Externally Led Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) Meeting on Membranous Nephropathy

Externally Led Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) Meeting on Membranous Nephropathy

Externally Led Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) Meeting on MN

An exciting initiative by NKF and NephCure to inform the FDA about the patient perspective of living with Membranous Nephropathy (MN).

Register Online

Anyone who lives with or is interested in MN - patients of all ages, care-partners, families, and friends - are welcomed to attend.


Each person (e.g., child, spouse, etc.) must register separately.


Watch this page for updates during week of August 24:

  • You'll be able to submit comments on your experience with MN before the meeting
  • The link to join the meeting will be available August 26th

Take the patient survey

To prepare for the upcoming meeting on MN, we need your input on how MN affects your life.


Your response will help us make the best meeting possible.


All information you provide in the survey will be kept strictly confidential.

You will need the following information to take the survey:

  • Approximately how old you were when you were diagnosed with MN
  • Your GFR (kidney function number)
  • How much protein you spill in your urine (dipstick number or grams per day or milligrams per dL (mg/dL)
EL-PFDD MN Co Chairs Dr. Laurence Beck (Boston University School of Medicine), & Dr. Ashley Jefferson (University of Washington Medical Center)

What are EL-PFDD meetings?

Externally led patient-focused drug development (EL-PFDD) meetings bring together patients and care partners, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and doctors who are experts in the particular disease. For the meeting on MN, the goal is to hear from patients what it's like to live with MN, so the FDA and pharmaceutical companies can understand the patient experience. This information can help the FDA make informed decisions on approvals of potential medicines for MN, and pharmaceutical companies to design clinical trials that are meaningful for patients.

The EL-PFDD meeting on MN:

  • The meeting will be a virtual meeting on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 10:00 AM to about 3:05 PM
  • This meeting will be broadcasted with a NOVEL NEWSCAST FORMAT, with patient testimonies, remote audience participation
  • The meeting agenda focuses on two patient panels and audience discussion sessions on living with MN, treatments for the disease, and clinical trials for MN.
The meeting will be co-chaired by two leading nephrologists who specialize in MN:
Dr. Laurence Beck Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Ashley Jefferson University of Washington Medical Center

Event Details

Aug 27, 2021 | 10:00am – 3:05pm Eastern
This will be a virtual meeting. We will email you the link to join the virtual meeting in advance of the meeting date.

Voice of the Patient

After the meeting, a report titled "Voice of the Patient" will be sent to the FDA. This will be a reference for future decisions about potential medicines for MN.

Find Out More

Watch a recording of an informational webinar held about a previous EL-PFDD meeting and view the slides from that meeting. A similar webinar for the meeting on MN will be held on July 14, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00pm Eastern. Watch this page a few days before the webinar for the link.

Who benefits from EL-PFDD meetings?

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA gains understanding of what it's like to live with a particular disease.
The FDA becomes informed of side effects and risks patients may be willing to accept to gain a certain level of symptom relief or slowing of their disease progression.
The FDA learns about patients' needs regarding new drugs, and what their preferences are for clinical trials for their disease.
EL-PFDD meetings assist the FDA in knowing if a new drug addresses patient needs.


Patients know the FDA and drug sponsors have heard their voices.
Patients' experiences are validated, reducing feelings of isolation.
Hearing other patients voice their experiences and needs helps patients to better self-advocate.
EL-PFDD meetings can help to bring new treatments to the market, which benefits patients.

Patient advocacy groups

EL-PFDD Meetings help these groups identify what needs exist for patient education and advocacy.
More effective advocacy increases public awareness and knowledge of the disease.
In addition, these meetings help patient advocacy groups connect patients with their peers.

Pharmaceutical companies

Drug sponsors gain insights into the major concerns of patients. This helps the companies develop treatments and design clinical trials that match patients' needs and preferences.
Drug sponsors learn which disease symptoms or treatment side effects are, or are not, tolerable by the patients. This helps the companies develop drugs that matter to patients.
With knowledge gained from EL-PFDD Meetings, pharmaceutical companies receive advice from the FDA on developing potential drugs and therefore help to advance medicines that meet patients' needs.

Hear from Previous Patient and FDA Participants

FDA Participant

I can say with certainty…that the stories that you shared with us today, your experiences with the disease will certainly impact how we at FDA will think about this disease, will approach our discussions with sponsors moving forward, and will really shape the development in the future of therapies for this disease.

Patient Participant

Being able to tell my story, be heard, and people empathizing and understanding the struggles this disease faces you with is indescribable.

FDA Participant

I think that your stories really highlight the urgency with which we need to find effective treatments for this disease, and also treatments that have better safety profiles than those that are currently out there.

Patient Participant

I liked that everyone was invited to speak freely and participate. It was an excellent opportunity to tell our stories.


What do you do with the information from the Patient Survey?

The information you provide will remain strictly confidential and will be used for planning the meeting.
Some of your responses may be included in the meeting, in the Voice of the Patient Report, or in other associated documents. Patient identification will always be removed and patient information will 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 to attend the EL-PFDD meeting?

Click here to register for the meeting

When and for how long is the EL-PFDD Meeting on MN?

The meeting will be on Aug. 27, 2019 from 10:00am to about 3:05pm

Can pediatric patients attend the EL-PFDD Meeting on MN?

YES! We welcome MN patients of all ages.

What happens after the meeting?

NKF and NephCure will write the Voice of the Patient Report. This will be sent to the FDA and will be used to help in their decisions to approve potential new treatments for MN.
The Voice of the Patient Report will be publicly posted on NKF's and NephCure's websites.

Still have questions?

National Kidney Foundation

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.

NephCure Kidney International

The only organization committed exclusively to accelerate research for effective treatments for rare forms of Nephrotic/Nephritic Syndrome, and to provide education and support that will improve the lives of those affected by these protein-spilling kidney diseases.