Nomination Criteria

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), recognizes individuals exhibiting excellence and leadership in PKD clinical or basic research whose seminal scientific work constitutes a tangible achievement toward improving the knowledge and treatment of PKD.

The following information must be provided via email to the Awards Coordinator:

  • Nominator details: full name, ISN membership number, and contact information.
  • Nominee details: full name (as listed in publications) and contact information.
  • Supporting statement: a description of how and why the nominee’s work represents a major advance in the basic or clinical understanding of PKD, distinguishing aspects which set it apart from other work in the field and a summary of the nominee’s contribution.
  • Full curriculum vitae and bibliography of the nominee.
  • Letters of support: at least two letters of support must be provided.

Additional information:

  • Only ISN members may nominate an individual.
  • Previous winners of the Hamburger, Richards, Robinson or Bywaters Awards are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Members of the ISN Executive Committee are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The winner is selected by the Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize Advisory Committee: Committee Chair, Dr. Nathan Levin, two committee members selected by the PKD Foundation, and two ISN members.
  • The prize is presented during the World Congress of Nephrology by the ISN and the PKD Foundation.

The Jean Hamburger Award recognizes outstanding research in nephrology with a clinical emphasis. The award was established in memory of Jean Hamburger, pioneer of clinical nephrology and founding president of the ISN.

The following information must be provided via email to the Awards Coordinator:

  • Nominator details: full name, ISN membership number, and contact information.
  • Nominee details: full name (as listed in publications) and contact information.
  • Supporting statement: explain why the nominee should receive the award (maximum 300 words).
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee: not to exceed two pages.
  • Letter(s) of support: optional (no more than three).

Additional information:

  • Only ISN members may nominate an individual.
  • Previous winners of the Richards, Robinson, or Bywaters Awards or the Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Members of the ISN Executive Committee are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The winner is selected by the ISN Awards Committee, chaired by the ISN President.
  • The award is presented during the World Congress of Nephrology.

The Bywaters Award recognizes outstanding contributions made to the understanding of Acute Kidney Injury. The award was established in honor of Eric Bywaters, who described crush syndrome in the 1940s.

The following information must be provided via email to the Awards Coordinator:

  • Nominator details: full name, ISN membership number, and contact information.
  • Nominee details: full name (as listed in publications), and contact information.
  • Supporting statement: a description of how and why the nominee’s work contributes to productivity and scholarly advancement in the field of Acute Kidney Injury.
  • Full curriculum vitae and bibliography of the nominee.
  • Letters of support: at least two letters of support must be provided.

Additional information:

  • Only ISN members may nominate an individual.
  • Previous winners of the Hamburger, Richards, or Robinson Awards, or the Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Members of the ISN Executive Committee are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The winner is selected by the ISN Awards Committee, chaired by the ISN President and by the Bywaters AKI expert advisor.
  • The award is presented during the World Congress of Nephrology.

The Alfred Newton Richards Award recognizes outstanding basic research in fields relevant to nephrology. The award was established in memory of Alfred Newton Richards, who developed kidney tubule micro-puncture in his laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania where he served as chairman of pharmacology for over three decades.

The following information must be provided via email to the Awards Coordinator:

  • Nominator details: full name, ISN membership number, and contact information.
  • Nominee details: full name (as listed in publications) and contact information.
  • Supporting statement: explain why the nominee should receive the award (maximum 300 words).
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee: not to exceed two pages.
  • Letter(s) of support: optional (no more than three).

Additional information:

  • Only ISN members may nominate an individual
  • Previous winners of the Hamburger, Bywaters, or Robinson Awards or the Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Members of the ISN Executive Committee are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The winner is selected by the ISN Awards Committee, chaired by the ISN President.
  • The award is presented during the World Congress of Nephrology.

The Roscoe R. Robinson Award acknowledges outstanding achievements in the field of education in nephrology and medicine. The award was established in memory of Roscoe ‘Ike’ Robinson, the internationally recognized physician, educator, and researcher, founding Editor of Kidney International, and past-president of the ISN.

The following information must be provided via email to the Awards Coordinator:

  • Nominator details: full name, ISN membership number, and contact information.
  • Nominee details: full name (as listed in publications), and contact information.
  • Supporting statement: explain why the nominee should receive the award (maximum 300 words).
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee: not to exceed two pages.
  • Letter(s) of support: optional (no more than three).

Additional information:

  • Only ISN members may nominate an individual.
  • Previous winners of the Hamburger, Bywaters, or Richards Awards or the Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize, are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Members of the ISN Executive Committee are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The winner is selected by the ISN Awards Committee, chaired by the ISN President.
  • The award is presented during the World Congress of Nephrology.

The ISN Pioneer Awards honor the ‘unsung heroes’ of nephrology: doctors who have carried out extraordinary efforts to advance nephrology in a specific country or region. Without their dedication, nephrology would be far behind its current state in their home country.

Countries that have been designated as high-income countries (HIC) by World Bank criteria for over five years (as of March of the nominating year) are not eligible to nominate candidates, as the Pioneer Awards are restricted to individuals from non-HIC countries.

Eligible candidates:

  • Born in a non-HIC country (low, lower-middle, or upper-middle-income country by World Bank criteria) and have worked in a non-HIC country for the majority of their career.
  • Medically qualified.
  • Having not previously won an international award made by a major nephrology society.
  • NOT active in current ISN leadership, i.e., Councillor, Executive Committee member, Committee member, or Regional Board member.

The following information must be provided via email to the Awards Coordinator:

  • Nominator details: full name, ISN membership number, and contact information.
  • Nominee details: full name (as listed in publications), country, and contact information.
  • Supporting statement: explain why the nominee should receive the award (maximum 300 words).
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee: not to exceed two pages.
  • Letter(s) of support: mandatory (no more than three).

Additional information:

  • Only ISN members may nominate an individual.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The winners are selected by the Regional Boards and the ISN Core Programs Committee, chaired by the ISN Programs Chair.
  • Awards are announced during WCN and presented during regional events throughout the corresponding World Congress of Nephrology year.