June 21, 2021


Read the ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum 2021 Report

The ISN is pleased to present the report, “Global Kidney Policy Forum 2021: Focus on North America and the Caribbean.”
The report highlights the main kidney health challenges and opportunities affecting the region as outlined at the Global Kidney Policy Forum (GKPF), hosted during ISN’s Virtual World Congress of Nephrology (VWCN’21).

Read more here.


Access Chapter Two of the ISN-ACT Clinical Trials Toolkit Narratives

To facilitate understanding of important clinical trial methodologies, the ISN-ACT Clinical Trials Toolkit subgroup members are producing a series of stories based on various ISN-ACT Clinical Trials Toolkit topics.

The second of these narratives outlines several trial design methods through fictional clinical discussions.

Read more here.


From Green Technologies in Nephrology to DNA Self-Assembly: Announcing the WCN'22 Plenary Speakers and Topics

Discover WCN'22's plenary speakers and their engaging topics below.



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

Throughout 2021, the ISN is presenting its Collective-Member Societies through a series of interviews. As part of the current focus on the ISN South Asia region, we spoke to the President of the Korean Society of Nephrology (KSN), Professor Chul Woo Yang, about KSN's recent initiatives to advance kidney health.
To mark World Kidney Day, the KSN developed an online program, "Kidney Keeper Week," to highlight the importance of kidney health and promoted the event through local media outlets, encouraging patients to take the #MyGr8Rule challenge. In addition, the KSN started a YouTube Channel for the general public to raise kidney health awareness locally throughout the year.

The ISN Welcomes a New Collective-Member Society

The ISN is pleased to welcome the Chinese Medical Association - Chinese Society of Nephrology (CMA-CSN) as an ISN Collective-Member Society.

The ISN has long enjoyed fruitful collaborations with ISN Members from China.

The ISN has supported 75 Fellows from China, eight within the last five years. Ling Pan, the first ISN-IACN-HKSN Fellow, recently completed her training at the Beijing University Institute of Nephrology in China.

Three centers in China recently received ISN Regional Training Center status.




Announcing Distinguished Plenary Speakers Presenting on a Range of Engaging Topics at WCN'22

Green Technologies in Dialysis/Green Nephrology
Frances Mortimer, Medical Director at the Center for Sustainable Healthcare, Oxford, UK.
Advocacy for (Kidney) Disease: Patient View and How to Get Results
Alonzo Mourning, Co-Founder of Mourning Family Foundation, South Florida.
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Indira Nath, former Founder Head and Senior Professor of Department of Biotechnology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
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Hao Yan, Milton D. Glick Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, Arizona.

Find out more about the WCN'22 featured speakers here.

WCN'22 will be held from February 24-27, 2022. Find out more here.

Abstract Submission is open.


Powerful Stories Raise Awareness:
Submit Your Story to the ISN Community Film Event

The ISN Community Film Event offers an opportunity to showcase real-world experience to engage an audience on kidney health issues.
Watch the 2021 finalists here.

ISN members are invited to film an account of people living with or treating patients with kidney diseases:
  • How have your patients coped with a kidney disease diagnosis?
  • How have you cared for someone with kidney disease?

The deadline for submissions is December 8, 2021.


Watch the Community Choice Film Selection and Cast Your Vote

The 2022 Community Choice Film Selection presents engaging narratives that narrowly missed out on becoming finalists in the ISN Community Film Event.

The selection offers an additional opportunity for the films to bring to public attention the challenges experienced by kidney disease patients and the healthcare professionals who care for them.

The 2022 Community Choice Film Selection winner will automatically become a 2022 ISN Community Film Event finalist.

Online voting will close on December 6, 2021.


ISN Participates


Paper on Kidney Biopsy Codes Published

BMC Nephrology has published a paper on coding practice in national and regional kidney biopsy registries.

The paper gives an overview of kidney biopsy registries, explores how kidney diseases are coded, and demonstrates the need to improve coding practice.
This is the first publication from the Kidney Biopsy Codes for pathologists project, which aims to provide a complete and structured list of terminology and codes applicable to kidney biopsies.



Sister Renal Centers' Workshop - Supporting Partnerships Worldwide

The Sister Renal Centers (SRC) Committee held a workshop for SRC pairs currently at level A or B on the SRC Program on Thursday, May 20, 2021.
SRC Committee Chairs Marcelo Orias and Chih-Wei Yang hosted the workshop attended by 22 SRC partnerships and 55 participants.
The workshop provided a platform for those involved in the SRC Program to receive support and encouragement from a network of health care professionals confronting similar challenges and working toward the same goals. Participants exchanged experiences of the difficulties as well as creative problem-solving and best practices during pandemic conditions.

Advance Nephrology in Your Region with the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program

Does your center need expert guidance to develop:

  • new initiatives,
  • community-based research, or
  • skills or services,
  • screening programs?
The ISN welcomes applications for the Educational Ambassadors (EA) Program.

We can connect you with a suitable expert to develop and deliver a relevant training program tailored to your needs.

Find out how an EA visit can positively impact your health center by reading about recent collaborations here.




World Kidney Day Steering Committee Article Published in The Guardian Newspaper

The World Kidney Day (WKD) Steering committee co-chairs, Professor Robyn Langham and Professor Kam Kalantar, wrote an article on the “Living Well with Kidney Disease” Campaign, which features in a current supplement to the UK newspaper The Guardian.
The article supports the recently launched Kidney Health 2021 Campaign initiated by Health Awareness, a Mediaplanet website dedicated to news, information, and personal stories.

The DICG Launches Course on the Declaration of Istanbul and Ethical Issues in Transplantation

Experts in the field of organ trafficking and transplant tourism will guide participants through important aspects of the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI), the role of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG), and ethical issues in transplantation.

Access the complete course by creating a free account.

This is a valuable course to equip nephrologists to identify and address cases of transplant tourism and illegal organ donations and help increase effective and ethical transplantation practices around the world.




Enjoy the Virtual WCN’21 Experience on the ISN Academy

Almost 100 sessions and over 300 talks from Virtual WCN'21 are now accessible to ISN members and non-members on the ISN Academy.
Premium Access offers unlimited access to all sessions. The Standard Access package allows sessions to be purchased by theme. Full details of prices and sessions within each package are available here.

Read more here.


Register for the Second Virtual Grand Rounds in Pediatric Nephrology

Join us for the second Grand Rounds in Pediatric Nephrology on
Friday, June 25, 2021, at 3 p.m. CEST:

Make the peritoneal membrane work for you

This session on optimizing PD focuses on a case study involving a seven-year-old girl with primary steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome secondary to focal segmental glomerulosclerosis that progressed rapidly to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD).

The webinar will demonstrate:
  • Optimizing ultrafiltration
  • Assessing and optimizing solute clearance on PD
  • Assessment of the membrane by the PET

A recording of the Grand Rounds will be open-access and available on the ISN Academy. Watch the previous edition here.


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.

Additional open-access tools coming soon, including regional-specific materials, PCP- and AHP- specific materials, and a podcast.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, June 29, 3 p.m. CEST

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

Speakers: Flora Peyvandi, Italy
Jai Radhakrishnan, USA
Moderator: Ike Okpechi, Canada
Wednesday, June 30, 3 p.m. CEST

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

Speaker: Arzu Velioglu, Turkey
Moderator: Serhan Tuglular, Turkey
Monday, July 5, 4 p.m. CEST

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

Speakers: Maria Dolores Salmerón Rodriguez, Spain
Marco Montomoli, Spain
Moderator: Gregorio Romero-Gonzalez, Spain

Recorded Webinars

ISN-ISPD Webinar:
ISPD Guidelines for PD in Acute Kidney Injury

ISN-IFKF Webinar:
Spotlight on World Kidney Day - Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease




Kidney International (KI) on COVID-19


Kidney International Reports (KIR) on COVID-19


Kidney International Editorial Selection


Updating the International IgA Nephropathy Prediction Tool for Use in Children

Although IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is a frequent cause of glomerulonephritis in children, personalized risk-based treatment decisions are limited due to the absence of a method to predict disease progression.

The authors updated the adult International IgAN Prediction Tool for use in children using a multi-ethnic international cohort of 1,060 children with IgAN followed into adulthood and demonstrate here its accurate prediction of the risk of a 30% decline in eGFR or ESKD in children with IgAN.

Kidney International Reports Editorial Selection


Dialysis Vascular Access Training: A Nicaraguan Experience

This editorial outlines the rapid growth of patients in Nicaragua who are undergoing chronic hemodialysis because of the high incidence of Mesoamerican nephropathy in the Pacific Coast region and the consequent implementation of a vascular access–focused strategy to make treatment viable and cost-effective.
The article highlights the ISN's role in identifying the shortage of personnel skilled in creating and managing dialysis access and the need to equip local healthcare professionals with appropriate skills. A summary of the ISN's development of modular training initiatives to address these deficits is included.