There is still time to organize a WKD activity! Consult the activities guide for ideas to help you set up
(COVID-19-safe) activities. Pin your event on the WKD activities map to increase your visibility
and show the global reach of WKD activities.
Please join us in congratulating Jeyakumar Meyyappan, India,
for the film “For Some the Wait Never Ends.”
The winning film presents snapshots from the life of Mr. Saad Ahmad Khan, a
26-year-old long-term dialysis patient from India. Mr. Khan experienced cardiac
arrest during a kidney transplant attempt almost ten years ago and suffers from
visual impairment as a consequence. His close family members are not suitable
as kidney donors.
Mr. Khan's earnest question, "How long should I wait?" prompted the filmmakers
to highlight his plight in the hope of increasing awareness of organ donation.
Through the ISN SRC Program, the centers collaborated to improve kidney
pathology services at the emerging center in Belarus and throughout the
country. BelMAPE now has the capacity to train another center from the region,
and a preliminary agreement has been reached to continue as an SRC Trio
partnership with a hospital in Georgia.
Read the ISN's statement relating to current events
in the Ukraine here.
ISN LATEST NEWS
Thank You for Being Part of the World Congress of
It was a great pleasure to welcome you all to WCN'22, virtually and in person at Malaysia's first
international event of the year.
More than 250 speakers delivered scientific content to delegates from around
the world. There's plenty to catch up on if you missed any sessions - all
virtual and in-person content is currently available on-demand to WCN'22
delegates until May 31, 2022, on the congress platform.
In addition to the scientific information and educational courses,
Visit the outgoing leaders, awards, and ISN@Work galleries
Listen to the plenary lectures on green technologies, patient advocacy,
lessons learnt from two pandemics, and re-defining renal disease across
disciplines and continents
Watch the ISN Community Film Event winning entry
Explore industry-hosted symposia to learn the latest developments
Review this year’s abstracts, and much more!
We warmly thank all WCN'22 speakers and chairs for their time and expertise;
so many speakers and chairs stayed up at all hours of their night to make
themselves available for live Q&A.
We are grateful to delegates for their session participation, voting in the
ISN Community Film Event, engaging with us on social media, and generating
lively and valuable debate during topical networking sessions. Your
contributions helped make WCN'22 a successful and engaging event.
The ISN warmly thanks the congress hosts, the Malaysian Society of Nephrology, and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology, for their
enthusiastic and dedicated efforts toward delivering a seamless program and
to our industry sponsors, ISN Collective-Member Societies, and countless
others who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to deliver a memorable event.
Save the date! WCN'23 will be held in Beijing, China, from March 30 -
April 2. We look forward to welcoming you!
Register for the ISN Frontiers Meeting in Bergamo,
Italy, at the Early Bird Rate Until March 30
Register to benefit from the early bird registration fee.
Join the ISN, the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, and
a global panel of clinical and scientific experts for three days of specialty
content at the ISN
Frontiers Meeting‘Complement-related kidney diseases:
classification, genetics, and treatment.'
This meeting is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education - full details here.
The meeting will focus on the two rare and severe prototypical
complement-mediated kidney diseases:
Young Nephrologists in China: Apply for a Regional
The IACN-ISN-HKSN Scholarship supports young nephrologists to train in
clinical nephrology for three months in China. The grant is a joint
initiative from the International Association of Chinese Nephrologists
(IACN), the ISN, and the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology (HKSN).
Find out more and apply here.
The deadline to apply is May 1, 2022.
Zhou Yue from Peking University Shenzhen Hospital was
selected from the most recent round of applications. She will shortly begin
training at Peking University First Hospital under the supervision of Dr.
The ISN Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship fund supports one ISN
Fellow per year from a low-resource country to train in acute kidney injury
(AKI) or continuous renal replacement therapy. This training enables
nephrologists to significantly improve the standards of kidney care in their
Candidates should submit their application to the main ISN Fellowship
program and indicate AKI as a primary focus.
Apply to the ISN Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship here before May 1.
Watch the ISN Webinar on Challenges and
Opportunities for Interventions in CKDu
More than 100 people attended the ISN webinar “Challenges and
Opportunities for Interventions in CKDu” organized by the ISN i3C (International Consortium CKDu Collaborators)
Network on February 17, 2022.
Are you interested in carrying out research that benefits these communities
and generates new insight into the disease's pathophysiology? Watch
the recorded webinar here.
Moderated by Shuchi Anand, the webinar focused on the need
for interventions to benefit patients and communities affected by chronic
kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) and Mesoamerican nephropathy. Hear
The panel, which includes participation from ISN President Agnes
Fogo and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations
President SF Lui, will explore ways to improve health
literacy by collaborating with patients at all levels of healthcare.
Connect With Experts on March 17 for a Webinar on
Migrant and Refugee Transplant Issues
The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) will present specific
issues arising from current global crises generating fertile ground for
illicit organ removal and posing challenges to the interpretation of the
Declaration of Istanbul (DOI).
These include an increase in refugees and migrants due to conflicts and
humanitarian crises and a decrease in available organs due to COVID-19.
“Transplantation in the Context of Migrants & Refugees:
Challenges & Dilemmas” will take place at 7 a.m EST(convert to your time zone here) on Thursday, March 17, 2022.
The ISN will be working with local partners to turn the forum’s
recommendations into reality and help address the significant variations in
the accessibility, affordability, and quality of care throughout the region.
Patient Liaison Advisory Group Pledges to Shape
Patient Perspectives Within ISN Initiatives at WCN’22 Launch
The Patient Liaison Advisory Group, comprising a patient
representative from each of the ten ISN regions, will support ISN’s efforts to shape
patient-centered health initiatives and research programs to address the
burden of kidney disease worldwide.
The group was officially launched at the World Congress of Nephrology 2022.
Following opening remarks from the ISN President, Professor Agnes Fogo, the
Chair of the Patient Liaison Advisory Group, Mr. Manvir Victor, presented the
group’s mission statement:
‘Created in 2021, the ISN’s Patient Liaison Advisory Group represents the
inter-continental diversity of kidney patients with one representative from
each of the society’s ten regions. Its mission is to advise and guide the
ISN so that the patient perspective becomes embedded within our work,
shaping health initiatives and research programs so that they tackle the
global burden of kidney disease.’
Each group member was introduced at the launch and discussed the initiative
with delegates during the Q&A session.
Advocacy and Policy Course Equips Participants to
Campaign for Better Kidney Health
The ISN's first “Advocacy and Policy Course - New Skills for the
Modern Nephrologist” was held on February 24 at the World Congress
of Nephrology 2022.
Internationally renowned kidney health advocates introduced the concept of
advocacy and provided real-life success stories from kidney care campaigns in
different countries. The course emphasized the importance of aligning
advocacy strategies with patient perspectives and the need to skillfully
present data to policymakers.
Listen to the World Kidney Day Special Edition of
the ISN Global Kidney Care Podcast
The Global Kidney Care Podcast (GKCP) has recorded a special WKD episode,
“World Kidney Day: Health Literacy, a Call for All
Listen to the special WKD edition of the GKCP here.
In this episode, Roberto Pecoits-Filho and Smeeta
Sinha discuss the history of WKD and the 2022 campaign theme and
goals with members of the WKD Steering Committee, Robyn Langham,
Australia, co-chair for ISN, and SF Lui, Hong Kong,
IFKF-WKA, project director.
Thursday, March 10
World Kidney Day 2022: Bridge the Knowledge Gap
to Better Kidney Care - Bringing Together the Community for Kidney Health
Session 1: 11 a.m. CET /
Session 2: 10 p.m. CET
Agnes Fogo, USA
SF Lui, Hong Kong
Verónica Martínez, Mexico
Manvir Victor, Malaysia
Ann Bonner, Australia
Beatrice Titilola Segun-Agboola, Nigeria
Paul Laffin, France
Vassilios Liakopoulos, Greece (Session
Kam Kalantar Zadeh, USA (Session 2)
Findings From 4C-T Study Demonstrate an Increased
Cardiovascular Burden in Girls with End Stage Kidney Disease and Kidney
Mortality in children with kidney failure is higher in girls than boys with
cardiovascular complications representing the most common cause of death.
In this study, pulse wave velocity (PWV) was investigated in children with
kidney failure undergoing kidney replacement therapy to determine sex
differences and potential contributing factors.
Findings demonstrate that girls with advanced chronic kidney disease are more
susceptible to developing vascular stiffening compared to boys. This difference
persists after transplantation and may contribute to higher mortality rates in
girls with kidney failure.
In the paper by Hung et al., which included 2,895 individuals
who participated in the GEN-AFRICA study, sickle cell trait
and APOL1 HR genotypes were associated with estimated glomerular
filtration rates of <60 ml/min per 1.73 m2.
Masimango et al. conducted the second study of 587 adults
living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The frequency of sickle
cell trait and GSTM1 null allele in individuals with and without
two APOL1 risk alleles were found to be 3.8% and 51.2%, respectively.
A commentary discusses the complexity and
relevance of these findings.
Ethiopia's Tigray Dialysis Service Cut Due
to Dwindling Supplies Amid War
Since Ethiopia’s civil war broke out in November 2020, 70% of
healthcare facilities in the Tigray region have become dysfunctional.
At Ayder, Tigray’s flagship tertiary center, even basic care has
become a luxury.
Ayder’s hemodialysis service, serving 9,000,000 people, was an
outstanding example of sophisticated care in a low-resource environment
enabled by private-public partnerships, community engagement, and an
ethical commitment to care. War and blockade have caused reduced
access, funding, severe supply shortages, and drastically curtailed