Jeff Miner Helps Celebrate 50 Years of Pediatric Nephrology

Jeff Miner, PhD, FASN

Professor of Medicine Jeffrey Miner will give a plenary lecture, The Glomerular Basement Membrane – Friend or Foe, at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the European Society for Paedriatric Nephrology (ESPN). The meeting will be held September 6-9, 2017, in Glasgow, UK.

The event, taking place in Scotland’s largest exhibition center (SEC Centre), is a celebration of the inaugural ESPN meeting held at the University of Glasgow in 1967. Organizers have collected videos and photos – pieces of pediatric nephrology history – to highlight the pioneers in the field and illustrate what life was like for children with kidney disease half a century ago in Europe. Interviews with emeritus pediatric nephrologists from all over Europe, and their patients, have been recorded. These video archives can be viewed on the 2017 ESPN dedicated YouTube channel.

A 20-minute edited film will be shown at the Opening Ceremony celebration of the meeting. After the formal ceremony, Scottish bagpipers will lead a procession of ESPN delegates across the bridge over the River Clyde to an informal reception at Glasgow’s Science Centre hosted by the Right Honourable Lord Provost of Glasgow.

Several pre-congress symposia are scheduled. Dr. Miner is on the organizing committee of the pre-meeting 2017 International Workshop on Alport Syndrome: Shining a Light on Alport Syndrome. This interactive workshop provides an opportunity to interact with patient organizations and the leading researchers, geneticists and clinicians with expertise in Alport syndrome.

Dr. Miner is internationally recognized for his work on glomerular basement membrane components and their roles in glomerulogenesis and glomerular disease, in particular the pediatric diseases Alport syndrome and Pierson syndrome.

A list of all speakers at the 2017 ESPN can be found here.