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IPNA Online – International Pediatric Nephrology Association
  • IPNA
  • IPNA foundation

International workshop on developmental nephrology

August 13-17th, 2023

Estérel Resort – Quebec, Canada


Canadian Association of Pediatric Nephrologists
Canadian Society of Nephrology
Canadian Institute of Health Research-Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes
Kidney Foundation of Canada
Faculty of Medicine, McGill University


The International Workshop on Developmental Nephrology (IWDN) features cutting-edge developments in cell fate, cell differentiation and morphogenesis as they relate to normal and malformed kidney and lower urinary development.

IWDN connects basic scientists, clinician scientists and clinicians and features the work of young investigators as well as established investigators. The topics covered deal with kidney and urogenital development and malformations, kidney regeneration and repair, stem cells, and pediatric kidney disease.

This conference brings together pediatric nephrologists who treat children with urogenital malformations, inherited kidney disease, and renal dysplastic conditions, with scientists who are investigating the molecular basis for these conditions and are providing a basic framework for regenerative therapies for kidney disease. Over the past thirty years, this has been a unique meeting in bringing together clinicians and basic scientists working on kidney and urogenital development.

This years event will be taking place in Quebec, Canada at the Estérel Resort

This resort is a destination surrounded by beautiful natural settings that will surely capture the senses. This resort is bordered by three navigable lakes, lush laurentian forest and a nordic spa, estérel resort is bustling with activities.

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Event registration

Registration fees

Full registration: $800.00 USD

Young investigator: $600.00 USD

Accompanying spouse: $400.00 USD

*Special rates will be applied to New Investigators and/or Trainees. To obtain this discount please provide valid confirmation of this current status to the email listed below. It will be expected that the attendee will pay the full cost and once the documents are confirmed a reimbursement will be applied at the end of the event. The special rate for these attendees will be $600,00 USD.

**Accompanying guest receives access to all meals and any coordinated events and/or discounts for recreational activities that attendees receive.

Registration benefits
  • Attendance at for all presentations, sessions and sponsorship events
  • Entrance for Opening Reception Cocktail Gala
  • All Meals and Special Events (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for the duration of the conference
Registration deadline

August 10th, 2023

Online registration
Abstract submission

Call for abstracts is open!

Abstract submission deadline

July 10th, 2023

About the venue

Nestled in one of the Laurentians’ most beautiful locations, Estérel Resort is one-of-a-kind with its 200 spacious suites with fireplace and kitchenette, three restaurants and one of the most renowned wine cellars in Canada.

Located only one hour from Montreal and 20 minutes from Saint-Sauveur, Estérel is a popular destination for couples of all ages, a gathering place for anyone who wants to be immersed in a highly romantic setting surrounded by magnificent scenery. What’s more, its geographic location means there are a ton of outdoor activities at its doorstep.

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Enjoy the nature

During the summer, you can explore the three neighbouring lakes by canoe, kayak or paddle board, and enjoy biking or hiking on the many kilometres of trails around the resort. In winter, the lakes and forests become a huge playground for ice skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing enthusiasts.

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Experience the Ultimate in Fine Dining and Relaxation

Also, with its three restaurants, including the famed Bistro à Champlain whose wine collection exceeds 20,000 bottles—the largest in Quebec—the resort stacks up to Montréal’s finest dining establishments. Restaurant ROK, for its part, is a surf-and-turf lover’s delight with its volcanic stone cooking, while Chais58, which offers a delicious selection of dishes to share, features food and drink pairings prepared by the sommeliers.

Finally, you can relax in the Lido Thermal’s facilities (spas, saunas, polar baths, steam sauna, beaches and summer bar), and find a complete range of spa services at the Amerispa Center provided by a team of professionals: massage therapy, beauty and body care.

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Booking Accommodation

To book your accommmodation, please see the enclosed form.

Contact person: Gwladys Milo

Email address: gmilo@esterel.com

Book your accomodation

Single occupancy: $283  Cdn

Double occupancy: $159 (per person)  Cdn

Rate per guest. / lodging tax (3.5%), resort fees (20$/suite/night), GST (5%) and QST (9.975%) are not included. Taxes are subject to change without notice.


One night accommodation in a spacious suite with one king bed, living room with a daybed, fireplace and balcony. Includes:

  • One American breakfast
  • Access to all hotel amenities and activities
  • Service and administration fees

Service included in the resort fees* ($20/suite/night)

  • High-speed wireless Internet access
  • Parking
  • Kayak, pedal boat, canoe, paddleboard
  • Exercise room
  • Lido Thermal
Travel to Venue

The Estérel Resort is located near Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson (5 min), Sainte-Adèle (15 min) and Saint-Sauveur (20 min).

From the Montreal Airport The best way to get to our hotel from the airport is to use the services of a cab. We invite you to contact us for references.


Our event program runs from Sunday,
August 13th that begins with an Opening Reception Cocktail Gala at 6:00pm

Within the program each morning will start with a Keynote speaker and from Monday, August 14th through to Thursday, August 17th this event will be filled with Internationally recognized speakers along with featured presentations from the top abstracts submissions.

The event features presentations on nephrogenesis, stem cells and regeneration, and lower urinary tract development and provides several social events throughout the duration of the event from Celebratory Dinners to Cocktail Receptions during the poster presentation display.

Keynote Speakers

David Cherney

Following his clinical training in Nephrology, Dr. Cherney completed his PhD in human renal physiology at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto in 2008. He is currently Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and a Clinician Scientist at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospitals, where he is director of the Renal Physiology Laboratory. He is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the JDRF, the Heart and Stroke Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and is the recipient of a 5-year CIHR-KFOC Team Grant in diabetes complications (2022-2027). He is also supported by a Department of Medicine, University of Toronto Merit Award.

Dr. Cherney’s research program focuses on physiological factors that initiate renal disease in patients with diabetes, such as renal hyperfiltration and inflammation, and the role of the cardiorenal axis in diabetes. His research group is also involved in early and late phase clinical trials in the cardiorenal-metabolic field, including several primary renal outcome trials in patients with and without diabetes.

Dr. Cherney’s research program is closely aligned with his integrated and multidisciplinary cardiac-renal-endocrine clinic at the University Health Network, which maintains a strong emphasis on the prevention of diabetic nephropathy and cardiovascular disease.

In 2019, he received the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Distinguished Researcher Award for outstanding contributions to nephrology. In 2019 he also received the Diabetes Canada/CIHR – Institute of Nutrition Diabetes and Metabolism (INMD) Young Scientist Award.

Maria Cristina Nostro

Dr. Maria Cristina Nostro is a Senior Scientist at the McEwen Stem Cell Institute at UHN, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and holds the Harry Rosen Chair in Diabetes Regenerative Medicine Research.

Dr. Nostro completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Florence in 2000 and then received a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Sciences from The University of Manchester in 2004. The same year, she joined Dr. Gordon Keller’s laboratory at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and in 2007 she relocated to Toronto. In 2012, she started her independent career at UHN. Her research is focused on the generation of functional pancreatic islet-like cells from human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells.

Her group has defined critical pathways leading to the efficient generation of stem cell-derived pancreatic progenitors in vitro and, through the use of a proteomics approach, identified a specific marker that allows the purification of these β cell progenitors. Since 2015, Dr. Nostro has been leading a multi-investigator team aimed at developing novel transplantation approaches for Type 1 Diabetes therapy.

Nahum Sonenberg

Nahum Sonenberg is an Israeli Canadian microbiologist and biochemist. He is a James McGill professor of biochemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was an HHMI international research scholar from 1997 to 2011 and is now a senior international research scholar.

He is best known for his seminal contributions to our understanding of translation, and notable for the discovery of the mRNA 5′ cap-binding protein, eIF4E, the rate-limiting component of the eukaryotic translation apparatus.

Organizing Committee

Chair & Co-Chairs for event
Benny Dekel
M.D., Ph.D., Chair

Chief, Pediatric Nephrology

Director, Pediatric Stem Cell Research Institute

Edmond & Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, Sheba Medical Center

Tel Hashomer, 52621

Pearl and Dr. (MD) Yechezkiel Klayman Chair of Nephro-Urology

Vice Dean for Research and Innovation

Director, Sagol Center for Regenerative Medicine

Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Indra R. Gupta
MD, FRCP (C), Co-Chair


Dept of Pediatrics and Human Genetics

McGill University

Deputy Director, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Norman D. Rosenblum

Staff Nephrologist and Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children

Professor of Paediatrics, Physiology, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology,

University of Toronto

Scientific Director, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Hospital for Sick Children

Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning

686 Bay Street, 16th Floor, Room 16.9706 Toronto ON M5G 0A4 CANADA

Event manager

For further details please contact julietaprilrodrigo@gmail.com.