Virtual Education Symposium on Neonatal Nephrology

August 24, 2022

The NKC has organized a free virtual education symposium on neonatal nephrology on 20th October from 12.30pm to 3.00pm pacific time; 3.30pm to 6.00pm eastern time. The symposium is designed to help support neonatal and nephrology fellows and junior faculty with educational topics on kidney development, acute kidney injury, neonatal dialysis, and neonatal conditions that affect kidney function. The symposium is open to fellows and faculty, will be held via zoom, and will require registration by 10th October. We look forward to as many trainees and junior faculty attending as possible.

July 2022 Article of the Month

July 26, 2022

Paige Condit, one of our six two crew interns, has reviewed “Prevalence and Risk Factors for Kidney Disease and Elevated BP in 2-Year-Old Children Born Extremely Premature” published in CJASN by HIngorani et. al. for the July article of the month. In this article, infants born at < 28 weeks gestation had increased prevalence of adverse kidney outcomes at 2 years of age. The prevalence was independent of whether the infant experienced AKI or amongst infants with alterations in cystatin C and Cr levels throughout their NICU stay, indicating the long-term adverse outcome prevalence may be secondary to intrinsic kidney differences from prematurity and potentially not related to the NICU experience. For more information, read the complete summary or the article.

June 2022 Article of the Month

June 27, 2022

This month’s article is on cardiovascular health in adulthood following premature birth and was summarized by Dr. Tom Forbes. Using a large prospective, longitudinal study of extremely premature and low birth weight neonates in Australia, the authors evaluated blood pressures at 25 years of age. This prospective cohort study with an impressive 25-year follow up highlights the less favorable cardiovascular health profiles of infants compared to term-born, healthy controls, particularly in males. For more information, read the complete summary or the article.

May 2022 Article of the Month

May 23, 2022

This month’s article summary by Dr. Cara Slagle highlights the recent Pediatric Research publication by Dr. Matt Harer and colleagues entitled “Renal tissue oxygenation after caffeine administration in preterm neonates.” This hypothesis generating study highlights the large knowledge gaps related to neonatal AKI, renal tissue oxygenation and the need for exploration into potential solutions to mitigate AKI and its consequences. This study demonstrates caffeine administration may increase renal tissue perfusion, a known source of renal injury. It also, interestingly demonstrates variation of increase in oxygenation depending on the baseline oxygenation subgroup following caffeine administration. For more information and to read the summary, please click here.


Nov 16, 2021

Dr. Starr and Dr. Harer were a part of the NICU Grad Podcast hosted by Dr. Neena Jube-Desai. In this two part podcast, they break down Neonatal Acute Kidney Injury – make sure to check it out!