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We have some great news to share following the recent ISN Sister Renal and ISN-TTS Transplant Centers call for applications.

vicenzaApply today for a chance to win a free registration pass to the 36th Vicenza Course on acute kidney injury (AKI) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). The course will take place from June 12 to 15, 2018 at the Fiera di Vicenza Convention Center in Italy.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:58

Obituary - Nestor Schor

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With great regret, we announce the death of ISN member and Pioneers Award winner, Nestor Schor. Read the full obituary below.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:37

Results are out! Fellows in 2018 Featured

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After a successful application session in October 2017, we are delighted to announce the new batch of fellows that will take part in the program this year.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 15:59

A trusted leader Featured

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In January 2012, ISN became the only nephrology society in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). How is the ISN community using this opportunity to voice the needs of kidney patients and bridge gaps in global care?

Monday, 22 January 2018 14:32

Celebration and progress in Bangladesh Featured

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Last week, I received a very warm welcome from the Bangladesh Renal Association and the Kidney Foundation of Bangladesh in Dhaka. Great to see nephrology in Bangladesh on the move, under determined and effective leadership!

Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:14

Brazilian nephrology team visits Sudan Featured

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Team Brazil SudanThe ISN Sister Renal Center Program between Sudan and Brazil has been particularly active recently. Two nephrologists and a renal nurse from renal institutes across Brazil brought different perspectives to a training course for local doctors at Soba University Hospital in Sudan.

Saving Young Lives (SYL) recently sent a pediatric nephrologist and a nurse from the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on a month’s visit to the University of Cotonou (Benin). It helped the Congolese doctors and nurses learn more the latest catheter insertion techniques so they can set up a peritoneal dialysis (PD) service to treat children with acute kidney injury (AKI) more effectively when back in their country.

PIC 12 Cape Town South AfricaIn December 2017, the ISN Educational Ambassador Program supported a training in interventional nephrology at the University of Cape Town. Organized by Dr Erika Jones, it saw Dr William C. O’Neill from Emory University in Atlanta assigned as educational trainer for the session.

We are pleased to share the results of the Clinical Research Program Grant application session that was held in October 2017. Each grant helps implement research projects to detect and manage chronic kidney disease, hypertension and diabetes in low-to-middle income countries.

Yasmin and haemo machineThanks to a thriving A ISN Renal Sister Center Program between St-George's University Hospital and the Kumasi Renal Unit in Ghana, one nurse has received the funding she needs to develop targeted training in nephrology, spending eight weeks at the center in London, UK.

WCN PUBLIC 170421 6 of 14 copyAs of 2019, the ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) will be organized on a yearly basis rather than every two years.

group pic north asia workshopOn December 9, 2017, the ISN North and East Asia regional workshop was held during the second International Congress of Chinese Nephrologists (ICCN) and the Taiwan Society of Nephrology's (TSN) annual meeting.

Dr Rennke kidney pathologist looking at kidney biopsies with a fellow and three visiting pathologist from Europe Asia and South AmericaThe International Society of Nephrology Renal Pathology Committee seeks applications for one mini-sabbatical for a nephropathologist from a developing country (**as defined by the ISN) to provide partial support for short term in-depth study of renal pathology, by immersion in an established expert renal pathology laboratory for up to two weeks, in conjunction with attendance at a major renal pathology course (see below).

Team web conf Nigeria UKISN Educational Ambassador Ibi Erekosima hosted the first international nephrology web conference at a renal center at University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Southern Nigeria, working alongside Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 16:45

Congratulations to KI Reports! Featured

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KI ReportsWe are excited to announce that Kidney International (KI) Reports has now been fully accepted and is live in PubMed Central (PMC).

Friday, 29 December 2017 16:03

ISN-EMAN Update Congress in Nephrology Featured

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Closing RemarksISN was well represented at the ISN-EMAN Update Congress in Nephrology, held in Dubai from December 13 to 16, 2017. The organisation was flawless, under the leadership of Mona Al-Rukhaimi, Congress President, President of the Emirates Medical Association Nephrology Society (EMAN) and previous Chair of the ISN Middle East Regional Board and Executive Committee member (2015-17).

ISN took part in the 14th Bangladesh Renal Association (BRA) meeting, organized in Dhaka from December 11 to 12, 2017. Representatives from the ISN included ISN President-Elect Vivekanand Jha and ISN President David Harris. Dr. M. Muhibur Chowdhury, Vice President of BRA, and Harun-Ur-Rashid, Vice President of BRA were present as both are members of the Organizing committee and sit on the ISN Council.

Every year, 72 doctors from around the world spend 12 weeks in East Africa on the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene course run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The key lessons for the students are the role of early detection and prevention of kidney disease rather than how to run a dialysis unit.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is an increasingly significant yet underdiagnosed problem in pediatric care.

h4hFollowing the call for applications, the Hydration for Kidney Health (H4KH) Executive Committee is happy to announce that Dr. Amarasiri de Silva from University of Pittsburgh, USA, has been selected for the ISN-H4KH Fellowship Program and will receive a grant worth 25,000 USD.

1 Razeen DavidsThrough specific training courses, ISN Educational Ambassadors can help medical teams at your center access the knowledge and skills they need to develop new services, community-based research or screening programs.

Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:57

Introducing the ISN Ethical Dialysis Taskforce Featured

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ICD WHO lrAs part of the end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) focus, the ISN Ethical Dialysis Taskforce will publish reviews and position statements on ethical dialysis over the next few years.

ISN pioneer KazakhstanCongratulations to Dr. Assiya Kanatbayeva from the Kazakh National Medical University. She received an ISN Pioneer award at the recent ISN Regional Board meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia at the end of October.

Do you have what it takes to get students and professors engaged in active debate at the ISN Frontiers Meeting 2018?

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) have published a survey to look into how nephrologists across the world are trained, and the scope of patient services they offer. Get involved by completing the survey online.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 12:28

KI Reports: Heat stress and kidney health Featured

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One of this month’s most downloaded reports from Kidney International (KI) Reports is contributed by Fabiana Nerbass, winner of the ISN-H4KH New Investigator grant.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 12:15

Join the ISN Mentorship program Featured

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Looking for some guidance in a specific area related to research or clinical nephrology?

Benefit from ISN’s Mentorship Program! Let us help you find the right mentor according to your needs. Find out more online and sign up as a mentee to start your three-year productive relationship.

Read more HERE.

Monday, 04 December 2017 17:00

Nominations are open for the TRFP Fellowship Featured

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The Translational Research Fellows Program (TRFP) is an exciting collaboration between the Institute for Systems Biology and Providence (Rhode Island, USA) St. Joseph Health that leverages respective systems-based research and clinical expertise. Nominations are now open.

14Following an earthquake in the Kermanshah province of Iran on November 12, 2017, the Iranian Society of Nephrology was in close contact with two local nephrologists from the trauma unit in Kermanshah – sending protocols for managing patients with crush injuries and applying fluid therapy.

EAP Nicaragua oneNicaragua is experiencing a rapid growth of patients on chronic hemodialysis, mainly owing to the high incidence of Mesoamerican nephropathy across the country. The ISN Educational Ambassador Program has helped more nephrologists, vascular access surgeons and hemodialysis nurses get specific training to better care for their patients.

Friday, 24 November 2017 17:20

ISN at the WHO in Geneva Featured

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WHO session oneLast week, we joined the World Health Organization (WHO) executive board meeting to comment on its 2019-2023 general program of work (GPW). Member States, international NGOs and non-state actors in official relations with WHO shared their views.

Kirill blog photo oneParticipants involved in the the ISN Sister Renal Center Program partnership between the Belarus Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, in Minsk and the University Hospital of Charite in Berlin, Germany recently gathered for their first virtual conference.

Sunday, 12 November 2017 17:20

Sister center partners meet in Guatemala Featured

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The Washington University (WU) School of Medicine in St-Louis recently took part in the First Annual Update in Nephrology: Leading the Battle against Chronic Kidney Disease in Guatemala City.

This ISN Sister Renal Center partnership, including researchers, residents, fellows and staff from WU and the IGSS hospital system and Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City, has been working to study MesoAmerican Nephropathy.

Read more HERE. This article is provided courtesy of the Washington University (WU) School of Medicine in St-Louis.

Masaomi Nangaku shares his thoughts on the upcoming first edition taking place next year in Tokyo, Japan and focusing on the link between Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular Disease.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 09:33

Going beyond the unknown

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The Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) Consortium sets out to educate us about the international effort to fight CKDu, helping to understand the causes and slow down the impact of this mysterious form of CKD.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:13

ISN Educational Ambassadors on a mission

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ISN Programs are integral to our education mission. ISN Educational Ambassador Waleed Elhassan’s dedication to working with Sudan’s nephrology community reveals the valuable steps specialists are taking to build sustainable care.

We have joined forces with the American Nephrologists of Indian Origin (ANIO) to bring you the Clinical Nephropathology Certificate Program.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects about 195 million women worldwide and is currently the 8th leading cause of death, with close to 600,000 female deaths each year. World Kidney Day 2018 will focus on kidneys and women’s health with the message: ‘Include, Value, Empower.’

The Division of Nephrology, University of British Columbia is pleased to offer a position in the Advanced Training in Nephrology Clinical Fellowship Program.

The ISN Advocacy team runs through some of the challenges ahead when it comes to getting kidney health as a Non-Communicable Disease on the international policy agenda.

It was great to receive so much feedback from the Global Education Survey we sent out recently. Many thanks to everybody who got involved. It gave us great insight and will be very valuable input to develop and improve our future training activities and initiatives. More details on the results will follow.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 09:47

Exciting times for learning

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Moving from a traditional classroom to an exciting, widely interactive and community-based online learning platform, the ISN Academy portal and app focus on quality and variety of content for everybody’s training needs.

ISN and the French-speaking Society of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation (SFNDT) have signed a partnership to express their mutual commitment in advancing nephrology in French-speaking Africa.

As a growing national society, it is a challenge to generate new members and retain them, promote activities and build a voice while raising awareness about the cause of patients with kidney disease. Bringing in some support by joining a global nephrology community will effectively strengthen your position as a Society.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:03

Ready for the renal physiology challenge? Featured

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In the run up to the ANZSN webinar on October 24, 2017, test your knowledge of renal tubular physiology by taking part in a short quiz.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 15:37

ISN welcomes 99th Affiliated Society Featured

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A warm welcome to the Congolese Society of Nephrology, our 99th Affiliated Society! As a relatively young Society, it plans to extend its membership to nephrologists in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there are currently no nephrologists.

Monday, 16 October 2017 15:53

Great news from SWC 2017 graduate in Nepal Featured

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Congratulations to Dr Kirshna Agarwal from Nepal, one of the 2017 ISN Scientific Writing Course (SWC) graduates.

BANTAOLast week, the 13th Balkan Cities Association of Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs (BANTAO) congress in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina was a great example of the growing enthusiasm between members of a global nephrology community working together to improve kidney health.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:25

The value of collaboration: ISN at BANTAO congress 2017 Featured

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Team photo BANTAOIt was inspiring to see colleagues from the region working together at the 13th Balkan Cities Association of Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs (BANTAO) conference, held this month in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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