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With the support of the ISN Sister Centers program, the transplant center at El Shifa Hospital in Gaza, Palestine has partnered with the UK's Royal Liverpool University hospital to build valuable training for doctor's in the region so their patients can get the best treatment on offer. Karim Hammad, medical student at University of Liverpool shares his video testimony.

Beyond his scholarly accomplishments, John Harrington made a rich contribution to educating the international kidney community as one of the founding editors of the Nephrology Forum in Kidney International (KI), serving uninterruptedly for all 28 years of the feature’s life.

medical devices fund the georgeAn astounding 3.9 million USD has now been raised by a research team at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney Australia to support the development of a cost-efficient peritoneal dialysis system, giving hope to kidney disease patients desperately in need of treatment in the developing world.

With the amount of people needing dialysis set to double by 2030, the need for a cost-effective system has never been greater. Once market ready, this innovation could change access to treatment transforming dialysis practices in rural and remote settings and developing countries.

The International Society of Nephrology is very concerned about the current state of negotiations on the Political Declaration for the third United Nations High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (UN HLM on NCDs). Kidney disease – the 11th leading cause of death globally – is a silent epidemic affecting over 850 million people worldwide which poses a significant health care challenge for governments, particularly in low and middle income countries.

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is open for nominations until September 14, 2018.

September's issue of Kidney international (KI) will feature an important article from Ziyad Al-Aly and colleagues, which uses Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data to show, in just one generation since 1990, an almost doubling of the incidence, prevalence and mortality of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and a more than 60% increase in disability-adjusted life years, driven by population growth, aging, access to and quality of health care, and in some populations diabetes.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 16:32

Join the SONG-PKD Delphi panel Featured

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SONG logoThe Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology – Polycystic Kidney Disease (SONG-PKD) initiative is calling on the nephrology community to be part of the SONG-PKD Delphi panel. Round one is now open, get started now by registering your email online.

PhilippinesOver the last 20 years, the ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) has supported nephrologists and their patients in many countries, helping cope with and provide care in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:12

Watch the Sister Centers webinar Featured

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Thinking of taking part in the next ISN Sister Renal Centers Programs call for applications? Watch the recording of our recent webinar on applying for the ISN Sister Centers Programs.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 12:34

A new ISN Affiliated Society joins the ranks! Featured

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A warm welcome to the Ivory Coast’s Nephrology Society. The Ivorian nephrology community is growing rapidly and is actively involved in many screening and prevention programs.

Friday, 06 July 2018 14:31

Taking action on ESKD Featured

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The second Global Kidney Health Summit in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates delved into the pressing issues surrounding end-stage kidney disease (ESKD).

ACT logoMany thanks to everybody who responded to the ISN-ACT toolkit questionnaire. Responses revealed a strong interest in getting more guidance to design and conduct clinical trials. This information will contribute to the ongoing development of an ISN-ACT clinical trials toolkit.

KI cover jul 2018The 2017 impact factors have now been published. Find out more about how our publications have been rated!

DICG logoThe first new edition of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, a seminal document that has helped to guide ethical practice in organ donation and transplantation around the world, was presented at an international workshop in Madrid, Spain.

Kidney diseases have so far been underestimated in many respects: most people are not aware of their impaired kidney function.

2018 Samoa low res 0761ISN headed to Samoa recently to begin developing partnerships with the medical community on the island. The visit revealed how strengthening the ties between ISN, the Asia Pacific Society of Nephrology (ASPN), the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) and the National Kidney Foundation Samoa (NKFS) provides valuable training to local doctors and nurses. It also creates opportunities for improved renal care delivery.

Thursday, 28 June 2018 06:43

Donald W Seldin (1920-2018) Featured

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We announce with regret the recent death of past ISN President, Don Seldin.

donald w seldinSeldin was born in New York, USA and after  training in medicine and nephrology moved to Dallas where he spent the rest of his career building a formidable teaching and research department at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was President of  ISN from 1984 to 1987;  the Seldin Lecture named in his honour continues to be given at the World Congress of Nephrology.

A fuller appreciation of his life and his remarkable achievements in nephrology will be published soon in Kidney International.

 

We joined the Danone Nutricia Hydration congress in Évians-les-Bains, France, in support of our longest-standing corporate member. We have been working with Danone Nutricia since our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010.

Khalida B Soki Vicenza CourseWith support from the ISN Young Nephrologists Committee, two ISN members recently took part in the 36th Vicenza course on acute kidney injury (AKI) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). A valuable opportunity for members of the ISN community to make worthwhile contacts while learning more about issues affecting their patients.

Following March's second Global Kidney Health Summit in the United Arab Emirates, the outputs from this meeting are currently being written for publication. In the meantime, here is what came out the first Global Kidney Health Summit held in Canada in 2016.

Pierre RONCO 2015We sat down with Pierre Ronco to discover what lies ahead for one of nephrology’s leading journals and hear about his plans to respond to the challenges of publishing and education within the field.

Sharma and Health minister NepalSanjib Kumar Sharma, long-standing member of ISN, recently met Nepal’s Labor Minister to discuss acute kidney injury (AKI) prevention. He talked about the ISN 0by25 initiative and the ongoing efforts of the 0by25 pilot studies.

Fellowship meeting WCN2015 group photoThe ISN Fellowship program prides itself in training physicians from emerging countries, with the ultimate goal of helping them improve the standards of care on a regional level.

Couser WCN2013 0084 HiResPast ISN President and previous ISN Programs Chairman William G Couser is set to receive this year's John P Peters Award from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). A great testimony to his long-standing contribution to nephrology.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:26

Play in the Nephrology World Cup Featured

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nephro cupThe 2018 FIFA World Cup has now begun and @ISNeducation has created a tournament of its own! The Nephrology World Cup showcases the richness and diversity of global nephrology scholarship.

Thursday, 07 June 2018 14:20

Call for nominations now open for all awards! Featured

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awardsEvery two years, the ISN presents awards that acknowledge exceptional contributions to the field of nephrology and we need your help to determine the candidates.

Thursday, 07 June 2018 14:02

ISN support for CKD research in Nigeria Featured

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Michael Abel AlaoChildren of African descent are three times more vulnerable to chronic kidney disease (CKD). There also exists limited data on the GFR-based evaluation of renal function in sub-Saharan Africa compared to hospital-based data, which may not be representative of the general population.

ISN at WHADuring this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), besides the plenary and committee discussions, there was a myriad of side events organized by member states and Civil Society Organizations, which provided an in-depth overview of pertinent issues affecting universal health coverage and called for action on non-communicable diseases.

Once every two years, ISN Regional Boards are tasked to organise a ‘workshop’ within the context of one of their regional meetings, with the aim of providing outreach to unaware nephrologists of ISN programs and activities in the region. The workshops have taken many formats; most often, they consist in open meetings where ISN leaders present ISN programs and activities and then open the floor for questions. 

Thursday, 24 May 2018 13:09

This week we are at ERA-EDTA Featured

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era logoAs of today we are at the European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplantation Association's (ERA-EDTA) 55th congress, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. If you are in the neighborhood, come by to say hello!

Team Egypt course SRC UKThe Sister Renal Center partnership between New Mansoura General Hospital in Egypt and the UK's Sheffield Teaching Hospitals held its seventh interventional nephrology workshop on April 19 and 20, 2018.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:19

In memory of Dr Filoteo Alano Featured

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Dr Alano portraitIt is with great sadness that ISN announces the passing of Dr Filoteo Alano, a pioneer of nephrology in the Philippines and co-founder of the Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN).

ISN looks forward to representing the kidney health community at this week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva.

In Europe, the law is changing on how we communicate with you, we want to make sure that we only send you messages that will be of interest to you.

Team web conf Nigeria UKLeading the ISN Sister Renal Center program between Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, ISN Educational Ambassador Ibi Erekosima shares his views on the value of working together to improve nephrology care.

Our community helps us offer more training opportunities for our members.  Kidney Research UK and the Renal Association provide us with valuable support so that we can offer more educational opportunities to ISN members.

Monday, 14 May 2018 14:56

HEARTS: highlighting CKD and CVD prevention Featured

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ISN is calling for the implementation of the HEARTS technical package on cardiovascular disease prevention. The World Health Organization and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the HEARTS technical package as part of the GLOBAL HEARTS INITIATIVE, of which ISN is a partner.

ISN has announced a partnership to advance chronic kidney disease (CKD) awareness and help improve access to therapy, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) – commonly referenced as emerging markets – where the disease prevalence is growing the fastest.

Monday, 07 May 2018 16:52

2018 Homer Smith Award

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Congratulations to Amin Arnaout, who has recently been selected to receive the 2018 Homer Smith Award of the American Society of Nephrology. Amin was an ISN Councillor from 2001 to 2009.

Sunday, 29 April 2018 08:09

Supporting nephrology in Asia Pacific Featured

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ISN and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) have joined forces, building on their common expertise to bridge the gaps that exist in providing valuable care for kidney disease patients across Asia Pacific.

Friday, 27 April 2018 14:01

Apply or make a nomination for the DICG Council Featured

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We are now calling for expressions of interest or nominations for two positions on the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) Council. ISN ExCom and Council have decided that henceforward expressions of interest and nominations will be called for and decided on, using transparent and uniform processes, for leadership positions within ISN. Deadline is May 17, 2018.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:40

ISN joins NCDA Featured

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ISN is pleased to have become a full member of the NCD Alliance (NCDA) to accelerate political commitment and action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, including kidney disease.

In response to the uneven state of nephrology care in China, ISN Regional Training Centers are responding to the educational needs of local medical communities. Ming-hui Zhao, ISN's regional board chair for North East Asia, explains how regional collaboration is key to improving treatment for patients.

Some 25 participants from across Latin America gathered in Cartagena at the ISN Regional Workshop to share knowledge and discuss the major issues the nephrology community in Latin America is facing in 2018.

Responding to the crisis facing Venezuelan patients with kidney disease, ISN and the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH) have set out to tackle kidney disease and advance kidney health by combining their expertise and knowledge.

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).

Group photo CME AlbaniaSome 130 participants joined a panel of international and local speakers in Tirana, Albania for the first ISN Continuing Medical Education Program in the country.

GKHS in Sharjah chairs

In March, 91 global leaders in nephrology, other renal healthcare workers and healthcare policymakers met at the second Global Kidney Health Summit in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to develop a strategy to address the unmet needs of patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) around the world over the next 5 to 10 years.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:55

Presenting the Kidney Collection survey Featured

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The team behind the ISN Kidney Collection have shared some first facts about this survey that assesses how care is delivered and decisions are made when providing dialysis and end-stage kidney disease care in low- and middle-income countries.

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