Spark 2021 Agenda

What is SPARK? SPARK is a 1-day symposium hosted by The IgA Nephropathy Foundation for IgA Nephropathy patients and their caregivers to learn about the disease, living with the disease and being a caregiver for those with the disease. It promises to be an information packed event with plenty of time for mingling with others and sharing your stories.

For Spark 2021 we are going to stay virtual in an effort to protect our patients during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please view the Virtual Spark Agenda below, detailing the day and stay tuned for more information about the sessions, speakers and registration.


Virtual Booths Open/Networking

9:30am - 9:45AM

Opening Remarks 

Bonnie Schneider, Founder & Executive Director of IgAN Foundation

 9:45AM - 10:30AM

Diagnosed with IgAN. Now what?

Dr. Jonathan Barratt

University of Leicester UK

 10:35am – 11:20am

The Importance of Clinical Trials in IgA Nephropathy

Dr. Richard Lafayette

Stanford University

 11:25am – 12:15pm

Understanding Your Labs & Biopsy Report

Dr. Dana Rizk

University of Alabama Birmingham

 12:15pm – 1:00pm


 1:05pm – 1:50pm

Pregnancy & IgAN

Whitney Simmons

MSN, APRN-CNP – IgAN Patient

Kidney stones: risk, treatment and prevention

Li-Li Hsiao, MD, PhD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

 1:55pm – 2:40pm

Nutrition & IgA Nephropathy

Dr. Kam Kalantar

University of California Irvine

What Dialysis options are best for you?

Dr. Daniil Shimonov

The Rogosin Institute

 2:45pm – 3:30pm

Patients & Caregivers “Surviving & Thriving”

Lynn Bartrum

The Estuary

Jessica Kerske

Holistic life coach at The Estuary in Nashville

Having Your Donor Find You

Harvey Mysel

Living Kidney Donors Network

  3:35pm - 4:35pm

IGAN Patient Panel

Fellow IGAN WARRIORS share their stories of living with IgA Nephropathy


Closing Remarks

If you have any questions or concerns regarding SPARK 2021, please email

 6:00pm EDT

Booths/Networking open until 6pm EDT