Meeting on IGA Nephropathy


Thank you for visiting our website for the externally-led Patient-focused Drug Development (EL-PFDD) Meeting on IgA nephropathy (IgAN).

From here you can learn about:

  • The National Kidney Foundation and IGA Nephropathy Foundation
  • What are EL-PFDD meetings and why should I care?
  • The upcoming EL-PFDD meeting for IgAN
  • How to take our IgAN Patient Survey
  • How to register for the IgAN EL-PFDD meeting.
  • FAQs, including how patients felt about a previous EL-PFDD meeting on kidney disease
  • How to contact the National Kidney Foundation or IGA Nephropathy Foundation with questions
About Us

The National Kidney Foundation(NKF) is the oldest and largest non-profit health organization dedicated to preventing kidney diseases and improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease. Education of patients and healthcare providers is a big part of the NKF’s work, and we support kidney patients by providing all sorts of educational materials, programs, and patient services. Visit our website.

The IGA Nephropathy Foundation’s (IGANF) mission has as its primary objective the eradication of this chronic kidney disease while also addressing the many problems faced by the patients and their families. As a recognized 501(C) (3) non-profit, public health organization, we are committed to research for a cure, public education, and patient service. Visit our website.

About EL-PFDD Meetings

Externally-led Patient-focused Drug Development (EL-PFDD) meetings bring together patients and their care-partners, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pharmaceutical companies interested in developing drugs for the disease, and doctors who are experts in the particular disease- all to hear from patients about the disease in question. In these meetings, the patient’s experience is brought to the forefront for the FDA and pharmaceutical companies to understand. “Externally-led” refers to PFDD meetings that are led by organizations outside of the FDA.

EL-PFDD meetings benefit:

FDA in its role to approve new medicines

  • EL-PFDD meetings help the FDA to understand what it’s like to live with a particular disease, and therefore, what symptoms and burdens matter most to patients.
  • These meetings also inform the FDA on what side effects patients may be willing to accept to gain a certain level of symptom relief or slowing their disease progression.
  • EL-PFDD meetings reveal to the FDA what patients need regarding new drugs, and what their preferences are for clinical trials for their disease.
  • All of this helps the FDA decide whether a potential drug’s risks or deficits will be worth it’s benefits to patients.
  • EL-PFDD meetings can support making medicines available to patients by helping to identify areas of unmet need in the patient population.
  • Ultimately, EL-PFDD meetings help the FDA in knowing if a new drug will address the needs of patients.

Pharmaceutical companies

  • Drug companies obtain insights into the major concerns of patients, thus helping the development of treatments that coincide with patients’ needs and preferences.
  • Pharmaceutical companies learn certain disease symptoms or treatment side effects that are or are not, tolerable by the patients. The companies can then seek to develop drugs that better meet patients’ needs.
  • Advice to pharmaceutical companies from FDA- while a potential drug is being developed-can help to advance medicines that meet patients’ needs.


  • Patients know the FDA and drug sponsors have heard their voices (in person).
  • Patients’experiences with the disease are validated, they feel less isolated.
  • Hearing other patients talk about their experiences and needs helps to refine patients’ advocacy skills.
  • Patients meet other patients and network, exchange advice, etc.
  • More effective advocacy heightens public awareness and knowledge of the disease.

Patient advocacy groups

  • Identify needs for patient education and advocacy

Through all the above, EL-PFDD meetings help the FDA to bring new, relevant medicines to patients.

More information on EL-PFDD meetings can be found at:

About the EL-PFDD Meeting on IgAN

The NKF and IGANFare conducting an EL-PFDD meeting for IgAN to inform the FDA on the patient perspective on living with this disease. Understanding the patient perspective will help the FDA when it decides whether to approve potential medicines for IgAN.

The upcoming EL-PFDD meeting for IgAN will convene patients, care-partners, individuals from the FDA and pharmaceutical companies, and doctors who specialize in IgAN. These participants will assemble to hear from patients, in person, what it’s like to live with IgAN.

  • The meeting will be on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, from about 8:30 AM to about 3:00 PM at the College Park Marriott Hotel Conference Center in Hyattsville, MD.
  • There will be a pre-meeting dinner on Sunday evening, Aug. 18 for patients and families to meet.
  • If you cannot attend the EL-PFDD meeting in person, you can join the meeting by webcast. However, in this format, you won’t be able to participate in the audience discussion.
  • The agenda consists of two patient panels and discussion sessions on living with IgAN and treatments for the disease. Also to be discussed are patient preferences for clinical trials on IgAN, especially trials for rapid approval of treatments for IgAN.
  • The meeting will be co-chaired by two leading nephrologists who specialize in IgAN: clarification

Dr. Pietro Canetta

Columbia University

Dr. Bruce Julian

University of Alabama at Birmingham

The output of the meeting will be a report entitled “Voice of the Patient”, which will be sent to the FDA, who will use it as a reference for future decisions on potential medicines for IgAN. this will be a public report; anyone will be able to read it.

If you are an IgAN patient, please take the Patient Survey.
About the Patient Survey

To prepare for the upcoming EL-PFDD meeting on IgAN, the NKF and IGANFneed your input on how living with IgANhas affected your life. This topic will be discussed in depth at the meeting, but your responses beforehand will help us to plan the most successful meeting possible.

The Survey should take about 15-20 minutes.

At the end of the Survey, you will land on the page to register for the meeting in person or by webcast. You can also register now, but please take the survey!

All information you provide in the Survey will be kept strictly confidential. If information is reported, only aggregate information (grouped, no identification shown) will be used. 


If I take the survey, what will you do with the information I give you?

  • The information you provide will remain strictly confidential and will be used for planning the meeting.
  • Some information that you provide may appear at the meeting, in the Voice of the Patient Report, or maybe in other documents. However, patient identification will always be removed before presenting information, and information will always be presented as grouped data from many patients.

Is there a charge to attend the meeting?

  • No, this meeting is free and open to the public.

How do I register for the EL-PFDDto attend the meeting- in person or by webinar?

  • At the end of the Survey, you will land on a registration page, or you can register

Do I have to take the Survey to register for the EL-PFDD meeting?

  • No, but we really need your input for the Survey. By taking the survey, you will make an important contribution to the meeting- your responses will help us to plan a meeting that will have an impact, and by doing so, you will help the IgANcommunity.

What if I want to participate in the meeting but can’t attend in person?

  • The meeting will be broadcast live by web, but you must register.
  • If you attend by webcast, you won’t be able to participate in the audience discussion.

Can patients who are kids come to the EL-PFDD meeting on AS?

  • YES! We need IgAN patients of all ages.

Where, when, and for how long is the EL-PFDD meeting on AS?

If I’m not from the Maryland area, where should I stay the night before the meeting?

  • We will arrange for a discounted rate at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, so you can stay in the same hotel as the conference site.
  • If you prefer to stay elsewhere in the area, you may arrange to do so.

What if I can’t afford the travel and lodging expenses to come to the meeting?

  • The NKF and IgAN have a limited scholarship fund to help patients who have a demonstrable need for assistance. Please contact us if you need assistance.

What about food during the meeting?

  • A pre-meeting dinner the night before the meeting, and breakfast and a box lunch on the meeting day will be provided. All meals will be kidney-friendly.

Can I bring my care-partner (parent, guardian, adult aid) to the EL-PFDD meeting on AS?

  • YES, we want to hear from care-partners.

If I come to the EL-PFDD meeting on IgAN, do I have to do anything?

  • About 10 patients will be asked to voluntarily serve on a panel to discuss what it’s like to live with IgAN and to take the treatments for the disease.
  • If you are asked to be a panelist, you will be coached on this aspect.
  • If you are not on the panel, we hope you will participate from the audience in the general discussion.

What happens after the meeting?

  • The NKF and IgANwill write a meeting report called the Voice of the Patient report. This will be sent to the FDA and will be used to help in the Agency’s decisions on whether to approve potential new treatments for IgAN.
  • The Voice of the Patient report will be posted on our organizations’ websites; you will be able to read it.

did patients who attended a previous EL-PFDD meeting for kidney disease say about that meeting?

Here are samples of patients’ comments from NKF’sprevious EL-PFDD meeting on complement-3 glomerulopathy (C3G), when they were asked what they got out of the meeting:

  • “This has truly changed my whole view on C3G.”
  • “It made me feel part of a community and…made me feel not alone with my disease.”
  • It helped me understand my disease more.”
  • Great meeting with both professionalism and down to earth reality of situations. That the FDA and NKF [were]…willing to go to these lengths to learn of patients’ issues and needs.  That there is hope for better treatments.”
  • “It was most beneficial learning that a lot of the symptoms I’ve experienced are the same as others, so it made me feel less lonely and like I can relate more to others surrounding me.”
  • “It helped to grow my support system!”
  • I liked that everyone was invited to speak freely and participate. It was an excellent opportunity to tell our stories.”
  • “I made contact with a patient experiencing a similar disease complication that I have been struggling with and was able to get a referral for a knowledgeable doctor. I learned some new info on the difficulties of drug trials for such a small patient population.”
  • “I learned that I have the ability to be a voice and a leader for my [C3G] community.”
  • Lots of very good information about why treatments are so difficult to develop and approve for rare diseases…”
  • “Meeting other C3GN families [was very helpful because having] a rare and life-changing disease…can feel scary and overwhelming…because you feel incredibly alone.”
  • “That there are many people out there that are working very hard to help us.”
  • “Being able to tell my story, be heard, and people empathizing and understanding the struggles this disease faces you with is indescribable.”


If you have any questions, please send an email to us: NKF or IgAN.