1990 - 1999

2000 - 2009

2010 - 2020


President Tom Andreoli focuses on international relations, promoting COMGAN, and co-organizing the first World Congress of Nephrology.

The decision is made to hold biennial congress in conjunction with a regional society under the name “World Congress of Nephrology”. The initiative to provide 120 travel grants to young nephrologists to attend each congress is maintained.

The First World Congress is held in San Francisco. Attendance is 7365.

100 members are involved in governance.

The first ISN newsletter is published.

The topical advisory committee for Renal Pathology is formed.

A new committee is formed in response to Giuseppe Remuzzi’s first screening program for chronic kidney disease. Remuzzi is appointed as chair.


Robert Atkins is elected President. He focuses on internal organization, optimizing the ISN legal status, and leading the move to professional management.

Professional management is introduced by president Robert Atkins.

A ballot for electing new councilors goes online.

KI adopts an electronic submissions system.

A publication committee is formed for communications.

An honorary lecture named after Barry Brenner is established.

An Education Committee is launched.

The Committee for indigenous populations is launched. It changes its name to “Committee On Kidney Health in Disadvantaged Populations” in 2003.


GIC, later renamed as MCI, a professional management firm located in Belgium, is hired.

A selection of papers from KI is published for the first time in Japanese.

The Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize for excellence and leadership in PKD research is established.


Jan Weening is elected President. He focuses on advancing the scientific profile of the Society by promoting the number, diversity, and quality of meetings and publications. He leads the move to reorganize COMGAN.

The World Congress takes place in Berlin. 8600 attend.

The topical advisory committee for Critical Care Nephrology is formed.

In conjunction with Amgen, ISN offers a prize in recognition of “those who have increased the understanding and treatment of kidney disease through basic or clinical scientific research, leading to therapeutic advances.”

The Education Committee publishes the first international nephrology training Guidelines that soon evolve into an ISN-endorsed curriculum.


e-News is published monthly.

A Clinical Practice Guidelines committee is launched.

The topical advisory committee for Critical Care Nephrology is formed.


William Couser is elected President. He launches the first Nexus meeting and collaborates with many international organizations, leading to the announcement of World Kidney Day and the Declaration of Istanbul.

Qais Al-Awqti becomes Editor of Kidney International.

The first issue of an ISN clinical Journal is published, “Nature Clinical Practice Nephrology”.

The World Congress takes place in Singapore. 4000 attend.

KI is published in Spanish and Portuguese.

A new award is created in the name of Roscoe Robinson to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of education in medicine and nephrology.

A global screening template tailored for low-income countries is developed, “Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (KHDC)”.

The ISN SRC Program is re-structured and is given increased funding.

In 2005 and 2006, the ISN organizes strategic planning meetings in Bellagio, Italy, seeking common ground with other medical organizations focused on non-communicable diseases, including the WHO.


The first World Kidney Day takes place on the first Thursday in March.

The First Nexus meeting takes place in Copenhagen in October.


Eberhard Ritz is elected as President. He works on optimizing the membership profile by encouraging young nephrologists to join and consolidating international collaboration including against organ-trafficking.

The World Congress takes place in Rio de Janeiro. 6200 attend.

A Young Nephrologists committee is launched.

KI podcasts is launched.


A quarterly review of KI is published in Chinese.

The Declaration of Istanbul is created and published.


Bernardo Rodriguez-Iturbe is elected President. He leads the ISN into partnerships with national and international societies and manages the fiftieth anniversary celebrations.

The World Congress takes place in Milan. Attendance is over 10 000.

The name of COMGAN is changed to ‘ISN Global Outreach (ISN GO) Program’.

The Education Committee launches the ISN Educational Ambassador Program, a new initiative based on the former Senior Scholar Program.

Nature Clinical Practice Nephrology is renamed as “Nature Reviews Nephrology”.

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