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WCN2019The ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) drew crowds from all over the world. Now that we have all returned home, delve into the educational experience of WCN 2019 from the comfort of your computer, tablet or phone via the ISN Academy portal.

Centre of training excellence VietnamAfter many years of partnership with Westmead Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Australia), Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) has become a center of excellence, developing cross-regional training programs.

EAP Kazhakstan teamScientific Research Institute of Cardiology and Internal Diseases in Almaty, Kazakhstan benefitted from the experience of ISN Educational Ambassador Aimun Ahmed to improve kidney transplant treatment for patients.

CME Sri Lanka interactive training sessionAcute kidney disease (AKI) and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) led discussions at a nephrology specialty day and workshop organized by the Sri Lankan Society of Nephrology and the Ceylon College of Physicians. This meeting was endorsed by the ISN Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program.

ISN SRC workshop Nigeria Catheter InsertionSign up for a dedicated webinar, taking place online on June 24, 2019. Learn how easy it is to apply for the ISN Sister Centers Programs. 

During the 39th Annual Meeting of the Korean Society of Nephrology (KSN), held in Seoul from May 23 to 26, 2019, the KSN-ISN Joint Symposium focused on the parlous state of kidney care, and in fact all medical care, in North Korea, and looked at possible solutions to this dire situation.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 12:52

Leading kidney health advocacy at the WHA 2019 Featured

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The 72nd World Health Assembly took place in Geneva from May 20 to 28, 2019. Discussions relevant to the kidney community focused on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), primary care and access to medicines as well the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Monday, 27 May 2019 12:27

OSEA Pioneer Award: Supat Vanichakarn Featured

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The 2019 ISN Pioneer Award winner for the Oceania and South East Asia region (OSEA) is Professor Emeritus Supat Vanichakarn from Thailand.

Dr. gouda and Dr. Ghada measuring impliminting EGIPT CKD Program in a rural area webThe ISN Sister Renal Centers Program has supported a long-standing partnership between the Damanhur Medical National Institute in Egypt and the Sheffield Kidney Institute, UK. The collaboration has grown extensively raising awareness about prevention and training staff across different regions of Egypt.

Late Breaking Clinical Trials190415 8 of 29Three trials that could spark change in the management of patient care.

400 people in the Southern city of Escuintla (Guatemala) joined a walk for ‘healthy kidneys’, organized by Angie Aguilar-González and colleagues from Guatemala’s Foundation for Children with Kidney Disease.

KI journal coverGrasp the opportunity to train with the editors at Kidney International (KI) and KI Reports. Learn how to critically assess a manuscript, work as part of a team to evaluate the priority of manuscripts in a broader context, and discover how to manage the editorial responsibilities of a highly cited, reputable speciality journal.

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Clinical Research and Fellowship Program awards! Both of these awards were sponsored by the Japanese Society of Nephrology (JSN). Many thanks to JSN for its support and helping us reward these ISN members for their achievements in the field of nephrology.

The ISN World Congress of Nephrology was also the time to honor the achievements of our community, working together to advance kidney health worldwide. Chosen by ISN members, this year’s ISN award winners were proudly honored in various categories for their commitment to nephrology.

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to all ISN members for voting.

Below is a roundup of each award and the 2019 winners.

Alfred Newton Richards Award

Melissa Little, Theme Director of Cell Biology at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne (Australia)

The Jean Hamburger Award

Detlef Schlöndorff, The Schlöndorff laboratory

Roscoe R. Robinson Award

Agnes Borge Fogo, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (USA)

Lilian Jean Kaplan International Prize

York Pei, University of Toronto (Canada)

Bradley K. Yoder, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School (USA)

ISN Bywaters Award

Mehmet Sever, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul University (Turkey)

Raymond Vanholder, Chairman European Kidney Health Alliance and of European Chronic Disease Alliance

The Young Nephrologist Awards

Best Basic Science Abstract

Titi Chen, University of Sydney (Australia)

Aruna Rakha Arora, Department of Translational and Regenerative Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (India).

Best Clinical Abstract

Eugene Chan Yu-hin, Pediatric Nephrology Center, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent,

Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong

Sidy Mohamed Seck Faculty of Health Sciences, University Gaston Berger Saint-Louis, Senegal, 

ISN Pioneer Awards

Africa

Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe, University of Ibadan (Nigeria)

Central and Eastern Europe

Halima Resic, Medical Faculty University of Sarajevo (Bosnia

and Herzegovina)

Latin America

Edgar Sanclemente, Loma Linda University (Colombia)

NIS and Russia

Valery Pilotovich, Department of Urology and Nephrology, Medical Academy of

Postgraduate Education (Belarus)

Oceania and South East Asia

Supat Vanichakarn, Mission Hospital Dusit, Bangkok (Thailand)

Schrier Award

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Malawi) and Barts Health

NHS Trust hospital (UK)

To get an overview of all ISN award past and present, CLICK HERE.

The ISN World Congress of Nephrology symbolized the dedication and passion of our community. I’m delighted to start my tenure as ISN President and want to congratulate David Harris for his committed efforts over two truly inspiring years. I’m eager to keep up the momentum of his many achievements.

Meet ISN President Vivekanand Jha (2019-2021) as he shares his thoughts and aspirations in his first video testimony.

Vivekanand Jha has begun his tenure as ISN President and will lead the Society until April 2021. 

As Executive Director at The George Institute for Global Health (India) and a Professor of Nephrology at University of Oxford, he is recognized as an expert on the burden of kidney disease and its socio-economic impact on low-middle income countries. Having joined the ISN community as an ISN Fellow, Prof Jha set up his own laboratory at PGIMER, Chandigarh based on the experience he gained through the ISN Fellowship program. Watch more, HERE.

Speaking about his hopes over the next two years, he says there will be a consolidation of the ISN programs and a focus on developing a holistic approach to care, which includes physician and non-physician healthcare workers and other partners such as the World Health Organization.

He recently observed: ‘ISN aims to move towards the goal of universal healthcare for patients with kidney disease, in line with the United Nations sustainable development goals. We would also continue the capacity building programs by increasing the push on developing research capacity around the world. This permits us to do high-quality studies that seek to answer the important clinical question and add to the evidence base that drives quality healthcare delivery.'

Vivekanand Jha became the ISN President during the ISN World Congress of Nephrology in Melbourne, Australia. Discover the new Executive Committee and Council members who will play an integral part in strategically leading the ISN community over the next two years. 

EAP and SYL in SenegalThe ISN Educational Ambassadors Program and Saving Young Lives come together to support training collaboration for Senegal’s pediatric nephrologists, improving kidney care for the country’s younger generation.

John Mutiso 2017 KenyaISN Fellow John Mutiso, from Makueni County Referral Hospital in Kenya spent a year under the mentorship of Graham Paget at Charlotte Maxeke, Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Clinical nephrology was his chosen subject of study.

EAP Egypt team photoISN Educational Ambassadors, Ahmed Akl and Osama Ibrahim El Shahat visited Belkas Central Hospital in Mansoura, Egypt. Once again, they shared knowledge and experience with teams of young nephrologists at primary care health centers and hemodialysis satellites units in the country.

Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:19

ISN Mentorship supports researcher in India  Featured

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Indian starsThrough the ISN Mentorship Program Priya Pais, at St John's National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore (India) connected with mentor Larry Greenbaum, from Atlanta's Emory University School of Medicine (USA). Guidance from her mentor helped her set clear foundations to write her research paper and prepare a grant proposal. 

Kidney International (KI) has published a paper, as a Supplement to its journal, focusing on increasing patient access to integrated end-stage kidney disease care (ESKD) and how this fits in with Universal Health Coverage .

As per the ISN Bylaws,  we are pleased to notify you of the official meeting of the ISN General Assembly taking place during the ISN World Congress of Nephrology in Melbourne, Australia (12-15 April 2019).
 
Time: 7:15 – 8:15
Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019
Place: Room 216, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006, Australia
 
We kindly request you to arrive at 7:00 am to allow us to ensure the meeting is attended by ISN voting members.
Please note: only ISN members in good standing at the time of the session will be entitled to vote at the General Assembly.
 
Please see below the agenda of the meeting:

Agenda

    Welcome & Introduction
    ISN Governance and Leadership Report
    a.    ISN’s new Governance Structure
    b.    New ISN Leaders ISN Election Results
     i.    General Assembly voting
    ISN Secretary/Treasurer’s Financial Report
    ISN Membership
    ISN Activities update
    a.    Bridging the Gaps
    b.    Building Capacity
    c.    Connecting Community
    ISN Publications Report
    Events
    ISN 2019-2021
    Closing Remarks
    Q&A

 David Harris

Belarus teleconf 2019In February, more than 50 nephrology health care professionals from across Belarus gathered to talk about the 2018 annual report of Nephrology Health Care Service. It was a unique opportunity to also connect online with doctors involved in the ISN Sister Renal Centers partnership between institutions in Belarus and Germany.

Thursday, 14 March 2019 09:50

It's World Kidney Day! Featured

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Small WKD Logo colourToday, we are celebrating Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere.

Thursday, 07 March 2019 09:54

Winners of free Vicenza Course passes Featured

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vicenzaISN is happy to announce the winners of the free passes for the upcoming Vicenza Course on acute kidney injury (AKI) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT).

Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:51

UK/Malawi sister partnership awarded 2019 Schrier prize Featured

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Schrier prizeCongratulations to Malawi's Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and the UK's Barts Health NHS Trust hospital on winning the 2019 Schrier Award!

Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:23

First kidney transplant at Children's Hospital in Burma Featured

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Team first pediatric transplant BurmaThe Yangon Children Hospital in Myanmar, Burma welcomed an ISN Educational Ambassador from the National University of Singapore to teach about dialysis and transplantation. This educational visit led to the local medical team carrying out the first pediatric renal transplantation at the hospital.

Friday, 15 February 2019 14:49

ISN takes stage at WHO meeting in Geneva Featured

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UN HLM Geneva Feb 2019ISN recently participated in the 144th World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board meeting that took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from January 24 to February 1st, 2019.

Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:15

ISN Academy: Send us your content ideas Featured

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ISN Academy call for content proposal new deadlinesThe ISN Academy team is looking to strengthen the educational content available to members on the e-learning platform. Before March 1st, 2019 send us your ideas for an e-learning program or curriculum that you would like to develop.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 11:56

Managing Cameroon’s kidney disease patients Featured

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Fellowship2017AfricaVictorine Nzana2017Interventional Nephrology 2Victorine Bandolo Nzana, from Yaoundé University Teaching Hospital in Cameroon, was awarded an ISN-Salmasi Family Fellowship. Learning from staff at Chennai’s Madras Medical Mission Hospital in India, she broadened her knowledge of interventional nephrology, bridging the gaps in care for patients at the center and across the region.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 11:42

ISN H4KH Fellow visits Danone Nutricia Research Center Featured

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A.De Silva ISN H4KH Fellow presentation v2Thanks to his ISN Hydration for Kidney Health (H4KH) Fellowship, Amarasiri De Silva spent several days at the Danone Nutricia Research Center in France. It was a valuable and unique opportunity to meet other researchers and share his work on chronic kidney disease of unknown origin in Sri Lanka.

We are seeking bids from interested organizations.
Apply by March 1, 2019!

The Scientific Writing Course (SWC) is a three-day course given by experts in the field of scientific writing. It can help you, physicians, and researchers in your region to improve their scientific writing skills, so they have all the tools to get published across a wide range of research areas.During this course, talented investigators who are in the process of writing a manuscript are guided step-by-step to review and complete their manuscripts based on world-class methods.

 

Why should you apply to host the next SWC?

  • It is a unique opportunity for you to participate in the ISN's activities of promoting clinical research
  • The ISN contributes to the logistics and coordination of the event by collecting and reviewing the applications from participants
  • Disseminate the course across the ISN community and reach an international network of professionals in the field
  • Grant your published professionals the opportunity to share their knowledge among their peers.

Learn more | Click here to apply

 

Check out our success stories from previous years

 

Participants of ISN SWA 2017

Starting in 2016, instigated and shepherded by ISN leadership, ISN embarked on an important strategic review to ensure that the Society continued to reflect its members and serve them. Our journey resulted in ISN strengthening its purpose through a new vision, mission and values and the way in which the Society is governed.

Apply today for a chance to win a free pass to the 37th Vicenza Course on critical care in nephrology. The course will take place from May 28 to 30, 2019 at the Fiera di Vicenza Convention Center in Italy.

Monday, 07 January 2019 09:04

New Executive Director joins ISN Featured

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Charu MalikAs the new year starts, we welcome Charu Malik as the new ISN Executive Director. She takes over from Luca Segantini who has made truly outstanding contributions to ISN over the past decade.

Team photo nurses KenyaIn September, nurses Marie Richards and Thandiwe Ngcobo visited several hospitals in Kenya, supporting the local medical community with their kidney care challenges.

ISN President David Harris and President-Elect Vivek Jha traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia in late November 2018 to officially launch a national initiative with the Indonesian Society of Nephrology (PERNEFRI) to improve access to integrated kidney care throughout Indonesia.

Friday, 30 November 2018 11:54

AKI care training in Nepal Featured

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The Kidney Care Network recently organized the first acute kidney injury training course for health care providers at Nepal’s B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.

ISN SRC Nigeria Workshop ParticipantsSeveral ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRCs) from across Africa joined forces recently to set up an interventional nephrology training workshop in Nigeria, specifically focusing on vascular access and peritoneal dialysis.

Saving Young Lives EAP Ivory Coast team at tableISN Educational Ambassador Stefano Picca from the Children’s Research Hospital in Rome (Italy) recently collaborated with Laurence Adonis-Koffy at Abidjan’s Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Yopougon (Ivory Coast) to design a much-needed lecture on pediatric acute kidney injury, its causes and treatment.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 20:57

Building up the global nursing community Featured

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Through our partnership with the Canadian Society of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists (CANNT), we are setting out to help nurses in lower-middle-income countries benefit from free ISN Academy membership.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 09:29

Gain the skills to improve care in your region Featured

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CME Russia audienceThrough the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program, you work with a great number of experienced and knowledgeable teachers to improve care and discuss strategies and ideas to expand services for patients in your region.

Monday, 22 October 2018 08:55

Be part of an inspiring community! Featured

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We each have our story to tell about becoming an ISN member. It is great to share how the experience has contributed to advancing care for patients with kidney disease in our own part of the world.

You now have until October 31, 2018 to apply for the ISN-ANIO Clinical Nephropathology Certificate Program.

Monday, 22 October 2018 08:23

Next stage of ESKD strategic plan Featured

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End-stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) Summit Working Group leaders are meeting at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week to begin planning the implementation of the ESKD strategic plan to improve worldwide access to integrated ESKD care.

The ISN Nominating Committee has launched a consultation with ISN membership in preparation for the 2019 leadership elections.

The Nominating Committee welcomes suggestions from any member of ISN in relation to potential candidates for President-Elect.

To suggest a candidate for the President-Elect position, please send an email to Dominique Tudor, naming the ISN member who you think should be considered for President-Elect by Sunday, 18 November 2018.

Submissions of a candidate must be accompanied by a short (one paragraph) description of the individual’s previous accomplishments as an ISN leader or volunteer, the candidate’s potential fit with the ISN mission, mind-set and spirit based on concrete achievements, and the potential of the candidate to further expand current ISN activities and programs by their contribution. At this stage no additional documents, CVs or other information are required. We will consider all suggested names, and will request any further documentation and information wherever necessary to assist our final decisions.

Please note, every candidate for President-Elect must be a present or former member of the Executive Committee or Council

The Nominating Committee also welcomes suggestions from any member of ISN in relation to potential candidates for the following vacancies:

Each region below shall have 1 vacant seat in 2019 for the position of Regional Board Deputy Chair (NOTE: from 2019 these positions also form members of Council)

  • Africa 
  • Eastern and Central Europe 
  • Latin America and the Caribbean 
  • Middle East 
  • NIS and Russia 
  • North America and the Caribbean 
  • North and East Asia 
  • Oceania and South East Asia 
  • South Asia 
  • Western Europe 

To suggest a candidate for a Regional Board Deputy Chair position, please complete the online nomination form by Sunday, 18 November 2018. This will take approximately 10 minutes as you will be required to answer specific questions regarding the leadership skills and specific achievements of your nominee. Please note your ISN membership number is 216789. This number needs to be indicated in the online nomination form. After submission of the form, please send a full CV of the candidate to Dominique Tudor by email.

Friday, 12 October 2018 08:21

Valuable partners team up with WCN 2019

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WCN2019We are happy to announce our partnership with Amgen, Astra Zeneca, Baxter and Danone Nutricia Research for the upcoming ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2019, taking place from April 12 to 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:53

Check out October's ISN-ACT trial list

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Once a month, the team behind ISN-ACT (Advancing Clinical Trials) collect and publish a list of important nephrology trials from the latest medical literature. Each trial is reviewed in context and assessed for its risk of bias in key areas.

A call for Late Breaking Clinical Trial Abstracts is now open until January 21, 2019. These will be considered for potential oral presentation in special sessions at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2019.

Team EAP Nepal and IndiaThe Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital in Biratnagar (Nepal) welcomed ISN Educational Ambassador Jeyaraj Balasubramaniam. The educational visit was a valuable cross-regional, hands-on learning experience, based on similar challenges they face when caring for dialysis patients in their regions.

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