Author - Reema Parmar

Artificial intelligence and ‘omics may help in diagnosing and treating glomerular disease

In her presentation at WCN’22, Dr. Mariam Priya Alexander, a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA, will describe advances in pathology helping to diagnose glomerular disease, which accounts for approximately 16% of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Alexander’s research interests include the application of ‘omics and mass cytometry to expand the understanding of...

Improving access to dialysis and transplantation for rural patients

Dialysis and transplantation are the main treatments for chronic kidney disease (CKD), but accessing those treatments is not always straightforward for patients in rural areas. CKD patients in rural and remote communities encounter many barriers to accessing care and have a higher risk of mortality than those in urban areas. In her talk at WCN’22, Nicki...

Healthy diets could help our kidneys and the environment too

Diet is crucial to general health and well-being, but to what extent can we use food to treat and prevent kidney problems? At WCN‘22, this will be the question addressed by Peter Stenvinkel, professor and senior lecturer in the department of renal medicine at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Professor Stenvinkel and colleagues are conducting...

Understanding barriers to transplantation and the impact of COVID-19

Dr. Shaifali Sandal is a transplant nephrologist and assistant professor at the McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Canada. Her research focuses on improving living donor kidney transplantation (KT) and re-transplantation rates. In patients with kidney failure, transplantation is usually the best therapeutic option. It offers better survival rates and quality of life than dialysis. Economic...

The Global Impact of the Coronavirus 2019 Pandemic on In-Centre Haemodialysis Services: An International Society of Nephrology – Dialysis Outcomes Practice Patterns Study Survey

The ISN collaborated with the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study on a web survey assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hemodialysis centers. Using a combined approach of random sampling and open invitation, researchers collected data between March 2020 and March 2021 from 412 centers in 78 countries across all ten ISN regions....

Watch the Latest Kidney International Video Abstracts

The ISN Video Abstract Series is a new initiative by the @ISNeducation Social Media Team showcasing key articles from ISN Journals on social media platforms. Watch the latest episodes on the ISN Academy: A Mathematical Estimation of the Physical Forces Driving Podocyte Detachment Combination Treatment with Rituximab, Low-Dose Cyclophosphamide and Plasma Exchange for Severe Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-Associated Vasculitis

Taking Stock and Moving Forward: A Rewarding Year for the ISN Encourages Optimism for 2022

Dear ISN Community, It was an honor to take up my ISN Presidency at the Virtual WCN’21, the first virtual congress in ISN’s history, conducted successfully despite an incredibly challenging global environment. The innovative WCN'21 virtual platform demonstrated the ISN's commitment to global inclusion, a key theme throughout the year. Indeed, the ISN firmly believes that...

Championing best practices in patient advocacy and education

As an NBA Champion and Olympic gold medalist, retired professional basketball player Alonzo Mourning recognizes the potential his high profile has to inspire others. At the height of his basketball career, Mr. Mourning was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a rare and incurable genetic kidney disease with the potential to derail his career and...

Designing and implementing more innovative clinical trials

The traditional large clinical trial, where participants are individually randomized to receive single agents or placebo, continues to hold a central place in nephrology, but the benefits of other trial designs are emerging. Professor Meg Jardine is director of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre and kidney health research team at the University of Sydney, Australia....