April 23, 2021

FEATURES April 23, 2021

Apply Now for an ISN-KI Editorial Fellowship


The ISN and Kidney International (KI) welcome expressions of interest from early-career nephrologists and scientists working in nephrology, dialysis, and transplantation for two positions as ISN-KI Editorial Fellows in 2021-2023.

ISN-KI Fellowships are non-funded positions offering training to candidates with a strong background in clinical and basic science nephrological research.


Register Now: ISN/HFA-ESC Webinar on Chronic Kidney Disease and Heart Failure

Join us for a joint webinar between the ISN and the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology to understand connections between HF and CKD and discuss optimal management for patients.

Stefan D. Anker (Germany), Debasish Banerjee (UK), Angela Yee-Moon Wang (China), and Wilfried Mullens (UK) will address:

  • Pathophysiology of co-morbid heart failure and CKD: what do we know?
  • Worsening renal function in heart failure, what to do?
  • Putting patients first: setting up a multidisciplinary program for managing heart failure and CKD
  • Identifying and resolving unmet research needs in HF and CKD

A Q&A session will follow.

When you register: take a quiz, submit questions, access readings.

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This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from AstraZeneca.


Raise Awareness of Kidney Disease Health Risks:
Encourage Patients to Take the “Are Your Kidneys Healthy?” Quiz

This one-minute survey helps early detection in at-risk categories. Available in 11 languages.

Recognizing Excellence: The ISN 2022 Awards


It is time to honor colleagues and peers who deserve recognition for their work in kidney care or research. We invite you to acknowledge their excellence by nominating them for an ISN Award.

ISN members can nominate candidates for:

Nominations are open until August 27, 2021.

Discover the ISN 2021 Award winners here.

Award winners will be recognized at WCN'22 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from February 24-27.

You must be an ISN member to nominate a colleague, but nominees need not be members. Full nomination requirements can be found here.

Please send all nominations, supporting materials, and questions to the Awards Coordinator.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.



Virtual Edition: 2021 ISN Scientific Writing Course


The ISN Online Scientific Writing Course, cohosted by the Sociedad LatinoAmericana de Nefrología e Hypertensión (SLANH), began on Saturday May 8. The course, comprising four live sessions via Zoom, will take place on consecutive Saturdays until May 29.


Plan a Scientific Meeting Online Through the ISN Continuing Medical Education Program

Applications for ISN Continuing Medical Education (CME) meetings are accepted throughout the year. Discover the CME Program here.

Due to ongoing travel and social restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the CME Program has adapted to support faculty experts to present virtual talks and workshops at regional nephrology-related meetings.

What educational content could help improve kidney care in your community?

Earlier this year, the ISN CME Program supported the "Acute Kidney Injury Across Two Continents: An Anglo-Indian Virtual AKI Symposium" organized by an ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRC) pair between health centers in Hyderabad, India, and Birmingham in the UK.




Access WCN'21 Content Today

Were you unable to attend WCN'21?

You don't have to miss out on an outstanding program of scientific and educational content: A special registration fee grants you immediate on-demand access to all sessions and congress features until May 30, 2021.

Thousands of participants attended the live program, and the congress content and experience received excellent reviews:

"I got to hear amazing stories of our patients, learn nephrology from inspirational people, and made amazing friends. Thank you @ISNWCN #ISNWCN."

Ashwasena @Renaltubules

"The entire virtual experience was innovative."
"The academic content is the best in the field of nephrology."

From the delegate survey

Please note that CME accreditation does not apply to on-demand viewing.




ISN Awareness-building Campaign for the General Public: "A Beginner's Guide to Kidney Health," an ISN Global Kidney Care Podcast

As part of an ongoing educational campaign, the ISN has recorded the podcast "A Beginner's Guide to Kidney Health," part of ISN's Global Kidney Care Podcast Series.

The podcast features Professor Ifeoma Ulasi, Nigeria, ISN Executive Committee and Advocacy Working Group (AWG) member, and the late Professor Donal O’Donoghue, United Kingdom, chair of the AWG at the time of recording. They examine the vital role of kidneys, the most common kidney diseases, and discuss how best to maintain optimum kidney health. In addition, they provide recommendations for policymakers on how best to prevent and manage the increasing global burden of kidney disease.


ISN Supports Call for Action to EU Commissioner to Reduce the Burden of CKD

Earlier this year, the European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA) and the European Kidney Patients’ Federation (EKPF) had a meeting with the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Ms. Stella Kyriakides. They presented EKHA’s call-to-action (CTA) to improve prevention, treatment, and care of CKD in the aftermath of COVID-19 and discuss EU priorities for the delivery of a strong European Health Union for patients living with kidney disease.

As a full member of the EKHA, the ISN helped draft the CTA, which the Commissioner strongly welcomed, and will play a key role in implementing it.




ISN-H4KH Grant Awardee Has Research Results Published in KI Reports

In 2018, Amarasiri de Silva (Sri Lanka/USA) received an ISN-H4KH (Hydration for Kidney Health) Fellowship Grant.

His abstract, "POS-314 People’s knowledge of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka," was accepted for presentation at WCN'21 and published in Kidney International Reports.

Amarasiri de Silva investigated a Sri Lankan population's knowledge of CKDu, and their ability to identify the disease early and seek treatment.


ISN Participates


ISN President at Third Annual Global Summit: Global Kidney Innovations

The Third Annual Global Summit on Kidney Innovation will be hosted virtually from May 13-14, 2021, centering on the theme "Expanding Patient Choices and Outcomes."

Speaking during the session International Kidney Innovations Consortium: International Organizations Working in the Space Provide Global Perspectives on May 13, ISN President Agnes Fogo will share her views on how the ISN can build on existing knowledge to help drive change through empowering local communities and supporting fledgling patient groups in lower and middle income countries.

The global summit is a collaboration between the American Association of Kidney Patients and George Washington University in the US.


Read the Latest DICG Newsletter

The latest issue of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism (DICG) newsletter is now available.

The current edition highlights:

  • The launch of an open-access "DICG Course on Ethical Issues In Transplantation and The Declaration of Istanbul."
  • New laws and regulations on organ donation and transplantation.
  • The Global Kidney Exchange.
  • A video extract from the recent thematic discussion on "Gender disparity in access to transplantation."
  • The DICG session at WCN'21.

The DICG is a joint initiative of the ISN and the Transplantation Society.



Upcoming Webinar

Thursday, May 27, 3 p.m. CEST

@ISNeducation Webinar:
COVID Vaccination in Immune-mediated Kidney Diseases

Speaker: Kültigin Türkmen, Turkey
Moderator: Francesco Iannuzzella, Italy

Recorded Webinars

Grand Rounds in Pediatric Nephrology -
an ISN-IPNA Sister Centers initiative: Management of Renal Bone Disease

ISN Webinar:
Dissemination and Implementation of Therapies for Kidney Diseases in Low- and High-Income Countries

ISN-TTS Webinar:
Donor/Recipient pair - Risks vs. Gains - Infections




Kidney International (KI) on COVID-19


Kidney International Editorial Selection


Renin-angiotensin Aldosterone Inhibitor Use at Hospital Discharge Among Patients with Moderate to Severe Acute Kidney Injury and its Association with Recurrent Acute Kidney Injury and Mortality

This study examined whether Renin-angiotensin aldosterone inhibitors (RAASi) are associated with an increased risk of recurrent AKI and mortality among survivors of moderate to severe AKI.

The authors found this patient category showed improved survival rates when treated with RAASi rather than an increased risk for recurrent AKI.


Kidney International Reports Editorial Selection


Timing of COVID-19 Vaccine in the Setting of Anti-CD20 Therapy: A Primer for Nephrologists

This primer provides a review of literature on established vaccine use in anti-CD20 treatment and recommendations for both the timing of COVID-19 vaccines and measuring responses to administration. It serves as a guide to the pathobiology of B-cell–depleting therapy and as a useful aid to practitioners and trainees in nephrology.