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Jared J. Grantham Symposium

About the Grantham Symposium

To honor Dr. Jared Grantham in his retirement, the Kidney Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center hosted the first Jared J. Grantham Symposium on May 7 - 9th, 2014 in Kansas City. Dr. Grantham's vision was to invite all of the Lillian Jean Kaplan award recipients to lead a forward-thinking and interactive forum to focus on future directions and innovations in polycystic kidney disease research. All twelve of the Kaplan Awardees were present at the inaugural symposium to give talks on their vision of " The Future of PKD Research."  The Kidney Institute will continue to host the Grantham Symposium annually.

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
Location: Beller Auditorium, KUMC


  • 1:00-2:00pm Opening Keynote Seminar
    Bradley Yoder, PhD
    "Cilia Regulation of the Renal Injury Response and Connections with Cystic Kidney Disease"

  • 2:00-2:25pm
    Juan Wang, PhD
    Pilot project update: Mechanisms Partitioning Polycystin Localization and Function between Cilia and Extracellular Vesicles (EVs)

  • 2:25-2:50pm
    Maria Irazabal, MD
    Pilot project update: Assessment of longitudinal changes in endothelial function and oxidative stress in normotensive patients with ADPKD

  • 2:50-3:00 Break 

  • 3:00-3:25pm
    Jason Stubbs, MD
    Pilot project update: Role of Osteopontin in Polycystic Kidney Disease Progression

  • 3:25-3:50pm
    Reena Rao, PhD
    Pilot project update: Vasopressin Signaling: A Common Pathogenic Process in Polycystic Kidney Disease and Renal Cell Carcinoma

  • 3:50-4:00pm Break 

  • 4:00-5:00pm Closing Keynote Seminar 
    York Pei, MSc, MD, FRCPC
    "My Journey in PKD Research: From Bedside to Bench and Back"

  • 5-6:00pm Reception and Otsuka Light Sculpture Dedication 
    Dedication Speakers:
    Alan Yu, M.B., B.Chir
    James Calvet, PhD
    Kelli Tea - Sr. Director Nephrology Marketing at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies

  • 6:00-7:30pm Dinner Served, RSVP required to Lyn Harris, by June 1 
  • 7:30pm Closing Announcements - James Calvet, PhD 
  • 7:45pm Adjourn

Partnering Sponsor

Thanks to the PKD Foundation for supporting the symposium as a partnering sponsor.


KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
The Jared Grantham Kidney Institute
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3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160