Wednesday, 05 December 2012 10:54

Two great workshops and many more great lessons learned

Sharing knowledge is what the members of the ISN Young Nephrologists Committee (YNC) do best, and it is what has kept them busy recently. As an enthusiastic and very dedicated group of young medical professionals, they put lots of energy into organizing two great meetings - offering a tailored learning experience to each and every new investigator in India and Brazil.

CONNECT-2012, a Conference on Nephrology and Emerging Concepts in Transplantation, took place on August 18 and 19, 2012. “It was conducted under the banner of the Indian Society of Nephrology at its regional meeting and endorsed by the ISN YNC as its third educational workshop,” explains ISN YNC Member Manisha Sahay who helped organize this conference targeted at postgraduates and practicing nephrologists.

The scientific program focused on recent advances in various fields including Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease. “We would like to thank the International Society of Nephrology and especially the young nephrologists, the committees and the Indian Society of Nephrology for encouraging younger generations of nephrologists to join this great meeting,” she adds.

The event covered many informative sessions on transplantation. In true ISN style, everyone brought his or her best knowledge to the stand. Vivekanand Jha opened the meeting with a keynote speech set to inspire young physicians to take up nephrology and talked about recent advances in membranous nephropathy.

Past YNC Chair Fiona Brown spoke in detail about SLE nephritis and ISN YNC Chair Roberto Pecoits-Filho highlighted diabetes and kidney disease.

Sahay believes: “it served as a refresher course for practicing nephrologists and post graduates. Moreover, it provided a forum for young nephrologists to connect not only with each other but also with their seniors, catching up with the latest advances in the field. With more than 250 delegates, the conference was awarded 12 credit hours by the AP Medical council.”

First YNC Young Investigator Workshop in Brazil

During the XXVI Brazilian Congress of Nephrology, in São Paulo, Brazil, more than 200 nephrologists and medical students took part in the “Vascular Calcification: new insights into underlying mechanisms and therapeutic strategies: First Young Investigator Workshop of the ISN-YNC”.

The ISN YNC drove the symposium with help from the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, INSERM U-1088 (France) and the Brazilian Society of Nephrology. The team was led by Ziad Massy, Rodrigo B. Oliveira and Roberto Pecoits-Filho and sponsored by Amgen-Brazil.

The program focused on vascular calcification and uremic toxicity topics, and included the participation of Brazilian young nephrologists, researchers and professors from France, the United States and Brazil.

“We believe that this meeting is an example of successful action. It was a wonderful experience that can be reproduced as a template in the future, in several parts of the world, by connecting young nephrologists researchers and prominent professors around the globe,” explains Rodrigo B. Oliveira.

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