Sister Centers

ISN Sister Centers

The ISN has two flagship programs that provide educational support and guidance to centers in need within the developing nephrology community by pairing them with established centers to form supportive partnerships.

COVID-19 Update: 
As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sister-center pairings active in 2020 have postponed their activities until 2021. This is because of the travel restrictions in place and shifted priorities for most healthcare organizations.

To accommodate the needs of the active pairs and trios, ISN will grant all active centers an additional year to fulfill their plans. No center will graduate at the end of 2020. Consequently, there will be no new applications accepted in October 2020.

ISN continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and remains committed to its mission of building capacity around the world. Providing support to LMICs remains a key priority. We will continue to adapt our response to this unprecedented situation as it evolves.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the ISN Academy, which provides an extensive mix of over 8,000 pieces of multilingual presentations, guidelines, cases articles and webinars, and constitutes a reliable source to develop your skills and knowledge in nephrology.

For any question, please contact Sister Renal Centers Coordinator at src@theisn.org.

Program Options

The program comprises three levels of support providing the framework and funding to foster up to six years of collaboration if adequate progress is made.

The long-term goal is for the emerging center to become self-sufficient and able to provide better treatment and outcomes for patients with kidney diseases in their care.

After six years of improvement on the program, graduated centers are encouraged to support a third center within their region and therefore sustain the impact of their training and help other centers to develop.

The program is a joint partnership between ISN and The Transplantation Society (TTS) to help establish new kidney transplant centers and develop existing kidney transplant programs in emerging countries.

This initiative fosters partnerships between experienced transplant centers in the developed world (Supporting Centers or SCs) and new and developing transplant centers (Emerging Centers or ECs) in low-resource regions, providing a framework and funding for up to six years of collaboration if adequate progress is made.

After six- years of improvement on the program, graduated centers are encouraged to support a third center within their region and therefore sustain the impact of their training and help other centers to develop. 

How to apply

Read the Guidelines carefully and if you meet all the criteria apply online here. The deadline to apply is October 1.

Applications are reviewed by ISN staff and the ISN Sister Renal Centers Committee.

Please read the Guidelines carefully here to ensure that all criteria are met before applying here. The deadline to apply is October 1.

Applications are reviewed by ISN staff and the ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers Committee.

ISN works hand-in-hand with several partner organizations, encouraging intra-regional collaborations and enhancing training and education possibilities in selected fields of nephrology.

SRC Program Supporters

     

STC Program Supporters

If you would like to support a Sister Center, please contact us via the contact section below.

For all inquiries on the SRC Program, please contact the Sister Renal Centers Coordinator at SRC@theisn.org.

For all inquiries on the STC Program, please contact the Sister Transplant Center Coordinator at STC@theisn.org.

The SRC program is supported by the ISN SRC Committee and STC program is supported by the ISN-TTS STC Committee.

What can be achieved on the sister renal centers program?