Previous Events

GREX Virtual Symposium

Date: December 10, 2020

Sharlene Greenwood, King's College Hospital, UK
"Kidney Beam: A Novel Digital Platform to Improve Physical and Emotional Wellbeing"

Nicola Lamberti, University of Ferrara, Italy
"Simple Training Programs Managed by an Exercise Facilitator for the Dialysis Patient: Preliminary Results from a Non-Randomized Patient-Centered Pragmatic Trial"

Madeleine Warren, Consultancy Director and Patient Advocate, UK
"Living with Kidney Disease - A Marathon not a Sprint"

Brett Burrows, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
"Fully Immersive Virtual Reality-based Mindfulness Intervention in Hemodialysis Patients: A Pilot Study Assessing Safety and Utility"

Enrico Benedetti, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
"Fit for Service: An Original Muscle Therapy Program to Help Transplant & Dialysis Patients"

GREX Student Webinar Series

Date: September 24, 2020

Brett Burrows, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
"Fully Immersive Virtual Reality-based Mindfulness Intervention in Hemodialysis Patients: A Pilot Study Assessing Safety and Utility"

Brett Tarca, University of South Australia, AU
"Modifiable Physical Factors Associated with Physical Functioning for Patients Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis"

Tom O'Sullivan, University of Leicester, UK
"Characterisation of Human Primary Skeletal Muscle Cells Derived from CKD Patients Compared to Healthy Controls”

Date: July 23, 2020

Hsin-Yu Fang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Intradialytic cycling attenuated the efficacy of hemodialysis in tissue sodium removal"

Noemi Vadaszy, University of Leicester
“Muscle symptom burden: differences between non-dialysis CKD patients and non-CKD adults”

Heitor S. Ribeiro, University of Brasília
"Implementing a supervised intradialytic resistance training program for renal failure patients: a 34-week Brazilian experience"

Date: June 25, 2020

Sadia Anjum Ashrafi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Subjective thirst and xerostomia in relation to interdialytic weight gain: A systematic review and meta-analysis"

Ranveer S. Brar, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba / Chronic Disease Innovation Centre
"Provider perception of frailty is associated with dialysis decision making in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease"

Pedro Martins, Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development, CIDESD, University Institute of Maia, ISMAI / Fresenius Medical Care, NephroCare Portugal
“Intradialytic exercise in hemodialysis patients: from clinical implementation evaluation to the long-term effects on patient outcomes”

Date: May 22, 2020

Luis Perez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Benefits of home-delivered, low sodium meals in HD patients"

Dev K Jegatheesan, University of Queensland
"Scope and consistency of outcome measures for physical fitness in Chronic Kidney Disease: A systematic review"

Ahad Bootwala, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
“A multi-center group-based and tech-driven exercise intervention for persons transitioning to dialysis using the “Exercise is Medicine” framework”


Date: April 23, 2020
Presenter: Anthony Meade, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia 
Topic: “Applying the principles of sports nutrition and exercise performance to CKD patients"

The GREX World Summit, Calgary, Alberta: November 2019

GREX held their inaugural world summit on November 1 – 3, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Attendees included ~60 GREX members representing 19 countries and 5 continents (North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia), specializing primarily in nephrology, exercise science, and/or nutrition. The objectives of this meeting were to: 

1. Establish a formal mission and vision for GREX;

2. Provide education on how to develop a global research network; 

3. Discuss: 

a.) barriers to and facilitators of exercise implementation 

b.) how to increase the relevance of exercise in nephrology 

c.) the results of the GREX Delphi Study on exercise research priorities 

4. Develop a strategy to further international exercise and physical activity research in CKD.

Download the Summit itinerary here.

GREX at the American Society of Nephrology Annual General Meeting, Washington, DC: November 2019


poster from GREX ASN General Meeting