September 06, 2021


Share your Expertise: Apply for ISN Leadership Opportunities

Are you an ISN member looking to share your knowledge and experience with others to help shape the future of the global kidney community?
Apply for these exciting leadership roles before Tuesday, September 14, 2021:
Click on the titles above to access a description and application instructions for each position.
The ISN is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We encourage nominations from eligible individuals across all regions, genders, and ages.


A team of nephrologists in Mauritius

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 Renal Association of Mauritius, an ISN Collective-Member Society, provided the ISN with some background context to this significant development.


Nurul Zaynah Nordin

Introducing the First ISN Ravi Mehta AKI Fellow

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.
Dr. Nordin's training is supported by the Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship Fund, which helps fund one fellow per year in the field of Acute Kidney Injury.
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.
Please get in touch with or if you have any questions.
We look forward to receiving your applications.



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.



Register for the ISN Webinar on Thrombotic Microangiopathies

The ISN and the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research will hold the first of two webinars on September 17, 2021, at 2 p.m. CEST on:
“New Insights into Clinical Management of Complement-mediated Thrombotic Microangiopathies”
The webinar will address:
  • Identifying patients with complement-mediated TMA
  • The impact of genetic and biochemical characterization
  • Treatment recommendations
  • Clinical perspectives of emerging complement inhibitors
The webinar supports the ISN Frontiers Meeting “Complement-related Kidney Diseases: Classification, Genetics, and Treatment,” which will take place in Bergamo from June 23-25, 2022.
Read More Here.
This webinar is supported by an educational grant from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., AstraZeneca Rare Disease.

Present Your Work to a Worldwide Audience: Submit an Abstract to WCN'22 and Have it Published in KI Reports if Selected

Sharing scientific knowledge can help develop new treatments and standards of care for kidney patients and raise your profile within the international kidney community.
The deadline is September 22, 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.
The WCN'22 Supplement to Kidney International Reports will publish all selected abstracts.
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.
The 2022 Community Choice Film Selection winner will automatically become a finalist of the 2022 ISN Community Film Event.
Online voting will close on December 6, 2021.


Mykola Kolesnyk

ISN Presents the NIS and Russia Pioneer Award

The VI Congress of Nephrologists of Ukraine will take place in Kiev, Ukraine, on September 23-24, 2021.
The event provides an opportune moment to present Mykola Kolesnyk from Ukraine with the ISN 2021 Pioneer Award for NIS and Russia region.
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 Participates


ISN President at 54th Congress of the College of Nephrologists of Mexico

The 54th Congress of the College of Nephrologists of Mexico will be held virtually from September 15-18, 2021.
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

The 16th International Symposium on IgA Nephropathy will take place virtually from September 21-23, 2021.
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

The 2021 WIN Leadership Conference: Developing Future Leaders in Nephrology, hosted by Women in Nephrology, will be held virtually on September 24, 2021.
ISN President Agnes Fogo will provide the keynote address ‘My Path to President: From Research to Leadership’, from 10:10-10:50 a.m. CST.

ISN-KSN Joint Session at KSN 2021

The 41st Annual Meeting of the Korean Society of Nephrology (KSN) took place virtually from September 2-5, 2021.
The ISN and the KSN held a joint session at the event: ‘Towards Global Network for Kidney Health Care’ and included the following talks:
  • Past-President Vivek Jha: Introduction of the ISN-GKHA project
  • Jongha Park: Korean Renal Data System (KoRDS) network
  • ISN President Agnes Fogo (session co-chair): Prognostic markers in GN pathology
  • Ho Jun Chin: Korean GN registry network (KoGNet)




Listen to Season 2 Episode 1 of the ISN GKC Podcast on Early Identification and Intervention of Chronic Kidney Disease

Roberto Picoits-Filho and Smeeta Sinha talk to Michael G. Shlipak, University of California, San Francisco, and Sri Lekha Tummalapalli, Weill Cornell Medicine, about the KDIGO Controversies Conference and the ISN-KDIGO Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Early Identification and Intervention Toolkit.
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.
The conversation will focus on Aldosterone bloCkade for Health Improvement EValuation in End-stage Renal Disease (ACHIEVE), which evaluates if spironolactone reduces heart failure and heart-related deaths in dialysis patients.
The #NephTrials initiative is an exciting series of conversations combining expertise from the ISN-ACT Global Trials Focus, the ISN-ACT Toolkit, and the #NephJC community.
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.
Read the full IHDR action agenda here.
Dissemination supported by an educational grant from Baxter Healthcare.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, September 7, 3 p.m. CEST

ISN Webinar Series on MRAs and DKD Management
MRAs in CKD: Lessons from a Scientist, an Investigator, and a Trialist

Speakers: Paola Fioretto, Italy
Peter Rossing, Denmark
Mike Walsh, Canada
Moderators: Masaomi Nangaku, Japan
Angela Wang, China
This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer.
Friday, September 17, 2 p.m. CEST

ISN Frontiers Webinar:
New Insights into Clinical Management of Complement-mediated Thrombotic Microangiopathies

Speaker: Fadi Fakhouri, Switzerland
Moderator: Marina Noris, Italy
This webinar is supported by an educational grant from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., AstraZeneca Rare Disease.



Kidney International (KI) on COVID-19


Kidney International Reports (KIR) on COVID-19


Kidney International Editorial Selection


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.

Kidney International Reports Editorial Selection


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).