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UC Davis Hosts Renal Week


March 16, 2016

UC Davis hosts IRIS Renal Week, March 14-19, 2016

UC Davis hosts IRIS Renal Week, March 14-19, 2016

This week, the UC Davis Center for Continuing Professional Education and the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) are presenting IRIS Renal Week at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Previously presented as the Advanced Renal Therapies Symposium at the Animal Medical Center in New York City for the past decade, IRIS Renal Week is an internationally recognized nephrology conference that features topical issues in renal medicine presented by world leaders in the field.

Topics and highlights of the week include:
•    CardioRenal syndromes
•    Mineral and bone metabolism in kidney failure
•    Diagnostic biomarkers for acute and chronic kidney disease
•    Revelations from the 2015 IRIS Napa Meeting
•    Linkages between acute and chronic kidney disease
•    Advances in extracorporeal therapies
•    Interactive extracorporeal laboratories
•    Keynote speakers from human nephrology

IRIS Renal Week was preceded by a two-day Hemodialysis Boot Camp for the dialysis beginner. UC Davis faculty veterinarians Drs. Larry Cowgill, Bill Culp, Joao Orvalho, Carrie Palm, and Sheri Ross lectured throughout the week, along with dozens of veterinarians and physicians from multiple countries.

IRIS was created to advance the scientific understanding of kidney disease in small animals. Its mission is to help veterinary practitioners better diagnose, understand and treat renal disease in cats and dogs. In order to achieve this mission, the group investigates ways to accurately diagnose early signs of chronic renal disease and explores novel therapies for these diseases. One of the organization’s primary objectives is to establish an internationally recognized set of guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of renal disease in small animals.

As there is still much to learn in the field of veterinary nephrology, the 15 members of the IRIS board are dedicated to scientific efforts to study renal disease in order to advance the approach to this important problem. UC Davis’ Dr. Cowgill is one of those board members.