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These sessions provide information to anyone who has undergone a transplant. Sessions topics include post-transplant health issues to be aware of, how to keep your new kidney healthy and more. Featured speaker Franz Winklhofer, M.D. is a transplant nephrologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a member of the faculty of the Kidney Institute. Be sure to attend his sessions!

Friday, June 20






Registration Opens



3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Keeping Your New Kidney Healthy

Michaela Abbott


4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

Post-Transplant Diet and Nutrition

Molly Stirek, RD, LMNT


5:10 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open and Research Poster Presentations



7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Celebration Dinner

Jared Grantham, M.D.
Gregory Germino, M.D.


Saturday, June 21





7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Advocacy Breakfast and Foundation Update

Jackie D. Hancock, Jr., CRFE
Frank Condella, Jr.
Paul Conway


9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Open



9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

What to Know About Immunosuppressive Drugs

Franz Winklhofer, M.D.


10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Learn the Facts: Polycystic Liver Disease

Marie Hogan, M.D., Ph.D.


11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open



12:15 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Building Your Financial House for PKD Families

Kari M. Lusby, CFP®, AIFA®


1:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open



1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Post Transplant: What You Need to Know

Franz Winklhofer, M.D.


3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Connection Legacy: Be A Mentor. Find A Mentor. Stay Engaged!

Risa Simon
Jill Riester


3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Self Care for the Caregiver

Wendy Brooks, RN
Sarah King, RN

Caregivers & Spouses

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Interactive Sessions

  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Staying Healthy: Balance of Mind and Body
  • Breathe and Meditate: Finding Calm in the Midst of Illness
  • Yoga in Chairs



4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Transplantation A-Z

Patrick Dean, M.D.


5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Special Interest Group Discussion: Pick a topic and join the conversation!



6:15 p.m.

Dinner on your own. Be sure to visit the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association Table for the inside scoop on where to eat dinner and what to do in Kansas City!



6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Investors' Reception — Invitation Only


Foundation Partners

Sunday, June 22





8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Breakfast — come as you please and enjoy connecting with each other over kidney-friendly food.



8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Investors' Breakfast — Invitation Only


Foundation Partners

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

From Promise to Progress: Accelerating Treatments to Patients Update Panel Discussion

Benjamin Cowley, Jr., M.D.
Terry Watnick, M.D.
Arlene Chapman, M.D.
Lorrie Rome, MS


10:30 a.m. - Noon

Getting Involved in the PKD Foundation — How to Fight for the Cause!



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