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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.

image005Congratulations to Dr Ayla San from Turkey who received the ISN Pioneer award for eastern and central Europe in recognition of her outstanding and sustained contributions in establishing and developing nephrology.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:24

Tackling Kenya’s ESKD challenge together Featured

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The 14th Annual Scientific Conference of the Kenya Renal Association was my chance to dive further into the issue of End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) and talk about ways of improving global access to integrated ESKD.

Between 2.3 and 7.1 million people die annually from End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) due to a lack of access to dialysis. As a high-income country with expertise in peritoneal dialysis (PD), Hong Kong has a lot of practical experience to offer its neighboring low- and middle-income countries in tackling this growing issue.

team in BelarusIn September, international speakers from ISN took part in the 11th National Scientific Practical Nephrology Conference on topical questions of nephrology and renal replacement therapy, organized by the Belarus Society of Nephrology.

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.

KI appThe Kidney International (KI) mobile app is now available to download for free on Apple and Google Play.

irmaOn September 6, 2017 hurricane Irma’s eye passed over Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Tortola, the three most populated islands within the British Virgin Islands (BVI), affecting approximately 30,000 people, of which there are 55 dialysis patients. The nearest British territory, 100 miles to the East, was similarly affected. In the US Virgin Islands (USVI), immediately to the West of the BVI, the islands of St. Thomas and St. John were similarly affected.

Monday, 18 September 2017 10:06

Obituary: Professor Kirpal Singh Chugh Featured

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KSC BywatersProfessor Kirpal Singh Chugh, fondly called the Father of Nephrology in India and a prominent ISN leader, passed away in Chandigarh, India on September 17, 2017. He was 85.

Professor Robin Anthony Jeffrey Eady MBE, was a British dermatologist and the world's longest surviving kidney patient after receiving dialysis from the 1960s.

Working together is the most sustainable way to advance nephrology in your region.

The Australian & New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop its partnership with ISN and provide co-funding for the ISN Programs. Both Societies have expressed their mutual commitment to advancing nephrology in the Asia Pacific region.

This recent commentary featured in The Lancet Diabetes Endocrinal 2017 focuses on the need for coordinated efforts and a large international database of patients with diabetes and nephropathy.

Around 400 delegates, mostly from the five major regions of Northwest China as well as nephrologists from Tajikistan, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, took part in the Silk-Road Forum of Kidney Disease, from August 8 to 10, 2017 in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China.

Friday, 18 August 2017 16:37

ISN ANIO Programs open for applications Featured

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Do you recognize the importance of bridging gaps in kidney health care across India? Are you seeking specific training to respond to the needs of your patients?

It was recently reported on Ghana web news that First Sky Group of Companies has donated two million Ghana Cedis to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, so more patients with acute kidney disease can get free treatment across the country.

According to the recent Google Scholar metrics, Kidney International is ranked first among all nephrology journals.

Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Scholar Metrics summarize recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research.

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The ISN Clinical Research Program Committee is pleased to announce the results of the May 2017 application round.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 12:44

ISN joins UK Kidney Week Featured

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The city of Liverpool, also known for its role in British music history, is playing host to the UK’s Renal Association’s annual congress this week. ISN took on a valuable role, co-sponsoring the opening plenary session that focused on the global challenge of acute kidney injury.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 12:37

APSN and JSN CME 2017 Featured

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The Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) and the Japanese Society of Nephrology (JSN) recently held their Continuing Medical Education course (CME) in Sendai, Japan. This annual event first began in 2014 to educate and build international communication for young nephrologists in the Asia Pacific region. It has been going strong ever since, encouraging the global nephrology community to learn from each other.

The 2016 Impact Factor information for Kidney International (KI) and KI Supplements has now been released.

Monday, 12 June 2017 19:04

Register for SRC Program application webinar Featured

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The next deadline to apply for the ISN Sister Renal Centers Program is October 1st, 2017. Get to know more about this ISN Program and pick up some tips on submitting an application by joining a special webinar on June 16, 2017.

Monday, 12 June 2017 16:26

ISN Scientific Writing Course 2017 Featured

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There is nothing new about the disparity that exists regarding specific health needs and clinical challenges in the developed and resource limited nations. Are medical advances that emerge in clinical research from the developed nations truly relevant and applicable to the rest of the world?

Do you need a guiding hand in your clinical research? Get matched with the right mentor for you. The new ISN Mentorship Program matches experienced mentors with mentees for a three-year expertise-building relationship.

Monday, 05 June 2017 15:48

First peritoneal dialysis CME in Nepal Featured

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Nurses training CME NepalThanks to support from the ISN Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program, Nepal welcomed doctors to the first meeting focused on peritoneal dialysis, taking place in March at the Charak Memorial Hospital in Pokhara.

Riella Russia CMEFor the third time, the ISN Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program helped to organise two days of talks in Saratov, Russia - gathering nephrologists from the Volga region and beyond.

ISN and the Japanese Society of Nephrology (JSN) signed a declaration of collaboration at the 60th JSN Congress in Sendai, Japan. The two nephrology societies will collaborate to advance knowledge of kidney diseases through research, and to improve awareness, diagnosis and management to eliminate kidney diseases worldwide.

Every month, the ISN-Advancing Clinical Trials (ACT) will share a 'must-read trials list’ highlighting and sometimes analyzing important nephrology trials from the latest medical literature.

YNC indiaThe Scientific Writing Course starts today in Bangalore, India. We wish all students a great learning experience and hope they pick up many new writing skills and valuable tips, helping them to successfully get published.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:26

WHO announces new Director General Featured

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been appointed as World Health Organization (WHO) Director General after receiving a clear majority of the votes from WHO Member States. He will take office on July 1st, 2017.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:07

Watch ISN Program video testimony from Nepal Featured

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Former ISN Fellow Dibya Singh Shah tells us how ISN Programs have helped develop nephrology services and a successful transplant program in Nepal.

Get your latest editions of Kidney International and Seminars in Nephrology Make use of access to the ISN Academy to read the latest edition of Kidney International. Check out the latest from Seminars in Nephrology.

ISN has developed a new meeting strategy aimed at delivering innovative meetings fully connected to the Society’s overall educational offerings. 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 20:12

ISN launches the ISN Academy Featured

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The ISN Academy has now arrived. Brand new, interactive and user-friendly, this e-learning portal and mobile app deliver the latest knowledge in nephrology - where and when you need it.

Friday, 05 May 2017 10:53

Apply for Bernd Tersteegen Award 2017 Featured

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The Bernd Tersteegen prize rewards basic and clinical research related to chronic renal insufficiency and advances  in treating end-stage renal disease. Application are now open until July 17, 2017.

Monday, 01 May 2017 16:13

Awards for the pioneers of nephrology Featured

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To honor the “unsung heroes” of nephrology, ISN has created the Pioneer Awards that go to doctors who have achieved a major breakthrough to advance nephrology in a specific country or region.

Every year, participants in the ISN Programs invest time and effort into changing the landscape of nephrology. They also form crucial partnerships to advance nephrology in all regions of the world, bridging gaps in research and care.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 17:24

David Harris becomes new ISN President Featured

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WCN EXCOM 170420 3 of 31ISN has announced the appointment of David Harris (Australia) as its new president. He succeeds Adeera Levin, from University of British Columbia (Canada), who held the post from 2015 until the ISN World Congress of Nephrology in April 2017.

During the ISN World Congress of Nephrology, from the Genius Bar at the ISN exhibition booth, a specially-assigned Social Media Task helped us to livestream some 80 congress sessions on social media,  Showing great enthusiasm and a true passion for nephrology, they made highlights from the congress available to those unable to join us in Mexico City.

The first ISN Policy Forum welcomed more than 200 participants representing over seven Latin American governments, policy makers, nephrologists, researchers, patients and other relevant stakeholders. They committed to the Conclusions of Mexico City, a 12-point set of measurable actions to curb the burden of kidney disease worldwide, specifically focusing on Latin America.

Between the talks and debates at the recent World Congress of Nephrology, the ISN awards were handed out to those who have made exceptional contributions to nephrology.

The ISN Global Kidney Health Atlas, presented at the ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2017 in Mexico City, highlights the huge gaps in kidney disease care and prevention in rich and poor countries alike.

The road map stemming from discussions that took place at last year’s first ISN Summit focusing on chronic kidney disease have now been published in The Lancet Health Review.

The first ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum to be held on April 21, 2017 in Mexico City under the patronage of the Mexican Secretary of Health and in collaboration with the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH), will be opened by José Narro, Mexican Secretary of Health, moderated by Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, and co-chaired by ISN President Adeera Levin and Ricardo Correa-Rotter, President of Local Organizing Committee, World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2017.

ISN's World Congress of Nephrology 2017 is just around the corner. For those not able to join us in Mexico City this April 21-24, ISN Academy is proposing two ways to follow select plenary sessions live from home.  

 

livestreamLive Streaming Sessions: 

Register and follow the sessions listed below live from your home computer. The Live Streaming application includes video of speakers and slides, as well as the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers!

 

Check out the Live Streaming Program and Register 

 

 

 

WCN SocialMedia Task Force Logo 2017Social Media Coverage: 

 

For this upcoming World Congress of Nephrology, ISN has constituted a Social Media Task Force, joining forces with a group of 23 dedicated nephrology experts and advocates, to cover the congress in social media. This will include live coverage of selected sessions, interviews of participants and key stakeholders, and much more.

 

Check out the schedule of social media coverage below: 

 

Follow congress events live from @WCN2017 and join the conversation using the hashtag #WCN2017.

  

 

WCN 2017 Live Streaming Program: 

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SESSION 1: SATURDAY 22/04: 08:30-10:10 AM (CST, Mexico City Time)
Obesity and the Kidney - Finding the Sweet Spot (Joint Session - in partnership with World Kidney Day)

Presentations:

  • As Goes Obesity so Goes Diabetes - Steven Kahn, USA
  • Obesity Paradox and CKD - Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, USA
  • The Fatty Kidney. Lipid Deposits, a Neglected Contributor to CKD in Obesity and Diabetes - Aiko de Vries, The Netherlands
  • How to Identify Obesity-Related Nephropathy in Clinical Practice - Manuel Praga - Spain 

 

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SESSION 2: SUNDAY 23/04: 16:30-18:30 PM (CST, Mexico City Time)
Refreshing Clinical Trials in CKD (Joint Session - in partnership with ISN-ACT)

Presentations:

  • How Recent Clinical Trials in Nephrology Should Change Practice Now - Vlado Perkovic, Australia
  • Lessons learned from DKD Trials - Mark Cooper, Australia
  • Streamlining Clinical Trials to Enhance Feasibility - David Wheeler, United Kingdom
  • From Biomarkers to Precision Medicine - The Big Gap - Hiddo Lambers Heerspink, The Netherlands
  • Conducting Clinical Trials in LMIC - Hong Zhang, China
  • Patient Priorities in Clinical Research - Fiona Loud, United Kingdom

 

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SESSION 3: MONDAY 24/04 14:45 - 16:05PM (CST, Mexico City Time):
CKD Progression

Presentations:

  • What is Meaningful CKD Progression? - Josef Coresh, USA
  • What Drives CKD Progression? - Ariela Benigni, Italy
  • Public Health Interventions for Delaying Kidney Disease Progression Globally - Tazeen Jafar, Pakistan
  • National Registries to Control CKD - Laura Sola, Uruguay


 
 

Monday, 03 April 2017 09:02

Joining the Philippines Society of Nephrology Featured

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I have just returned from the 37th Annual Convention of the Philippines Society of Nephrology (PSN) which was held in Manila from March 29th to April 1, 2017. The theme of the meeting was Translational Nephrology: research outcomes to clinical application.

Adeera Levin interviewed by Cameroon TV news during the AFRAN 2017 congress in Yaounde (15-19 March 2017). She talks about the multiple programs of ISN in Africa, and about the long-standing collaboration between ISN and AFRAN, which is essential for the progress of kidney care in the Continent.

The AFRAN 2017 congress saw a sizable ISN representation, with, beyond our President, David Harris (President Elect), John Feehally (Programs Chair), Fred Finkelstein (Dialysis and CME Chair), Simon Davies (Dialysis Chair), Mohammed Ben Gharbi (Africa Regional Board Chair), Luca Segantini (ISN Executive Director) and many others.

Please watch the video from CrTV:

 

Monday, 27 March 2017 16:06

My visit to the AFRAN congress Featured

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ISN was very well represented at the 14th Congress of AFRAN which was held recently in Yaounde, Cameroon. The President, President-Elect and two Past ISN Presidents were onsite, as were many other members of the ISN family.

Our own epidemiological research, and that of others in Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA), demonstrates that the majority of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) seen at tertiary centers is severe (i.e. Stage 3 AKI).

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