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Baxter Healthcare provided financial support for the creation and distribution of these resources through support to the healthcare communications agency, The JB Ashtin Group, Inc., including amounts for each member of the Global Forum to attend up to 4 meetings, and for publication costs. Meetings were held on 29 November 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 7 March 2013 in Seattle, Washington, USA; 22 May 2013 in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China; and 19 July 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

There was no involvement of Baxter Healthcare or other external sponsors in the development of Global Forum resources. No direct financial support was provided to authors, other than for expenses relating to travel and accommodation for the aforementioned meetings. In the interest of transparency and full disclosure, con?ict of interest statements of all members appear in the following table.

Authors with their disclosure information.

John Agar Acted as an advisor to Quanta Fluid Solution Ltd, Renal Solutions Inc, and Fresenius Medical Care Australia Pty Ltd, and as consultant and speaker for Amgen Australia Pty Ltd
Paul Bennett No disclosures to report
Christopher Blagg Editor-in-Chief of Hemodialysis International
Christopher Chan Consultant to Baxter International Inc and Intelomed Inc
Calli Cleland No disclosures to report
Tom Cornelis Received grant funding from Baxter Healthcare, Fresenius Medical Care, and Dutch Kidney Foundation
Cheryl Cress No disclosures to report
Deborah Eastwood No disclosures to report
Rose Faratro No disclosures to report
Sally Fox No disclosures to report
Tony Goovaerts Acted as a consultant and speaker for Gambro and Baxter Healthcare, a consultant to Amgen Inc and Quanta, and as a speaker for Fresenius Medical Care
Raymond Hakim No disclosures to report
James Heaf No disclosures to report
Aaron Herold No disclosures to report
Kirsten Howard No disclosures to report
Janine Jeffries No disclosures to report
Robert Lockridge Jr Speaker and consultant to NxStage Medical Inc
Jennifer MacRae No disclosures to report
Mark Roger Marshall Currently employed by Baxter Healthcare Corporation as the Director of Medical Affairs, Asia-Pacific and previously acted as a paid consultant to Baxter and Fresenius Medical Care, Asia-Pacific. He has received grant support from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation, Gambro Pty Ltd (New Zealand), Fresenius Medical Care Australia Pty Ltd, Fresenius Medical Care Asia-Pacific Pty Ltd, Health Research Council of New Zealand, Kidney Health New Zealand (formerly the National Kidney Foundation, New Zealand), Lottery Health Research Foundation (New Zealand), Maurine and Phyllis Paykel Trust, New Zealand Ministry of Health, and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Jacquot Foundation. He has been an investigator for clinical trials sponsored by Amgen, Ineos Healthcare Limited, and Fresenius Medical Care
Ikuto Masakane Speaker for Toray Medical Co Ltd, Nikkiso Co Ltd, Nipro, Asahi Kasei Medical Co Ltd, Terumo Medical Corporation, Gambro, JMS Co Ltd, Kaneka Corporation, Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co Ltd, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, Torii Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, Shinogi & Co Ltd, Astellas Pharma Inc, Taisho Toyama Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, and Baxter International Inc
Phil McFarlane Consultant to Fresenius Medical and Baxter International Inc. He has been an investigator for clinical trials sponsored by Baxter International Inc
David Mendelssohn No disclosures to report
Sandip Mitra Speaker and advisor to Baxter Healthcare, Fresenius Medical Care, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited, LEO Pharma Inc, and Amgen Inc
Rachael Morton No disclosures to report
Gihad Nesrallah No disclosures to report
Robert Pauly Investigator for a clinical trial sponsored by Baxter International Inc
Anthony Perkins No disclosures to report
Jean-Philippe Rioux No disclosures to report
Dori Schatell Employee of Medical Education Institute and Home Dialysis Central, which has received sponsorship from Amgen Inc; Angelini Pharma Inc; Baxter International Inc; DaVita HeathCare Partners Inc; Dialysis Clinic Inc; DSI Renal (Dialysis Newco Inc); Fresenius Medical Care; NxStage Medical Inc; Northwest Kidney Centers; Rubin Dialysis Centers; and Satellite WellBound Inc
Rosemary Simmonds No disclosures to report
Kamal Shah Employee of NephroPlus
Carolyn van Eps No disclosure to report
Rachael Walker No disclosures to report
Rob Walker No disclosures to report
Richard Ward Received grant funding from Gambro and Rockwell Medical, and has acted as consultant to Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc and RedScript Ventures LLC. He has received royalty payments from UpToDate Inc for authorship activities
Bessie Young No disclosures to report
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