professional events

about the programs

our mission in action

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois supports the future of patient care by investing in Illinois' healthcare community. We offer medical practitioners access to continuing education, connect them to professional development opportunities, and help them stay up-to-date on advances in research and treatment. 


It is our goal to bring professionals together, strengthen the nephrology communities of Illinois,  and ensure that the front line of the fight against kidney disease treatment is as strong as possible.


Our professional events are programmed with input from medical experts, including input from our own Professional Advisory Board.


the events

ICRN Clinical Meeting

May 5-6, 2021 


This series of seminars and workshops spotlights renal nutrition, and allows dietitians and nutritionists to learn about advances in the field.

Controversies in Nephrology

June 17, 2021


Controversies in Nephrology is an academic, participatory debate among nephrology fellows representing Chicago’s medical academic centers.

Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference

October 18, 2021

Oak Brook, IL 

Connect with colleagues from across the professional spectrum for a program of exhibitions, lectures, and collaborative learning.


Grand Rounds

September 23, 2021
Chicago, IL

Enjoy a delicious dinner while testing your wits at this interactive review of intriguing case studies, clinical trials, and on-going research. 


our sponsors

fueling the future of medicine

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to offer professional development programs, free patient screening events, and community health seminars through the support of passionate donors, and a remarkable team of dedicated sponsors. Visit the Donor Wall.


For more information on sponsoring any of these programs, please contact Heidi Merritt at or review the 2021 Sponsorship Packet


get involved

improve the lives of patients and families

Commit to supporting to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, and help us connect patients and families to the resources and information they need. Click below to learn more about how you can play a major role in our work.

NKFI Research

Shape the future of kidney disease treatment by applying for an NKFI research grant.

Become an Advisor

Help the NKFI build our calendar of educational programs and community health initiatives.

Be a Volunteer

Help patients take charge of their health by pitching in at a free KidneyMobile screening.


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improving lives, improving communities

signature events

Join the NKFI at a community-building event, and help us create resources for education, patients, and families.



Take control of your own health and connect with experts and resources at one of our free educational seminars.

events for children

Enjoy hands-on learning experiences, and connect with other young patients navigating kidney disease.