2018 Keynote Speakers & Program


(The Program will be posted closer to the meeting date).



Orson W. Moe, MD, Professor of Clinical Investigation, Professor of Medicine and Physiology; Distinguished Chair in Mineral Metabolism, Chief of the Division of Nephrology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

“Nephrolithiasis: A Disease of Urinary pH”

Orson W. Moe is the Donald W. Seldin Professor of Clinical Investigation and the Charles and Jane Pak Distinguished Chair in Mineral Metabolism at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern).  He is also Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at UT Southwestern.  He earned his MD degree from University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1982.  After completing his clinical fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Toronto, he studied the biology of the Na+/H+ Exchanger 3 (NHE3) in the laboratory of Dr. Robert J. Alpern at UT Southwestern.  Dr. Moe joined the faculty of UT Southwestern’s Department of Medicine in 1990.  He conducts basic and patient-oriented research on renal physiology, metabolism, and epithelial biology, and his work has elucidated the pathogenesis of a diverse set of diseases including calcium and uric acid nephrolithiasis, phosphate and mineral metabolism, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease.  His scholarship is remarkable for spanning boundaries, as he conducts research that crosses from the level of the whole patient down to the single molecule.  Dr. Moe has received the Jack Coburn Award and Endowed Lectureship in Mineral Metabolism from the American Society of Nephrology.  He has also been recognized as a pre-eminent teacher in renal physiology at UT Southwestern and worldwide.  Some examples of recognition of his teaching ability include his being a faculty member of the European Master Class in Renal Physiology on three separate occasions, and his being a faculty member and organizer of the Proximal Tubule Module for the “Origins of Renal Physiology” Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory for over a decade.  Dr. Moe has been a plenary or keynote speaker at the Swiss Society of Nephrology, German Society of Nephrology, Italian Society of Nephrology, Philippine Society of Nephrology, and International Symposium on Molecular Targets in Renal Disease.

Dr. Jennifer BombergerJennifer Bomberger, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh

Complex Communities: Decoding Microbial Interactions in the Cystic Fibrosis Respiratory Tract

Dr. Bomberger is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After her PhD work on adrenomedullin receptors in renal epithelial cells at Michigan State University in 2005, she completed her postdoctoral studies with Dr. Bruce Stanton at Dartmouth School of Medicine where she focused on intracellular trafficking of CFTR in respiratory epithelium and the role of de-ubiquitination as a critical regulator of CFTR endocytic recycling and channel function.  Dr. Bomberger’s current research centers on host-pathogen interactions of Pseudomonas aeruginosa with the airway epithelium in cystic fibrosis.  One area of her focus includes identifying mechanisms by which viral infections induce diversity, evolution, and biofilm growth by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis patients.  Dr. Bomberger has received numerous awards for her work, including the American Association of Immunologists-Life Technologies Achievement Award (2011), the Lazaro J. Mandel Young Investigator Award (2013) from the American Physiological Society, the Gilead Sciences Research Scholar in Cystic Fibrosis Award (2015), and the Vertex Research Innovation Award in Cystic Fibrosis (2017). In addition, her work is well funded by the NIDDK, NHLBI and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.