July 20, 2021


2020 Impact Factors Position Kidney International as the Top Journal Publishing Original Research in Nephrology

Clarivate’s Journal Citation Reports (JCR) have released their annual Impact Factors (IF) for 2020. Kidney International (KI) and Kidney International Reports (KIR) have increased their IFs:
  • KI's IF of 10.612, increased from 8.945 in 2019, establishes it as the top journal publishing original research in nephrology.
  • KIR's IF is 4.164, increased from 3.374, its first IF, in 2019.

The ISN asked Pierre Ronco, chief editor-KI, and Jai Radhakrishnan, chief editor-KIR, to share their thoughts:

“It is truly amazing to see how KI has influenced nephrology practice in every corner of the world. The editors strongly feel that their mission is all about quality evidence dissemination for those hardest to reach.” Pierre Ronco

KI Reports is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. Our growth has been consistent, from publishing six articles in our first issue in May 2016, we now include around 40 articles in each edition.” Jai Radhakrishnan


Register for the Philippine Society of Nephrology Webinar on Transplant Ethics

The Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN), one of ISN's Collective-Member Societies, will be holding the webinar “Organ Trafficking in the 2020s - a Persisting Challenge for Transplant Professionals” at 6 p.m. Philippine Time on July 28, 2021 (convert to your time zone).

ISN President, Agnes Fogo, will present the opening remarks. Speakers will discuss the challenges within kidney transplantation, notable the illegal sale of kidneys.

This will be the seventh in a series of webinars on ethics and professionalism organized by the PSN. The goal of the series is to “proactively create a culture that reflects a professional and ethical society in the postmodern era.”




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

Continuing ISN's current focus on presenting Collective-Member Societies in the ISN Oceania and South East Asia region, we spoke to Worawon Chailimpamontree, chair of the CKD prevention subcommittee, the Nephrology Society of Thailand (NST), about celebrating World Kidney Day
(WKD) and their ongoing involvement in developing initiatives to lower salt intake in Thailand.

To mark WKD, the NST joined forces with the Thai Lowsalt Network, the National Health Security Office (NHSO), and the Ministry of Public Health. The organizations created a series of video presentations on the benefits of treatment, medication, and exercise for patients with chronic kidney disease, and depicting the lifestyle of patients currently on hemodialysis and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD).




Discover and Explore the WCN'22 Program at a Glance

The WCN’22 Program at a Glance presents the congress schedule in its virtual format.
Participants from around the world can follow the virtual event through live-streamed sections of the congress, making WCN’22 accessible to all. All virtual sessions are recorded and made available on-demand directly after the live stream, being accessible at a time convenient to you.

Should in-person activities be considered safe, they will be announced and added to the WCN’22 program; stay tuned.

The complete, searchable program will be published in early September.


Tell an Inspirational Story Through the ISN Community Film Event

Do you have an inspiring kidney story? Would you like to make a difference in the lives of kidney patients? Raise awareness of what it means to live with or treat kidney diseases by entering a short film to the ISN Community Film Event.

The film can be shot on any device, even a smartphone. All you need is the desire to advance kidney health by documenting a powerful story.

The competition is open to all ISN members.

Watch the 2021 finalists here.

The deadline for submissions is December 8, 2021.




Connect Across the Globe to Build Mutual Learning Partnerships: Apply to Become an ISN Mentor

The ISN is currently welcoming applications from mentors.

The ISN has relaunched its Mentorship Program, an initiative to foster mutually beneficial learning partnerships across the globe. The program is open to doctors and associate healthcare professionals who are ISN members.

Discover the Mentorship Program here.

This initiative offers the chance for mentors to develop their coaching and leadership skills and mentees to work alongside them toward specific goals.

Mentees can submit applications from August 1.

For any questions, contact us at


Advance Kidney Care in Your Region:
Apply For an ISN Fellowship Before October 1

The ISN is currently welcoming applications for ISN Fellowships. Interested candidates are encouraged to find and contact a host institution as early as possible to develop a personalized training plan.

The ISN Fellowship Program provides funding to young nephrologists from low and middle-income countries to receive practical training in host institutions abroad.

Dana GAUDARD, from Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, Mirebalais, in Haiti, spent a year training at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble, Grenoble, France, as an ISN Fellow. Commenting on the experience, Dana Gaudard says, "This training increased my passion for nephrology. Now I am a young, dynamic nephrologist with big dreams for my country.

Since returning to Haiti, I have been working alongside a team to implement a nephrology unit at the University Hospital of Mirebalais to provide care to hospitalized patients in all departments with renal pathologies."

Find out more here.


Improve Kidney Care in Your Community: Apply to the Sister Renal Centers/Sister Transplant Centers Programs

Applications to collaborate within ISN Sister Renal (SRC) or ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Center (STC) partnerships will open to ISN members in August.
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.
These programs have facilitated notable advances as seen with the Moscow-Finland partnership: A pediatric kidney transplant program was launched in Moscow through an SRC collaboration between a health center in Russia (emerging center) and Finland (supporting center).

Read more here.




2019 ISN GKHA Survey Results on Worldwide Kidney Care Capacity Published in BMJ Open

The paper, “Current status of health systems financing and oversight for end-stage kidney disease care: a cross-sectional global survey,” has been published in BMJ Open.

The ISN GKHA is a worldwide survey to assess the current capacity for kidney care.

Read more here.


ISN i3C Network: Watch a Series of Webinars on Kidney Biopsy, Explore Ongoing CKDu Research, and Share Your Data on the ISN Observatory of CKDu

From the ISN i3C (International Consortium CKDu Collaborators) network:

A series of innovative digital activities to guide nephrologists and healthcare leaders on implementing a kidney biopsy program.

The activities include webinars, educational videos, and two audio interviews on the ISN Academy.
Read more here.



Next Edition of Bridging the Gaps Coming Soon

Look out for the third edition of ISN’s Advocacy Newsletter in your inbox.

The upcoming edition of Bridging the Gaps is packed with updates on ISN’s advocacy initiatives and its role in helping to reduce the global burden of kidney diseases, including ISN's participation at:
  • The 74th World Health Assembly
  • The European Kidney Forum
  • The Third Annual Global Summit on Kidney Innovation
Would you like to get involved in ISN's advocacy initiatives? Contact the ISN advocacy team here.

Explore and Share the ISN Dialysis Framework to Advance Kidney Care in Low-Resource Settings

The “ISN Framework for Developing Dialysis Programs in Low-Resource Settings,” developed in collaboration with the WHO, is a resource-sensitive guide to help health systems develop solutions to care for kidney disease patients in low-resource settings.

Read more on this initiative in The Lancet.

The ISN encourages all to download the framework and share it with health care workers, patients, and policymakers.

Find out more here.

Read the Latest News on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism

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

The current issue highlights:

  • A report on the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Workshop held in June 2021.
  • The most recent data from the WHO-ONT Global Observatory on workdwide activity in organ transplantation.
  • Recognizing past and present DICG leadership.
  • Two notable articles on illegal kidney transplantation.
  • The "DICG Course on Ethical Issues in Transplantation and the Declaration of Istanbul."

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


ISN Participates


ISN Joint Session and Talks at the the MSN and CAST Congresses 2021

The 36th Congress of the Malaysian Society of Nephrology (MSN), ‘Strengthening the Basics, Embracing Advances in Nephrology,’ will take place virtually from July 23-24, 2021.

The congress will be held in conjunction with the virtual 17th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation (CAST 2021) from July 25-28, 2021. ISN
leaders will have a joint session with MSN and present several talks throughout both congresses.

The MSN is an ISN Collective-Member Society and will co-host WCN'22 alongside the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology.

Find out more about the event and ISN's participation here.

Professor Nan Chen

Join Us for the Presentation of the ISN 2021 Pioneer Award for North and East Asia

The 2021 Annual Conference of Blood Purification, hosted by the Chinese Society of Nephrology (CSN), will take place from July 22-24, 2021, in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China.

The conference will include presentation of the ISN 2021 Pioneer Award for North and East Asia to Nan Chen from China on July 22, 2021, during the opening ceremony from 1:30 - 2 p.m. CST.

Read more about Nan Chen and her work here.

Philip Li, representing the ISN, will moderate a session with CSN at 12:30 p.m. CST on July 23. This session features talks from ISN members Xueqing Yu (Executive Committee member) and Wei Chen on the current challenges facing PD and early complications during PD catheterization.

Find details on how to join the session in the webinar section below.

The CSN recently became an ISN Collective-Member Society.


Young Nephrologists


Young Nephrologists Committee Member on Childhood IgA Nephropathy and the Need for More Research

Alexandra Cambier, a Young Nephrologists Committee member, presents the current state of IgA nephropathy in children and adolescents. She explains how the ISN Mentorship Program can help nephrologists develop their research careers and foster collaboration to advance treatment in rare diseases like childhood IgAN.




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, July 23, 6 a.m. CEST

ISN-CSN Webinar:
Early Complications During PD Catheterization

Speakers: Xueqing Yu, China
Wei Chen, China
Moderator: Philip Li, China

The webinar will be in Chinese with English subtitles.

No registration is required to attend. Join directly here and enter the code: 642216.

The webinar is hosted by the Chinese Society of Nephrology.

Tuesday, August 3, 1:30 p.m. CEST

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

Speakers: Beth Piraino, USA
Simon Davies, UK
Melissa Nataatmadja, Australia
Muthana Al Sahlawi, Saudi Arabia
Moderator: Jeffrey Perl, Canada

Recorded Webinars

ISN-SEN Webinar:
Síndrome CardioRenal: Más Allá de la Creatinina (in Spanish)

@ISNeducation Webinar:
Monoclonal Gammopathy of Renal Significance - Clinical Perspective

ISN-ISTH Webinar:
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) - Supporting Implementation of the ISTH Guidelines

Grand Rounds in Pediatric Nephrology
An ISN-IPNA Sister Centers Initiative: Make the Peritoneal Membrane Work for You




Kidney International (KI) on COVID-19


Kidney International Reports (KIR) on COVID-19


Kidney International Editorial Selection


Central and Peripheral Arterial Diseases in Chronic Kidney Disease: Conclusions from a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference

This report presents conclusions from a global panel of multidisciplinary experts after discussions held at KDIGO's fourth clinical Controversies Conference, "Central and Peripheral Arterial Diseases in Chronic Kidney Disease," on the heart, kidney, and vasculature.

The report outlines the common pathophysiology of vascular processes in CKD, describes best practices for their diagnosis and management, summarizes areas of uncertainty, addresses controversial issues, and proposes a research agenda to increase knowledge and improve patient care and outcomes.


Kidney International Reports Editorial Selection


A Narrative Review of Dietary Approaches for Kidney Transplant Patients

In response to a lack of dietary recommendations for kidney transplant recipients, the authors review the potential risks and benefits of dietary trends, such as plant-based diets, intermittent fasting, low-carb and keto diets, and juicing, in this category of patients.

They propose the Mediterranean and DASH diets as the most beneficial
dietary patterns to the post-kidney transplant population. These diets focus on less meat and processed foods and increased fresh and plant-based foods and are considered sustainable in the long term.

Hypertension Editorial Selections


Association of Apparent Treatment-Resistant Hypertension with Differential Risk of End-Stage Kidney Disease Across Racial Groups in the Million Veteran Program

In this multiethnic cohort of U.S. veterans with hypertension, the adverse effect of apparent treatment-resistant hypertension on end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) risk was greater among African-Americans than Whites. Importantly, this effect was independent of APOL1 genotype.

Immune Mechanisms of Dietary Salt-Induced Hypertension and Kidney Disease: Harry Goldblatt Award for Early Career Investigators 2020

This review discusses how the seminal work by Harry Goldblatt paved the way for an understanding of the mechanisms underlying immune activation by salt in hypertension.