November 30, 2021


The ISN Launches the Patient Liaison Advisory Group

The ISN’s Patient Liaison Advisory Group comprises of a patient representative from each of the ten ISN regions. The group will support ISN's efforts to shape patient-centered policies to tackle kidney disease worldwide.
Health services are established by and for the communities they serve. With the disproportionate impact of the pandemic and climate change on kidney patients, patient voices must play a prominent role in designing and implementing the policies that directly affect their lives.
The official launch of the Patient Liaison Advisory Group will take place at the World Congress of Nephrology 2022.

Discover the Visual Abstract on Key Findings from the International Home Dialysis Roundtable (IHDR) White Paper

The ISN presents this visual abstract showing key areas to promote home dialysis as identified at the International Home Dialysis Roundtable (IHDR) meeting supported by Baxter Healthcare.
Earlier this year, the IHDR drafted an action plan to highlight the significant economic, quality-of-life, and clinical advantages of using home dialysis rather than in-center hemodialysis.
The ISN stands by the IHDR recommendations in line with its mission to advance equitable access to sustainable kidney health.
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Watch the First ISN Video Abstract

The ISN Video Abstract Series is a new initiative by the @ISNeducation Team to showcase key articles from ISN Journals on social media platforms.
The first episode presents Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Biosynthetic Impairment and Urinary Metabolomic Alterations Observed in Hospitalized Adults with COVID-19-Related Acute Kidney Injury.



World Kidney Day 2022: Discover and Use the Social Media Toolkit and Online Shop

Explore the World Kidney Day (WKD) 2022 social media toolkit here.
The toolkit is packed with information and resources to help you promote the WKD 2022 campaign theme ‘Kidney health for all: Bridge the knowledge gap to better kidney care.’
The toolkit, including text and visuals, presents different social media platforms and explains how best to use them to create a powerful social media campaign to raise awareness of kidney health issues and help bridge the knowledge gap toward better kidney care.
Discover the World Kidney Day online shop here.
Complete your WKD 2022 campaign with World Kidney Day accessories: Find WKD-branded T-shirts, mugs, badges, phone cases, and much more with delivery direct to your door.
Start planning your 2022 campaign now!

New Resources Available to Support World Kidney Day Campaign

Check out a new section of the World Kidney Day (WKD) website hosting our campaign supporters' growing collection of patient-focused and educational resources.
Discover WKD supporters and explore their free resources here.
This year’s mission focuses on bridging the knowledge gaps to better kidney care. WKD supporters share their resources to tackle the CKD knowledge gap to help inform the public toward better kidney health.

Read Bridging the Gaps and Discover the ISN’s Latest Advocacy Initiatives

Did you catch ISN’s advocacy newsletter Bridging the Gaps in your inbox?
This bulletin is packed with updates on ISN’s advocacy efforts and collaborations toward reducing the global burden of kidney disease, including:
  • The newly launched ISN Patient Liaison Advisory Group
  • The 2022 World Kidney Day Campaign
  • ISN and Circulatory Health Partners joint paper on emergency preparedness ahead of the World Health Assembly
  • ISN's consultation on the WHO's draft 'COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health'
Would you like to get involved in ISN's advocacy initiatives? Contact the ISN advocacy team here.


Samir G. Mallat

The ISN Presents the Middle East Pioneer Award at the Renal Replacement Therapy Conference

The Renal Replacement Therapy Conference, hosted by the Emirates Medical Association Nephrology Society (EMAN), will be held in a hybrid format, December 9-11, 2021.
The event provides a fitting platform to present Samir G. Mallat with the ISN 2021 Pioneer Award for the Middle East region. The award ceremony, to be introduced by ISN President Agnes Fogo, will take place during the opening ceremony on December 9, 2021, at 6 p.m. UAE time. Ali Abu Alfa, ISN Middle East Regional Board chair, will highlight Samir Mallat’s achievements.
Past-President Vivek Jha will present ‘Transplantation as a first choice of Treatment for ESRD’ on December 11, 2021, 2:20-2:40 p.m.



Green Nephrology, Nanotechnology, Pandemics, and Patient Advocacy: Discover the WCN’22 Plenary Topics and Speakers

Be part of a global gathering to exchange the latest in kidney science and clinical applications: Register for the 2022 World Congress of Nephrology (WCN'22) here.
Join us for the WCN’22 plenary sessions to hear renowned speakers share valuable insights on diverse health issues in kidney care.

Register for the ISN Webinar on Clinical Management of C3G Complimenting the 2022 Frontiers Meeting in Bergamo, Italy

The ISN and the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research will hold a webinar on December 9, 2021, at 2 p.m. CET on:
“New Insights into Clinical Management of C3G”
The webinar will address:
  • The complement system and its role in C3G
  • Personalized clinical management of patients
  • Preliminary results of clinical trials with complement inhibitors
  • New therapeutic perspectives
This is the second webinar supporting the ISN Frontiers Meeting “Complement-related Kidney Diseases: Classification, Genetics, and Treatment,” which will take place in Bergamo from June 23-25, 2022.
A 10% reduction in registration fees to the Frontiers meeting in Bergamo is offered to all attendees of this webinar.
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Register for the ISN Frontiers Meeting in Bergamo at the Early Bird Rate, Submit Your Abstract, Apply for a Travel Grant

Register now to benefit from the early bird registration fee.
Explore the ISN Frontiers Meeting program here.
Submit your abstract for the meeting here. Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters and published in Kidney International Reports.
ISN members from low-resource countries are invited to apply for a travel grant to attend the meeting.
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Interview with the ISN Community Film Event 2021 Best Film Winners

The ISN Community Film Event presents stories from around the world highlighting the impact of kidney diseases. Shortlisted films reach a global audience at their world congress screening, where the audience votes for the “Best Film Award.”
In 2020, Rafael de Souza Piné and Roberto Pecoits-Filho, Brazil, were selected as finalists with their film “The One Inside” and received the ISN Community Best Film award for their entry “Life Beyond the Transplant” in 2021.
Rafael de Souza Piné talked to the ISN about what had motivated his team to submit a film and the award's impact.

Last Chance to Vote in the 2022 Community Choice Film Selection

Choose one of six film entries to the 2021 ISN Community Film Event that narrowly missed the shortlist.
Your vote gives your favorite film the chance to be shortlisted for the Best Film Award 2022.
Watch and vote for the 2022 Community Choice Film Selection.
Online voting will close on December 6, 2021.


Aristide Eric Nono Tomta, Yaoundé General Hospital, Cameroon

Landmark Kidney Transplant Takes Place in Cameroon

On November 10, the first living donor kidney transplant was successfully carried out in Central Africa by a team from the Yaoundé General Hospital in Cameroon, collaborating with health professionals from the University Hospital in Yaoundé and the University of Geneva Hospitals in Switzerland.
Watch a local news report on the event uploaded by a member of the African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN) WhatsApp group here (in French).
Past ISN Fellow Aristide Eric Nono Tomta was a member of the medical team involved in the transplant. Aristide trained in transplantation during his fellowship under mentorship from Professor Farid Haddoum at the CHU Mustapha in Algeria before returning to Yaoundé General Hospital, where he works under Professor Gloria Ashuntantang.
Wilder Villca Mamani (right) with his host mentor Dr. Bernardo Moguel

First Interventional Nephrology Scholarship Training in Mexico

Wilder Villca Mamani, from Bolivia, was one of 12 young nephrologists selected earlier this year to participate in the ISN’s new Interventional Nephrology Scholarship Program.
Wilder is the first scholar to undertake the IN training program. He arrived in Mexico in October to study under supervision from Professor Bernardo Moguel Gonzalez at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez in Mexico City.
Wilder will receive three months of training in tunneled and non-tunneled CVC placements, native and transplant kidney biopsy, and PD catheter insertion. He will then return home to use these skills to advance kidney care in Bolivia.

Past ISN Fellows Contribute to New Research Article on Kidney Transplantation in LMICs

Five former ISN Fellows have collaborated with ISN member Mohamed Elrggal on the paper “Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation in Developing Countries,” now published in the journal Transplantation.
The project's success highlights the power of the ISN Fellowship program to build lasting connections that help advance global kidney care long after fellows return home.



Last Chance to Submit a Research Article for a KI-ISN Early-Career Researcher Award Before Today's Deadline

The winners of these awards (two basic and two clinical science publications) will receive 500 USD each and be invited to present their papers at the 2022 World Congress of Nephrology.
Discover the 2019/2020 winners and their research papers here.
Find out more about the award and how to apply here.

More than 1,100 Participants Connect Online for MRAs and DKD Management Webinar Series

More than 1,100 participants from 107 countries joined the ISN webinar series on mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) and diabetic kidney disease (DKD) management held in October.
The ISN Education Working Group and the ISN Research Working Group put together an excellent program presenting engaging speakers, moderators, and interactive sessions to an international audience. The series was broadcast in English with Spanish and Japanese subtitles.

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ISN to Support and Attend AFRAN-AFPNA 2021 Joint Congress

The joint African Association of Nephrology - African Paediatric Nephrology Association (AFRAN/AFPNA) 2021 Congress will be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, with the theme ‘Advocacy for Management of Kidney Diseases in Africa.’
The Société Ivoirienne de Néphrologie (S.I.NEPH) is hosting the 16th AFRAN-AFPNA congress on the occasion of its 5th national congress, from December 7-10, 2021. The ISN is supporting several speakers at the event.
In addition to the congress program, an AFRAN-ISN Roundtable will be held on December 11, from 8-9.30 a.m. GMT.

Join the ISN President at the 51st Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Nephrology

The 51st Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Nephrology (ISNCON 2021) will take place in a hybrid format from December 10-12, 2021, in Chennai, India.
ISN President Agnes Fogo will present the opening message on December 10 from 12-1 p.m. local time and ‘Progression of CKD - The Vicious Cycle Includes the Tubulointerstitium’ on December 11 from 4:50-5:30 p.m.
Past President Vivekanand Jha will present ‘COVID-19 and ethical challenges in Nephrology’ on December 10 from 2:30-3 p.m.

Connect for the ISN Joint Session at 5th Congress of Asian Pacific Society of Dialysis Access

The 5th Congress of Asian Pacific Society of Dialysis Access (APSDA) will be held alongside the Taiwan Society of Nephrology (TSN) Annual Meeting in hybrid format from December 10-12, 2021, at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Taiwan.
The ISN will join other organizations in a joint session on December 12, from 3-5 p.m. local time.

ISN Presents at the 7th Saudi Society of Nephrology Congress

ISN President Agnes Fogo delivered talks on ‘lupus nephritis and C3GN’ at the congress held virtually by the Saudi Society of Nephrology & Transplantation, November 18-20, 2021.



Explore Recent Educational Content on the ISN Academy

Read the latest edition of the ISN Academy Newsletter here.
ISN President Agnes Fogo introduces some of the Academy's outstanding current content on renal pathology helping to improve kidney care standards around the world, including:
  • WCN’21 Renal Pathology Course
  • Latest RenPath Quick Cases Series
  • Video Abstract on Kidney Biopsy Findings in HIV-Infected Patients in the Modern Era
Look out for more exciting resources over the next few months.
Discover all ISN Academy content here.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, November 30, 3 p.m. CET

ISN-IPNA Webinar:
AKI Across the Lifespan

Speakers: Stuart Goldstein, USA
Lui Forni, UK
Moderator: Elena Levtchenko, Belgium
Wednesday, December 1, 3 p.m. CET

Grand Rounds in Pediatric Nephrology
An ISN-IPNA Sister Centers Initiative: Nephropathic Cystinosis - How to Diagnose and Treat

Speakers: Larisa Prikhodina, Russia
Svetlana Papizh, Russia
Elena Levtchenko, Belgium
Moderator: John Mahan, USA
Friday, December 3, 3 p.m. CET

ISN-ISPD Webinar:
Incremental PD - Personalized PD

Speakers: Edwina Brown, UK
Peter Blake, Canada
Moderator: Jeffrey Perl, Canada
Monday, December 6, 3 p.m. CET

ISN-Cochrane Webinar:
Pharmacological Interventions for Heart Failure in People with Chronic Kidney Disease

Speakers: Meaghan Lunney, Canada
Pietro Ravani, Canada
Thursday, December 9, 2 p.m. CET

ISN Frontiers Webinar:
New Insights into Clinical Management of C3G

Speaker: Richard J. Smith, USA
Moderators: Marina Noris, Italy
Giuseppe Remuzzi, Italy
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Friday, December 10, 3 p.m. CET

ISN-KDIGO Webinar:
BP Guidelines in CKD

Speakers: Charles Tomson, UK
Swapnil Hiremath, Canada
Moderator: Edgar V. Lerma, USA
Monday, December 13, 2 p.m. CET

ISN-TTS Webinar:
Global Access to Transplantation

Speaker: Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Spain
Moderator: Valerie Luyckx, Switzerland
Wednesday, December 15, 3 p.m. CET

ISN-ISE Webinar:
Practical Aspects of the Treatment of Diabetic Kidney Disease

Speakers: Peter Rossing, Denmark
Luiza Caramori, USA
Moderator: Angela Yee-Moon Wang, Hong Kong

Recorded Webinars

ISN-WIN India Webinar:
Women and Nephrology in the Developing World

Nuances in Nephrology Webinar:
Post-AKI Care - Is it Time for Some Guidelines?




Kidney International (KI) on COVID-19


Kidney International Reports (KIR) on COVID-19


Kidney International Editorial Selection


An International Cohort Study Spanning Five Decades Assessed Outcomes of Nephropathic Cystinosis

Nephropathic cystinosis has evolved from being a fatal condition during early childhood into a treatable condition in adults. Data on the disease, however, are limited by its rarity.
The authors investigated factors associated with kidney and growth outcomes in a large cohort of patients from several countries born between 1964 and 2016; cysteamine, a cystine-depleting agent, was introduced for the treatment of cystinosis.
Improved linear growth was associated with early use of cysteamine and lower leukocyte cystine levels. Thus, the study demonstrates evidence in favor of early diagnosis and optimization of cystine depletion therapy in nephropathic cystinosis.

Kidney International Reports Editorial Selection


Birth Weight Associated with Kidney Size in Middle-Aged Women

Researchers from Haugesund Hospital in Norway conducted a prospective study comparing kidney volume and measured glomerular filtration rate (mGFR) in women with normal and low birth weight. Kidney volume was significantly associated with birth weight; females born with low birth weight had smaller kidneys in middle-age than those born with normal weight.
A commentary by Candace Henderson at the University of North Carolina Kidney Center, USA, states that the findings demonstrate the effect of kidney volume on the interplay between birth weight and mGFR as a potential mechanism for developing CKD later in life.