Module 1: Nutritional Basics

The goal of this program is to increase resources and renal nutrition education for healthcare providers that are treating patients with acute and chronic kidney disease. Topics include:

  • Factors Affecting Energy Expenditure and Energy Needs in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

  • Energy metabolism and energy expenditure

  • Protein and Amino Acids in Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism and Needs in CKD and CKF

  • Fat Metabolism in CKD and CKF

  • Fat Metabolism in CKD and CFK: Application for Nutrition Therapy in Kidney Disease

  • Carbohydrate Metabolism in CKD and CKF

  • Carbohydrate Metabolism in CKD and CKF: Dietitian Perspective

  • Sodium Physiology in the Normal State and in CKD and CKF

  • Creating a Kidney Friendly Diet: Sodium

  • Potassium Physiology in the Normal State and in CKD and ESRD

  • Nutritional Management of Potassium

  • Phosphorus Management in CKD

  • A Dietitian's Approach to the Management of Dietary Phosphorus Intake in CKD Patients

  • Bone Mineral Disorder in CKD

  • Diet and Vitamin D

  • Calcium in CKD

  • Food Sources of Calcium

  • Iron Metabolism in the Normal State and in Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure

  • Vitamins and Other Minerals and Trace Elements

  • The Gut Microbiome

  • Gut-Oriented Approaches to Microbiota Modulation in CKD: Diet and Supplementation

  • Use of Prebiotics and and Probiotics in CKD and CKF

  • Appetite in CKD

  • Nutrient Excesses, Toxicities and Deficiencies

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment and Prescription of Dietary Intake in CKD and CKF

  • Basics of Acidosis

  • The Value of Fruits, Vegetables and Fiber in CKD Management

Target Audience

  • Dietitians

Registration Fees:

NKF Member: $200
Non-Member: $250

Dietitians from developing countries may apply a discount of $100. Please contact us at with proof of address to obtain the discount code.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 26.00 Attendance
  • 26.00 CDR CPEUs
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


Judith A. Beto, PhD, RDN
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences
Maywood, Illinois, USA

Denise Mafra
Full Professor, Nutrition Faculty
Federal University Fluminense
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jerrilynn D. Burrowes, PhD, RD, CDN, FNKF
Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition
Long Island University Post, Brookville, New York, USA

Karen Manley, RD
Austin Health
Heidelberg Victoria Australia

Maria Chan, PhD, AdvAPD
Lead Renal Dietitian, The St. George Hospital, Sydney Australia
Honorary Clinician Associate Professor, University of Wollongong, Australia
Conjoint Associate Lecture, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Linda McCann, RD, CSR
Nephrology Nutrition Consultant
Eagle, Idaho, USA

Lilian Cuppari, PhD
Affiliate Professor
Oswaldo Ramos Foundation
Federal University of São Paulo

Linda Moore, PhD, RDN, CCRP
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, Texas, USA

Jordi Goldstein-Fuchs, D.Sc., APN-C, RD
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Palo Alto, California, USA

Roberto Pecoits-Filho, MD, PhD, FASN, FACP
Pontifical Catholic University School of Medicine
Curitiba, Brazil

Janelle Gonyea, RDN, LD, FNKF
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Dominic Raj MD
Professor and Chief
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
George Washington University
Washington, DC, USA

Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health
Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
University of California Irvine, School of Medicine
Harold Simmons Center for Kidney Disease Research & Epidemiology
Orange, California, USA

Connie M. Rhee, MD, MSc          
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Public Health
University of California Irvine School of Medicine
Orange, California, USA

Tilakavati (Tilly) Karupaiah, PhD, APD, AN
SRI Professor, School of BioSciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences,
Taylor’s University

Sharon R. Schatz, MS, RD, CSR, CDE
DaVita Kidney Care
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA

Pramod Khosla, PhD
Department of Nutrition & Food Science
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Julia Scialla, MD, MHS
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina, USA

Judy Kirk, MS, RD, CSR, CDN, FNKF
Rochester Regional Health
Rochester, New York, USA

Alison Steiber, PhD, RDN
Research, International and Scientific Affairs Team
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Cleveland, OH, USA

Joel D. Kopple, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Health
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center,
the David Geffen School of Medicine
at UCLA  and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health 
Los Angeles and Torrance, California, USA

Donald E. Wesson, MD, MBA
Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center
Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine
Dallas, Texas, USA

Kelly Lambert, PhD, Adv APD
Wollongong Hospital

Jay B. Wish, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Indiana University
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Wei Ling Lau, MD
University of California-Irvine
Irvine, California, USA


It is the policy of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. Any individual who has control over CME/CE content is required to disclose to learners prior to the activity any relevant financial relationship(s) they may have with commercial interests supporting this activity or whose products or devices are discussed in this activity.  

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The National Kidney Foundation is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 26 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material.


Available Credit

  • 26.00 Attendance
  • 26.00 CDR CPEUs


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The faculty and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) do not recommend the use of any pharmaceutical, diagnostic test, or device outside of the labeled indications as approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Information contained in this NKF educational resource is based upon current data available at the time of publication. Information is intended to help clinicians become aware of new scientific findings and developments.  This NKF educational resource is not intended to set out a preferred standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should the information be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management.

Variations in practice will inevitably and appropriately occur when clinicians take into account the needs of individual patients, available resources, and limitations unique to an institution or type of practice. Every healthcare professional making use of information in this NKF educational resource is responsible for interpreting the data as it pertains to clinical decision making in each individual patient.