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NUGoKidney Innovation Symposium

September 10, 2020

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2020 NUGoKidney Innovation Symposium

Preserving kidney health: discoveries, disparities, and dissemination


Join us for a half day of captivating keynotes, interactive virtual poster sessions, and a lively panel discussion. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 5:00pm 

This year, for our second annual symposium, we're going virtual, and we're so excited for the potential a digital experience has to bring us all together in totally new ways. We look forward to learning, connecting, and meeting virtually! 

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Opening Keynote Speaker

Daniel Drucker, MD, FRCPC

Senior Scientist, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Daniel Drucker, MD, a Senior Investigator at Mount Sinai’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, is a game-changer in the field of diabetes research. Dr. Drucker began his career as a clinical endocrinologist, but left clinical practice when he recognized an opportunity to improve the lives of many more patients through his pioneering research. To date, his work has resulted in more than 230 original research papers and 30 issued U.S. patents.
Research in the Drucker lab is focused on understanding the biology of the glucagon-like peptides. Specific projects include physiological analyses of GLP-1 and GLP-2 action, understanding the biology of glucagon action, and elucidation of the functional control of GLP-1, GIP, and GLP-2 action through studies of their respective receptors. Discoveries in Dr. Drucker’s lab have contributed to the development of two new classes of drug therapies for Type 2 diabetes, glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, which have transformed care for millions of patients around the world.

Dr. Drucker received his M.D. from the University of Toronto in 1980, and is currently Professor of Medicine. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Regulatory Peptides and the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre-Novo Nordisk Chair in Incretin Biology. His laboratory is based in the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Read all about Dr. Drucker and his game-changing research here

Closing Keynote Speaker

Deidra C. Crews, MD, ScM, FASN, FACP

Associate Vice Chair for Diversity & Inclusion, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University 
Associate Director for Research Development, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity 

Deidra C. Crews, MD is board-certified nephrologist, and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds appointments with the School of Nursing, the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, the Center on Aging and Health, and the Center for Health Equity, where she is Associate Director for Research Development.

Her research focuses on addressing disparities in the care and outcomes of kidney disease and hypertension. An elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Dr. Crews has received numerous awards for her research contributions, including the 2018 Johns Hopkins University President’s Frontier Award--a $250,000 award granted to a single faculty scholar on the cusp of transforming their field. She is a National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Emerging Leader Scholar and was the inaugural Gilbert S. Omenn Anniversary Fellow of the NAM.

In 2019, Dr. Crews received the W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity and Access to Care from the American College of Physicians and the Distinguished Leader Award from the American Society of Nephrology. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her medical degree from Saint Louis University. Dr. Crews completed internal medicine residency, nephrology fellowship and a master’s in clinical epidemiology degree at Johns Hopkins. 

Read all about Dr. Crews and her transformative work here

Panel Speakers

David Cherney, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Clinician Scientist, Division of Nephrology, University Health Network
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Following his clinical training in Nephrology, Dr. Cherney completed his PhD in human renal physiology at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto in 2008. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and a Clinician Scientist at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospitals, where he is director of the Renal Physiology Laboratory. During his PhD training, Dr. Cherney was the recipient of a Kidney Foundation of Canada Scholarship and then a three-year KRESCENT Fellowship. He has also received a five-year Canadian Diabetes Association-KRESCENT Program Joint New Investigator Award and receives operating funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, JDRF the Heart and Stroke Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence and the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre.

Dr. Cherney’s research program focuses on physiological factors that initiate renal disease in patients with diabetes, such as renal hyperfiltration and inflammation. His research program is closely aligned with his integrated and multidisciplinary cardiac-renal-endocrine clinic at the University Health Network, which maintains a strong emphasis on the prevention of diabetic nephropathy and related cardiovascular disease. 

Patrick O. Gee, Sr., PhD

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, iAdvocate, Inc. 
Healthcare Consultant / Consumer Advocate 
gee-symposium2.pngDr. Patrick Gee had been a peritoneal dialysis patient since December 2013. On April 21, 2017, Patrick received a kidney transplant at the Hume-Lee Transplant Center at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. After spending 33 days in the hospital, four surgeries and a 47-day wait until his kidney began to function, Patrick is back to advocating for more comprehensive healthcare, patient engagement, community educational resources, and a better quality of life for kidney patients.
He co-founded iAdvocate, a non-profit organization that focuses on disseminating health and wellness educational resources on diabetes, obesity, kidney disease and cardiovascular disease to underserved, undervalued and disenfranchised communities.  An ordained minister, Patrick’s motto is “I am a Voice for the Voiceless and the Face for the Faceless" in the fight against kidney disease. His involvement in the following organizations is a reflection of his commitment to people living with kidney disease: 
  • Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Chair, patient advisory committee and member of Medical Review Board of Directors.
  • American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) Board of Directors and Ambassador
  • National Kidney Foundation Kidney Advocacy Committee (KAC) & Y&YK Instructor
  • Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient Family Partnership Council (PFPC)
  • National Coordinating Center National Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Subject Matter Expert
  • National Coordinating Center’s National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) Subject Matter Expert
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Ambassador
  • Donate Life of Virginia Ambassador
  • American Kidney Fund (AKF) Ambassador & Certified Kidney Health Coach
  • Chronic Disease Coalition (CDC) Ambassador
  • Patient-Oriented Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Ambassador
  • APOL1-genotype Long-Term Kidney Consortium Research Study Community Advisory Committee Member (APOLLO Steering Committee)
  • University of Washington Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI) Patient Advisory Board and the Human Factors Working Group member

Katherine Tuttle, MD, FACP, FASN

Clinical Professor, Division of Nephrology, University of Washington
Medical & Scientific Director, Providence Medical Research Center 
Regional Co-Principal Investigator, Institute of Translational Health Sciences 

tuttle-symposium.pngKatherine R. Tuttle, MD, FASN, FACP, FNKF, is the Executive Director for Research at Providence Health Care, Spokane, Washington and the Regional Co-Principal Investigator for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Nephrology Division at the University Of Washington.

Dr. Tuttle has been a Chair for numerous major initiatives and programs, including: Institutional Review Board - Spokane (1999-2012), National Kidney Foundation - Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative for Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease (2004-2012), National Diabetes Education Program (2006-2011), Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Consensus Conference of the American Diabetes Association (2014), National Kidney Foundation Young Investigator Awards (2014), International Society of Nephrology - World Congress of Nephrology (2017), Kidney Health Initiative Stakeholders Annual meeting (2017-2018). She has received numerous honors and awards such as the Garabed Eknoyan Award from the National Kidney Foundation (2017), the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in Science (2009), and two Outstanding Clinical Faculty Awards at the University of Washington (1992, 2012). Dr. Tuttle serves on the Board of Directors for the Kidney Health Initiative and was Associate Editor for the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology from 2011-2016. Her major research interests are in clinical and translational science, diabetic kidney disease, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and community engagement.

We're bringing together cutting-edge researchers and leaders in kidney health to explore the latest innovations and breakthroughs in kidney disease and to examine how to propel these discoveries to overcome disparities and transform kidney care. 

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

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Call for Virtual Posters

NUGoKidney is inviting posters for presentation from the academic (students, scientists, faculty, and researchers) and professional communities at our 2020 NUGoKidney Innovation Symposium. 

We’re embracing this unique opportunity of doing an online version of our symposium this year to experiment and innovate with a virtual poster session so that attendees and presenters can engage and foster collaborations in unique ways.

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

Submit Your Abstract Here

Important Dates 

Submission deadline for presenters participating in the Live Q&A: August 24, 2020, 11:59pm CDT
Submission deadline for posters display only: September 2, 2020 - 11:59pm CDT
Technology Office Hours: September 2 from 1:00 - 2:30pm CDT
Deadline to upload poster to Whova: September 7, 2020; 11:59pm CDT

About Virtual Poster Session

Poster presenters will have opportunities to engage with attendees before, during, and after the symposium using our NUGoKidney Symposium 2020 Whova App. 

Go to Whova Web App
  • Posters will be uploaded to the Symposium App in Whova (PDF only – max file size: 10MB).
  • Recommended poster dimensions: Horizontal (6ft wide x 4ft high) 
  • You’ll also have the option to upload a short 5-minute max video describing your poster (max file size: 100MB).
  • Posters and videos uploaded to Whova will be accessible to registered attendees for 2 weeks, including the week of the symposium and the week after.
  • Live Q&A session assignments will go out the week of August 24th with instructions on how to upload your poster and optional video to Whova.

Presenters will be able to engage with attendees two ways:

  • Live Q&A sessions on Thursday, September 10th from 2:30pm – 3:45pm CDT
  • Informal Q&A via the chat function in Whova

You can opt-in to the Live Q&A sessions on the abstract submission form.

Learn more about these below. 

Submission Guidelines 

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 
  • Maximum poster size is 6 feet wide by 4 feet high. 
  • Cite funding source, if applicable. 
Poster and Video Upload Instructions
Upload deadline for all presenters: September 7, 11:59pm. 
Authors whose abstracts are accepted are asked to display their posters (and accompanying video / materials) before, during, and after the Symposium.
  1.  Poster presenters will receive an email from our app provider Whova with a link to your unique "Speaker Information" page. If you do not receive an email by September 2nd, contact
  2. Click "Add Document" to upload your Poster PDF. 
  3. Click "Add Video" to upload your optional 5-minute video. 
  4. Click "No Thanks" to Whova Distinguished Speaker List. 
  5. Click "Save." 


Live Q&A Session

Scheduled for Thursday, September 10th | 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Poster presenters opting into the Live Q&A session will give a 2-minute presentation about their key findings. The group of presenters will take questions from attendees for 15 minutes.

Live Q&A sessions will not be recorded. 

  • Live Q&A session assignment and poster / video upload instructions will go out the week of August 24th.
  • Live Q&A sessions spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You can opt-in to the Live Q&A sessions on your abstract submission form.
  • Presenters who chose not to participate in the Live Q&A will have their posters (with or without descriptive video) for viewing and informal Q&A only. 

 Note: Final scheduling will depend on the number of submissions received.

Informal Q&A

Presenters can conduct Q&A about their posters throughout the meeting using the chat function in the app.

Questions or need additional information?

Please send questions about the submission process to 

Symposium App - Whova

We're using Whova to help us deliver our program entirely online this year. We'll fill this page with content to help you better understand the app and all it has to offer to help us connect virtually. 

Whova will provide access to the livestreams through the Whova WebApp (in your browser) or by copying and pasting the Zoom link provided for the session. 

There you'll also find the schedule, speaker and session information, and allows you to connect with other attendees using the mobile app. 

Watch the video below to get more acquainted with some of Whova's features (note: some of these features, e.g., exhibitors, are not enabled for this year's program). 

You can also check out the written guide here
How to Access / Download Whova

Our Innovation Symposium Whova event will go live in early September. If you register before then, you'll receive an email when the event is live reminding you to download the app, log in, and start connecting! 

There are two ways to access the Innovation Symposium Event App: 
1) Whova WebApp (via your browser) - Create an account using the email address you used to register for the symposium and a strong password. 
2) Download Whova Mobile App on the Google Play Store or Apple Store

Note: You must use the email address you registered for the symposium to access the Whova Event app. 

If you would simply like to acccess the Whova WebApp, you do not need to download the mobile app. You can simply create an account on Whova and access the symposium on your computer.

If you'd like to access additional features like viewing attendee profiles, we recommend downloading the mobile app. Once you've downloaded the app, search for the event with the keyword "NUGoKidney." 


For livestreaming the sessions, we will be using Zoom.  You do not need a Zoom account to access the symposium sessions through Whova. 

It is possible to watch the live sessions through Zoom if you do not want to use Whova. We will send registered attendees an email with links that enter the live sessions via Zoom. 

If you plan to use Zoom only, we recommend that you download Zoom to your desktop or update your Zoom application to the latest version. 

If you are unable to download zoom, you can use the Zoom Web Client to present, with some limits to functionality.  Read more about using the Zoom Web Client here.

Virtual Innovation Symposium 2020 FAQ

What time zone is your schedule set in? 

All symposium live sessions are in Central Daylight Time (CDT). Please adjust your schedule to join us live!

Do I need an internet connection to watch sessions?

Yes. Sessions will be livestreamed through Whova and Zoom, which will require an internet connection to view.

What if I miss a session?

Some sessions will be recorded and uploaded later to watch on demand, but for the best experience, you should plan your schedule around the sessions that you don't want miss.

Can I still ask a question at the end of the session?

Absolutely! While you watch a session, you'll be able to submit questions to the presenter to be answered after the presentation finishes. 

I love meeting new people at the symposium! How can I still talk to people one-on-one? 

Whova has "meetup" function to allow for exactly that! You're able to type messages to other attendees through the app and even request a video hangout. Video meetups are limited to 45 minutes, but are free and can be set up as many times as you'd like. Meetups can be between 2 people or with a group of up to 12 people! These meetups are not visible to the rest of the attendees unless you invite them to join you. 

I registered for the symposium and created a Whova account but I'm still having trouble logging in. What do I do? 

Did you use the same email address for your registration and for your Whova account? If not, that may be the trouble. Contact and someone from our team can help with resolving.  

I'm still confused about using Whova. Are there more resources for me? 

Absolutely. You can contact Ashley at with questions or to set up a short walkthrough or chat to answer your Whova questions.  

What if I don't want to use Whova? 

If you don't want to Whova, you can access the streaming links via the Event Details tab of this page. Here's how: 

1) Navigate to the Event Details tab on our symposium webpage. 

2) Find the session you'd like to join and click the Join Stream link.


It's not required but if you intend to watch the sessions through our website, then we recommend you download Zoom to your desktop. This will allow for quicker launch times.

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