1980 - 1989

1990 - 1999

2000 - 2009


1990 Seven Fellowships are awarded.

Eleventh International Congress: Tokyo

The first Congress to take place in Asia hosts 3559 delegates and 2136 abstracts are submitted. A record number of satellite conferences are held. 125 travel grants are awarded and the Forefronts Conferences increases its budget to accommodate the travel of young investigators. Roscoe R. Robinson is elected as President.


The content and format of Congresses is revised to consist of an in-depth study of five themes or topics.

Congresses become biennial instead of triennial.

Blackwell becomes the publisher of KI.

The first discussions take place concerning partner centers leading eventually to the Sister Renal Centers Program (SRC).

ISN has 7000 memberships from 91 countries.

The first Banff Conference on Allograft Pathology takes place.


An honorary lecture named after Donald Seldin is established.

Twelfth International Congress: Jerusalem

3126 delegates attend and 2000 abstracts are submitted. Selected highlights are published for delegates instead of Proceedings. A proposal is made to strengthen ties with India. A Commission is proposed on the Global Advance of Nephrology in low-income countries, which becomes known as COMGAN. Stewart Cameron is elected President.


ISN sponsored continuing education course takes place in Chandigarh, India.


The commission of acute renal failure holds a Congress on disaster and emergency medicine.

Three Forefronts Conferences take place.

The Fellowship Program adapts to increase the age of eligibility to 40, shorter terms become possible, and the program expands to include PhD candidates and technicians.

Thirteenth International Congress: Madrid

5146 delegates attend from 71 countries and 2165 abstracts are submitted. A course syllabus is distributed to those who had attended the CME course. A CD-ROM of the program is distributed to all registrants. The first Continuing Education Program takes place. ISN fellowship awards of no more than 3-6 months’ duration are granted for the first time. 122 applications to obtain travel grants to attend the following Congress in Madrid are received. Collective membership is proposed. It is decided to send at least 250 CD-ROMS of “Nephrology Update” to low-income countries. Encouragement is made to develop sister partnerships between nephrology centers in low and high-income countries. Robert W. Schrier is appointed President.

A joint membership program is launched for low-income countries where 2-10 members have individual ISN membership and a shared copy of KI.

113 copies of Rennke’s comprehensive set of 35 mm slides for instruction in the histopathology of kidney diseases are shipped to low-income countries.

The budget for the COMGAN is increased.

An increasing number of interviews are conducted with senior members of the international nephrology community for the Video Legacy Program.

Working partnerships between low and high-income centers is discussed extensively for the first time. An attempt is made to create an inventory of renal centers worldwide to identify and facilitate potential partnerships.

Postgraduate courses take place in Shanghai and Beijing; Summer schools are held in Kaunas and Budapest; postgraduate courses are held in Moscow, St Petersburg, and the Baltic countries.

A proposal is made to launch an ISN homepage on the Internet to provide information and a platform for a nephrology discussion group.

KI produces the Journal as a CD-ROM.


A Japanese sponsorship of an ISN-selected Chinese fellow for study in Japan is announced.

Of the 67 ISN Fellows who complete training before 1996, 42 return to their home countries.

17 active partnerships are established in the Sister Renal Centers Program, a further 16 are in a formative stage.

ISN membership rises to 8125, the highest ever. 1419 of this number are joint memberships.

Saulo Klahr becomes Editor of Kidney International.

A Continuing Education Course is held in Nairobi.


The Fourth Banff Conference on Allograft Pathology is held.

A working group on medical ethics is established.

Fourteenth International Congress: Sydney

4500 attend from 97 countries.

The first lecture takes place in honor of Claude Amiel who had served the Society and its journal continuously from 1971 until his death in 1996.

An International Training Course that takes place just prior to the Congress from May 22-23. 60 individuals spend a week in either an Australian or New Zealand Renal Unit preceeding the course.

Six satellite conferences held throughout Australia, one takes place at Ayers Rock and examines kidney disease in the indigenous native population.

COMGAN has visited 60 countries, organized 25 postgraduate courses, and conducted 35 fact-finding missions.

An effort is underway to provide used computer equipment to developing countries.

It’s announced that 110 Sister Renal Centers paired relationships have been formed.

There is a 39% increase in membership since 1996 due to the joint membership program.

Kyoshi Kurokawa is elected President.

The Ross Bailey ISN Fellowship for study in New Zealand is created in honor of the late Ross Bailey.

Presidential rotation to follow Asia-Americas-Europe sequence.

A Coordinating Committee is created for a Task Force on Clinical Trials to focus on the identification of issues in need of study by clinical trial, including the provision of education and training in the conduct of clinical trials.

COMGAN holds Continuing Education Courses in Moscow, for 350 participants, and the largest ever in Istanbul where 400 physicians and 400 nurses attend.

ISN has 8738 memberships.


Fellows are to sign a commitment to return to home country after training.

144 linkages now exist as part of the SRC Program.

The Computer Donation Program is expanded: color teaching images are included on the ISN homepage and on CD-ROM for the benefit of emerging countries.

2000 individuals are participating in ISN internet discussion groups.

A record number of Fellowship applicants are received and 120 travel grants are awarded.

The first ever meeting in Middle East takes place in in Dubai: 500 doctors attend.


Fifteenth International Congress: Buenos Aires

Co-sponsored by The Latin American Society of Nephrology and The Hypertension & Argentine Society of Nephrology. This is the last stand-alone ICN. 5232 individuals attend. 48 young nephrologists from Latin America are selected for a training course spending a week in a Latin American Unit prior to the Congress. A Joint Congress for Nurses and Technicians takes place prior to the Congress under the lead sponsorship of the World Council for Renal Care. Five satellite conferences take place. 60 interviews are completed for the Video Legacy Project. Thomas E.Andreoli is elected President.

It’s agreed that the ISN mission is the ‘advance of nephrology world-wide.”

KI is to be published electronically and this version to be offered initially to ISN members alone.

A quarterly newsletter is to be published and an edited membership directory to be included on the ISN homepage.

ISN “Trainees” established to undertake shorter periods of training than Fellowships.

Travel grants for young nephrologists travelling to Congresses are increased.

Following a Turkish earthquake, the ISN Disaster Relief Task Force sends a Belgian team who arrive within 24 hours.

A central secretariat is established in Amsterdam where the ISN archives are transferred.

191 Fellowships are awardeded over the decade.

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