UK Kidney Week 2019 – programme update

The Renal Association and British Renal Society will again host UK Kidney Week together from 3-5 June 2019, at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton. Many of you have contributed to shaping UKKW 2019 and the planning for the meeting is almost complete.

The programme committee has worked hard and consulted widely with many of you to produce a programme that covers the full breadth of kidney care and caters for all members of the multi-professional team. UKKW 2019 will address your education needs, provide a platform for your work, energise your intellect, and bring you together with friends and colleagues from the UK and beyond.

We want to share with you some of the highlights of what promises to be the best UKKW ever. For full details see the website.

We are using a hotel venue this year. The Hilton Metropole is situated on the seafront, and a short walk from the railway station in this vibrant city. Many delegates will be able to stay in the venue, offering good value for money and convenience. There is also accommodation available at multiple other hotels nearby. A creche will be provided to enable delegates with young children to attend.

Plenary programme
We have an outstanding plenary programme, comprising:

  • An opening plenary on genetics and big data, focused on the patient perspective and delivered by two world-class speakers: Nine Knoers, who is a leading international investigator into genetic causes of kidney disease; and Andrew Hattersley, who is a major figure in the genetics of diabetes.
  • Steve Powis, Medical Director of the NHS (and a professor of nephrology!) will speak on Tuesday morning; Steve will be followed Myles Wolf, who is an international expert in mineral and bone disease and who will provide us with a state of the art overview of this field.
  • On Wednesday morning we are joined by Baroness Ilora Finlay, who is a consultant in palliative care and a major international figure in end-of-life care. Baroness Finlay will be followed by the prestigious professional society lectures, the Mallick (Karen Jenkins) and the Raine (Alexander Hamilton).
  • The conference will end with a plenary session featuring the 2019 Osman Lecturer, Charles Pusey, who over 30 years has been at the forefront of vasculitis research.
  • Monday and Tuesday will finish with a succinct highlights session, which will signpost for attendees the key messages from some of the sessions and include interactive discussions between faculty and audience. The final plenary session will finish with an overview of the highlights of the meeting.

Conference Symposia
We invited all members of the renal community to submit suggestions for symposia and were overwhelmed by the response. The programme committee has worked with the proposers of the symposia to shape a diverse programme that will cover the needs of all member of the UK kidney community

The key features of the symposia include:

  • Seven parallel symposia throughout the conference, to ensure that all areas of the specialty are covered
  • Outstanding speakers, many with an international reputation in their field
  • The Donna Lamping, Jayne McDonald, Chandos, and de Wardener Lectures
  • Continuing professional development sessions organised by the Education Committees of the RA and BRS.
  • A strong focus on supporting the development of your clinical practice
  • An emphasis throughout the programme on addressing inequality and variance, including quality improvement (QI), patient reported outcomes, patient involvement
  • Strong renal science symposia including, fibrosis and regeneration, ageing and the kidney, polycystic kidney disease, vascular disease, diabetic nephropathy, tubule-interstitial, and epigenetics.
  • The popular 3-minute heroes’ session, showcasing the best of the posters
  • The best clinical and basic science abstracts presented as oral communications
  • Late breaking abstract session

We have received a record number of abstract submissions; those accepted for poster presentation will be on display throughout the conference. Moderated poster sessions featuring a short presentation of each poster and opportunity for discussion will remain a popular feature of UKKW.

Pop-up Sessions
These are short small-group sessions that provide opportunity for practical training and group discussions that have become increasingly popular in recent years. We are currently inviting all members of the renal community to submit ideas for pop-up sessions; this is a further opportunity for you to shape the meeting.

Industry Symposia and Exhibition
Our industry partners play an integral role in UKKW and this year will be presenting several symposia with excellent speakers on specialist topics. This is a further opportunity to hear the latest updates in important therapeutic areas. Industry partners will also participate in the exhibition to present attendees with information on novel therapies, equipment and services.

Conference Dinner
The conference dinner is a meeting highlight and is an opportunity for your teams to celebrate their achievements together and share social time with friends in the UK kidney community. There were shortfalls in some aspects of the 2018 dinner, and we are putting in extra effort to make the dinner enjoyable and memorable in 2019.

And Finally

We are aware that it is becoming increasingly difficult for all categories of staff to attend conferences, but we hope that we have convinced you that if you can attend only one meeting in 2019, it should be UKKW. Start planning now and register early to take advantage of the “early bird” rates.

We would encourage units to think carefully about making it possible for staff who have never experienced UKKW to attend for the first time.

We look forward to welcoming you in Brighton.

Paul Cockwell, Clinical Vice President, The Renal Association & Maarten Taal, President, British Renal Society