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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: 5 Hours from the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois

Nurses & Technicians: 5 Credits approved

Dietitians: 6 Credits approved

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

For More Information


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

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


get tickets

Online registration has closed but onsite registration will be available!

ticket information

  • Early-Bird Registration: $75 (register before 9/19/2023)

  • Regular Registration: $90 

       (register after 9/19/2023)

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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 - 3:15pm



Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


general presentations


8:00am:  Registration/ Visit Exhibitors

8:30am: Welcome

Rachel DePauw, MPH, CAE

Vice President of Programs, National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

8:40am: Kidney Transplantation in Patients with Overweight and Obesity: Technical Challenges and Successful Interventions

               Lucia De Gregorio, MD


9:45am: Financial Aid for Living Donors

             Catherine Kuo


10:45am: Break / Visit Exhibitors 


11:15am: Medical Malpractice: What You Need to Know

                    Kristin Larson, MSN, AGNP-BC, CNN

12:15pm:  Lunch Break / Visit Exhibitors


breakout sessions


1:00pm: Breakout Session 1

Nurses / Technicians: A multidisciplinary team approach to improve blood pressure control in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD)  Anitha Phillips, DNP, RN, FNP-C

Social Workers: Ethics of Decision Making Amy Gjesdhal, JD

Dietitians: Kidney Stone Nutrition: So Much More Than Oxlate Melanie Betz, MS, RD, CSR, FAND

2:00pm: Break & Visit Exhibitor

2:15pm: Breakout Session 2

Nurses / Technicians: Healthcare Leadership: Inspiring the Best in Individuals and Teams

Michelle Gilliland, MSN, RN, CNN

Social Workers: Mental Health and Avoiding Burnout

Cori Moschberger, LCSW

Dietitians: The Interplay of Fibroblast Growth Factor-23 (FGF-23), Phosphorus, and Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) Throughout the Spectrum of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Carol Morre, PharmD, BCPS, FNKF

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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