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Each installment of Living with Kidney Disease and Transplantation consists of one or two large presentations; a series of intimate, expert-led conversations rooted in kidney-health; and a moderated panel discussion.
It is our goal to provide participants a unique forum that allows them to understand their diagnosis in an understanding, supportive environment, and lets them access whatever information they might need about medications, insurance, diet, treatment options, and more. Educational topics may cover any of the following areas:
Advances in medicine
How to arrange a kidney transplant
Benefits of receiving a transplant
Medicare, insurance, and paying for treatment
Emotional support and wellness
Breakfast and lunch are both offered free of charge. Following lunch and the program's conclusion, attendees will have the opportunity to continue the conversation and talk with speakers and experts one-on-one. Presenters are happy to be resources, and are more than willing to discuss any questions that were not covered in the program.
** Please Note: Like all NKFI Living with Kidney Disease and Transplantation events, this program is presented free of charge.
We can't wait to see you back in person this year! We're keeping an eye on safety measures and will update everyone accordingly.
Registration is free: and includes breakfast, parking, and lunch.
Pre-registration online: is requested for all attendees.
Donations: to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are welcome and will help cover additional program expenses.
location & details
Saturday, August 27th
8:30 am Registration | Exhibitor Tables Open | Breakfast
9am Welcome Reception
Monica Fox | National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
9:10 am Patient Panel
10 am Break / Exhibitor Tables Open
10:15 am Breakout Session 1 (please choose one)
Building a Healthy Plate for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Briana Reamer MS, RDN, LDN, CHES | DaVita Kidney Care
Transplantation during the COIVD Pandemic
Dr.Ignatius Tang | UI Health
An Introduction to the Dialysis Process & Discussion with a Dialysis Patient
Sherita Holman, RN, BSN | Northwestern Medicine
Saturday, August 27th
11:05 am Break / Exhibitor Tables Open
11:25 am Breakout Session 2 (please choose one)
Transplant Allocation System: Understanding How Kidneys Are Distributed
Doug Penrod, RN, CCTC | Northwestern Medicine
What Being a Caregivers Means and How to Care for Yourself
Brenda Taylor | The University of Chicago
Diabetes: Effects on Kidneys and How to Better Manage
Andrea Morley, MS, RD,LDN, CDCES | Loyola University Medical Center.
12:15 pm Introduction to the Transplantation Process: How to Get Listed
Douglas Pentrod, David Dreyfus, John Valencia, Deborah Owens, Nisa Torres, Geraldine C. Zingraf
1 pm Network Lunch
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