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ISN Pioneer Awards honor the 'unsung heroes' of nephrology. They reward doctors on a regional level who have carried out extraordinary efforts to advance nephrology in a specific country or region. Without their dedication, nephrology would have been far behind its current state in their country and region

Eligible candidates:

  • Born in, and have worked in, a developing country (low or middle-income countries by World Bank criteria) for the great majority of their career
  • Medically qualified
  • Have not previously won an international award made by a major nephrology society
  • Are NOT active in current ISN leadership, i.e., Councilor, ExCom member, Committee member, or Regional Board member

Nomination requirements, deadline July 31, 2018:

  • Your details: complete name, ISN membership number, and country
  • Nominee details: complete name (as listed in publications) and country
  • Support statement: explain why the nominee should receive the award (maximum 300 words)
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee: 2-page maximum
  • Letter(s) of support: mandatory (no more than three)

All nominations and supporting materials are to be sent via email to Jo-Ann Donner at

The winners will be selected by the Regional Boards and the ISN Core Programs Committee, chaired by the ISN Programs Chair.

Recipients of the 2017 Pioneer Awards:

Region Name Country
Africa Hasan Abu-Aisha Sudan
Middle East Riyad Said Jordan
North & East Asia Wu-Chang Yang Taiwan
South Asia Harun Ur Rashid Bangladesh
OSEA Wiguno Prodjosudjadi Indonesia
Latin America Nestor Schor Brazil
Russia and CIS Assiya Kanatbayeva Kazakhstan
Central & Eastern Europe Ayla San Turkey

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