Having brought this issue to the attention of WHO Executive Board member state health attachés in Geneva, and having addressed the historic WHA Special Session with an oral statement urging member states to adopt an international pandemic treaty to prevent and improve preparedness for global health crises, the ISN welcomed the WHA’s decision to establish an intergovernmental negotiating body to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement, or another international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.
Together with its newly created Patient Liaison Advisory Group, the ISN will be working closely with WHO member states to ensure that the prospective treaty reflects the interests of kidney patients and nephrology healthcare professionals.
The course, prepared in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, covers the pathophysiology of renal disease along with the clinical trials guiding current management guidelines:
Definition and epidemiology of renal anemia
Pathophysiology of renal anemia
Mechanisms of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents
Trials of renal anemia
Novel and future therapies, including HIF-stabilizers
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ISN LATEST NEWS
Obituary Martin De Smet 1956-2021
The ISN was saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Martin De Smet on November 23, 2021.
Dr. De Smet graduated as a medical doctor from Ghent State University and the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium. He joined Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1991 and worked in many different roles for the organization in several countries, including as the emergency unit coordinator in Belgium.
Dr. De Smet was the ISN's Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) first contact person from MSF. He was instrumental in the RDRTF's first major intervention onsite at the 1999 Marmara earthquake in Turkey. He was involved in many other RDTF interventions either on the ground or as a coordinator from the Brussels MSF headquarters. He will be sadly missed by his colleagues at the RDRTF, where he was known as an inspiring person who could bring people together as a team to work toward a common goal.
The ISN offers its deepest condolences to Dr. De Smet's family, colleagues, and friends.
Fellowship Program leaders, ISN Program coordinators, and ISN Fellows from different countries get to know each other in a virtual meet-up
Newly Selected ISN Fellows Welcomed in Online Meeting by ISN Program Leaders and Coordinators
This virtual meet-up of the ISN Fellowship Program, enabled Fellowship Program leaders, ISN Program coordinators, and ISN Fellows from different countries to get to know each other to provide ongoing, mutual support and encouragement.
Prof. Ahmed Akl, Egypt, mentor, and Dr. Ben Lomatayo, mentee, Kenya, meet for the first time online. Their mentorship will focus on clinical research.
Announcing the First Mentorship Pairings from the Program's Relaunch
Since the ISN Mentorship Program's relaunch in July 2021, 30 mentors and mentees have been selected and matched according to skill sets and training requirements. The ISN congratulates and welcomes all successful applicants.
Discover the complete list of mentorship pairings here.
The matched pairs have now enjoyed introductory meetings to define a personalized program and schedule - we look forward to the progress and success of these collaborations.
PERNEFRI is an ISN Collective-Member Society. PERNEFRI President Aida Sutranto outlined ISN initiatives, highlighting the strong relationship between ISN and PERNEFRI and ISN's ongoing support to improve kidney care capacity in Indonesia, at the ISN-PERNEFRI joint session.
Register Now to Enjoy an Outstanding Program at WCN'22': Regular Fees Apply Until January 26, 2022
What's in store at WCN'22?
WCN'22 offers a state-of-the-art scientific program and many other unmissable features, including:
Designed to connect communities from different parts of the world in the run-up to the congress, WCN's Raising-the-Curtain Sessions provide a platform for ISN Collective-Member Societies and other regional societies to highlight local issues and globally shared challenges in their efforts to advance equitable kidney care worldwide.
Fourth Global Kidney Policy Forum
Play your part in kidney care advocacy - join health ministry officials, WHO officials, patients, and other health-related NGO representatives at the Professor Donal O’Donoghue Global Kidney Policy Forum: Building Healthier Sustainable Communities to Safeguard Kidney Health.
This year's forum will focus on the burden of kidney disease in the ISN South-East Asia region and the related regional and global strategies for its prevention and improved management.
‘Complement-related kidney diseases: classification, genetics, and treatment,’ an ISN Frontiers Meeting co-hosted by the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, will take place June 23-25, 2022.
155 ISN-affiliated countries completed an electronic survey evaluating global availability, capacity, and cost of nutrition-related kidney care services, as well as communication between dietitians and nephrologists, intending to address the significant gaps in kidney care focusing on diet and nutrition.
Look out for the paper and accompanying press release later this month.
An End-of-Year Message From the Young Nephrologists Committee
By Marina Wainstein, ISN YNC chair
As we say farewell to what has been another year of unsettling adversity, we search ahead for calmer seas and opportunities to reconnect with colleagues and friends to nurture our shared passion for kidney care.
There has never been a more important time to engage with global nephrology, to understand the wider implications of the pandemic, and examine the knowledge gaps and lessons we’ve encountered along the way.
Addressing the Nephrology Workforce Shortage Via a Novel Undergraduate Pipeline Program: The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP) at Ten Years
The KDSAP is an educational model that strategically targets college undergraduates in the United States and cultivates their interest in nephrology.
An earlier study showed that the KDSAP positively influenced its active undergraduate members’ perceptions toward nephrology. However, it was not clear whether this influence persisted beyond college graduation.
This survey aimed to evaluate the sustained impact of KDSAP on alumni career choices. Overall, 35.7% (40 of 112) of survey respondents were pursuing or planning to pursue a future career in nephrology.
Anticoagulation in Patients with Kidney Failure on Dialysis: Factor XI as a Therapeutic Target
This article presents the rationale for considering anticoagulation therapy in patients with kidney failure to reduce atherothrombotic events, highlighting the limitations of current anticoagulants in this context. It explains the potential benefits of FXI inhibitors and summarizes ongoing studies investigating FXI inhibition in dialysis patients with kidney failure.
ANCA-associated Glomerulonephritis Following the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Although vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are generally well tolerated and major side effects are uncommon, case reports have emerged of rare side effects, including vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia and minimal change disease.
Here, the authors present and discuss a case report of pauci-immune crescentic glomerulonephritis associated with de novo development of ANCAs following vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, report a case series of patients who developed new or relapsing glomerulonephritis (GN) after receiving the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
The authors conclude that both new cases and the relapse of GN can present shortly after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination. They clarify that such cases may result from previously undiagnosed IgA nephropathy triggered by robust immune activation rather than the development of new IgA deposits.