts reshaping the future of kidney disease prevention and treatment.

Friday, October 18th | 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center 
303 E. Superior St. 
Chicago, IL 

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Keynote SpeakerMirkin Headshot Graphic

Chad Mirkin, PhD

Director, International Institute for Nanotechnology 
Professor, Northwestern University 
Chad Mirkin is a chemist and a world-renowned nanoscience expert, known for his invention and development of spherical nucleic acids, dip-pen nanolithography and related cantilever-free, scanning probe-based nanopatterning methodologies, and on-wire lithography, and contributions to supramolecular chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis. He has authored over 750 manuscripts and over 1,100 patent applications worldwide (over 330 issued) and founded multiple companies (e.g., AuraSense, Exicure, TERA-print, and Azul 3D). He has been recognized with over 210 awards and elected into all three US National Academies. Mirkin served on PCAST (Obama), and he is an Associate Editor of JACS.
Read all about Chad and his pioneering work in nanoscience here

Guest Speaker

Katalin Susztak, MD, PhDKatalin Susztak Headshot

Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania  

Dr. Katalin Susztak is a physician-scientist at the University of Pennsylvania. Her laboratory is interested in understanding the pathomechanisms of chronic kidney disease development. Her laboratory uses next generation sequencing methods and a large collection of human kidney tissue samples to identify novel pathways and biomarkers. Her laboratory has been part of the NIH Roadmap Epigenomics Projects to characterize the epigenome of healthy and diseased kidneys. Dr. Susztak has been the recipient of the 2011 Young Investigator Award of the American Society of Nephrology and American Heart Association, one of the most prestigious awards given to researchers under the age of 41 in the field of nephrology.

Read all about Katalin and the innovative approaches her lab is using to study kidney disease here

Guest Speaker

Rachel MeyerRachel Meyer Headshot

Director of Policy and Government Affairs, American Society of Nephrology 

Rachel Nell Meyer is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs at the American Society of Nephrology and oversees the society’s federal legislative and regulatory advocacy portfolio.  She works with Congress as well as federal agencies including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health to influence policies that affect kidney health, research, and innovation. Most recently, she worked with senior leadership in the Department of Health and Human Services and at the White House to shape the Presidential Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health and related policy change framework.

Read about the incredible contributions Rachel's work is making to advance kidney health here

Guest Speaker

Milica Radisic, PhDmilica-radisic-headshot

Professor, University of Toronto
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering 
Senior Scientist, Toronto General Research Institute  

Dr. Milica Radisic is Professor at the University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering. The long term objective of Dr. Radisic’s research is to enable cardiovascular regeneration through tissue engineering and development of new biomaterials.  Her research interests also include microfluidic cell separation and development of in vitro models for drug testing.

Dr. Radisic received numerous awards and fellowships, including MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators under 35, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and NSERC E.W.R Steacie Fellowship in 2014, to name a few. Her research is funded by: CIHR, NSERC, CFI, ORF, NIH, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She is an Associate Editor for ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, a member of the Editorial Board of Tissue Engineering and Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews. Dr. Radisic serves on CIHR and NIH review panels. Her research findings were presented in over 130 research papers, reviews and book chapters with h-index of 45 and over 7200 citations.  She is a co-founder of a start-up company TARA Biosystems focused on the use of engineered tissues in drug development.

Read all about Milica and her cutting-edge work in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine here

View more of the presentations you can expect in the Event Details tab. 

Featuring the leading experts reshaping the future of kidney research, this full day of presentations and discussions will explore the latest innovative technologies and therapeutics in kidney disease and examine how these new breakthroughs could translate to a future beyond kidney disease.

Click here to view the full schedule. 

We hope you will join us for this exciting, interactive event!

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Innovation Symposium AM Schedule           Innovation Symposium - PM Schedule  

Getting Here 

Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center (SQBRC) 
303 E. Superior St. 
Chicago, IL 60611


CTA / Public Transit 

The closest train stop is the Red Line–Chicago stop (Chicago and North State). From there it is a 20-minute walk to our building. Buses 3, 66 120, 121 and 157 all stop directly across the street from the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, which is connected to the SQBRC.


From West Side, Eisenhower to the Kennedy (I-90 & I-94); Kennedy to Ohio Street exit; Ohio Street east to Fairbanks Court; north (left) on Fairbanks. Parking can be found at Fairbanks and Erie (see map above).


The nearest parking garage is located at 321 E Erie St. There are also public parking garages at 222 E. Huron Street. Street parking is also available. 

More information about parking on Northwestern's Chicago campus. 

Call for Posters

NUGoKidney is inviting posters for presentation from the academic (students, scientists, faculty, and researchers) and professsional communities at the first ever 2019 NUGoKidney Innovation Symposium. 

Posters should highlight research in topics relevant to nephrology including preliminary results and completed studies. 

NUGoKidney’s Innovation Symposium offers an exciting chance to share research and discoveries in nephrology, foster discussion and collaborate with colleagues around new ideas, and generate inspiration to advance therapeutic discovery and implementation in kidney diseases.

Poster space is limited so submit early!

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 posters. 


Submit your abstract here. 

Want to participate but need a little help getting to Chicago? 

We're also providing travel reimbursements (up to $750) for 3 trainees / junior faculty. See the Travel Support tab on this page for details on how to apply. 

Important Dates 

Submission deadline EXTENDED to September 20, 2019 
Confirmation of poster acceptance no later than September 27, 2019

Submission Guidelines 

  • Only one poster may be submitted per participant. 
  • Participation in the poster session is limited by space and spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to 50 posters are accepted. 
  • Submit posters by 11:59pm on September 20, 2019 using the form here
Abstract Content
  • Title: All titles should not exceed 15 words and should clearly indicate the nature of the study / project / procedure.
  • Author information: Please list the names of all authors. For the Submitting Author, you will be asked to provide an email address, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and phone number. (Official correspondence will be sent by email, but other contact information is requested to assist with follow-up as needed.) The Submitting Author must be available to present at the Symposium. 
  • Abstracts: Authors should prepare an abstract of no more than 500 words. Abstracts that align with the Symposium topics or NUGoKidney's mission are encouraged. Please enter your abstract information as accurately as possible. It cannot be changed once you submit the form.
  • By submitting your poster, you are agreeing that we may distribute your abstract to Innovation Symposium attendees via NUGoKidney's online portal and/or in print.
Poster Instructions
  • Poster should include the following sections: 
    • Title (up to 15 words) 
    • Introduction / Background
    • Aims / Hypotheses 
    • Methods
    • Results / Findings 
    • Conclusions / Discussion 
  • It is strongly recommended that posters be professionally designed and printed.
  • Maximum poster size is 5 feet wide by 3 feet high. 
  • Cite funding source, if applicable. 
  • Posters are visual media. People should be able to see information standing at a distance of 3 feet. 

Printing and Duplicating Services provides poster printing services to researchers across the Northwestern University.

Poster Set Up 
  • Presenters may begin setting up their displays on October 18th between 8:30am and 11:30am. Posters must be ready for viewing by 12:00pm.
  • Authors whose abstracts are accepted are asked to display their posters at the Symposium throughout the conference.
  • Posters left after 6:00pm on October 18th will be discarded.
  • Presenters are responsible for all expenses associated with preparing, submitting, and presenting their poster. NUGoKidney will provide tackboards and push pins. 

If printed and dropped off by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 16th, we can hang your poster for you. Just drop off to Ashley Sipocz in Office 8-512 on the 8th floor of the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center located at 303 E. Superior St.   

Poster Presentation Schedule

Authors should plan to be available to discuss their work with attendees on Friday October 18 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Posters should remain on display for additional viewing time during the reception immediately following the close of the Symposium from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

Be part of the Datablitz! 

We're inviting poster presenters to give lightning fast oral presentations during the NUGoKidney Innovation Symposium Datablitz. We'll be accepting up to 15 Datablitz presenters. 

What is a datablitz? 

Also known as a 'lightning talk', a datablitz is a series of very short presentations delivered by several different people during a single session. 

How will the Datablitz session work at the NUGoKidney Innovation Symposium? 

When you submit your poster abstract, indicate whether you'd like to be considered for the datablitz. 

For the NUGoKidney Innovation Symposium, 15 presenters will have 90 seconds and 1-2 slides to introduce the data you will later present during the poster session. 

Talks will be given by the first author. 

If there are more than 15 applicants for the datablitz, presenters will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Why should I participate in the datablitz? 

The datablitz is a fast-paced overview of your research and is a great way to challenge yourself to share knowledge effectively and efficiently.

It's also a way to advertise your work and tempt Innovation Symposium attendees to visit your poster, which helps get the word out about your exciting work! 

How do I apply to be part of the datablitz? 

On your abstract submission form here, check 'Yes' when asked if you'd like to be considered for the datablitz. Selected abstracts will then be scheduled into the datablitz session scheduled for 11:00am - 11:30am along with the poster session. 


Questions or need additional information?

Please send questions about the application process to 

Trainee & Junior Faculty Travel Reimbursement

In an effort to encourage early career scientists to advance their research activities and visibility in the research community, NUGoKidney will reimburse travel expenses to the Innovation Symposium (up to $750) for up to 3 trainees / junior faculty. The reimbursement is intended to help cover the cost of accommodation and travel to the Innovation Symposium.

Who can apply? 

You may apply for an Innovation Symposium travel reimbursement if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a PhD candidate, lab manager, post-doc, fellow, or junior faculty from an academic institution outside Northwestern  
  2. You have completed your registration for the Innovation Symposium, and you have submitted an abstract
  3. You are traveling to take part in the Innovation Symposium. 

Please note: Northwestern students, trainees, faculty, and staff are not eligible to apply. 

How do you apply for travel reimbursement? 

1. Complete your registration for the Innovation Symposium and submit your abstract using the online form. 

2. Once your registration is complete, please send the following documents by email to by the application deadline of September 6, 2019: 

  • Cover letter explaining why you would benefit from the travel reimbursement (limit 1-page, single spaced)
  • Biosketch in format of NIH Biosketch. 
  • Proposed travel budget Please note: expenses can include airfare on US Flag Air carriers, lodging, food (excluding alcohol), parking, and taxi/rideshare services. Expenses should not exceed $750. 
  • Copy of your abstract. 

Please note: that applications with incomplete documentation or without a completed registration will not be accepted.

3. Successful applications will be informed by email starting September 13, 2019. 

4. Successful applicants will receive their travel reimbursement in the days following the Innovation Symposium. Please that in order to receive their reimbursement, successful applicants must: 

  • Be present at the NUGoKidney Innovation Symposium. 
  • Have presented a poster and be present during the poster session. 
  • Submit receipts, along with payment details, to

Cancelled registrations, absence, or no poster displayed will result in the travel reimbursement being revoked from the applicant.

Questions or need additional information?

Please send questions about the application process to 

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