Building partnerships of excellence
The ISN Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program helps improve how nephrology is practiced in emerging countries by linking emerging renal centers or units with established centers of excellence in the developed world.
Over 6 years, they build long-lasting and stable partnerships between a center in the developing world and another in a developed country, training local staff in state-of-the art clinical practice. These links become active hubs for implementing disease-preventive strategies within specific regions. A Trio Program can also encourage sister centers to grow further and potentially support other centers in their region once they have graduated.
The SRC Program nurtures a partnership between two centers by supplying a framework and list of benefits depending on their status level (C, B or A) within the program. Successful centers which show documented accomplishments progress within the program acquiring greater support and more benefits.
Every level has a status
- Level C is the first stage within the program. Sister center partnerships jointly enter the program at Level C for a period of two years. They receive basic annual funds from ISN to help develop and support training links. These centers are eligible for an upgrade to a level B position if the progress reports are satisfactory.
- Level B is the second stage within the program. Sister center partnerships which have shown significant progress in Level C can move to Level B after two years and receive further funding and benefits.
- Level A is the final stage. Level B centers can apply competitively for an upgrade to Level A after two years. These upgrades are reserved for those few partnerships whose emerging sister centers show the most promising development towards centers of excellence in their region.
- Honorary C or B Levels are failed upgrades from C to B and from B to A which have one additional chance to apply for an upgrade.
- One center has to be in the developed world
- Both centers must be run/chaired by an ISN member
The deadline for applications is October 1 each year
You can apply to enter the program for the first time or request an upgrade to the next level. Only online applications are accepted using a designated registration form, which allows the main contact persons at both centers to access and fill out the application information.
Any two renal centers or units can form a partnership if at least one center is in the developed world and the centers are chaired/run by an ISN member. They need to submit a detailed action and budget plan, and a clear description of how the collaboration will develop the services of the emerging center and positively reflect the supporting center.
New sister pairs apply to enter the program at level C. At each level, centers must submit progress reports stating their accomplishments to progress within the different stages of the program and acquire more support and benefits. Graduated centers can apply for the Trio Program, encouraging them to support a third emerging center within their region. Honorary C or B Levels are assigned to centers which have failed to upgrade from level C to B or from B to A. Honorary sister pairs have one extra chance to apply for an upgrade.
- Level C: 1,500 USD
- Level B: 12,000 USD
- Level A: 15,000 USD
ISN Sister Renal Centers Coordinator, ISN Programs Liaison
Rue des Fabriques 1
1 000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 808 04 20
Fax: +32 2 808 44 54
Sister Renal Center Program Committee
- Chair: Paul Harden, UK
- Hong Zhang, China
- Marcelo Orias, Argentina
- Peter Kerr, Australia
- Sanjib Sharma, Nepal
- Elena Zakharova, Russia
- Manisha Sahay, India
- Sharon Andreoli, USA
- Faiçal Jarraya, Tunisia