Where Nephrologists & Trainees Transform Kidney Care Together


"Transforming Kidney Care and Research"

KIDNEYcon Mission


KIDNEYcon is an annual two day educational event with a mission of fostering enthusiasm for careers in nephrology among residents and fellows and to provide educational updates on relevant kidney topics. An additional focus is to develop collaborative research projects between academic and private nephrologists.

The inaugural KIDNEYcon was held in Little Rock, AR on April 8-9, 2016.  The second annual KIDNEYcon was held on April 7-8, 2017. KIDNEYcon 2018 will be on April 6-7, 2018.  The nephrology career advocacy mission utilizes hands-on workshops in hot topics of nephrology and the encouragement of active discussion during educational sessions. The research advocacy mission is fostered by asking speakers to focus on issues that facilitate collaborative research, as well as a special research-oriented session on Sunday morning of the conference. The educational mission is supported by talks by nationally prominent speakers within specific areas of nephrology. The intimate setting of the meeting allows for close interactions with nephrologists who are thought leaders in the field in a way that is not possible at large meetings. We anticipate that the meeting will continue to grow and serve as a sounding board and advocate for advancements in nephrology. 

The NSMC is a proud supporter of KIDNEYcon

The NSMC is a proud supporter of KIDNEYcon



We would like to thank the following companies for support of the 2017 KIDNEYcon meeting through unrestricted educational grants:
Arkana Laboratories


We would like to thank our 2017 exhibitors:
C.R. Bard

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Kidneycon Director

John Arthur, MD, PhD, FASN



University of Iowa College of Medicine
MD, 1990
PhD Pharmacology, 1990

Duke University Medical Center
Residency in Medicine, 1990-93
Fellowship in Nephrology, 1993-96

Academic Position

Professor and Chief of Nephrology
Associate Director, Translational Research Institute
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Research Interests

  • Prognostic Biomarkers
  • Proteomics
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetic nephropathy


KIDNEYcon Co-Director

Shree Sharma, MD, FASN



All India Institute of Medical Sciences
MD, 2005

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Residency in Pathology, 2007-2011

Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship in Renal Pathology, 2011-2012


Academic Position

Nephropathologist, Arkana Laboratories
Little Rock, AR

Research Interests

Acute kidney injury
Chronic kidney disease



KIDNEYcon Education Director

Matthew Sparks, MD




University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
MD, 2003
Residency in Medicine, 2003-06
Chief Resident, 2006-07

Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship in Nephrology, 2007-10
Biomedical Scholar, 2010-11

Academic Position

Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director- Nephrology Fellowship
Director- Medical Student Research, Department of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests

AT1 angiotensin receptors in blood pressure control
Endothelin β-Arrestin Signaling in Hypertension
Medical Education

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth
— John F. Kennedy