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ASN Conference 
November 3 – 6 2022
Orlando, Florida 

Kidney Foundation of Canada presents “Movement is Medicine” – Tips for people living with kidney disease with Dr. Jenn MacRae
October 12 2022

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Stay Fit and Active with PKD–Live Q&A Session with Dr Courtney Lightfoot and Dr Thomas Wilkinson, Leicester Kidney Lifestyle Team
September 21 2022
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GREX World Kidney Day 2022 Webinar

ISPD Webinar

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In cooperation with GREX (Global Renal EXercise network)

Thursday 17 February, 2022 – 13:00 (UTC)

ISPD-GREX physical activity and exercise recommendations for peritoneal dialysis:
practice points to guide patients.

Nicole Scholes-Robertson (Australia)

Paul Bennett (Australia)

Stephanie Thompson (Canada)

Krista Stewart (Canada)

Talerngsak Kanjanabuch (Thailand)

ISPD-GREX Joint Webinar

February 17th 2022 

Should PD patients swim? Should they do core exercises? What exercise can frail PD patients do? These questions and more will be discussed and answered by nephrologists, exercise specialists, PD nurses and PD patients, members of the team who developed the 2022 ISPD and GREX Network practice recommendations, in our next webinar:

Thursday 17 February, 2022 – 13h00 UTC

International Transplantoux Symposium

February 11th – 12th 2022 

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Hybrid symposium on the importance of physical activity, exercise training, and nutrition for patients with chronic organ failure and organ transplantation

Symposium dates: Friday 11 and Saturday 12 February 2022

With thought-provoking lectures, interactive workshops and two satellite symposia organized by Canadian Network for Rehabilitation and Exercise for Solid Organ Transplant Optimal Recovery (CAN-RESTORE) and the Global Renal Exercise Network (GREX)

Tom Wilkinson – Transplantoux – UK Exercise and Lifestyle in CKD

Giorgos Sakkas – Transplantoux – Lifestyle Medicine Approach for CKD

Paul Bennett – Transplantoux – Policy Talk

Ken Wilund – Transplantoux – The Global Renal Exercise Network

João Viana – Transplantoux – Lessons from Exercise Programs in CKD

Annual GREX Virtual Symposium

Date: December 09, 2021

Dec 9th 2021 GREX hosted a virtual symposium with speakers around the world. Speakers included:

  • 8:05 – Lynnsey Eastoe “Cardiac Rehabilitation: The Transition to Virtual Programming”
  • 28:02 – Paul Bennett “2021 ISPD/GREX Exercise Guidelines in Peritoneal Dialysis: What advice do we give our PD patients?”
  • 59:11 – Nicki Scholes-Robertson “Patient Perspectives, My exercise journey”
  • 1:25:39 – Nadia Chu “Exercise and Transplantation—impact on cognitive function”

GREX Journal Club Webinar – “Pedal Study – A Randomized Trial—Prescription of Intradialytic Exercise To Improve Quality of Life in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis​”

Date: September 02, 2021

Dr. Sharlene Greenwood, King’s College Hospital, London; Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London
Dr. Jamie Macdonald, The School of Human and Behavioural Sciences, Bangor University, Wales

GREX World Kidney Day Webinar – “Global Perspectives on Wellness Interventions in CKD”

Date: March 12, 2021

Ria Arnold, Research Fellow, University of New South Wales Sydney
Paul Bennett, Associate Professor, University of South Australia
Domenico Chavez. PhD Student, Virginia Commonwealth University
Courtney Lightfoot. Research Associate, University of Leicester
Heitor Ribeiro, Exercise Science PhD Student, University of Brasília
Mohammad Ali Tabibi, Head of Isfahan Specific Patients and Transplant Sports, Iran

GREX Trainee Webinar Series – 2021

Date: June 23, 2021

Gabriela Palacios Pérez, Universidad Austral de Chile
“Risk factors associated with acute kidney injury in marathoners and ultramarathoners: A systematic review”

Mohammad Ali Tabibi, Pardis Specialized Wellness Institute, Iran
“The Effect of Concurrent Exercise during Dialysis on Hemoglobin, Red Blood Cells and Hematocrit in Hemodialysis Patients: A RCT”

Marvery P. Duarte, University of Brasília, Brazil
“SARC-Calf, Not SARC-F, is Associated with EWGSOP2 Sarcopenia Definition in Hemodialysis Patients”

Date: April 30, 2021

Thomas Wilkinson, Leicester Kidney Lifestyle Team, University of Leicester, UK
“Sarcopenia, chronic kidney disease and the risk of mortality and end stage renal disease: findings from 428,331 individuals in the UK Biobank”

Špela Bogataj, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
“Effects of Intradialytic Cognitive and Physical Exercise Training on Functional Status of Hemodialysis Patients: Study Protocol”

Date: January 28, 2021

Susan Rowley, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
“Dietary and Physical Activity/Exercise Behavioural Interventions for Weight Loss in Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review”

Scott McGuire, Coventry University, UK
“Cardiopulmonary and Metabolic Physiology During Hemodialysis, Inter and Intra-Dialytic Exercise”

Jingyao Hong, Johns Hopkins University, USA
“Chronic Kidney Disease, Physical Activity, and Cognitive Function in Older Adults of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2011-2014)”

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 at the (Virtual) Brazilian Congress of Nephrology: October 2020

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GREX Trainee Webinar Series – 2020

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.

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

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