March 21, 2022


10 Days Left to Apply for an Interventional Nephrology Scholarship!

There's still time to apply for an ISN Interventional Nephrology Scholarship, which provides in-center short courses in interventional nephrology procedures to ISN members from low income, lower-middle income, and upper-middle income countries.
The deadline is April 1, 2022. Start the application process here.

Improve Detection and Management of NCDs in Your Region: Apply to the ISN Clinical Research Program

Read the application guidelines and eligibility criteria here or apply directly here if you are an ISN member.
The deadline to apply is May 1, but proposals must undergo an initial review by your ISN regional coordinator by April 1. Find out who your regional coordinator is here.

Trial Registration and Ethics: the Latest Chapter of the ISN-ACT Narrative-based Clinical Trials Toolkit

Chapter four of the Narrative-based Clinical Trials (ISN-ACT) Toolkit highlights the required ethical, practical, and legal issues a researcher must address before carrying out a clinical study.
Access the latest chapter here.
A fictional group of nephrologists enrolled in the ISN Emerging Leaders Program, setting up an international multicentric study provides the backdrop to examine concepts such as the principles of ethical medicine and the role of an ethical review board.

“Conflict Nephrology” Edition of  Seminars in Nephrology - Now Open Access

Free access to the Seminars in Nephrology journal on “conflict nephrology” has been granted for six months.
Read the edition at Seminars in Nephrology and ScienceDirect.
Conflict nephrology falls under the umbrella term “disaster nephrology,” encompassing:
  • AKI secondary to various etiologies, including crush syndrome
  • Complex care of end-stage kidney disease patients who need advanced technology and equipment
  • Managing renal transplant patients whose disruption of care results in the critical consequences of losing their grafts
The edition was released in July 2020.



ISN Members - Find out which Opportunity is Best for You: Explore the ISN’s Specialized Fellowship Options

To help provide relevant training to build capacity where it is most needed, the ISN partners with several organizations, regional societies, and partners to sponsor and promote fellowships in specific regions and specializations.
Discover the complete list of special fellowship opportunities here. Submit your application by May 1 here. ISN Fellowships are open to ISN members resident in low, lower-middle, and upper-middle income countries according to the World Bank classifications.



World Kidney Day Campaign Reaches New Heights 

World Kidney Day (WKD) took place on March 10. 
Public and media attention for the WKD 2022 campaign attained notable reach:
  • WKD content reached more than 447 million people on March 10 on Twitter with #worldkidneyday gaining over 172 million impressions
  • The WKD website was viewed almost 125 000 times 
  • The official WKD press release was published by 409 news outlets - a potential reach of 228 million viewers 
ISN President, Agnes Fogo, marked the day by speaking at the “Chronic Kidney Disease Summit” convened by AstraZeneca at Expo 2020 Dubai. Her talk was part of a session highlighting the need for policymakers and healthcare systems to help reduce the burden of CKD.

Discover the Latest Edition of the DICG Newsletter

Read the current issue of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism (DICG) newsletter here.
The DICG is a joint initiative of the ISN and the Transplantation Society.
This edition features:



Share Your Expertise - Submit an Abstract to the ISN Frontiers Meeting on “Infections and the Kidneys” in New Delhi, India

The deadline is April 20.
All accepted abstracts will be published in the Kidney International Reports.
The ISN Frontiers Meeting in New Delhi, hosted by the Indian Society of Nephrology, will focus on bi-directional relationships between infections and kidney diseases, offering researchers in this field an opportunity to showcase their work to a diverse audience.
The meeting will take place from September 22 to 25, 2022, in New Delhi, India. Discover the four-day program here.

ISN Participates


ISN Past President Presents at the 15th Arab Society of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation Congress

ISN Past President Vivekanand Jha delivered three talks at the 15th Arab Society of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation Congress (ASNRT) held from March 16-19, 2022, in Kuwait.
The congress presented the latest technology and treatment for kidney diseases, including kidney transplantation, dialysis modalities, glomerulonephritis, and chronic kidney disease. Vivekanand Jha presented on complement and the kidney, membranous nephropathy, and fungal infections in renal patients.



Kazakhstan's National Congress Honors Young Nephrologists

Despite COVID-19-related restrictions, the Kazakhstan Society of Nephrologists, Dialysis, and Transplant Physicians held its 5th Annual National Congress from November 20-21, 2021, in hybrid mode, in Nur-Sultan city, the capital of Kazakhstan. The event was endorsed by the ISN and the European Renal Association.
To encourage future generations of kidney care providers, the meeting hosts an annual event to recognize the best abstracts of the year from young nephrologists within the ISN NIS & Russia region. The winners were presented with their awards in the last session of the congress. This is the fourth consecutive year that the competition has been held.


Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, March 22, 3 p.m. CET

YNC Webinar:
ISN Opportunities for Young Nephrologists - ELP, Mentorship, and Fellowship Programs

Speakers: Vivekanand Jha, India
Rahul Chanchlani, Canada
Ikechi Okpechi, Canada
Elliot Koranteng Tannor, Ghana
Arpana Iyengar, India
Sukanya Govindan, India
Moderator: Bianca Davidson, South Africa
Friday, March 25, 3 p.m. CET

Grand Rounds in Pediatric Nephrology - an ISN-IPNA Sister Centers Initiative:
A Tale of Two Pathologies - Rapidly Progressive Glomerulonephritis and Acute Tubulointerstitial Nephritis

Speakers: Gabriel Obiorah Ezeh, Nigeria
Oluseyi Oniyangi, Nigeria
Shaegan Irusen, South Africa
Moderator: Sukanya Govindan, India

Recorded Webinars

Joint Webinar on the CKD Early Identification and Intervention Toolkit

World Kidney Day 2022:
Bridge the Knowledge Gap to Better Kidney Care - Bringing Together the Community for Kidney Health




Kidney International on COVID-19


Kidney International Reports on COVID-19




Watch the Latest ISN Video Abstract on the Third mRNA Vaccine in Hemodialysis Patients

Watch the latest video abstract here.
This episode presents the Kidney International paper:
A Prospective Observational Study for Justification, Safety, and Efficacy of a Third Dose of mRNA Vaccine in Patients Receiving Maintenance Hemodialysis
Discover more video abstracts on the ISN Academy.
The ISN Video Abstract Series is an initiative by the @ISNeducation Social Media Team showcasing key articles from ISN Journals on social media platforms.

Kidney International Editorial Selections


Results of the Prospective Multicenter SoLKID Cohort Study Indicate Bio-psycho-social Outcome Risks to Kidney Donors 12 Months after Donation

The Safety of the Living Kidney Donor (SoLKiD) cohort study analyzed pre-donation and two-, six- and 12-months post-donation data from donors in 20 German transplantation centers.
The study demonstrates that a significant number of donors developed clinically relevant changes in physical and mental health, notably decreased kidney function and increased fatigue, highlighting the urgent need to inform potential donors of these risks.

A Multicenter Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Impact of Incremental Versus Conventional Initiation of Hemodialysis on Residual Kidney Function

To investigate the reported benefits of twice-weekly hemodialysis, including preservation of residual kidney function (RKF), the authors initiated a randomized controlled feasibility trial examining incident hemodialysis patients with urea clearance of 3 ml/min/1.73 m2 or more.
Findings demonstrate less frequent serious adverse events in incremental patients and significantly lower costs compared to standard hemodialysis, suggesting that incremental hemodialysis is safe and cost-saving in incident patients with adequate RKF, justifying a definitive trial.

Kidney International Reports Editorial Selections


The COVID-19 Pandemic Identifies Significant Global Inequities in Hemodialysis care in Low and Lower- Middle Income Countries - an ISN/DOPPs Survey

To ascertain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients, especially in low and lower-middle income (LLMIC) settings, and identify global inequities in HD practice and access, the ISN and the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study(DOPPS) conducted a global online-survey of hemodialysis (HD) units for six months in 2020.
Striking global inequities were identified in the care of chronic HD patients during the pandemic, disproportionately affecting LLMICs. The authors call for urgent action to address these inequities, exacerbating pre-existing vulnerabilities.

Kidney Health for All - Efforts in Low-Income Settings to Enhance Community Engagement, Kidney Health Awareness, and Screening

The authors present reasons leading to poor kidney disease management in low-income settings. They outline existing programs and initiatives by international kidney health organizations, including the ISN, to address this lack, and propose increased engagement with the public to improve CKD screening.
Recent and ongoing awareness-raising campaigns within Ghana are outlined, notably through the Kidney Health International organization founded by former ISN Fellow and Emerging Leader program participant, Dr. Elliot Koranteng Tannor, after his training in South Africa.