Nephrology Recognized as Separate Branch of Medicine in Mauritius
In August 2021, the Renal Association of Mauritius announced on social media that the Mauritian Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) had recognized nephrology as a separate specialty from internal medicine in Mauritian hospitals. This momentous decision was initiated in response to the dedicated work of many stakeholders over several decades and the Renal Association's awareness-raising activities.
The ISN is pleased to announce the first ISN Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship recipient, Nurul Zaynah Nordin.
Nurul Nordin, from Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Malaysia, will spend 12 months training in critical care nephrology under the supervision of Dr. Marlies Ostermann at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in the UK. After training, Dr. Nordin will return to Malaysia to use and share the skills developed during her fellowship.
Would you like to help support fellows like Dr. Nordin to advance kidney care in low-resource regions?
Donate to the Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship Fund here or send a US check to the International Society of Nephrology, 340 North Ave, 3rd Floor, Cranford, NJ 07016, USA, with the reference “Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship Fund.”
Make an Impact on Kidney Care in Your Region: Apply to Sister Centers Granting Programs
The ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRC) Program helps improve treatment and outcomes for patients with kidney diseases in low-resource settings. Discover how global partnerships between health centers have made remarkable improvements in kidney care through the SRC Program here.
Read the application guidelines and apply here. The deadline is October 1, 2021.
The Sister Transplant Centers (STC) Program, a joint initiative of the ISN and The Transplantation Society (TTS), helps establish new kidney transplant centers and develop existing transplant programs in emerging countries. Discover the significant impact of this program here.
Read the application guidelines and apply here. The deadline is October 15, 2021.
Provide Your Input: Complete a Survey on Fluid Management Practices in Kidney Replacement Therapy Patients
Fluid removal is a principal component of the kidney replacement therapy (KRT) prescription. However, there is a lack of high-quality evidence to guide fluid balance management in this context.
The Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), Montreal, Canada, is conducting a survey to learn more about the attitudes and practice patterns of intensivists and nephrologists in the management of fluid balance among critically ill patients with acute kidney injury who are receiving KRT. The Health Research Ethics Board at the CHUM has approved this survey.
Complete the CHUM survey here by December 15, 2021.
Abstracts accepted for presentation at WCN'22 will be available as digital poster presentations with optional audio introductions, and accessible for on-demand viewing during and after the congress, providing an excellent opportunity to receive feedback from peers and experts and exchange findings with other congress participants.
If your data is unavailable at the time of the abstract submission deadline, you can still submit a late-breaking abstract. Find out more on the submission policy here.
Raise Awareness of Living With Kidney Disease: Submit a Film to the ISN Community Film Event
Are you an ISN member with a kidney-care story to tell? You can help raise awareness of the challenges of living with kidney disease by transforming your experience into a narrative of seven minutes or less and submitting it to the ISN Community Film Event for the chance to share it with the global ISN community.
Shortlisted films will be screened at WCN’22 and compete for the Best Film Award 2022. An additional award, the “WKD 2022 Best Film Award,” will go to the film that receives the most votes during World Kidney Day 2022. Watch last year's finalists and winners here.
The deadline to submit a film is December 8, 2021.
Watch the ISN “Community Choice Film Selection" and Vote for a Winner
The ISN Community Film Event could only select a handful of finalists to compete for the 2021 award. Many films deserving of a wider audience only just missed out on this selection.
To create an additional opportunity for these films to raise awareness and gain recognition, the ISN launched the “2022 Community Choice Film Selection,” an extension of the ISN Film Event, earlier this year.
Watch the selection, get inspired by the stories, and vote for your favorite film.
Jointly organized by the Institute of Nephrology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Association of Nephrologists and Kidney Transplant Specialists, and the National Kidney Fund of Ukraine, one of the plenary sessions will be dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Institute of Nephrology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine.
ISN President at 54th Congress of the College of Nephrologists of Mexico
ISN President Agnes Fogo will participate in the opening ceremony on September 15, 2021, and will deliver the talk ‘The Spectrum of COVID-19: COVID-19 Nephropathology and the Kidney’ during the session ‘Acute Kidney Injury: COVID-19 and Kidney’ on September 16, 2021, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. (Mexico time).
ISN President Chairs Session at 16th International Symposium on IgA Nephropathy
ISN President, Agnes Fogo, will chair Plenary Session 10, ‘IgAN: A Global Perspective’ on September 23, 2021, from 11:10-11:55 a.m. CEST.
The symposium will focus on pathogenesis, pathology, and treatment of IgA nephropathy. The program highlights the current discussion on pathogenetic mechanisms of IgA nephropathy in ongoing randomized controlled trials. In addition to lectures and satellite symposia, there will be live poster sessions and free communication sessions.
ISN President Presents Keynote Address at WIN Leadership Conference
Drs. Tummalapali and Shlipak discuss current screening recommendations, testing, and treatment for CKD. Nephrologists and other specialties are advised on preventing CKD and delaying complications in early CKD.
The ISN-KDIGO toolkit was designed to provide kidney health professionals, primary care physicians, and nurses working in primary care settings with a series of tools for CKD early identification and intervention.
Follow the Live #NephTrials Discussion on Spironolactone and its Impact on Dialysis Patients
Join the latest #NephTrials discussion on September 28, 2021, at 9 p.m. EST.
To access the discussion: Follow @NephJC and @ISNkidneycare, type "NephTrials" in Twitter’s search bar, go to "latest," and "follow" the conversation #NephTrials #NephJC.
The ISN has designed an easy-to-follow infographic here to help you join the conversation in a few clicks.
First International Home Dialysis Roundtable Meeting Leads to Action Agenda on Home Dialysis
Globally, 10.5 million people have advanced kidney disease, and the number is growing by 5-7% annually. Access to life-saving treatments such as kidney transplants and dialysis, however, is far from universal.
Patients dependent on dialysis are more commonly treated in a clinic with in-center hemodialysis (HD) rather than through home HD (HHD) or peritoneal dialysis despite HHD providing significant economic, quality-of-life, and clinical advantages, especially in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To address this discrepancy, kidney care organizations from around the world formed an International Home Dialysis Roundtable(IHDR supported by Baxter Healthcare). They drafted an action plan making recommendations in four key areas to promote home dialysis.
Harmonizing Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease Definition and Classification: Report of a Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Consensus Conference
While acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease have been well defined and classified, kidney conditions with abnormalities in function
and structure that do not meet the definition of AKI or CKD remain a neglected area in research, care, and guidance.
The term acute kidney diseases and disorders (AKD) has been introduced as an essential construct to address this gap.
This article outlines results from the consensus workshop organized by KDIGO to examine existing data and discuss key concepts related to AKD in order to harmonize its definition and better inform research and clinical care.
Perpetual Lockdown: The State of COVID-19 and Kidney Disease in the Philippines
More than a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the Philippines remains under one of the world’s longest lockdowns.
Despite the strict measures in place, the Philippines has the greatest number of total cases to date (1,478,061) among the 24 states under the WHO-Western Pacific Region and is presently experiencing another surge in cases.
This article highlights the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and its consequences on Filipinos with chronic kidney disease (CKD).