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No 138, May 2018


Editor in Chief: Mustafa Arici - Editorial Secretariat: Valentina Cocchi - Newsletter Design: Ilaria Martini
ERA-EDTA Headquarters - Via XXIV Maggio, 38 - 43123 Parma - Italy


Dear Sir/Madam,

It is our great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to Copenhagen! The Congress is being held in partnership with the Danish Society of Nephrology – and the ERA-EDTA Scientific Committee has compiled an attractive programme reflecting all the key areas of nephrology. We hope that you will find the programme exciting, the city welcoming, the company stimulating and the experience enriching!

Welcome Ceremony: today, 5.00 p.m., Congress Hall A1

You are warmly invited to the Opening Ceremony that kicks off the Congress this evening at 5.00 p.m. It is a great pleasure and honour to have Ulla Wewer, Professor, DMSc, Dean of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen with us. During the ceremony a lecture by Toni Cathomen from Freiburg will be presented: “Gene editing: powerful new tool for nephrology".

In addition, the ERA-EDTA Awards will be presented to three nephrologists with outstanding achievements over many years: Professor Hans-Joachim Anders (Germany), Professor Jürgen Floege (Germany) and Prof. Andrzej Wiecek (Poland). The  Award for Young Investigators will be presented on Dr Shrikant Ramesh Mulay.

Afterwards, you are invited to a welcome cocktail in the exhibition, Hall C. Don’t miss this event!


The ERA-EDTA today and tomorrow: a progress document by the ERA-EDTA Council

Scientific societies are increasingly seen as central to the advancement of information sharing and collaboration among scientists and clinical investigators for the progress of medical research and the promotion of education, professional competence, integrity and quality studies. To more effectively serve the practicing nephrologists and investigators dedicated to renal science, the Council of the European Renal Association and European Dialysis and Transplantation Association (ERA-EDTA) reorganised and integrated the various activities of the society into two branches, the Clinical Nephrology Governance branch and the Renal Science branch.
Click here to read the full article.

Don't forget to bring your sneakers and running outfit to the congress tomorrow!

Enjoy the 5 km ’Run for Kidneys 2018’ on Friday afternoon! All proceeds will be donated to the MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières). At 3.00 p.m., registration opens and at 4.00 p.m. the race commences!
More info can be found at the Run for Kidney Desk in the Auditorium Foyer or at http://www.era-edta2018.org/en-US/run-for-kidneys-2018
Visit the ERA-EDTA Shop and help to help!
Buy nice gifts for your family and friends at the ERA-EDTA Shop and support young nephrologists! All funds collected will be used for travel grants for young nephrologists to attend the 56th ERA-EDTA Congress in Budapest next year.
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Use Social Media to share your educational congress experience with colleagues and friends. The official hashtag is #ERAEDTA18. We suggest that you carefully read the Social Media Guidelines.


Tomorrow's highlights

Plenary Lecture

10.45-11.30    Congress HALL A1

Klaus Olgaard: New paradigms of the kidney - Vascular-bone axis in CKD

Presentation of the Late Breaking Clinical Trials

Don’t miss the very latest scientific news tomorrow at 11:45 (Congress Hall A1)! The results of the following studies will be presented:

  • Michael Walsh, Hamilton, Canada: The effects of plasma exchange and reduced-dose glucocorticoids on severe ANCA associated vasculitis
  • David Jayne, Cambridge, United Kingdom: A phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of abatacept or placebo on standard of care in patients with active class III or IV lupus nephritis 
  • Ron T. Gansevoort, Groningen, The Netherlands: Renoprotective efficacy and safety of the somatostatin analogue lanreotide in later stage ADPKD
  • Geoffrey Block, Denver, U.S.A.: Randomized trial of ferric citrate in advanced chronic kidney disease
  • Danilo Fliser, Homburg/Saar[BA1] , Germany: DKK3 in urine identifies patients with progressive chronic kidney disease

ASN Highlights

15.00 -16.00 Congress HALL A1

ERA-EDTA Council Elections for 2018: Online voting is still possible!
During the General Assembly, three Ordinary Council Members must be elected. Full ERA-EDTA members can vote in this election, which can be done onsite, but also online until 09.30 (CEST), May 26, 2018.
Information on the candidates as well as the link to the online voting can be found here.

Congress App

Download the Congress App on Google and Apple Stores for your personal digital and educational assistant!

It contains the full scientific programme and all the information about the Industry Symposia and the Exhibitors. New in 2018: take notes on slides, vote in live sessions, dialogue with faculty, rate presentations, read content recommendations and test your knowledge by answering questions about your favourite tracks. Search for ‘ERA-EDTA’ now on the Apple and Google App stores, download the App, then select ERA-EDTA 2018.

For more Learning and Discoveries. Benefit from a range of fully integrated e-educational services

For the 55thCongress, ERA-EDTA is also offering delegates several educational and digital services. Use the Programme Planner to plan your personal agenda and use the mobile app for onsite navigation and to engage in many learning activities. To review sessions you attended or missed, visit ENP at www.enp-era-edta.org to access abstracts, speakers' slides and webcasts, e-posters etc. and to finalise your own slide summaries. Visit the e-campus in Hall E to learn more about rare diseases, view e-posters, get a demo about ENP and much more. We also offer an ENP Learning Quest onsite. Complete 10 Learning activities and win one of 1000 ENP T-Shirts.
For more info and direct access to the 2018 digital services click here.


Watch ERA-EDTA 2018 Live

Join your peers in Copenhagen and follow the exciting sessions and selected industry symposia of the ERA-EDTA 2018 Congress. This service is available for ERA-EDTA 2018 Congress Members and full ERA-EDTA Members.

If you are a delegate, log on to ENP with a valid 2018 badge number. If you are a full member, log in with your ENP account.

Streaming will start May 24 at 8.00 a.m. To enter the Live Streaming Portal click here.

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