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Scientific writing course takes place at Bergamo Institute, Italy

The ISN Global Outreach (GO) Research and Prevention (R&P) Program offers research and educational programs in low-middle-income countries to bridge the gap in kidney research and patients care worldwide.

In September, a scientific writing course at the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo, Italy sought to increase kidney research in developing countries.

The course took participants through the various stages of manuscript and grant proposal writing as well as the review process. It also encouraged them to present their work.

The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is rising in Nigeria. Other forms of treatment are needed, as renal replacement therapy is often unavailable and costly.

“The use of sodium bicarbonate tablets to delay end stage kidney disease in pre-dialysis CKD patients has shown encouraging results in resource-limited settings,” says Yomi Okunola who took the opportunity to share his research. He is from the Department of Medicine at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ife, Nigeria.

What was learned during this course, Arpana Iyengar plans to share with other clinicians, post-graduates, PhD students and the African Pediatric Nephrology faculty through an active exchange program at her institution.

“Having no structured training program addressing scientific skills gets in the way of achieving evidence-based quality research, ” says Arpana Iyengar. She joined the course from the Department of Pediatric Nephrology at St. John’s Medical College Hospital in Bangalore, India.

She adds: “My association with the ISN R&P program began in 2010. After, I was fortunate to be a part of the R&P committee, representing the pediatric nephrology fraternity from a developing nation. These two events stand as examples for the outstanding vision of the ISN that focuses on One World Nephrology.”

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