QMB Satellite Asia Pacific Kidney Development Workshop
(co-ordinated by A/Prof Alan Davidson)
September 5-6, 2019
Rydges Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
The Asia-Pacific Kidney Development Workshop was founded in 2012 to provide a forum for researchers from the Pacific rim to present and discuss cutting-edge work on embryonic kidney formation and renal regeneration. The generation of kidney organoids from pluripotent stem cells had been a recent breakthrough in the field and was pioneered by laboratories situated in the Asia- Pacific region (Australia, Japan, and New Zealand) and USA. After the inaugural 2012 Asia-Pacific Kidney Development Workshop in Adelaide, the second 2014 workshop was held in Queenstown New Zealand with expanded international attendance from researchers in Europe and USA. The workshop was held over two days with 20 presentations including a plenary presentation by Professor Raphael Kopan, a pioneer in the kidney development field. The 2019 Asia Pacific Kidney Development Workshop will return to New Zealand as a satellite of the Queenstown Research Week (QRW), New Zealand’s biggest annual scientific gathering. QRW is attended by over 1,000 scientists and offers a week of co-ordinated meetings that cover a wide range of topics in the biological sciences.
The 2019 Asia Pacific Kidney Development Workshop will bring together kidney, embryology and regenerative medicine researchers from NZ, Australia, Europe, USA and Japan. There will be presentations from established and early-career scientists, including a plenary lecture by the highly regarded Professor Schedl (iBV, France), as well as a poster session. Research on kidney embryology, stem cells, kidney organoids and kidney regeneration will be presented with an emphasis on applications to human disease.There will also be several opportunities for scientific and social exchange amongst the workshop participants. There are few kidney meetings of this kind world-wide that foster the exchange and progress of scientific research towards understanding the underlying causes of kidney disease, as well as contributing toimproved approaches for diagnosis and treatment.