April 04, 2022


ISN Committees and Working Groups: New Chairs Begin Their Terms

The ISN warmly welcomes several incoming committee and working group chairs to their new roles, which officially began at WCN'22.
The ISN congratulates all ISN members appointed to these roles and looks forward to working together toward advancing kidney care worldwide.

Young Nephrologists: Apply Now to Win a Free Pass to the 40th Vicenza Course

Nephrologists under 35 who are ISN members can win a free pass to the 40th Vicenza Course on acute kidney injury (AKI) and critical care in nephrology.
As part of the ISN’s collaboration with this internationally renowned scientific course, two complimentary registrations are available for its 2022 edition dedicated to acute kidney injury and continuous renal replacement therapy.
Download the application form here.
The course will take place from June 14 to 16, 2022, at the Fiera di Vicenza Convention Center in Vicenza, Italy.
The deadline to apply closes on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Please note that travel and accommodation expenses are not included in this offer.
To be eligible, applicants must submit an abstract on AKI or critical care in nephrology. Learn more about abstract submission here.

Six Years of Collaboration on ISN-TTS-STC Program Transforms Kidney Transplant Facilities in India

Thanks to generous and dedicated support from the Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Italy, the St. John's Medical College and Hospital in India has now graduated from the ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers (STC) Program after completing a fulfilling six-year journey.

The long-term goals of the collaboration were to optimize transplant outcomes and develop a sustainable pediatric renal transplant program in a low-resource setting. These expectations were met and surpassed as the supporting center worked alongside the emerging center to identify and overcome gaps.

The team at the emerging center in India grew in skills and human resources as younger pediatric nephrologists were trained and additional staff recruited to create a multidisciplinary transplant team: two trained transplant coordinators, a dedicated pediatric hemodialysis technician, dietician, and peritoneal dialysis and transplant nurses.




Expanding the Network: The Libyan Society of Dialysis  Joins the ISN as an Affiliated Society

The ISN welcomes and looks forward to a close collaboration with the Libyan Society of Dialysis to help achieve equitable access to sustainable kidney health in the Libyan region and worldwide.

ISN Affiliated Societies benefit from increased visibility through ISN endorsement and greater networking opportunities at ISN events. Discover all the advantages available to ISN Affiliated Societies here.

The ISN is honored to work alongside an international community of 112 Affiliated Societies dedicated to advancing global nephrology, together.

Would you like to join the ISN as an Affiliated Society? Fill out the application form here.




Have You Taken the #ShowYourKidneys Social Media Challenge Yet?

The response to the #ShowYourKidneys online challenge has been outstanding, with almost 500 mentions made on Twitter between February 8 and March 28, reaching over 12 million people online!

The challenge, launched as part of the World Kidney Day (WKD) 2022 campaign, is a simple, fun way to highlight where the kidneys are in the body and what they do.

You can still take part:

  • Take a picture of yourself - front or back view - using your fists to indicate the location of your kidneys
  • Add a kidney-themed frame to your photo: Download here.
  • Share the photo on social media using the hashtag #ShowYourKidneys

Your participation helps raise awareness of the importance of kidney health!


Watch the ‘World Kidney Day 2022 Best Film’

On World Kidney Day (WKD) 2022 this past March 10, online voting opened for a special category within the 2022 ISN Community Film Event, the ‘WKD 2022 Best Film,’ an award going to the film that receives the most votes on WKD itself.

The winner of the 'WKD 2022 Best Film' award is: “Ilan Lavi Donates a Kidney - and Gets a Happiness Transplant” by Dr. Walter Wasser, Leumit Health Care, Jerusalem, Israel.

Watch the winning film here.

The ISN congratulates all those involved in making this film and thanks them for sharing this moving story to raise awareness of kidney diseases. Thanks also to all those who cast their vote on March 10.




Apply to the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program to Develop Better Kidney Care in Your Healthcare Center

Does your center need expert guidance to improve its kidney health care services?

The ISN welcomes applications for the Educational Ambassadors (EA) Program.

We can connect you with an expert to develop and deliver relevant training tailored to your center's needs.

  • Watch a short video of an interview with Pierre Ronco, Kidney International editorial board member, presenting some of his experiences as an ISN Educational Ambassador. An extended version can be viewed here.
  • Read about ISN Educational Ambassadors Stefano Picca and Ming-hui Zhao in the WCN'22 ISN@Work gallery here.
  • Discover the impact of an EA visit with these real-life experiences here.



How Technology and Communication are Transforming Kidney Care: Read the Paper on eHealth in the BMJ

“Global Status of Infrastructure and Opportunities for eHealth: Implications for Kidney Care Delivery in Low Income and Lower-middle Income Countries” has been published in the BMJ.

Read the paper here.

The paper describes the status of eHealth services and infrastructures across the ten ISN regions, using data from the World Health Organization's (WHO) third global survey on eHealth.

The study shows that the diffusion of eHealth services across ISN regions is suboptimal, particularly in low-income countries. However, changing trends in internet communication technologies and the high percentage of people living within reach of a mobile-cellular signal present opportunities to improve access to kidney education and care globally, especially in low-income countries are available.


ISN-ACT Global Trials Focus: March 2022


Boost or Bust? Homologous vs Heterologous Third SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Dose among Transplant Recipients
Comparison of SARS-CoV-2 antibody response four weeks after homologous vs heterologous third vaccine dose in kidney transplant recipients: a randomized clinical trial

A summary of the highlighted trial is now available in French, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. See the latest trials here.

Support equal access to nephrology research, become an ISN Member!




Two Weeks Remaining: Submit Your Abstract to the ISN Frontiers Meeting on “Infections and the Kidneys”

All accepted abstracts will be published in Kidney International Reports.

The deadline is April 20.

The ISN Frontiers Meeting in New Delhi, India, offers researchers studying bi-directional relationships between infections and kidney diseases an opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience.

The meeting, hosted by the Indian Society of Nephrology, will take place from September 22 to 25, 2022. Discover the four-day program here.

Stay informed on the latest Frontiers Delhi news and deadlines here.

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Watch Missed Sessions or Register Now to Access all WCN'22 Content

More than 250 speakers delivered scientific content at WCN'22, so there's plenty to catch up on if you missed any sessions. All virtual and in-person content is still available on-demand to WCN'22 delegates until May 31, 2022.

Congress delegates: Access the WCN'22 content here.

If you were unable to attend the event, you can still register for the on-demand content. The congress' CME credits also apply to newly registered delegates.

Register here to access all WCN'22 content.

The registration fee gives you access to the full scientific program, including the 'Raising-the-Curtain' sessions, the Global Kidney Policy Forum, and lots more!

Save the date - WCN'23 will be held in Beijing, China, from March 30 to April 2.


ISN Participates


Join ISN Past President at the 42nd Annual Convention of the Philippine Society of Nephrology

The Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN) hosts its 42nd Annual Convention, ‘Soaring to New Heights,’ from April 25-30, 2022.

This entirely virtual convention brings together the world’s leading experts in kidney care as they present the latest updates in treating kidney disease patients.

ISN Past President Vivekanand Jha will deliver the talk, ‘COVID-19 and the Kidneys: Glomerulonephritis and Beyond’ on April 27 from 2-3 p.m. Philippine Standard Time.

The convention will include a ‘first of firsts’ session where PSN members look back on pioneering moments in the history of kidney care in the Philippines as part of celebrations marking the society's 50th anniversary this year.



Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, April 6, 2 p.m. CEST

ISPD-ISN Webinar:
2022 Update on the ISPD Guidelines for Peritonitis Prevention and Treatment

Speakers: David Johnson, Australia
Philip KT Li, Hong Kong
Moderator: Jolanta Malyszko, Poland
Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m. CEST

GlomCon-ISN Webinar:
Kidney Adverse Effects of Anti-Tumor Therapy

Speaker: Olga A. Vorobyeva, Russia
Moderators: Surya V. Seshan, USA
Carmen Avila-Casado, Canada
Tuesday, April 19, 3 p.m. CEST

@ISNEducation Nuances in Nephrology Webinar:
Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Nephrotoxicity in Native and Kidney Transplantation

Speaker: Sandra Herrmann, USA
Moderator: Jolanta Malyszko, Poland

Recorded Webinars

Grand Rounds in Pediatric Nephrology - an ISN-IPNA Sister Centers Initiative:
A Tale of Two Pathologies - Rapidly Progressive Glomerulonephritis and Acute Tubulointerstitial Nephritis

YNC Webinar:
ISN Opportunities for Young Nephrologists - ELP, Mentorship, and Fellowship Programs




Kidney International on COVID-19


Kidney International Reports on COVID-19




Watch the Latest ISN Video Abstract on Kidney Function and Replacement Therapy

Watch the latest video abstract here.
This episode presents the Kidney International Reports paper:
Kidney Function, Kidney Replacement Therapy, and Mortality in Men and Women
Discover more video abstracts on the ISN Academy.
The ISN Video Abstract Series is an initiative by the @ISNeducation Social Media Team showcasing key articles from ISN Journals on social media platforms.

Kidney International Editorial Selections


30 Years of the International Banff Classification for Allograft Pathology: The Past, Present and Future of Kidney Transplant Diagnostics

2021 marked the 30th anniversary of the original development of the Banff Classification of Kidney Allograft Pathology, initiated by pathologists and transplant clinicians in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in 1991. They established the first widely accepted criteria for diagnosing kidney transplant rejection and other lesions seen on kidney allograft biopsies.
Banff conferences have since been held every two years leading to several revisions of the classification by a diverse community of scientists.
This review focuses on milestones in the development of the Banff classification and the evolution in its process, with expectations for future advances and refinements.

Trans-ethnic Genome-wide Association Study of Blood Metabolites in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study

Metabolomics genome-wide association study (GWAS) helps identify the genetic contribution to human metabolism. Studies to date have focused on healthy, population-based samples of White individuals.
The authors conducted a GWAS of 537 blood metabolites measured in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study, with separate analyses in 822 White and 687 Black study participants.
The study identifies novel genetic determinants of blood metabolites in chronic kidney disease, demonstrating the value of diverse cohorts to improve causal inference in metabolomics GWAS, and underscores the shared genetic basis of metabolism across race.

Kidney International Reports Editorial Selection


Efficacy and Safety of Dapagliflozin in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Across Major Geographic Regions

Researchers examined the efficacy and safety of dapagliflozin in the Dapagliflozin and Prevention of Adverse Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease (DAPA-CKD) trial by geographic region. In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study, dapagliflozin was found to reduce kidney and cardiovascular events and prolonged survival in patients with CKD with and without type 2 diabetes, with no apparent variation in results by geographic region. Dapagliflozin is a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor initially developed to treat hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes that has been shown to improve kidney and cardiovascular outcomes in different patient populations.