September 20, 2021


Register for the Second ASN-ERA-ISN Joint Webinar on Kidney Ethics

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association (ERA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) are pleased to announce the second webinar in their joint series on kidney ethics:
Inequalities in Uptake of Kidney Care: An Ethical Challenge
on September 29, 2021, at 3 p.m. CEST.
Investment and innovation toward addressing the challenges of equitable access to kidney care begin with an increased understanding of the root causes of the issues at hand.
Dominique Martin, Australia, Raymond Vanholder, Belgium, and Mehmet Sukru Sever, Turkey, will highlight:
  • Regional differences in access to kidney care and their consequences
  • Insights of sub-populations at high risk of experiencing inequalities
  • Potential solutions to these inequalities
In anticipation of the webinar, we invite you to review the joint ASN/ERA/ISN publication Ethical Challenges in Nephrology: A Call to Action.
Watch the first webinar in the series here.

Kidney Health for All:
Welcome to the World Kidney Day 2022 Campaign

The World Kidney Day (WKD) 2022 campaign has been launched in anticipation of WKD on Thursday, March 10, 2022.
The WKD Joint Steering Committee has declared 2022 the year of “Kidney Health for All,” with the campaign focusing on bridging knowledge gaps to improve kidney health through increased kidney care education and awareness in the public arena.
The ISN encourages all to get involved in extending this vital message across the globe.
Discover more about the 2022 theme here, and look out for the release of new materials and resources over the coming months to support your WKD 2022 activities.

Reach a Global Audience:
Two Days Left to Submit Your Abstract to WCN'22

Submit your abstract before midnight,
September 22, 2021.
Abstracts accepted to the World Congress of Nephrology are published annually in a supplement to Kidney International Reports.
Submit an abstract to WCN'22 for the chance to have your work reach a worldwide readership.
The WCN’21 supplement was accessed almost 70 000 times within two months of publication - review it here.



One Day Left to Apply for ISN Working Group 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 21, 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.



Introducing the ISN Member Open Mic Series:
Episode One - Siddiq Anwar

ISN members are health professionals from across the globe working to reduce the burden of kidney diseases and provide optimal kidney care for patients.
The ISN Member Open Mic series offers ISN members the chance to share their professional experiences with the ISN member community.
In this first edition, Siddiq Anwar, from the United Arab Emirates, describes some of the challenges and successes of kidney care in the Middle East.
Are you an ISN member with a story to share? Contact
Join the ISN community here.

The ISN Welcomes a New Collective-Member Society

The Nepal Society of Nephrology (NSN) has joined the ISN as a
Collective-Member Society, strengthening a mutual commitment to advancing nephrology in the South Asia region.
Alongside several other ongoing activities, the ISN has worked with the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal as part of the 0by25 Initiative to improve acute kidney injury detection and management and implement sustainable kidney care appropriate to local settings. The ISN looks forward to continuing to work closely with the NSN to advance kidney health worldwide.
The ISN now has 27 Collective-Member Societies, further strengthening its central role within the international nephrology community. Please send an email to to find out more about ISN collective membership.



October Deadlines to Apply to ISN Sister Centers Granting Programs

The ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRC) Program and the Sister Transplant Centers (STC) Program, a joint initiative from the ISN and The Transplantation Society (TTS), help create global partnerships between health centers to improve treatment and outcomes for kidney disease and kidney transplant patients in low-resource settings.
Apply to ISN Sister Centers Granting Program here: The deadline is October 1, 2021.
Apply to the Sister Transplant Centers (STC) Program here: The deadline is October 15, 2021.
Contact or if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your applications.

Ten Days Left to Apply for an ISN Fellowship

The ISN is currently welcoming applications for ISN Fellowships.
Apply here by October 1, 2021.
Find out how ISN Fellowships have been helping improve kidney care worldwide for over three decades here.
Through ISN Fellowships, doctors from developing countries can train in essential kidney care abroad to help advance kidney health in their home region. ISN Special Fellowships center on specific topics, regions, or countries.
Find out more about these options and if you're eligible to apply here.

Apply to Join the Second Emerging Leaders Program Cohort

The ISN Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) welcomes applications from motivated early-career professionals interested in shaping the future direction of kidney health.
The ELP is open to all ISN members. Renal pathologists are especially encouraged to apply to the program.
The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.
Viviane Calice-Silva, from Brazil, was one of ten successful candidates in the first ELP cohort. She comments, “The ELP program has been one of the best initiatives I ever have participated in. I was involved in many activities and discussions on kidney health promotion and equal access to kidney care. This gave me a broader vision of different realities around the world and made me a better professional and human being! It has been amazing to participate. I encourage all young nephrologists to apply and become part of the next ELP cohort.”
Find out more here.



Attend the Second Webinar on MRAs and DKD Management

Connect with us on October 5 from 3-4.15 p.m. for the second webinar in the series examining the results of the FIGARO-DKD study and assessing its implications for clinical practice in nephrology and cardiology:
Amplification of the Presentation of the Main Results of the FIGARO Trial
Register for the session and submit your questions.
Join Speakers Gerasimos Filippatos, Greece, Javed Butler, USA, and Adeera Levin, Canada, for the talks:
  • Trial design and main results of efficacy and safety
  • A conversation between a cardiologist and a nephrologist
A Q&A session will follow these talks.
The session will be moderated by Masaomi Nangaku, Japan and David Wheeler (ISN - ACT Chair), UK.
This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer.

ISN-ACT Global Trials Focus: September 2021

A multicenter feasibility randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of incremental versus conventional initiation of hemodialysis on residual kidney function.
A summary of the highlighted trial is now available in French, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish.
See the latest trials here.
Support equal access to nephrology research, become an ISN member!



Vote for a Winner in the “Community Choice Film Selection” Event

The Community Choice Film Selection presents a selection of the 2021 ISN Community Film Event entries that narrowly missed the shortlist.
Watch the selection, get inspired by the stories, and vote for your favorite film.
Online voting will close on December 6, 2021.
The 2022 Community Choice Film Selection winner will automatically become a finalist of the 2022 ISN Community Film Event.

The ISN Community Film Event:
Share a Short Film Highlighting Kidney Care Challenges

Submit a short film to the ISN Community Film Event for the chance to connect with a global audience to highlight issues affecting kidney patients and those who care for them.
A jury will select entries for screening during the ISN Community Film Event hosted during WCN’22. Shortlisted
films will compete for the Best Film Award 2022.
The deadline to submit a film is December 8, 2021.
An additional award, the “WKD 2022 Best Film Award,” goes to the film that receives the most votes during
World Kidney Day 2022.
The competition is open to all ISN members.


Nan Chen

Join us for the ISN Pioneer Award Presentation for North and East Asia at the Annual Conference of Blood Purification Meeting

The 2021 Annual Conference of Blood Purification, hosted by the Chinese Society
of Nephrology (CSN), will take place from September 24-26, 2021, in Zhengzhou Henan Province, China.
Join the webinar using this link (Meeting ID: 977 5067 9428; Password: 123456).
Nan Chen from China will receive the ISN 2021 Pioneer Award for North and East Asia on September 24, 2021, at
2 p.m. (China time).
Philip Li, representing the ISN, will moderate a session with CSN from 12:30-2:00 p.m. on September 25, 2021. This session features talks from ISN members Xueqing Yu (Executive Committee member) and Wei Chen on the current challenges facing PD and early complications during PD catheterization.

ISN Participates


Join the ISN President at the Minas Gerais Congress of Nephrology

ISN President Agnes Fogo will present a talk on acute glomerulonephritis on September 24, 2021, from 2.05-2.35 p.m. Brazilian time (convert to your time zone here) at the 14th Congresso Mineiro de Nefrologia/5th Simpósio Mineiro de Transplante Renal.
Hosted by the Sociedade Mineira de Nefrologia, the event will be held virtually from September 23-25, 2021.
Consult the congress program here.

Listen to ISN President's Talk at the Women in Nephrology Conference

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

ISN in Action: Join us for the ISN-SIN Joint Session at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Italian Society of Nephrology

The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Italian Society of Nephrology (SIN) will be held in hybrid format from October 6-9, 2021, in Rimini, Italy.
Consult the event program here.
Listen to Agnes Fogo, ISN president, on the topic "ISN in Action" on October 9. She will focus on activities within the Sister Renal Centers and Mentorship granting programs.
This presentation is part of the ISN-SIN joint session from 7:30-8:30 a.m. (CEST), which will also feature talks under the theme “ISN and SIN in Action During the COVID Pandemic” from Piergiorgio Messa, SIN president, and Carmine Zoccali.



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.

Read the Action Agenda from the International Home Dialysis Roundtable

The International Home Dialysis Roundtable (IHDR; funded by Baxter) recently drafted an action plan to highlight the significant economic, quality-of-life, and clinical advantages of using home dialysis rather than in-center hemodialysis.
They recommend four key areas to promote home dialysis: Read the full IHDR action agenda here.
A webinar presenting and discussing the findings will take place on October 28, 2021, at 2.30 p.m. CEST.
Register here.
The ISN stands by the IHDR recommendations in line with its mission to advance equitable access to sustainable kidney health.
Dissemination of the IHDR findings supported an educational grant from Baxter Healthcare.

Register for the ISN Webinar on Findings from the International Home Dialysis Roundtable

Join Mallika Mendu, Simon Davies, Daniel Gallego, and Vivekananad Jha on October 28, 2021, at 2.30 p.m. CEST to address the main findings of the International Home Dialysis Roundtable, including best practices, successful strategies, and overcoming challenges in home dialysis.
Read the paper "Expanding Utilization of Home Dialysis: An Action Agenda From the First International Home Dialysis Roundtable."
This event is sponsored by industry. An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, September 21, 3 p.m. CEST

Nuances in Nephrology:
Coronary Artery Revascularization Strategy in Advanced Stage of CKD

Speaker: Abduzhappar Gaipov, Kazakhstan
Moderator: Kairat Kabulbayev, Kazakhstan
Saturday, September 25, 12:30 p.m. China Standard Time

ISN/CMA-CSN Webinar:
Early Complications During PD Catheterization

Speakers: Xueqing Yu, China
Wei Chen, China
Moderator: Philip Li, China
The webinar will be in Chinese with English subtitles.
No registration is required to attend. Join directly here.
Meeting ID:977 5067 9428
Password: 123456
The webinar is hosted by the Chinese Society of Nephrology.
Wednesday, September 29, 3 p.m. CEST

ASN/ERA/ISN Kidney Ethics Webinar Series:
Inequalities in Uptake of Kidney Care - An Ethical Challenge

Speaker: Raymond Vanholder, Belgium
Panelist: Mehmet Sukru Sever, Turkey
Moderator: Dominique Martin, Australia
Friday, October 1, 3 p.m. CEST

Grand Rounds In Pediatric Nephrology:
Pediatric Renal Genetics: New Advances

Speakers: Felicia Eke, Nigeria
Ifeoma Anochie, Nigeria
Frederick Kaskel, USA
James M. Pullman, USA
Kimberly Reidy, USA
Nicole Hayde, USA
Rukshana Shroff, UK
Tuesday, October 5, 3 p.m. CEST

ISN Webinar Series: MRAs and DKD Management
Amplification of the Presentation of the Main Results of the FIGARO Trial

Speakers: Gerasimos Filippatos, Greece
Javed Butler, USA
Adeera Levin, Canada
Moderators: DoMasaomi Nangaku, Japan
David Wheeler, UK
This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer.

Recorded Webinar

ISN-KDIGO Webinar:
Glomerular Diseases Guideline - Part 1




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ISN Journals


Read the Latest ISN Journals eDigest on Genetic Diseases and Nephrotic Syndrome

Access the latest companion to ISN Journals here.
This quarter's eDigest presents a selection of papers from Kidney International addressing genetic kidney conditions and articles from the Kidney International Reports September issue on disease patterns and treatment advances for patients with nephrotic syndrome and its related conditions.

Kidney International Editorial Selection


The Prevalence of Pain Among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Using Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Pain is a common but often undertreated symptom in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
This systematic review synthesized available quantitative evidence from four databases and grey literature to gain a better understanding of pain prevalence and pain types in patients with CKD.
The data demonstrate that all subgroups of patients with CKD suffer from a high burden of pain and that greater awareness and recognition of this issue is necessary to inform policy and improve patient care.

Kidney International Reports Editorial Selection


Prescription Practices in Patients with Mild to Moderate CKD in India

There is no information on prescription patterns or the use of evidence-based therapies to manage CKD in patients from low-middle-income countries.
This study describes drug prescription practices in patients in India with mild to moderate CKD using baseline data from the Indian CKD (ICKD) cohort.
The conclusions highlight the need for widely available, evidence-based guidelines on appropriate medication use and sustainable implementation strategies to improve the overall health of patients with CKD.