August 24, 2021


The ISN Strengthens Relations with the United Nations

The ISN is pleased to announce that the society has been officially granted consultative status to the United Nations' (UN) Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC).
ECOSOC is one of the six main organs of the UN system that works to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social, and environmental. It is the only main UN body with a formal framework for NGO participation.
Obtaining Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC is a significant step to securing ISN's presence within multiple UN initiatives and allowing the ISN to access ECOSOC's many subsidiary bodies and forums, multiple human rights mechanisms of the UN, and special events organized by the president of the General Assembly.
The ISN looks forward to working closely with ECOSOC and contributing to the UN's work to advance kidney health and tackle the global burden of kidney disease.

Increased Visibility for ISN's Dialysis Framework

The ISN Framework for Developing Dialysis Programs in Low-Resource Settings is now available on the World Health Organization's NCD webpage.
The framework, launched at the Global Policy Kidney Forum, ensures equal access to quality dialysis for kidney failure patients around the globe, as outlined in this article in The Lancet.
The ISN encourages all to download the framework and share it with health care workers, patients, and policymakers.



Celebrating ISN Collective-Member Societies:
The Philippine Society of Nephrology

The ISN’s series on Collective-Member Societies continues its focus on the ISN Oceania and South East Asia region, spotlighting the Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN), currently celebrating its 50th year.
We spoke to PSN President Noel M. Castillo about ongoing local initiatives to raise kidney health awareness in the region, including World Kidney Day (WKD) activities.
Every June, designated national 'Kidney Month' in the Philippines, the PSN organizes an extended awareness-raising campaign in collaboration with the Government Department of Health. Alongside the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, kidney health care and kidney disease prevention are highlighted in a press conference and promoted through national press outlets and public forums and activities.



Announcing First Set of ISN Interventional Nephrology Scholars

The ISN is pleased to announce its first selection of ISN Interventional Nephrology Scholars.
Consult the list of 12 successful candidates here.
From low- and middle-income countries, these doctors will travel to an ISN Interventional Nephrology Training Centre of their choice to train in interventional nephrology skills for one to three months.
ISN Interventional Nephrology Scholars also complete an online course on the ISN Academy, accessible to any
ISN member who wishes to improve their knowledge on this topic
The ISN congratulates these scholars and looks forward to following their progress.

Develop Leadership Skills to Advance Global Kidney Health: Apply to the 2022 Emerging Leaders Program

From September 15, 2021, the ISN Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) welcomes applications from motivated early-career professionals interested in shaping the future direction of kidney health. The ISN particularly encourages renal pathologists to apply to the program.
Discover the ELP here.
The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

Advance Kidney Care in Your Country: Apply for an ISN Fellowship

ISN Fellowships offer physicians from developing countries the opportunity to pursue essential nephrology training abroad to advance kidney care in their home region.
The ISN is currently welcoming applications for ISN Fellowships before midnight October 1, 2021.
In addition to general ISN Fellowships, the ISN proposes Special Fellowship Opportunities focusing on specific topics, regions, or countries.
Read more here.

Apply for an IACN-ISN-HKSN Scholarship

The IACN-ISN-HKSN Scholarship supports young nephrologists to train in clinical nephrology for three months in China, including Hong Kong. The grant is a joint initiative from the International Association of Chinese Nephrologists (IACN), the ISN, and the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology (HKSN).
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.
Read more here.

Collaborate Toward Sustainable Kidney Care in Your Region: Apply to ISN Sister Centers Granting Programs

Two flagship ISN granting programs connect centers from low-and-middle-income countries with established healthcare centers to advance kidney care facilities in the developing region:
  • The ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRC) Program provides funding and a framework to improve treatment and outcomes for patients with kidney diseases in the emerging center.
  • The Sister Transplant Centers (STC) Program, a joint initiative from the ISN and The Transplantation Society (TTS), helps establish new kidney transplant centers and develop existing transplant programs in emerging countries.
Read the ISN SRC Program guidelines and apply here.
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.
Find out more and apply to the ISN-TTS STC Program here.
The application platform opens on September 1, 2021; the deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

Could You Use Advice From a Peer to Achieve Your Professional Goals? Receive Expert Guidance Through the ISN Mentorship Program

The ISN Mentorship Program is now accepting applications from mentees.
The deadline to apply is September 1, 2021.
The program is open to ISN Members and Associate Members to gain skills, expand their network, and build a mutually beneficial learning partnership to help advance global kidney health.
Read more here.



Read Bridging the Gaps and Discover the ISN’s Latest Advocacy Initiatives

Did you catch ISN’s advocacy newsletter Bridging the Gaps in your inbox?
Access the latest edition here.
This bulletin is packed with updates on ISN’s advocacy efforts and collaborations toward reducing the global burden of kidney disease.

Read the World Kidney Day 2021 Blog Series and Explore the Campaign's Impact Report

The 2021 World Kidney Day (WKD) campaign included a series of guest blog posts from 17 kidney patients worldwide who shared their experiences, challenges, and hopes for the future.
Read the inspiring blog articles here.
Covering diverse ages, locations, types of kidney disease, and treatment options, these contributors all explore living well with kidney diseases.
Do you have a kidney care story to share? Look out for the campaign launch in September 2022 and contribute to raising awareness of kidney diseases.
Explore the reach and success of the 2021 campaign in the 2021 WKD Impact Report, showcasing over 1,100 World Kidney Day (WKD) activities in 86 countries.
Follow World Kidney Day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

“Are Your Kidneys Healthy?” Quiz - Raising Awareness to Reduce Kidney Diseases

Encourage patients and their families to take a one-minute quiz to help early kidney disease detection in at-risk categories. Available in 11 languages.



Announcing a New Webinar Series on Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists (MRAs) and Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD) Management

Connect to the webinar on September 7, 2021, from 3 - 4.15 p.m. CEST
This series will highlight new research and developments in this rapidly evolving field and present the outcomes of the FIDELIO and FIGARO trials. Join us for the first session in the series:
MRAs in CKD: Lessons from a Scientist, an Investigator, and a Trialist
Speakers Paola Fioretto (Italy), Peter Rossing (Denmark), and Mike Walsh (Canada) will present:
  • DKD Mechanisms and the potential of MRAs
  • Outcomes of the FIDELIO-DKD clinical trial
  • Implications of FIDELIO’s design and sub-group analyses for clinical practice
The webinar will be moderated by Angela Yee-Moon Wang (China) and Masaomi Nangaku (Japan).
Access further reading, submit questions, and register for the webinar here.
Read more here.

ISN-ACT Global Trials Focus: August 2021

The ISN Global Trials Focus series is created in collaboration with young nephrologists, among others, who draft trial reviews for revision by senior nephrologists.

Matthew Gittus is one such contributor. He comments, "I really enjoy writing the summaries and reading the contributions. It has definitely improved my understanding of current global trials and affected how I interpret research findings, which will potentially impact my clinical practice.”


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!




Showcase Your Research: Only One Month Remaining to Submit an Abstract to WCN'22

Will you contribute to global kidney health by sharing your research and expertise at WCN'22?
The deadline is September 22, 2021.
Watch WCN’22's Scientific Program Chair Robyn Langham's invitation to share your work at the congress here.
What if your data isn't ready yet?
The ISN welcomes late-breaking abstracts if your clinical or non-clinical data is unavailable at the time of the abstract submission deadline. Find out more on the submission policy here.
Read more here.

Submit Your Film and Help Make the 4th ISN Community Film Event the Best So Far

Now in its fourth edition, the ISN Community Film Event has become an unmissable feature of the World Congress of Nephrology.
In less than seven minutes, these stories can raise awareness, stimulate a conversation, and engage an audience on issues affecting patients with kidney diseases and those who care for them.
  • Can you live a normal life after a kidney transplant?
  • Can a dialysis patient run a marathon?
  • How can a patient stay positive on hemodialysis?
Find out by watching last years' finalists here and get inspired to submit your story to the WCN'22 ISN Community Film Event before December 8, 2021.
The competition is open to all ISN members.


Norella Kong

ISN Presents OSEA Pioneer Award and Several Talks at APCN 2021

The Asia Pacific Congress of Nephrology (APCN 2021) took place virtually from August 19-23, 2021, under the theme ‘Improving Kidney Health for All.’
The event provided a fitting platform to present Norella Kong, from Malaysia, with the ISN 2021 Pioneer Award for the OSEA region.
ISN President Agnes Fogo delivered the talk ‘New classification for Lupus Nephritis - time for a change?’ and Past-President Vivek Jha presented ‘COVID-19 from ground zero, the present and the future.’

August 27 Deadline to Nominate a Colleague for the ISN 2022 Awards

Only a few days remain to nominate a deserving colleague for their valued work in kidney care.
ISN members can nominate candidates for the following ISN Awards:
Nominees need not be members. Find all the nomination requirements here.
Award winners will be recognized at WCN'22 from February 24-27, 2022, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and virtually.
Please send all nominations, supporting materials, and questions to the Awards Coordinator.
We look forward to receiving your nominations by August 27, 2021.


Kidney International on the Academy


Annexin A1 Alleviates Kidney Injury by Promoting the Resolution of Inflammation in Diabetic Nephropathy

The failed resolution of inflammation is a significant contributor to the progression of diabetic nephropathy. Identifying endogenously-generated molecules that promote the physiological resolution of inflammation could offer a promising therapeutic approach for this disease.
In this video, Liang Wu presents her findings on the endogenous mediator Annexin A1 as a promising therapeutic approach to treating and reversing diabetic nephropathy.


Explore the ISN - KDIGO CKD Early Identification and Intervention Toolkit

Access user-friendly guides, infographics, teaching tools, articles, and webinars to support the early identification and intervention of chronic kidney diseases.
Look out for additional open-access tools coming soon, including regional-specific content, PCP- and AHP- specific material, and a podcast.

Upcoming Webinars

Friday, September 3, 3 p.m. CEST

ISN-KDIGO Webinar:
Glomerular Diseases Guideline - Part 1

Speakers: Heather Reich, Canada
Vladimir Tesar, Czech Repulic
Moderator: Brad Rovin, USA
Tuesday, September 7, 3 p.m. CEST

ISN Webinar Series: MRAs and DKD Management
MRAs in CKD - Lessons from a Scientist, an Investigator, and a Trialist

Speakers: Paola Fioretto, Italy
Peter Rossing, Denmark
Mike Walsh, Canada
Moderators: Masaomi Nangaku, Japan
Angela Wang, China
This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer.
Friday, September 17, 2 p.m. CEST

ISN Frontiers Webinar:
New Insights Into Clinical Management of Complement-mediated Thrombotic Microangiopathies

Speaker: Fadi Fakhouri, Switzerland
Moderator: Marina Noris, Italy
This webinar is supported by an educational grant from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., AstraZeneca Rare Disease.

Recorded Webinars

Cases and Controversies in Peritoneal Dialysis: PDOPPS, Please Help!

@ISNeducation Webinar:
Epidémiologie de L’agression Rénale Aigue en Afrique
(in French)




Kidney International (KI) on COVID-19


Kidney International Reports (KIR) on COVID-19


Kidney International Reports Editorial Selections


Riding the COVID-19 Tsunami in India: A Nephrologist’s Perspective

India's battle with SARS CoV-2 has highlighted how a lack of pandemic preparedness can lead to critical circumstances.
This editorial presents an overview of COVID-19's spread in the country and its impact on patients with kidney diseases.

A Clinician's Guide to Dosing Analgesics, Anticonvulsants, and Psychotropic Medications in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

This comprehensive review by leading experts at two of the University of California campuses covers practical pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic principles and recommendations for drug dosing of analgesics, anticonvulsants, and psychotropic medications for adults receiving CRRT.