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Professional EventsResearch Highlights & Academic Competition

research highlights & academic competition

November 11, 2020


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Stretch your mind at Research Highlights & Academic Competition, an evening of thoughtful and lively discussion focused on examining the questions central to kidney disease. This interactive and engaging new program showcases funded NKFI research grants. Grantees present the results of their research, followed by a series of questions related to their research topic. Individuals will compete to answer the most questions correctly. 

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

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

The National Kidney Foundation is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The National Kidney Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


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  • Event Registration: $25

  • 2020 Professional Advisory Board members: Free

  • Fellows, residents & students: Free (registration still required)

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Research Highlights & Academic Competition is hosted virtually. Join in from the comfort of your home or office. 



6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Details & Agenda

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what's on the agenda



6:30pm  -  Welcome and Introduction to the Competition

Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop | CEO, NKFI

Dr. Shubha Ahya | Professional Advisory Board Chair


6:40pm  - Disparities and Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. Milda Saunders | University of Chicago Medicine


7:00pm  -  Medical Student Award

Changes in Gender Disparities in Placement on the Deceased Donor Waiting List After Implementation of the New Kidney Allocation System

Reem Hamoda | University of Chicago



7:10pm  -  Medical Student Award

The Association Between Sedentary Time and Chronic Kidney Disease Progression

Jacob Bruinius | University of Illinois at Chicago


7:20pm  - Innovations Grant

Developing and Testing of an Innovative Patient-Centered Physical Activity Program for Hemodialysis Patients

Kenneth Wilund, PhD | University of Illinois  


7:40pm  -  Young Investigator Grant

Elucidating the Role of Macrophage Activation in APOL1-Mediated Kidney Disease

Jennie Lin, MD | Northwestern University

8:00pm  -  Winners Announced


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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. Interested in sponsoring this event? Review the 2020 Sponsorship Packet or contact Heidi Merritt at or 312-321-1500. 

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