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Professional EventsInterdisciplinary Nephrology Conference

interdisciplinary nephrology conference

October 12, 2023

Drury Lane

pushing the field forward

education drives progress

Hosted in partnership with the Illinois Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians (ICNNT), the Illinois Council on Renal Nutrition (ICRN) and the Illinois Council of Nephrology Social Workers (ICNSW), the Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference is an opportunity for dietitians, nurses, social workers and other renal professionals to connect with colleagues, participate in interactive educational workshops, and visit with corporate exhibitors.


This annual symposium is a highlight of the NKFI's professional development calendar. The day begins with a group breakfast, a set of presentations, and visits from corporate exhibitors. Following lunch, attendees will attend in-depth salons, hear from experts, and take part in a series of small breakout sessions and discussions. Previous conference topics have included:


  • Information about new medicine

  • Professional mental health

  • Ethics and patient care

  • Dialysis and cardiac health

  • Nutrition and kidney health

  • Caring for the chronically ill

  • New technology and advancements in treatment

  • Working with economically disadvantaged patients 

In addition to the day's educational programming, the Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference is also an opportunity for all participating councils to conduct their annual meetings. The conference also offers continuing education credits for nurses, technicians, social workers, and dietitians.

Social Workers: Credits pending approval

Nurses & Technicians: Credits pending approval

Dietitians: Credits pending approval


For More Information


Please contact the NKFI's Director of Programs, Rachel DePauw

email:  |  phone: (312) 321 - 1500  x 258


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ticket information

  • Early-Bird Registration: $75 (register before 8/26/22)

  • Regular Registration: $85 (register before 9/19/22) 

  • Last-Minute Registration:  $100

       (if available)

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Location and Agenda

location & agenda

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Event Details

The Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference is a day-long affair hosted at Drury Lane.  



October 122023

8:00am - 3:00pm



Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) prioritizes the health and safety of our kidney communities. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent rise in cases across the U.S., NKFI has adopted a policy for the 2022 Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference. Currently, in order to attend the event, attendees, vendors, volunteers, and staff must:


  • Provide proof of vaccination, or

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the event


Temperature checks will be conducted at the door and all attendees must be at or below the CDC temperature threshold to enter. Additionally, in accordance with the City of Chicago and State of Illinois’ mask mandate, masks will be required throughout the event, except while eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. We thank you in advance for adhering to our policy to safeguard the health of every attendee.


general presentations


8:00am:  Breakfast & Registration


Jackie Burgess-Bishop, FACHE

CEO, National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

8:30am:  Understanding donor options: Which donor option is best for your patient?

Dr. Amishi Desai, DO

9:45am: Everyday Ethics: Common Ethical Dilemmas in Caring for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease 

Dr. Milda Saunders, MD, MPH


10:45am: Break & Visit Exhibitors 


11:15am: Advancing Health Equity: Eliminating Race-Based Algorithms in Kidney Function Calculations 

Dr. Bijal Jain, MD and Dr. Marci Laragh, MD


12:15pm: Lunch Break


breakout sessions


1:00pm: Breakout Session 1

Akilah King, MSW, LCSW

2:00pm: Break & Visit Exhibitor Hall

2:15pm: Breakout Session 2

Sasha June, RD, CDE

Michelle Brenczewski, MSW, LSW


Agenda is subject to change

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The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to offer professional development programming, conduct educational seminars, and support research with the help of our passionate supporters, and a remarkable team of dedicated sponsors. To learn more about the sponsorship opportunities for this program, please contact Wesley Bauer at

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