learn from the experts
connecting you to physicians and resources
Since the Coronavirus outbreak has made an in-person event impossible, we are moving to a virtual format! We'll be recording learning sessions with each of our scheduled speakers and hosting three live panel discussion where you can ask questions, get resources and find support.
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
Presenters are happy to be resources, and are more than willing to discuss any questions that were not covered in the program.
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.
Using Zoom: Learn more about using the platform beforehand here.
location & details
updated agenda with virtual sessions coming soon!
Monday, April 13
Exercise in CKD, Brett Burrows, MS
Learn simple but impactful ways to increase physical activity, whether it’s increasing activities of daily living or performing simple exercises to improve physical function and quality of life. Best for patients on dialysis. Watch now
I've Got a Kidney, Now What?, Divya Jain, DO
Learn about life changes post-transplant. Transplant nephrologist, Dr. Jain, will also cover innovations and updates in the field. Best for patients awaiting transplantation. Watch now
Immunosuppressant Updates, Anesia Reticker, PharmD; Benito Valdepenas, PharmD, RN
Learn about changes and updates in the field of pharmaceuticals. Best for post-transplant patients. Watch now
Speakers and topics are subject to change.
Tuesday, April 14
5:00 PM Live Dietitian Panel
A moderated panel featuring three dietitians, each with a different specialty: CKD, dialysis and transplant. Watch now
Melanie Betz, RD, CSR, CSG, LDN; Renee Fung, RD, CSR, LDN; Kelly Nemec, RD, CSR, LDN
Wednesday, April 15
5:00 PM Live Patient Panel
A moderated panel featuring kidney patients as they share their journey living with CKD. Watch now
Living donors Bethany & Hannah Goralski; Transplant recipient Quin Taylor; Dialysis patient Andre Willis; CKD patient Muffy Clarkson
Thursday, April 16
5:00 PM Live Expert Panel
A moderated panel featuring this week’s speakers. Watch now
Stephen Jensik, MD; Amishi Desai, DO; Grace Mooney-Melvin, LCSW; Benito Valdapenas, PharmD, RN; Anesia Reticker, PharmD; Brett Burrows, MS
April 13-18, 2020
The comfort of your own home!
Recorded sessions and live panel discussions
will be broadcast via Zoom.
Registration link coming soon!
PRESENTATION MATERIALS, 2019
Revisit the day's seminars and lectures by exploring the presentation materials below. All materials are free to access, and available for download.
The Kidney & Heart Connection
Coping While Awaiting Transplantation
Chair Yoga: Get Fit While You Sit
Funding & Financing a Kidney Transplant
kidney health resources
empowering through education
you make the difference
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to support patients and families, conduct free educational seminars, and offer community screening days through the generosity of our passionate supporters, and a remarkable team of dedicated sponsors. Interested in sponsoring this program? Download the sponsorship packet here or contact Heidi Merritt at firstname.lastname@example.org.