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U of Iowa's 2011 aHUS Family Conference Video Posted

     Talk about a wonderful Valentine's present for the world's aHUS community - comprehensive video presentations about atypical HUS!  The University of Iowa has robust patient and research programs that provide cutting edge information and services to aHUS patients and their families (see The University of Iowa Children's Hospital  At an October 2011 aHUS Family Conference sponsored by The Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS, those in attendance at the University of Iowa heard presentations from Dr. Richard Smith, Dr. Carla Nester, and Dr. Christie Thomas regarding a variety of topics of great interest to rare disease patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome.


     The Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS wishes to thank the presenters for providing the latest research and data in clear, concise detail about vital information regarding aHUS diagnosis, treatment, genetics, and disease mechanics.  Complex issues regarding this complement-mediated disorder are now presented in a video format that serves to inform patients, families, and medical personnel via the following links:


*  Dr Carla Nester's topic:  Definition of aHUS, Diagnosing aHUS, Overview of Complement    

(length approx. 27 mins)

View Dr. Nester's presentation at: 


*  Dr. Christie Thomas' topic:  Treatment of atypical HUS:  Plasmatherapy, Eculizumab (Soliris), Options for ESRD, Transplants, Data from published studies/reports   (length approx. 33 mins)

View Dr. Thomas' presentation at:


*  Dr. Richard Smith's topic:  Atypical HUS, Genetics, and the Complement Cascade 

(length approx. 32 mins)

View Dr. Smith's presentation at:




Carla M. Nester   MD, MSA


Assistant Professor

Director, Pediatric Glomerular Disease Clinic

The University of Iowa


Presented on Oct. 8, 2011

Atypical HUS Family Conference, held at the University of Iowa, USA


Topic:  Definition of aHUS, Diagnosing aHUS, Overview of Complement    (length approx. 27 mins)

View this presentation at:     

Bio for Dr. Nester:




Christie P. Thomas  MD, MBBS


Professor of Medicine

Division of Nephrology

Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

University of Iowa:  College of Medicine


Presented on Oct. 8, 2011

Atypical HUS Family Conference, held at the University of Iowa, USA


Topic:  Treatment of atypical HUS:  Plasmatherapy, Eculizumab (Soliris), Options for ESRD, Transplants, Data from published studies/reports   (length approx. 33 mins)

View this presentation at:

Bio for Dr. Thomas:




Richard Smith, MD


Professor and Vice Chair

University of Iowa

Department of Otolaryngology


Presented on Oct. 8, 2011

Atypical HUS Family Conference, held at the University of Iowa, USA


Topic:  Atypical HUS, Genetics, and the Complement Cascade  (length approx. 32 mins)

View this presentation at:

Bio for Dr. Smith:

NOTE:  Dr. Smith is Director at MORL (Molecular Otolaryngology & Renal Research Laboratories) (genetic screening for aHUS patients) 


2011 Video Clip Library!

See topic specific video clips from all the 2011 University of Iowa presenters- indexed by topic.  If you are interested in a specific topic, from aHUS Diagnosis to Genetic Mutations, skip to these highlights from the full presentations.

Click HERE to view to 2011 Video Clip Library


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Comment by Melissa Hearn on February 23, 2012 at 2:38pm

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Did you know...

CFH (Serum Complement Factor H) is a regulatory protein. The secreted protein product of CFH consists of 20 repetitive units named "short consensus repeats" or SCRs (each approximately 60 amino acids). In patients with aHUS the last 5 "pearls" in the twenty pearl strand protein, SCR16 - SCR20, should bind to protect cells but do not- they are defective in one or more of the last 5 SCR locations. If they cannot bind or stick to the kidney to protect that tissue, the platelets clump into clots that affect the glomeruli of the kidney -potentially causing acute renal failure.
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It is estimated that there are about 2 cases of aHUS in the U.S. per 1,000,000 of population, and about 60% of aHUS patients are diagnosed as children. The condition is potentially life threatening, and either can be chronic or can recur at intervals.
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