Academy Newsletter – November

November, 2021

Renal Pathology


“I am most pleased and excited about the wealth and breadth of all ISN educational activities. As a renal pathologist myself, I am particularly pleased to share with you all the outstanding resources related to renal pathology, developed by outstanding leaders at ISN.”

Agnes Fogo, ISN President

The ISN has developed several educational initiatives to provide training in the skills necessary to improve renal pathology standards around the world. Find here below an overview of our most recent educational content available on the ISN Academy.

The ISN Education Working Group works closely with the Renal Pathology Working Group and plans to develop even more resources in the coming months. Stay tuned!

RenPath Quick Cases Series


The ISN Academy has 50 renal pathology cases by more than ten different presenters worldwide.

The latest is from Swarnalata Gowrishankar, MD Senior Consultant Pathologist, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India, on a pediatric case of a seven-year-old boy presenting with nephrotic illness.

WCN’21 Renal Pathology Course


The WCN’21 Renal Pathology Course offers an in-depth update of the various kidney lesions commonly encountered along with potential utility of ancillary techniques.

It also describes recent insights into the pathophysiologic aspects of diseases and recommendations for further molecular and genetic studies, where necessary. A range of the glomerular, tubulointerstitial and vascular lesions of the kidney are discussed along with problematic areas in transplant pathology.

Additionally, review a symposium dedicated to challenging topics in kidney disease that are relevant in most geographic areas, as well as a case seminar showing distinctive renal biopsy findings that are instructive towards a definitive diagnosis. The speakers are renal pathologists and nephrologists from around the world who are recognized leaders in their field.

Discover the WCN’21 Renal Pathology Course sessions:

How to Implement a Kidney Biopsy Program in a Low- and Lower Middle-income Country (LMIC)?


This series of educational activities has the main goal to teach nephrologists or leaders in healthcare how to implement a kidney biopsy program.

KI on the Academy


The Spectrum of Kidney Biopsy Findings in HIV-Infected Patients in the Modern Era

Video Abstract by Christina M. Wyatt

European Renal Pathology Course

ISN members now have access to the European Renal Pathology Course offered by the Amsterdam University Medical Center.

This course, based on digital microscopy, is in part dedicated to native renal diseases, with special attention on new insights in renal pathophysiology, clinical nephrology, and renal histopathology.

A section of the course examines the challenging field of renal transplant pathology, including background information on transplant immunology and clinical and pathological aspects of acute and chronic allograft dysfunction.

The course includes:

  • Renal diseases associated with nephrotic syndrome
  • Renal diseases associated with hematuria and proteinuria
  • Renal diseases associated with acute nephritic syndrome and rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis
  • Thrombotic microangiopathy
  • Tubulointerstitial nephritis and tubular damage
  • Monoclonal Ig deposits diseases
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Glomerular basement membrane pathology
  • Rare renal diseases
  • Transplantation

Webinar on the Academy

@ISNeducation Webinar
Nuances in Nephrology:
Membranous Nephropathy - A Case-based Discussion

A case-based discussion on the relevance of PLA2R staining, serum aPLA2R levels, and how they impact the management of patients with membranous nephropathy.