2000 - 2009

2010 - 2020



The World Congress takes place in Vancouver, Canada.

The Congress is held in an eco-friendly ‘green’’ building with electronic instead of paper signage. All food is supplied by local merchants making donations to needy populations.

Detlef Schlondörff becomes Editor of KI.

The Renal Disaster Relief Task Force is deployed and works effectively in Haiti after a significant earthquake there.

ISN lobbying leads to kidney disease as a Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) being added to the UN declaration on NCDs.

ISN becomes self-managing, directly employing its own staff. The ISN Foundation is set up to handle the complexities of Belgian payroll and the local office in Brussels.

Executive committee meetings begin to be held annually.


A new named lecture is created in honor of past President, Stewart Cameron, for future Congresses.

The Saving Young Lives Program (SYL), a partnership between ISN, the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA), the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis, and Euro PD, is established to provide ‘proof of principle’ that sustainable acute PD programs treating adults and children with AKI could be established in very low resource settings. It focuses on training and mentorship.

An agreement reached between ISN and The Transplantation Society (TTS) leads to a Sister Transplant Center (STC) Program, using the SRC model, with equal co-funding by ISN and TTS.


The World Congress takes place in Hong Kong, China.

ISN establishes Pioneer Awards in recognition of individuals from low to middle-income countries who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the establishment or development of nephrology in their own region.

Online education is launched through ISN Education providing talks streamed from WCN and other ISN educational meetings; and podcasts, cases and images, guidelines and webinars. Much of the material is particularly relevant to emerging nephrology in LMIC.

The 0by25 initiative is launched with the goal of reducing to zero avoidable deaths from AKI by 2025.

A more refined and flexible ISN digital platform is established.

A ‘Global Snapshot’ is initiated where physicians from 72 countries reported on cases of AKI under their care on a single day. Discussions begin with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) seeking to have AKI presented as a separate cause of death in their annual Global Burden of Disease (GBD) report.

The World Congress takes place in Cape Town, South Africa.

Congress content increasingly focuses on issues specific to the region where it is held: in this case, HIV-related kidney diseases and fetal-maternal kidney health issues.

Elsevier becomes the publisher of the ISN Journal: KI.

The ISN Advancing Clinical Trials (ISN-ACT) is formalized to improve the capacity of the global nephrology community to lead and participate in clinical trial research through network and training, and by standardizing high-quality trial conduct.

The ISN iNET-CKD is formalized: it builds on an informal collaboration established under the working title “Global Network of CKD Cohort Studies (GNCKD)” by the principal investigators of the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) and the German Chronic Kidney Disease (GCKD) studies.


Nexus and Forefronts meetings merge to become ISN Frontiers meetings.

Kidney InternationaI Reports is launched, publishing original clinical and translational articles and educational content related to kidney disease. Jai Radakrishnan becomes its first Editor.

ISN begins to recognize Regional Training Centers: centers in LMIC having the expertise, capacity, and commitment to provide Fellowship training.

SYL helps establish 12 acute PD centers in sub-Saharan Africa where previously no dialysis is available.

ISN holds the first global health summit on CKD in Vancouver drawing 100 experts from around the world leading to the publication of a “road map” providing recommendations on closing gaps in care, research, and policy.

Regional Boards are established in each of the ten world regions becoming the “eyes and ears” of ISN in the region to disseminate information, advise on regional contexts for new proposals, and help plan regional implementation.

Executive Committee meetings are held annually in Brussels to include senior members of staff reflecting their increasing involvement in the delivery of ISN’s work.

The Executive committee appoints an organizational consultancy to review ISN governance and organization leading to a fresh description of ISN’s mission, a broadening of membership inclusivity, the introduction of new regional and board structures, alterations in the election process, and the clarification of committee, working group, and advisory group roles. Discussions took place leading to the current 5-year strategic plan which begins in 2018.


ISN Education becomes the ISN Academy and continues to generate important content that is well received.

The ISN SharE-RR team, chaired by Fergus Caskey, starts developing resources that kidney health advocates can use to support the establishment or development of renal registries in their countries.

ISN establishes a series of regional policy forums to address specific issues related to kidney health within the region producing substantial statements of intent from health ministers and members of local government: the first one is held in Mexico City.

The first edition of the Global Kidney Health Atlas (GKHA) is published.

The International Consortium of CKDu Collaborators (i3C) is established to develop a framework and accountability structure to promote a better understanding of the emerging epidemic of chronic kidney diseases of uncertain origin (CKDu) occurring typically in poor agricultural communities in Central America and Sri Lanka.

The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) forms an international working group to draft a new edition of the Declaration, updating the definitions and principles in the light of clinical, legal, and social developments in the field over the previous decade.

A social Media Task Force is established for the first time at WCN 2017 in Mexico City.

The World Congress takes place in Mexico City, Mexico.


The first ISN Frontiers meeting takes place: “Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular disease”.

Pierre Ronco becomes Editor of KI.

KI’s impact factor reaches 8.3, placing it in third among nephrology journals.

ISN establishes a three-day residential Scientific Writing Course held in Bangalore, India.

The second Global Kidney Health Summit takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to develop a strategy addressing the unmet needs of patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) around the world over the next 5 to 10 years producing an action plan for progress to address the disparity in health care between countries

The Council structure is revised to reduce councillors to 20 members who are chairs and deputy chairs of the regional boards.

The first two CME-supported larger Regional Meetings facilitating discussions among nephrology leaders in the region facing similar issues are held.


Charu Malik becomes Executive Director of ISN.

The World Congress takes place in Melbourne, Australia.

The Congress is completely paper-free with on-line programs and reminders.

SRC is actively supporting 65 pairs and STC 15 pairs.

The second edition of the Global Kidney Health Atlas (GKHA) is published.

The second ISN regional policy forum takes place in Melbourne.


WCN goes annual.

Around 50% of projects funded by the ISN Clinical Research Program over the decade result in published work and 40% of applicants go on to receive additional funding.

A two-day consensus meeting is held in Vancouver, Canada, bringing together ISN executive leadership, members of ISN Research groups, patients, clinicians, clinical trialists, academics, industry, and regulators to establish momentum for international collaborative work in clinical trials and research in kidney disease worldwide and to establish a robust definition of kidney failure.

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