Named Lectures

Named Lectures are presented on an alternating basis by renowned speakers at the annual World Congress of Nephrology (WCN). The WCN Scientific Program Working Group selects speakers based on their valuable contribution to nephrology and related fields. The talks presented are relevant to the themes of the WCN program.

The Claude Amiel Lecture has featured at WCN since the 1990s. Dr. Amiel [1930-1996] was a distinguished clinician-scientist who made significant academic contributions in nephrology. He served the ISN with distinction for more than 20 years, notably as Secretary-General and Vice-President.

Dr. Seldin [1920-2018] was a distinguished clinician-scientist who made major academic contributions in nephrology and served the ISN with distinction, including as a former President.

Dr. Hebert [1946-2008] was a distinguished nephrologist whose research led to the development of a new class of drugs to modulate calcium-sensing receptor activity.

Dr. Barry Brenner and Dr. John Dirks are nephrologists who have served the ISN with distinction over many years, most particularly in the founding of the COMGAN (Commission for the Global Advancement of Nephrology) in 1995, which today has evolved into the capacity building pillar of the ISN. It consists of a broad range of educational and training activities aimed at expanding the science and practice of nephrology to strengthen patient care in low resourced countries. The Brenner/Dirks Lecture is therefore awarded to a distinguished scientist of international reputation whose research has far reaching potential to transform the global practice of medicine.

For over 50 years, Dr. Cameron [1934-2023] played an influential role in the development of all aspects of kidney care: best practice, patient care, research, and teaching, and was ISN President from 1993-1995. He diligently worked to build capacity for kidney care worldwide and his legacy will continue to resonate in the field.

Dr. de Wardener [1915-2013], an expert in the treatment of kidney disease and a pioneer of dialysis treatment, performed the UK’s first kidney biopsies. He helped establish key kidney health societies both in the UK and internationally. He was an ISN founding member and former ISN President.