Jonathan leads the Renal Research Group within the College of Life Sciences, University of Leicester. His research is focussed on a bench to bedside approach to improving our understanding of the pathogenesis of IgA nephropathy. Jonathan is the IgA nephropathy Rare Disease Group lead for the UK National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases (RaDaR) and a member of the steering committee for the International IgA Nephropathy Network. He works closely with pharmaceutical companies interested in new treatments for IgA nephropathy, and is Chief Investigator for a number of international randomised controlled Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials in IgA nephropathy. Jonathan works closely with IgAN patients in the UK and organises an annual IgAN Information Day and runs the Leicester IgA Nephropathy YouTube channel which is home to a range of information podcasts for patents and carers.
Dr. Richard Lafayette is Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) at the Stanford University Medical Center. He is the founder and director of the Stanford Glomerular Disease Center and its fellowship training program. He has a longstanding interest in glomerular disease with a focus on IgA nephropathy. This interest has led to many evaluations and some elucidation of the pathogenesis of IgA nephritis and leadership in many clinical trials. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience and has more than 150 publications including more than 95 peer reviewed papers. He remains passionate in efforts to discover safer and more effective treatments for patients.
Dr Dana Rizk is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Her clinical and research interests revolve around glomerular diseases and, in particular IgA Nephropathy. She has served as the site principal investigator on many clinical trials and is part of several multi-disciplinary translational research projects focused on the role of biomarkers in IgAN. Her research efforts resulted in more than 45 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr Rizk has been the Director of Clinical Trials Research in the Division of Nephrology since 2015 and also serves as the Medical Director for the Clinical Trials Administrative Office at UAB.
Whitney Simmons is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma working with an Interventional Cardiology team both in hospital and in the outpatient setting. She lives with her husband Adam and two sons, Ethan age 4 and Carter age 11months. Whitney was diagnosed with IgAN at the age of 23, she has been on chronic immunotherapy for 9 years. She has since worked towards being an advocate for patients and family members alike. Her greatest passion is empowering IgAN patients to take charge of their health and live their best life!
Dr. Hsiao received her MD, PhD from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She completed her Nephrology training in Harvard Medical School (HMS). She is currently a faculty and the Director of "Asian Renal Clinic"; the founder and Director of "Center for Kidney Innovation & Care"; the creator of Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP) at Harvard College, where she has served as the official advisor. Currently, she is the co-program associate director of Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine.
Dr. Hsiao has written many articles and chapters. One of her work was published in journal of Circulation in 2012 and being ranked at the top 1% in the academic field of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Hsiao has received numerous awards for her outstanding clinical work, teaching and mentoring including the prestigious Harvard Clifford Barger Young Excellent Mentoring Award, The Dean's Community Service Award.
Dr. Hsiao served as a member of various committees including the admission committee at HMS, planning program committee of National Kidney Foundation; Chinese American Society of Nephrology; the Postgraduate education committee of American Society of Nephrology (ASN). She later served as a member of the board of advisors of ASN. She was Co-Chair for the "Professional Development Seminar" course during the ASN annual meeting for many years, she was a Councilor of Women In Nephrology (WIN) and the president of WIN; currently she serves as a Senior Advisor of WIN. She has also served in the Education working group of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN); she is also the inaugural editor for Web-based learning program of ISN.
Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, (a.k.a. Dr Kam Kalantar) is a nephrologist, who studied medicine in Germany and received MPH and PhD degrees from University of California Berkeley. He is trained in SUNY Brooklyn and UCSF San Francisco and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Pediatrics. Prof. Kalantar has authored over 800 publications and has had several NIH grants. He is currently professor and chief of Nephrology at University of California Irvine (UCI). He is past President of the International Society of Renal Nutrition & Metabolism and co-chair of the international steering committee of the World Kidney Day.
Dr. Daniil Shimonov is a specialist in Nephrology and Hypertension in New York at The Rogosin Institute. He completed a Nephrology and Hypertension fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine.
His focus is on chronic kidney disease, polycystic kidney disease, and home dialysis. His philosophy is to prevent progression of kidney disease and working together with patients to ensure their disease is controlled and transitions smoothly from advanced kidney disease to either kidney transplant or dialysis.
His passion and privilege is helping patients with kidney disease live a full life, educate medical students and physicians medicine and nephrology, and research ways to improve delivery of kidney replacement therapies, such as dialysis.
Lynn is an Integrative Life Coach, combining her training in energy healing and coaching to assist clients from many walks of life discover their innate wholeness and beauty, and become the most authentic and joyful versions of themselves possible. Lynn believes that although life challenges and transitions can be stressful, they are also hallmarks of a true hero's journey, and can be the most empowering and rewarding experiences of a lifetime, yielding profound healing, amazing personal growth, and spiritual development
Lynn lives in Franklin, Tennessee and provides coaching and healing sessions to clients nationwide virtually through phone or Zoom, and locally at her office at The Estuary in Nashville. Many of her local clients are participants in The Estuary’s Holistic Health Program, which offers services to support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the chronically ill; these services are designed to complement clients’ traditional medical treatments. Lynn also offers classes and weekend workshops on topics such as self care, career change, life design, and thought management. For more information about Lynn, services she provides, or upcoming classes, please visit Lynn’s website at www.lynnbartrum.com
Jessica Kerske is a holistic life coach at The Estuary in Nashville, TN. Her goal is to guide individuals to design a life that is in harmony with their soul’s highest purpose. She loves helping her clients to discover their dreams so they can experience a deeper sense of self and more fulfillment in all areas of life.
Jessica believes it is a natural part of life to experience circumstances and conditions that feel bigger than us. She also believes these are the times when something greater is seeking to emerge through us. Jessica walks with clients and empowers them to know that what is within them is far greater than any situation, circumstance, or condition they may be facing.
Jessica teaches clients to develop an unconditional friendship with themselves and to access their inner sanctuary, a place inside each one of us that is safe and connected. She helps individuals of all ages to move beyond present limitations, access greater possibilities, and become who they were always meant to be.