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Santa Barbara Nutrients was a proud sponsor of the FASEB PKD Conference this year…

 Why are we sponsoring PKD conferences?

Being a sponsor at conferences and PKD events aligns with our purpose at Santa Barbara Nutrients. As a benefit corporation, part of our mission is to work together with our community to educate, promote research, raise awareness about PKD and kidney disease, and empower patients to advocate for their health.  Sponsorships allow us to do all of the above, as well as share our novel science-based approaches and research findings.

This significant international conference featured the latest research and brought together nephrologists and renal scientists from around the world.  This year, the conference focused on hurdles and advances in molecular mechanisms and therapies for polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

This week, Santa Barbara Nutrients was a sponsor at the Polycystic Kidney Disease Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

The conference focused on hurdles and advances in molecular mechanisms and therapies for polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

 Santa Barbara Nutrients Founder and President, Dr. Thomas Weimbs, spoke at the conference on a very important subject to PKD patients, Flushing Crystals to Prevent Cysts.

 Dr. Michal Mrug, Santa Barbara Nutrients board member, also spoke at the conference on inflammation and fibrosis.

Dr. Mrug is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and current Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the PKD Foundation.

Photos from the conference

President and Founder of Santa Barbara Nutrients, Dr. Thomas Weimbs in Lisbon, Portugal with Jeff Robertson, the Executive Director of the PKD Foundation of Canada.

 Dr. Darren Wallace from the Kansas PKD Research and Translation Core Center. Dr. Wallace is a Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Director of PKD Biomarkers and Biomaterials Core.

Dr. Alessandra Boletta from Milan (left). Dr. Boletta graduated in Biology from the University of Pavia, Italy. She carried out her doctorate-equivalent training at the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo, Italy, working on gene delivery to the kidney. She went to Johns Hopkins University, USA, for her postdoctoral training. Here, she began her scientific activity on Polycystic Kidney Disease, working on heterologous expression of Polycystin-1 aimed at establishing cellular models to investigate the Polycystins function.

Dr. Dorien Peters from Leiden (right). Dr. Peters is a Professor of Human Genetics, in particular the molecular and functional genetics of polycystic kidney disease (PKD), at the Department of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).

Dr. Jing Zhou, MD, PhD is the founding director of the Harvard Center for Polycystic Kidney Disease Research which was established via funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in 2005. Dr. Zhou’s research focuses on the understanding of inherited kidney disease. Dr. Zhou is an internationally renowned leader on studies of polycystic kidney disease. 

Interviews during the conference

Dr. Thomas Weimbs, President and Founder of Santa Barbara Nutrients, interviews Dr. Ken Hallows at the FASEB polycystic kidney disease (PKD) conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

In this interview, Dr. Hallows discusses his research findings on polycystic kidney disease and Metformin. Dr. Ken Hallows is the Chief of Nephrology at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Hallows is also the Director of Kidney Research at the Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Thomas Weimbs, President and Founder of Santa Barbara Nutrients, interviews Dr. York Pei at the FASEB polycystic kidney disease (PKD) conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

In this video, Dr. Thomas Weimbs and Dr. York Pei discuss the first clinical trial that will focus on ketogenic dietary interventions and KetoCitra for polycystic kidney disease.

Dr. Thomas Weimbs, President and Founder of Santa Barbara Nutrients, interviews Jeff Robertson at the FASEB polycystic kidney disease (PKD) conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

In this video, Dr. Thomas Weimbs and Jeff Robertson discuss the PKD Foundation of Canada.

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