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ISN GO Workshop: Highlighting the best in nephrology

During the ISN World Congress 2013, the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Workshop was a chance for ISN GO participants to meet and share the continuing success of the programs. The winners of the GO poster sessions also received their prizes during this special session.

Peter Kerr, Chair of the Oceania and South-East Asia Committee enjoys seeing developing countries emerge as local leaders. This year, several Continuing Medical Education courses took place in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam. These visits also included hospital visits and meeting government authorities.

ISN Fellows in these countries are training in Australia and have helped generate four Sister Renal Center partnerships, an Educational Ambassador visit to Vietnam and a Research and Prevention Program in Thailand. The Research and Prevention Program is an effective link with the World Health Organization and the Global Burden of Disease survey. It has also helped maintain the kidney disease data center in Bergamo (more than the grants

ISN GO Chair William Couser says: “Supporting centers and developed centers also put their own resources to good usethanks to GO.” The Schrier Award recognizes the work of the ISN GO Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program. Marcelo Orias was “really honored” to pick up the award on behalf of the ISN GO SRC partnership between Argentina and USA.

He said: “Together, we trained the young people, with the help of physicians, psychologists and pathologists from the sister center. We started a blossoming peritoneal dialysis program.”

On the Programs in Asia, ISN GO East Asia Committee Chair Haiyan Wang believes: “GO plants the seeds to develop nephrology further across the region.” China has counted 72 ISN Fellows since 1985 with 82% located in the big cities. ISN Fellow Li Wang helped advance diagnostic techniques and treatments in peritoneal dialysis. She also joined relief efforts following the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 and worked with the Renal Disaster Relief Task Force to help patients suffering from crush syndrome and acute kidney injury.

ISN Fellows are definitively key players in GO’s continuing success. The workshop rewarded the valuable contributions from program participants. Sidy Mohammed Seck (Senegal) and Boris Bikbov (Russia) each received the ISN Fellowship award. The ISN GO Research and Prevention prize was given to Arpana Iyengar and Teerayuth Jiamjariyaporn.

Last but not least, it was the last meeting for outgoing members of the program, ISN GO Program William Couser and ISN GO CME Chair Norbert Lameire. They were both touched by their awards for their hard work and continued dedication to GO.

For information on the ISN Global Outreach Programs, CLICK HERE.

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