May 09, 2022


Calling ISN Members - Complete a Short Questionnaire on Neglected Kidney Diseases

The ISN invites all its members to complete a brief questionnaire stating the main three (or less) neglected kidney diseases in their country and potential reasons as to why they are overlooked.
Complete the survey by Monday, May 16, 2022.
An ISN group is working on a rare kidney disease project. Because neglected kidney diseases often face similar issues to rare kidney diseases and there is some overlap in these areas, the group is planning to publish a companion piece on neglected kidney diseases, including an abstract and paper.
Your input will contribute meaningful data to this initiative. We thank you in advance for your time and participation.

Examine the Recently-Published Scoping Review on Early CKD Identification

Early CKD identification remains a much-debated subject in kidney care.
Over the past year, a group of ISN members has collaborated on a project to provide an understanding of the challenges of implementing early CKD identification and intervention programs.
One initial element of the collaboration, a scoping review, has been published in Kidney International Reports:
Read “Early Identification of CKD - a Scoping Review of the Global Populations” here.
The review summarizes available evidence on early CKD identification efforts globally. The authors note wide variations in the reported prevalence of CKD due to divergent measuring methods. They suggest standardizing early detection methods within high-risk populations and ensuring appropriate interventions to help improve the quality of programs and patient outcomes.
Through the project's scoping review and other components, the group hopes to provide stakeholders with a broad framework of the key elements required to develop CKD early detection and intervention programs that can be applied to different contexts.

Seeking Your Nominations: ISN 2023 Awards!

We all have friends and colleagues whose work deserves international recognition? Are you an ISN member? You can help recognize such work globally by submitting a nomination for an ISN Award!
Nominations are accepted for consideration from May 16 - August 29, 2022.
Although you must be an ISN member to nominate a colleague, nominees need not be members. Find all nomination requirements here.
Winners will be recognized at the ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2023 (March 30 - April 2).
ISN Pioneer Awards are presented throughout the year at regional events.
We look forward to receiving your nominations.

International Nurses Day


Listen to the ISN Podcast on Role of Nurses in PD Catheter Insertion

To mark International Nurses Day on Thursday, May 12, the latest Global Kidney Care Podcast edition honors nurses' important role in kidney care.
This episode, “Innovative Nursing in Nephrology: PD Catheter Insertion,” was led by the ISN Kidney Health Professionals working group.
Roberto Pecoits-Filho and Smeeta Sinha are joined by:
  • Elaine Bowes, Clinical Nurse Specialist PD at King's College Hospital, United Kingdom
  • Ana Elizabeth Prado Lima Figueiredo, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Barbara Crisp, Greys Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa



How are Planetary Health, Biodiversity and Sustainable Healthcare Connected? Register to Learn More

The webinar “Planetary Health, Biodiversity and Sustainable Healthcare,” supporting the ISN Frontiers Meeting “Infections and the Kidneys,” will take place at 2 p.m. CEST on Tuesday, May 17.
Join Vivekanand Jha, Sunita Bavanandan and Peter J. Blankestijn to explore this timely topic, which is highly relevant to the future of kidney health given the impact of environmental changes on patients with kidney diseases.

Take a Closer Look at Day One of the Scientific Program for the Frontiers Meeting, and Register for the Event

The ISN Frontiers Meeting ‘Complement-related Kidney Diseases: Classification, Genetics, and Treatment’ will take place in Bergamo, Italy, from June 23-25, 2022.
Register for the ISN Frontiers Meeting in Bergamo here.
Meeting Chair, Marina Noris, describes what to expect from the first day of C3G/IC-MPGN sessions:
  • Researchers will present the latest findings on:
    • the role of C3 and C5
    • complement-activation products in C3G/ICMPGN
    • complex genetic determinants of these diseases, including genomic rearrangements and rare gene variants
  • Lectures will cover both animal and patient models, introducing new advances in the function and characterization of immunologic pathogenetic factors.
  • Participants will discover new developments in classification and gain insight into several unanswered clinical questions on these complex conditions, notably, the open issue of differential diagnosis.


Klara Paudel instructs participants at the PSN Biennial International Conference workshop

ISN CME Program Supports Speaker at Pakistan Society of Nephology Meeting to Present on Peritoneal Dialysis

The ISN Continuing Medical Education Program supported Klara Paudel, consultant nephrologist, Nepal, to attend the Pakistan Society of Nephrology's Biennial International Conference 2022, held from 18-22 March.
Dr. Paudel presented at a pre-conference workshop on hands-on peritoneal dialysis (PD) and interventional nephrology and delivered a talk on PD catheter insertion techniques on day two of the program.



Discover the Most Innovative 2022 WKD Celebrations

The enthusiasm and innovation of participants engaging in World Kidney Day (WKD) celebrations continue to inspire. Visit the Best Ideas page on the WKD website to find out more on:
  • A group of Kidney Donors Athletes (KDA) who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • The Iranian Society of Nephrology quizzing pedestrians on their kidney knowledge, plus their series of educational videos.
  • The Espace Santé Famille talk show on AraBel FM, a Belgian radio station, featuring a discussion on kidney health between a nephrologist, urologist, and a WKD representative.
  • Kidneys carved out of ice and snow courtesy of the University Spital Zürich USZ in collaboration with the Swiss Transplant and the Swiss Kidney Foundation.

Local WKD Survey Results Used to Gauge CKD Prevalence in Samoa

The National Kidney Foundation Samoa (NKFS) plays an important role in increasing awareness of chronic kidney disease in Samoa. As part of World Kidney Day 2019, the NKFS ran a successful month-long community screening campaign for chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The survey results were analyzed by Dr. Malama Tafuna'i’, a doctor at the ISN SRC Emerging Center in Samoa, and recently published in BMJ Open.
Read the study here.
This study was part of a larger project assessing CKD prevalence in Samoans living in Samoa and Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Tafuna'i’s paper on the prevalence of CKD in Samoans living in Auckland was recently promoted by the WHO’s external relations officer and by its Noncommunicable Diseases Management-Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Unit head, Dr. Slim Slama, who stated at the ISN’s 2022 Oceania-focused Global Kidney Policy Forum, ‘kidney disease is…one of the greatest sources of catastrophic expenditure and impoverishment in the population living with chronic conditions.’



Are You Involved in CKDu Research? Explore Ongoing Studies and Share Your Data on the ISN Observatory of CKDu

The ISN Observatory of CKDu is a catalog where researchers can submit their findings or view other studies. This system facilitates global collaboration and data exchange, enabling researchers to know what studies are ongoing at any given time.
The initiative was developed by the ISN i3C (International Consortium CKDu Collaborators) working group as part of ISN’s 2018-2020 Collaboration Plan with the World Health Organization (WHO).
It aims to help raise awareness of the urgent issue of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology/uncertain cause (CKDu) - a type of kidney disease that mainly affects marginalized agricultural communities.

ISN-ACT Global Trials Focus: April 2022

A summary of the highlighted trial is now available in French, Italian, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. See the latest trials here.
Support equal access to nephrology research, become an ISN Member!


Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, May 12, 2 p.m. CEST

ISN Webinar:
Developments in Managing DKD - How Does it Look in Practice?

Speakers: Roberto Pecoits-Filho, USA/Brazil
Csaba P Kovesdy, USA
Moderator: Angela Yee-Moon Wang, China
This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from
Tuesday, May 17, 2 p.m. CEST

ISN Frontiers Webinar:
Planetary Health, Biodiversity and Sustainable Healthcare

Speaker: Peter J Blankestijn, The Netherlands
Moderators: Vivekanand Jha, India
Sunita Bavanandan, Malaysia
Tuesday, May 24, 3 p.m. CEST

Grand Rounds in Pediatric Nephrology - an ISN-IPNA Sister Centers Initiative:
Resistant Hypertension in Children on Dialysis

Speakers: Mark Mitsnefes, USA
Susan Uthup, India
Radhika C Radhakrishnan, India
Moderator: Rukshana Shroff, UK

Recorded Webinar

ISN-ISRNM Webinar:
Kidney Nutrition Care - Global Perspective, Current State & Strategies to Address Barriers




Kidney International on COVID-19


Kidney International Reports on COVID-19


Kidney International Editorial Selections


A Challenge to the Kidney Care Community by a Man-made Crisis

Editors at Kidney International outline the impact of the war in Ukraine on kidney care in the country, calling for a concerted effort from global health communities to deploy emergency medical teams, medical aid, and supplies to assist kidney patients being displaced from Ukraine.
The authors describe the already precarious pre-war coronavirus situation in Ukraine and current conditions that will inevitably increase the impact of all infections, including COVID-19.
They also request information from researchers, health care providers and readers to better understand the health needs of populations in crisis from human conflict and natural causes.

Kidney Repair and Regeneration: Perspectives of the NIDDK (Re) Building a Kidney Consortium

The (Re) Building a Kidney (RBK) consortium is a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases focused on endogenous kidney repair mechanisms and the generation of new kidney tissue. 
The authors provide an update on RBK studies of endogenous nephron repair, addressing productive nephron repair, cellular sources and drivers of repair, and the development of treatment through RBK studies.
In addition, readers are guided through RBK’s open access data hub for accessing, downloading and further analyzing data sets.

Kidney International Reports Editorial Selection


Diabetes Prevalence, Treatment, Control, and Outcomes Among Hemodialysis Patients in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

Dr. Saeed M.G. Al-Ghamdi from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and colleagues analyzed data from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study to determine the relationship between HbA1c levels and mortality in hemodialysis patients from within the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Patients with diabetes and hemodialysis in these countries were found to have high comorbidity burden and mortality rates despite a relatively young mean age. The authors propose holistic strategies to improve diabetes care and outcomes at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.