Faculty Biographies


Directeur de Recherche Emeritus at INSERM,

Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers, Paris, France.

Dr. Lise Bankir is Directeur de Recherche Emeritus at INSERM, Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers, Paris, France. She graduated in Paris and got her Master and Ph.D. in the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Most of her carreer has been devoted to experimental and applied research in renal physiology and pathophysiology.  She initially got interested in the anatomical and functional adaptations of the kidney that allow mammals to excrete electrolytes and soluble metabolic endproducts in a concentrated urine. She and her group studied the consequences on the kidney of the sustained action of the antidiuretic hormone vasopressin or of a protein-rich diet that imposes on the kidney a more intense concentrating activity. These experimental studies revealed that the long term action of vasopressin on the kidney, besides its advantageous effects on water economy, has adverse consequences on the incidence and/or progression of chronic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy and hypertension. Several studies are now confirming this pathophysiologic link in humans. Lise Bankir has published over 150 original papers and invited reviews in peer-reviewed journals, and written several book chapters. She is a member of several national and international Societies of Nephrology and Biology. In 2011, she received the Berliner Award from the American Physiological Society and the Collery Award from the French National Academy of Medicine.



Medical degree cum laude, PhD in Physiopathology of Renal Failure at the University School Federico II in Naples, Italy. Training as Professor assistant at the Division of Peritoneal Dialysis of Toronto Western Hospital, Canada, under the responsibility of the Prof. Dimitrios G. Oreopoulos.

Main interests are physiopathology and nutrition of CKD. Published more than 120 papers in peer review journals with more than 300 IF, around 2.200 citations, 27 H-index. Reviewer for several kidney journals (KI, AJKD, JASN, C-JASN, NDT, Nephron; Paediatric Nephrol; JN; BMC-N, Cochrane).

Some awards from the University Federico II of Naples, the European Society of Nephrology, the Italian Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism.

Board member of the “Conservative treatment of CKD” and “Physical exercise in CKD” working groups of the Italian Society of Nephrology. Board member of the European Renal Nutrition working group of the European Renal Association. Member of the Italian renal registry and board member of the “Technical Scientific Committee” of the Italian Society of Nephrology.

Editorial Board of the “Giornale di tecniche nefrologiche & dialitiche”, the “Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia” and the “Journal of Nephrology”.

Teaching at several courses of Nephrology at the University “Federico II” and “Second University” of Naples, at the University “Magna Grecia” of Catanzaro and at the University of Salerno, Italy.

Staff Nephrologist and past director of some nephrology programs (conservative care, home dialysis, peritoneal dialysis). Current affiliation, University Hospital “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona” in Salerno, Italy, Division of Nephrology.



Chief of Nephrology and clinical Nutrition  from 1976 to 2010 Rovigo Italy and a c Professor Padua University.


Giuliano BRUNORI

Graduated in medicine at the University of Milan (Italy) in 1981. Assistant professor from 1983 to 2008 at Spedali Civili- University of Brescia, Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation with professor Rosario Maiorca. Since 2008 at present,  Chief Division of Nephrology and Dialysis Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy). President elect of the Italian Society of Nephrology (2017-2020)


Jerrilynn D. BURROWES

Jerrilynn D. Burrowes is an internationally recognized clinical nutrition leader in the field of kidney disease.  She is currently Professor of Nutrition and Chair of the Department of Nutrition, School of Health Professions and Nursing at LIU Post in Brookville, New York.  Dr. Burrowes is currently the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Renal Nutrition.



Dr Katrina Campbell is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian in Australia and Associate Professor at Bond University. Katrina leads a research program in the field of renal nutrition and is an author on the recent K/DOQI and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics guidelines for renal nutrition management.



Juan Jesus Carrero serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, with a strong academic track on clinical nutrition and nutritional epidemiology in CKD. He is currently co-director of the TNT renal educational programa at thw ISRNM, vice-chair of the European Renal Nutrition working group of the ERA-EDTA and section chair of the ongoing KDIGO/AND as well as ESPEN clinical guidelines on clinical nutrition.


Tommy Cederholm

Tommy Cederholm is Professor of Clinical Nutrition at Uppsala University and Senior Consultant in Geriatrics at Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden. His research is focused on energy, fat and protein interactions with catabolism, inflammation, body composition and nutritional status in old chronically ill subjects. He has served The Eur Soc for Clin Nutr & Metabol (ESPEN) in several positions, e.g. facilitating collaborative efforts to reach consensus definitions on malnutrition.


Maria CHAN

PhD AdvAPD Lead Renal Dietitian, The St. George Hospital /Conjoint Associate Lecturer UNSW / Honorary Clinical Principal Fellow UOW


William CLARK

Professor - Department of Medicine, Schülich School of Medicine & Dentistry,

The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Bill Clark is a Professor of Medicine at Western University Canada,  a Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute, a Director of Apheresis and Consulting Nephrologist at the London Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Clark is a graduate of Western University Canada and obtained his fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the University of Toronto, Western University Canada, Guys and Kings College Hospital UK. He obtained post fellowship training at the University of London and London School of Economics UK and Faculty of Epidemiology at McGill University. Dr. Clark is a clinician scientist in the Program of Experimental Medicine whose research has been directed at interventions that prevent progressive renal disease and are based on in vitro and in vivo animal and human experimentation as well as observational studies and randomized controlled trials. He is author of more than 390 scholarly publications, a Professor of Medicine and former Chairman of the Division of Nephrology at Western University Canada who also serves on the Boards of the World Apheresis Association (President 2016-18) and the Canadian Apheresis Group and is Scientific Co-Chair, Biomedical Research Council of the Kidney Foundation of Canada and a member of the Canadian Society of Nephrology Scientific Committee. Dr. Clark is the 2012 recipient of the National Medal of Research Excellence of the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a recently elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and in 2014 he was the honoured recipient of the Harold W. Ashenmil National Award from the Kidney Foundation of Canada in recognition of his leadership and development. In 2015 he received the Lawson Health Research Institute Career Scientist Award and in 2018 The Dosseter Award for Administrative Research Excellence.



Naomi Clyne is senior consultant nephrologist and associate professor at the Department of Nephrology in Lund, Clinical Sciences Lund, Skåne University Hospital and Lund University, Sweden.

Mario Gennaro COZZOLINO

Mario Cozzolino, MD, PhD, FERA, FASN is an Associate Professor in Nephrology and Chair of Nephrology at School of Medicine, University of Milan, Italy. He is the Director of the Renal Division at San Paolo Hospital, Milan, Italy, and the Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Nephrology at Department of Health Sciences, University of Milan, Italy. In 2013, he was recognized as the Distinguished Fellow of the European Renal Association. In 2017, he was recognized as Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology. Actually, he is the Chairman of the CKD-MBD Working Group of European Society of Nephrology (ERA-EDTA). In 2015, 2016, and 2017, based on Expertscape's objective, quantitative multi-factorial analysis of scientific publications covering the past 10 years, he was the first of the world's top experts in the field of hyperparathyroidism research and treatment.


Adamasco CUPISTI

Adamasco Cupisti, MD  is Associate Professor of Nephrology, at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine University of Pisa, Italy

he is Director of the post-graduate School of Nephrology, and of the Master in Nutrition and Dietetics in Nephrology, at the University of Pisa

His field of research is nutrition and metabolism in chronic kidney disease patients.



Dietitian. Affiliate professor in the Department of Medicine/ Division of Nephrology at Federal University of São Paulo

Supervisor of nutrition in the renal unit of Oswaldo Ramos Foundation- Kidney Hospital serving as the leader of the research and clinical practice group on nutrition and kidney disease in São Paulo, Brazi.


1987, Medical Degree cum Laude at the “Federico II” Med School of Naples.

From 1988 to 1992, attended PhD program in “Pathophysiology of Renal Failure” at the “Federico II” Med School of Naples.

1996, Specialist in Nephrology cum Laude.

From 1996 to 1998, Post-Doctoral fellowship in Medical Science at the “Federico II” Med School of Naples

From 1999 to 2001, Assistant Professor in Nephrology at the Med School of Second University of Naples

From 2001 up to now, Associate Professor in Nephrology at the Med School of University Vanvitelli in Naples, Italy.


From 1989 to 1991, Visiting Professor at the Renal Hemodynamics Lab of the Nephrology Division - University of California in San Diego - U.S.A. (Head Prof R. Blantz)


Main area of research: Risk Profile and Management of Non-Dialysis CKD.

Author of 184 full papers, H index 34


Biagio Raffaele DI IORIO

Currently Director of the Nephrology of the hospital of Solofra (AV), from next July 1 he will conduct the nephrology of the AORN "Antonio Cardarelli" of Naples.

His scientific interests have long been the nutritional therapy of CKD, and currently the nutritional therapy of metabolic acidosis in CKD, the microbiome in relation to the nutritional therapies of CKD and the toxicity of urea



Chief Dietitian at the Nutrition and Dietetics Unit,  AUSL Modena, Professor in charge of Dietetics of kidney diseases at the Degree Course in Dietetics

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, National Association of Dietitian Group Renal Disease, Board Of Italian Kidnay Foundation.

Coordinator working group ANDID for the drafting of the position on "Role of the Dietitian in the nutritional management of the patient with chronic kidney disease



Associate Professor of Nephrology

Head, Postgraduate School in Nephrology

Parma University Medical School

Parma, Italy



Denis Fouque, MD, PhD, professor on Nephrology, université de Lyon

Chief Division of Nephrology, Centre hospitalier Lyon Sud, France

FERA, FNKF, Member of the ERA-EDTA council

Editor in chief, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation



M.D., Professor of Medicine

Division of Renal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine



Allon Friedman, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN, USA.



Giacomo Garibotto MD, is Professor of Nephrology at the University of Genoa, Director of the School of Nephrology, Genoa University  and Head of the Division of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation at the Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genoa, Italy. He did his medical school at the University of Genoa , Italy. He serves the editorial board of many nephrology journals.Awards: International Society of Blood Purification (1997), ISN/Baxter Extramural Program (1996, 2002, 2007). He has co-authored over 200 publications, in the fields of pathophysiology of chronic kidney diseases, renal physiology and biology, biochemistry of renal function, protein metabolism and nutrition in renal disease, diabetic nephropathy.



Doctor, Graduated the Faculty of General Medicine, „Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest - 1992

PhD in Nephrology – „Erythropoietin and adjuvant therapies in the treatment of renal anemia” – Bucharest, 2001

Associate Professor of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Faculty of Medicine, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest – since Feb 2017

Doctoral Habilitation – Habilitation Thesis “Chronic Kidney Disease: between the Renal Replacement Therapy and the conservative approach - to reduce the progression and treat the complications”, publically presented 30.10.2017

Senior Consultant in Nephrology, Department of Nephrology, “Dr Carol Davila” Teaching Hospital of Nephrology, Bucharest, Romania – since 2003

Head of Nephrology I Department, “Dr Carol Davila” Teaching Hospital of Nephrology, Bucharest, Romania - since 2015

Spokesperson, “Dr Carol Davila” Teaching Hospital of Nephrology, Bucharest, Romania – since 2015

Director, Romanian Renal Registry – since 2007



Loreto Gesualdo, MD, FERA
Full Professor and Head of the Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation Unit
"Aldo Moro" University of Bari
Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Consorziale "Policlinico"



Dr. Jordi Goldstein-Fuchs is Clinical & Research Nephrology Nurse Practitioner and Kidney Nutrition Specialist. Prof Fuchs is an Expert Panel member of the KDOQI Nutrition Guideline project and has served on multiple KDOQI committees. She is widely published in the area of nutrition and metabolism in renal disease. Dr. Fuchs is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Renal Nutrition. She is currently working with Kidney Disease Medical Group in Los Angeles, and will be starting a new position with Stanford Medical Group Nephrology in the fall.



Fitsum Guebre-Egziabher, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Nephrology at University Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France, with expertise in Clinical Trials, Nephrology, and Nutritional Biochemistry. She is a member of the ISRNM council. She conducted her postdoctoral training in the Department of Internal medicine and Cellular & Molecular Physiology, endocrine section, Yale University School of Medicine, USA from 2009 to 2011. Dr Guebre-Egziabher research interests are centered on nutritional interventions, lipid metabolism, cellular mechanisms of insulin resistance, mineral metabolism disorder and impact of obesity in CKD.



Dr. Ajay Gupta is Chief Scientific Officer of Rockwell Medical and is affiliated with University of California, Irvine. Dr Gupta is the inventor of Ferric Pyrophosphate Citrate (FPC), the first and only carbohydrate-free parenteral iron supplement, taking it from bench to bedside over a 20-year period. FPC received US FDA approval in January 2015. FPC is marketed as Triferic® by Rockwell Medical Inc., Michigan. Dr Gupta has also invented KidneyviteTM, a novel multivitamin-multimineral supplement that for the first time provides 5 methyl tetrahydrofolate, lutein and lycopene for CKD and dialysis patients, in addition to the usual micronutrients. 



Deepa Handu, PhD, serves as a Senior Scientific Director for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library. She has methodological expertise in conducting systematic reviews and quantitative analysis in the field of nutrition.



David Harris is Professor of Medicine at The University of Sydney, and  Director of Nephrology and Dialysis in the Western Sydney Renal Service. He is President of the International Society of Nephrology, and Past-President of the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology. His major clinical and research interests include progressive CKD and dialysis, and his laboratory interests are focussed on pathogenesis of and novel therapies for progressive CKD.



Will Herrington is a Medical Research Council-Kidney Research UK Professor David Kerr clinician scientist based at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford and a practising Nephrologist at Oxford Kidney Unit. He aims to better understand the key determinants of kidney disease development and progression using observations from large blood-based prospective cohorts across a wide range of different populations. He has a particular focus on adiposity and its related risk factors, and how these may interlink to also cause cardiovascular disease. He co-leads the EMPA-KIDNEY study, a trial testing the effects of empagliflozin 10mg versus placebo on cardiorenal outcomes in 5000 people with chronic kidney disease with and without diabetes.


Fan Fan HOU

Chief, Division of Nephrology, Nanfang Hospital

Professor of Medicine, Southern Medical University

Director, National Clinical Research Center for Kidney Disease

Director, State Key Laboratory of Organic Failure Research

Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Academician, the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

Councilor, International Society of Nephrology (ISN)

Vice-President, Chinese Society of Nephrology

Publications in peer-reviewed journals: N Engl J Med, JAMA, JAMA Intern Med, JASN, and KI



Dr. Ikizler is currently Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Chair in Vascular Biology and Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the Associate Director of Division of Nephrology. He is currently the Chair of Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition in Kidney Disease Clinical Practice Guideline Work Group.. Dr. Ikizler’s clinical and research interests and expertise are focused on the care of the patients with chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease on maintenance dialysis and acute kidney injury.



Medical School: Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, Graduate Year: 1974

Curriculum Vitae:

2016: Clinical Research Support Center, Nakamura Clinic, 2017: Executive Committee Member of KDIGO

President of the International Meeting: International Congress on uremia Research and Toxicity 2014 (8th ICURT), International Congress on Hemodialysis 2014 (7th ISHD), International Congress on Renal Nutrition and Metabolism 2016 (18th ICRNM)



Dr. Johansen is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Director of Dialysis at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Her research focus is patient-oriented research among patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, with an emphasis on functional status.



Prof. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, is a triple board-certified physician specialist in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Pediatrics, who studied medicine in Germany (Bochum, Bonn, Nuremberg) and received MPH and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from University of California Berkeley. He is trained in SUNY Brooklyn and UCSF in the USA. Prof. Kalantar has authored over 600 publications and has had several NIH grants. He is currently professor and chief of Nephrology & Hypertension at University of California Irvine. He is the immediate-past president of the International Society of Renal Nutrition & Metabolism and a member of the international steering committee of the World Kidney Day. Dr Kalantar has recently published an invited review in New England Journal of Medicine, Kalantar-Zadeh K and Fouque D. Nutritional Management of Chronic Kidney Disease.


Tilakavati KARUPAIAH

Prof Tilaka Karupaiah just joined the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, Taylor’s University as an Strategic Research Interests (SRI) Professor. She was formerly Professor in the Dietetics Program at the National University of Malaysia (UKM).  She also holds a Visiting Professor status with UKM and Adjunct Faculty at Wayne State University, Detroit, United States. She is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with Dietitians’ Association of Australia.

Prof Karupaiah is contributing towards legislation, clinical practice, education and research in the field of cardiovascular and renal nutrition in Malaysia. Her agenda is to address ‘doable’ issues related to prevention of non-communicable diseases. Networking with peers at national and international levels have helped to achieve leadership in some domains of excellence. She strongly believes in targeting capacity building mentorship in nutrition research and clinical practice. In tandem, she is working with the National Kidney Foundation- CRN together with Prof JD Kopple to set up an international certification course for dietitians to upskill in renal nutrition.



Joel D. Kopple, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.  He is a founder and past-president of the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism.



Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD, is the Fred Hatch Professor of Medicine in Nephrology and Director of the Clinical Outcomes and Clinical Trials Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee and Chief of Nephrology at the Memphis VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.  Dr. Kovesdy earned his medical degree Summa cum Laude from the University of Pecs Medical School in Pecs, Hungary. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, and a clinical fellowship in Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Kovesdy’s main research interests are centered on the epidemiology and outcomes of patients with pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease and ESRD. He has published his research in over 400 peer-reviewed articles, as well as numerous abstracts and book chapters. He is the Treasurer of the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism, a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology, and a member of the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association and the International Society of Nephrology.



Dr. Kuhlmann, a board certified Internist, Nephrologist and Diabetologist, serves as Director of the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, at the Vivantes Hospital Friedrichshain in Berlin, Germany. He is Associate Professor of Medicine and Nephrology at the University of Saarland, Germany. He pursued his nephrology training at the Universities of Freiburg and Saarland, Germany and received basic research education at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. From 2003 through 2005 he served as Clinical Research Director at the Renal Research Institute in New York and held a Visiting Professorship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA.

Dr. Kuhlmann’s academic research experience has developed around the management of chronic kidney disease with a special focus on quality assessment of the various modes of renal replacement therapy and outcomes in end stage renal disease. In this regard he has developed innovative concepts for patient empowerment in the management of hyperphosphatemia in ESRD and CKD. He has actively participated in various international multicentre studies including the FDA-sponsored Frequent Hemodialysis Network (FHN) Study.

Professor Kuhlmann has also expanded his interests into diabetes as a common cause of chronic kidney  disease and end-stage renal disease. His most recent research discussed the production and manufacturing of biosimilar insulins and their implications for patients, physicians, and healthcare systems. He has published more than 100 original papers in international peer reviewed journals including some well cited articles on the development of new equations for the estimation of GFR in elderly patients. He is member of several societies, including the German Nephrology Society, the German Diabetes Society, The European Renal Association, the American Society of Nephrology and the International Society of Nephrology. Currently Dr. Kuhlmann is acting president of the ‘German Association of Hospital Nephrologists’ (VLKN).


Bak-Leong GOH

Prof. Goh is currently the President of Malaysian Society of Nephrology. He is also the Editor of Malaysian Dialysis & Transplant Registry, and Chair of Renal Transplant Expert Panel for National Transplant Registry. He also holds the position as Head of Clinical Research Centre and Senior Consultant Nephrologist in Serdang Hospital. He has special interest in CAPD, CKD-MBD and renal nutrition, and has published numerous articles and practice guidelines in these area.



Dr. Lin is currently an attending physician of Division of Nephrology at Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, Taiwan. She has published several articles on body composition in index journals including Nutrients, Kidney International, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Her major research interests are malnutrition and sarcopenia in CKD.



Professor Francesco Locatelli is emeritus head of the Department of Nephrology and Dialysis and Renal Transplant at Alessandro Manzoni Hospital, Lecco, Italy and is Past President of European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), International Society of Blood Purification , of International Society of Geriatric Nephrology and of the Italian Society of Nephrology  and received the Garabed Eknojan Award of US National Kidney Foundation. He is also honorary fellow of Royal College of Physician of London, U.K. (FRCPC), doctor honoris causa at Popa University Jasi


Francesca Mallamaci

Francesca Mallamaci is Chief of the Nephrology,Dialysis and transplantation Department and Chief of the European Excellence Center of the European Society of Hypertension in Reggio Calabria. She is past Editor of the Journal of Nephrology and Chairwoman of the Cardio-vascular working group of the ERA-EDTA, the EURECAm. Her field of interest is Hypertension and CV complications in Chronic Kidney Disease patients. Her Impact Factor is 62.

Magdalena MADERO

Magdalena Madero, MD, is the Chief of Nephrology at the National Heart Institute in Mexico City. She was trained in Internal Medicine at St Elisabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, MA, and then underwent her nephrology training at Tufts Medical Center also in Boston, MA. She went back to Mexico City in 2007 where she joined the nephrology staff at the National Heart Institute and became the Head of the Nephrology Division in 2011.

Dr. Madero's research interests include CKD complications and outcomes in addition to the metabolic and renal effects of fructose and uric acid. As part of her educational activities she runs one of the largest renal fellowship programs in the country at the National Heart Institute (affiliated to the main National Mexican University [UNAM]) in addition to teaching the nephrology course at the undergraduate Panamerican University medical school. She enjoys patient care and is active in taking care of CKD patients. She was the former President of one of the Mexican Societies of Nephrology (IMIN) and serves as  International Editor for the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.


Denise MAFRA

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nutrition and Postgraduate Courses in Medical Sciences, and Post-Graduation in Cardiovascular Sciences at Federal University Fluminense - Rio de Janeiro – Brazil


Robert MAK

Robert H Mak MD PhD is Professor of Pediatrics at University of California San Diego and Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.  He is Nephrology Section Editor of Pediatric Research Journal and a member of the Editorial Boards of Nature Reviews Nephrology and Journal of Cachexia Sarcopenia and Muscle Clinical Reports.



Francesca Mallamaci is Chief of the Nephrology,Dialysis and transplantation Department and Chief of the European Excellence Center of the European Society of Hypertension in Reggio Calabria. She is past Editor of the Journal of Nephrology and Chairwoman of the Cardio-vascular working group of the ERA-EDTA, the EURECAm. Her field of interest is Hypertension and CV complications in Chronic Kidney Disease patients. Her Impact Factor is 62.



Medical Officer
General Directorate for Prevention
Ministry of Health – Italy



Professor of Nephrology and Chief of the Nephrology Unit at Policlinico Umberto I, Head of the Fellowship School of Nephrology, Sapienza University of Rome.

Fellow of the European (ERA-EDTA) and American (ASN) associations of Nephrology.

Research area of special interest: CKD-MBD



Dominique Meynial-Denis studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France and obtained her Ph.D. on intermolecular interactions between drug and plasma proteins using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) at the same University.in 1985. Since 1986, she has worked as a scientist at the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) in Clermont-Ferrand in the Department of Human Nutrition. She began specialist research into Sarcopenia and Aging in 1994. She applied MRS in work on metabolic pathways of amino acids in muscle during aging. Dominique Meynial-Denis received a second Ph.D. in 1998 on amino acid fluxes throughout skeletal muscle during aging.



Dr Renzo Mignani is the Chief of Ambulatory Renal Transplant and Chief of Rare Disease Nephrology Department at Rimini Hospital. He is the Chief of Anderson-Fabry Disease Registry in Italy. He has published numerous peer reviewed articles on Rare Disease and in particular on  Fabry disease and renal complications and  he has delivered more than 90 lectures at national and international conferences on these issues. He also received various awards for studies concerning Fabry disease and renal transplantation. He is a reviewer of several international journals on Nephrology and he is a member of the editorial board of several national and international journals.


William E. MITCH

Dr. Mitch is a Professor of Medicine and Nephrology of Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Clinical and Climatological Association and a recipient of the John P. Peters Award of the American Society of Nephrology.



Alessio Molfino received his M.D. cum laude in 2003 at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and he concluded cum laude in 2008 his residency/fellowship in Internal Medicine. In 2012 he received his Ph.D. in Clinical and Preventive Nutrition at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and he is currently Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine  at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He was  of Research Associate at University of California, Davis, U.S.A. His principal fields of research are protein-energy malnutrition, metabolism, anorexia and cachexia associated with chronic diseases, such as cancer and end stage renal disease. He received several awards and research grants from national and international societies of Internal Medicine and from a prestigious international Foundation devoted to cancer research.



Pablo Molina is attendant nephrologist and assistant professor at the Department of Nephrology at Hospital Universitari Dr Peset, Univsersity of Valencia. His research interests included nutrition and metabolism bone disease in CKD patients. He is board member of the European Renal Nutrition (ERN) working group of the ERA-EDTA, and theme editor of NDT.


Linda Williams MOORE

Linda W Moore is Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Surgery at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX USA. She also holds a role as Clinical Nutrition Scientist for the Outcomes Research program at Houston Methodist Hospital. Linda’s background includes many years of dialysis and transplant experience in both clinical and research roles in nutrition topics.



1999 : master degree human nutrition (B.Beufrère / Y.Boirie University of Clermont Ferrand, France)

2000: MD qualification Nephrology

Since 2000: Renal transplant Unit, Pellegrin Hospital, Bordeaux,  France



Katia Nardi is a dietitian at Dietetic Service of Pisa University Hospital; she is a professor of practice  in Dietetics at University of Pisa



He is a pioneer internationally in the field of Peritoneal Dialysis and Cadaveric Kidney
Transplantation in addition to being well known in the areas of Acute Kidney Injury, Nutrition & Ketoanalogues in CKD and Critical Care Nephrology.



Dr Pane holds a Master’s degree in microbiology and began his career as a researcher at Biolab laboratory in Novara, Italy, where he focused on research for the dietary supplement industry. At Probiotical he works with external innovation partners to drive new probiotic product development, supports worldwide sales and collaborates on research projects.  He is a regular commentator on the technology, efficacy and consumer benefits of probiotic supplementation and healthy gut microbiota. He is part of the International Probiotic Association (IPA) Scientific Committee, member of the Pharmabiotic Research Istitute (PRI) and expert Panel on Probiotic at the US Pharmacopoeia and National expert of IDF Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Dairy Microorganisms



Assistant Professor of Nephrology

Consultant  for Kidney Transplant Program Policlinico San Martino Regione Liguria


Nephrology, Dialysis, and Transplantation,

University of Genoa and Policlinico San Martino, Genova, Italy



Renal group of ANDID - Italian Association of Dietitian

Department of Medicine - UOC Nephrology USL Umbria 1 - Italy



Prof. Alessandra F. Perna is Professor of Nephrology at the University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli”.

Her current scientific interests are in the uremic toxicity of sulphur compounds, with special regard to homocysteine, S-adenosylhomocysteine, hydrogen sulphide, and lanthionine.



Roberto Pontremoli is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Dept of Internal Medicine, University of Genoa Medical School, Italy. His research interests cover cardio-renal interactions in hypertension, albuminuria as a cardiovascular and renal risk marker and diabetic nephropathy. He has contributed over 150 PudMed indexed publications in peer reviewed journals and has an Hirsh Index of 30.



Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Professor, Departments of Medicine & Biochemistry

Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Greenville, NC USA

Dr. Price, a biochemist/translational scientist, has spent the last 27 years investigating the molecular and cellular processes that regulate muscle mass and protein-energy wasting in chronic kidney disease and other related chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes).



Professor of Nephrology at University of Perugia & Terni

Member of the Board of Italiana Society of Nephrology

Secretary of Italian Kidney Foundation

Publications: categorized in PubMed: 72,  i10-index: 32


Abdul Rashid Tony QURESHI

Affiliation: Renal Medicine and Baxter Novum, Department of Clinical Sciences, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr Qureshi has worked with research as physician scientist in transplant surgery and nephrology since 1986, is statistician at Department of Clinical Sciences, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm 2010 - present. His work since 1993 as senior researcher and statistician at Baxter Novum, Karolinska Institutet, involves collaborations with >25 nephrology departments in Asia, Europe, and Americas, and supervision of many visiting research fellows from these regions including many physicians from China. He has authored 234 papers and book chapters.



Alice Sabatino is a renal dietitian currently working at the Parma University Hospital. Her current work focus on body composition and nutritional status evaluation of nephropathic patients, specially on the development of  new modalities for assessing skeletal muscle mass. Further research interests are nutrition in CKD, ESRD and AKI, and the gut microbiota in renal diseases.



Former Director of the Nephrology and Dialysis Unit of the S. Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic, Bologna, Italy and Past President of the Italian Society of Nephrology

Current affiliation:

Adjunct Professor of the School of Specialization in Nephrology, University of Bologna.

Chairman PIRP project. Regione Emilia-Romagna


Alison Leah STEIBER

Dr. Alison Steiber is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the Chief Science Officer at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As Chief Science Officer, Dr. Steiber leads the 1 person Research, International, and Scientific Affairs team in both research efforts, including: conducting nutrition related research, systematic reviews, position statements, and Evidence Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines and oversees the Dietitian Outcomes Registry. Additionally, Dr. Steiber overseas the Academy’s international efforts, standardized language development and resources and the research fellowship program. Dr. Steiber holds an adjunct faculty position at Case Western Reserve University and prior to the Academy was Director of the Coordinated Dietetic Internship. She is an author on dozens of scientific research papers and represents the Academy at key research, scientific and/or policy conferences. Dr. Steiber completed her Dietetic Internship and received her Masters of Science in Dietetics at the University of Kansas Medical Center and her Doctorate in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University.



Peter Stenvinkel serves as a full professor and senior lecturer at Dept. of Renal Medicine Karolinska University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He has published more than 480 original publications and reviews on various aspects of inflammation, wasting, vascular calcification and metabolism in chronic kidney disease patients. He is also interested in biomimicry and epigenetics. His Hirsch index is 74 according to PubMed. He has given more than 380 invited lectures at various international meetings and congresses in about 30 different countries.



Dr. Samir Sukkar is  chief of Dietetics And Clinical Nutrition Unit in Scientific Institute San Martino University –Hospital, Genoa, Italy

He is member of the following Scientific Societies:

- European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN)

-  Italian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (SINPE)

-  Italian Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SIED)

-European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE)

-              Italian Society of Clinical Nutrition I) Ligurian President

-              Italian Society of Clinical Nutrigenomics and Epigenetics (SINEC) President


Founder and Editor-in –chief of Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Official  Journal of the Italian Association for Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition)

He is contract professor in the school of specialty of Gastroenterology, Clinical Nutrition, Hygiene of the Medicine Faculty in Genoa University. 

His main clinical activity is devoted, to the treatment obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and eating disorders.

Moreover   he dedicated himself to the  pathophysiology of neoplastic cachexia and malnutrition in non-neoplastic pathologies ( gastroenterological, neurological, othorinolaringoiatric and surgical diseases)

 He is author or co-author of more than 200 publications on scientific  journal or congress abstracts on nutritional, gastroenterological , oncological issues (H index :8).

He has attended 320 National and International medical Congress as Scientific Supervisor for communications on scientific abstracts.


Pieter TER WEE

Dr. PM ter Wee is professor in Nephrology at the VUmc of the Amsterdam UMC. After having finished his training in internal medicine and nephrology at the VUmc, he went for a post-doctoral fellowship to the University of Miami. After returning to Amsterdam he became the leader of the nephrology unit and in 2000 professor in Nephrology and chair of the department of Nephrology at VUmc. In 2014 he switched positions to become chief medical officer of VUmc. Professor ter Wee has been the president of the Dutch Federation of Nephrology, ERA-EDTA’s congress president in 2014 and currently is president of ISRNM.



Paolo Tessari is Professor of Applied Medical and Technical Sciences at the University of Padova.

He main interest and expertise are related to in vivo metabolic studies using stable isotope techniques in physiological and pathological states.


Daniel TETA

Prof. Daniel Teta, MD, PhD, is Professor of Nephrology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lausanne. He is currently Head of the multisite Service of Nephrology at the “Hôpital du Valais” in Sion in Switzerland.

He graduated at the University of Lausanne and completed postgraduate specialties in Internal Medicine and Nephrology (1998) in Switzerland. His postgraduate research education (1997-2000) includes a PhD thesis at the University of Leicester (2005). Dr Teta published more than 100 articles in scientific journals, with significant contributions in the field of adipokines and nutrition in chronic kidney disease (CKD). He also has given 142 lectures in national and international meetings/congresses.

Prof. Teta is intensively involved in pre-graduate teaching in the specialty “Nephrology” in Switzerland at the University of Lausanne. His post-graduate teaching is mainly dedicated to nutritional aspects of CKD.

Prof. Teta is a recognized expert in nutrition related to CKD. He is director of the “Total Nutrition Therapy (TNT) Renal” course, an international specialized course for renal specialists dedicated to nutrition in this setting. He is chair of the educational committee of the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism (ISRNM). Other leading commitments include a role of theme editor for nutrition in the journal “Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation”, and active participations in the revising committee of the K/DOQI Nutrition guidelines 2015-2018 and in the European Nutrition Working Group of the European Renal Association.


Sandhya THOMAS

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas USA. My research interests include evaluating impaired insulin signaling in CKD and its metabolic consequences. The goal of which is to investigate therapeutic targets to improve insulin signaling and prevent the deleterious consequences of CKD-induced changes in skeletal and cardiac muscle metabolism.



Director Clinic of Uremia and Dialysis

President of the X Int. Congress of Nutrition and Metabolism in Renal Disease Held in Mérida, Yucatán, México 2006



Dietista presso la Direzione Servizi Educativi e Scolastici del Municipio III di Roma Capitale. Nata a Napoli nel 1976, risiede a Roma dal 2007. È laureata in Dietistica e in Nutrizione Umana. Si occupa di dietetica del singolo e delle collettività, di sicurezza alimentare e ristorazione collettiva.  Svolge attività didattica e divulgativa in ambito universitario ed extrauniversitario. È autrice di n. 17 pubblicazioni in estenso su riviste scientifiche nazionali ed internazionali e di numerose comunicazioni scientifiche su riviste e/o atti di congressi e simposi nazionali e internazionali. È co-autrice di 6 capitoli e 5 libri tecnico-scientifici, di altre pubblicazioni a carattere divulgativo e di due Manuali di Corretta Prassi Igienica autorizzati dal Ministero della Salute.

Da Maggio 2014 a Maggio 2018 è stata Presidente dell’Associazione Nazionale Dietisti.


Maria Cristina VECCHIO

Hydration and kidney health manager, Danone Research, France

Mariacristina Vecchio earned her Doctorate Degree in Pharmacy with a specialization in clinical pharmacology at the University of Calabria, Italy.  She worked at the Mario Negri Sul Institute as a renal epidemiology research officer where she focused her research on pharmacological treatment for patients undergoing dialysis. She conducted several clinical studies on the comorbidities associated to dialysis treatment such as depression and sexual dysfunction. Currently at Danone Research, Mariacristina is working as Hydration and Kidney Health Manager, focusing her research on the relationships between water intake and renal diseases.


Marcus Gerardus VERVLOET

Marc Vervloet is professor of Nephrology at the department of Nephrology at the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam. He is program director of Research Theme Diabetes and Metabolism of the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences Institute. His main research topic is “Cardiovascular consequences of Chronic Kidney Disease” with an emphasis on the role of CKD-MBD. he is vice-Chair of the ERA-EDTA working group on CKD-MBD and committee member of KDIGO on CKD-MBD



Verzola Daniela is a biologist and PhD and works as Researcher in the Laboratory of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Genoa. Her fields of research are Mechanisms of pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy, Pathways of muscle atrophy In chronic kidney disease and Role of innate immune system in CKD progression.


Francesca VIAZZI

MD, Nephrologist, Associate Professor,

Clinical Hypertension Specialist by EHS ®

University of Genoa and Policlinico San Martino-IST, Division of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation


Angela WANG

Angela Yee Moon WANG, MD, PhD, FRCP, is a Clinician Scientist working at the Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

She is the President-Elect of the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism (ISRNM), Executive Committee Member of KDIGO (Jan 2015 - Dec 2017), ISN North and East Asia Regional Board member, Committee Member of the ISN-Advancing Clinical Trial Core Group, Council member of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD), and Executive Committee member of the SONG Initiative.

She is a workgroup member of KDOQI Nutrition Guidelines in CKD and the ISPD PD Adequacy Guideline update 2017. She chaired the ISPD Adult Cardiovascular and Metabolic Guidelines (2012 – 2015) and is a Subcommittee Chair of the ISPD PDOPPS. She was a Core workgroup member of the first KDIGO – CKD-MBD guidelines (2007 – 2009).

She received the NKF Joel D. Kopple Award in 2018 and the John Maher Award of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis in 2006, Travelling Lecturer Award of Asian and Pacific Federation of Clinical Biochemistry in 2012.

She is a member of the Scientific Program Committee of WCN 2019 in Melbourne and co-Chairs the Renal Nutrition, Nurses and Allied Health Symposium at the WCN 2019. She also co-Chairs the upcoming ISN Frontiers Meeting 2019.

She currently serves on the editorial board of several nephrology journals including: JASN, CJASN, NDT (Editor of Cardiovascular Section), Am J Nephrol, Nephron Clin Pract (Associate Editor), Nephrology (Subject Editor), J Ren Nutr, J Diabetes, Blood Purification, Biomedicine Hub, etc. She was previously an Associate Editor of AJKD and an International Editor of CJASN.

She has given over 100 invited lectures around the world and is an opinion leader in CKD and dialysis complications, esp in the areas of nutrition and diet, cardiovascular disease, heart failure, vascular calcification, and CKD-MBD.


Christoph WANNER

Christoph Wanner, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University Hospital of Würzburg, Germany.

Prof. Wanner’s areas of interest are metabolic disorders and cardio-renal outcomes in patients with diabetic kidney and other rare diseases. He has served as the Principal Investigator of the 4D Study and as a steering committee member of the SHARP, CARMELINA and EMPAREG-OUTCOME® studies as well as EMPEROR and EMPA-KIDNEY. He has published more than 640 PubMed-indexed scientific articles and serves as the Editor-in-chief for Journal of Renal Nutrition and as Associate Editor of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Prof. Wanner is a past president of the ISRNM and has been an executive officer of KDIGO (Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes) as well as a member of the European Renal Best Practice board of the ERA-EDTA. Until recently (2009-2015), Prof. Wanner was chair of the European Renal Registry and was the recipient of 2016 ERA-EDTA Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions to Nephrology. Prof. Wanner is an honorary member of the Polish Society of Nephrology and received a doctorate honoris causa from the Charles University, Prague in 2012.


XueQuing YU

Institute of Nephrology, Guangdong Medical University, Guangdong, China

Dr Xueqing Yu is currently The Vice President of Guangdong Medical University. Changjiang Scholarship Professor, Ministry of Education. His academic positions include President of Chinese Society of Nephrology, President-Elected and Chair of Membership Committee of International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD), Executive Member of the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) and Chair of CME committee, Editor board of <American Journal Kidney Diseases>, and Subject Editor of <Nephrology>.

His research focused on identifying susceptible gene and function study in IgAN and Lupus Nephritis, Peritoneal Dialysis, and translational research. So far, his study were supported by 42 scientific research grants, including The National Key Research and Development Program of China, 973 Key Project – one of the most important national research programmes in China, National Nature Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, Innovation Team Project of Ministry of Education, and Key Clinic Programs of Ministry of Health and etc. He has 328 publications, among which 146 papers were indexed by SCI, including The Lancet, Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, cell Metabolism, Science Translational Medicine, JASN, etc.



Dr. Zoccali’s research interests cover hypertension, cardiovascular complications in chronic renal failure, renal disease progression and the epidemiology of chronic renal failure. He has contributed over 600 PudMed indexed publications in peer reviewed journals  and  has  an Hirsh Index (Google  Scholar) of  88.   Dr Zoccali  has been  Chief  Editor  of  Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation (2011-2017)   and  he  is  active editorial  board member  of Hypertension,  European J Clin Investigation,  Clinical Nephrology  and   several other internal medicine and  nephrology journals.

Dr. Zoccali is the President of    the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA)  for the  June 7th  2017-May 2020 triennium.  He  chaired the Registry of Dialysis and Transplantation of the  same  association  from 2003 until   May 2009  and  was President of the Italian Society of Nephrology (2007-2008). A member to 10 national and international societies of Nephrology and Hypertension, he received  international awards  by the Am Kidney Foundation and the Borelli Foundation. Dr. Zoccali is  Fellow  of  the American Society of Nephrology  (FASN) and of the  ERA-EDTA (FERA)  and of the  American Kidney Foundation (FNKF)  and honorary Member of  the Spanish Society of Nephrology  and the Polish Society of Nephrology.






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