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Thursday, 09 November 2017 09:33

Going beyond the unknown

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The Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) Consortium sets out to educate us about the international effort to fight CKDu, helping to understand the causes and slow down the impact of this mysterious form of CKD.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects about 195 million women worldwide and is currently the 8th leading cause of death, with close to 600,000 female deaths each year. World Kidney Day 2018 will focus on kidneys and women’s health with the message: ‘Include, Value, Empower.’

The ISN Advocacy team runs through some of the challenges ahead when it comes to getting kidney health as a Non-Communicable Disease on the international policy agenda.

Thursday, 10 August 2017 09:05

Lessons in interventional nephrology

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Through bespoke courses, we are continuously building the capacity of healthcare professionals globally. We interviewed former Chair of the Interventional Nephrology Committee Miguel Riella to hear about the growing importance of strengthening interventional nephrology techniques across our community.

Thursday, 10 August 2017 09:05

Lessons in interventional nephrology

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Through bespoke courses, we are continuously building the capacity of healthcare professionals globally. We interviewed former Chair of the Interventional Nephrology Committee Miguel Riella to hear about the growing importance of strengthening interventional nephrology techniques across our community.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:26

WHO announces new Director General Featured

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been appointed as World Health Organization (WHO) Director General after receiving a clear majority of the votes from WHO Member States. He will take office on July 1st, 2017.

The ISN Global Kidney Health Atlas, presented at the ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2017 in Mexico City, highlights the huge gaps in kidney disease care and prevention in rich and poor countries alike.

The road map stemming from discussions that took place at last year’s first ISN Summit focusing on chronic kidney disease have now been published in The Lancet Health Review.

The first ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum to be held on April 21, 2017 in Mexico City under the patronage of the Mexican Secretary of Health and in collaboration with the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH), will be opened by José Narro, Mexican Secretary of Health, moderated by Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, and co-chaired by ISN President Adeera Levin and Ricardo Correa-Rotter, President of Local Organizing Committee, World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2017.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 07:59

Happy World Kidney Day! Featured

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5910 1024x768pxToday, we celebrate World Kidney Day. This year, World Kidney Day is raising awareness about kidney disease, specifically putting the accent on the important, yet rarely acknowledged, role that obesity plays in the development and progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

Dr Rennke kidney pathologist looking at kidney biopsies with a fellow and three visiting pathologist from Europe Asia and South AmericaThe International Society of Nephrology Renal Pathology Committee seeks applications for one mini-sabbatical for a nephropathologist from a developing country* to provide partial support for short term in-depth study of renal pathology, by immersion in an established expert renal pathology laboratory for up to two weeks, in conjunction with attendance at a major renal pathology course (see below).

The latest Lancet Kidney Campaign update focuses on cancer and kidney disease. The second and ninth leading causes of death in patients in the United States, respectively.

In this month’s Lancet Kidney Campaign update, Mark Perazella from Yale University tells us about the unique connection between these two maladies, and how it gave rise to the subspecialty area known as ‘Onco-Nephrology’. He also reveals the complex challenges and new opportunities it presents for the global medical community.

Read more HERE

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 13:12

iNET-CKD and ISN-ACT: call for members Featured

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ISN iNET-CKD (International Network of Chronic Kidney Disease cohort studies) and ISN-ACT (Advancing Clinical Trials) are both currently seeking more members to join their causes. Interested in helping out? Register online.

The American Society of Nephrology commemorated its 50th anniversary with a memorable ASN Kidney Week in Chicago in November 2016.

Maekel WKFWorld Kidney Fund (WKF) contributed to the career of young internist Dr. Maekel Belay Woldemariam from the Jimma University Specialized Hospital in Ethiopia. Read his story and help other get the same chances through a WKF donation.

syria refugee kidsThis latest Lancet Kidney Campaign update by Professor Ayşe Balat, from Gaziantep University in Turkey. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:01

World Kidney Fund: Help fund CKD research in India Featured

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India CRP causeDr. Pradeep Shenoy, from the K.S. Hedge Medical Academy in Mangalore, is seeking support to gather crucial data to demonstrate how much heavy metals contribute to the progression of chronic kidney disease in India.

The ISN-ANIO Committee has opened the call to apply of its four programs. The deadline has now been extended to November 15, 2016. Send your application online.

The World Kidney Fund (WKF), ISN’s direct online fundraising platform, was set up in November 2014. It is now relaunching to focus on collecting more donations for specific ISN Programs.

Monday, 31 October 2016 16:02

Donate to World Kidney Fund Featured

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World Kidney Fund, ISN’s charitable foundation, has now been relaunched. Find out about three young professionals who are currently seeking to support through this initiative. Don't miss the chance to donate to the oral rehydration solution workshop at the World Congress of Nephrology.

Surgery nablusAs the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation was held earlier this month, Elmi Muller from the University of Cape Town writes about the observed stagnation of living donor kidney transplantation activity in many parts of the world.

Eight of the leading global kidney organizations have joined the Lancet Kidney Campaign. This online Campaign to raise awareness of acute and chronic kidney diseases brings together the best available evidence to inform strategies to reduce the national, regional and global burden of the disease and its risk factors.

The ISN Global Kidney Health Summit: setting a blueprint for tackling global CKD epidemic Last July 2016, the ISN convened a Global Kidney Health Summit in Vancouver, Canada to develop a new, integrated approach to tackling the epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:20

Support World Obesity Day Featured

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Today is World Obesity Day and ISN is joining the World Obesity Federation in its call to end childhood obesity.

The results from a Global Burden of Disease study published today in The Lancet indicate that across the world deaths from chronic kidney disease (CKD) are increasing among both women and men.

In September 2016, ISN was invited to participate to a World Health Organisation (WHO) stakeholder consultation on the revision of Appendix 3 of the WHO NCD Global Action Plan 2013-2020.

Monday, 26 September 2016 15:37

DICG activities at the TTS congress in Hong Kong Featured

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DICG meeting MadridA Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) council meeting took place during The Transplant Society (TTS) congress in Hong Kong, with several Council members participating in person or via Skype. 

Last week, ISN joined European health ministers and high-level representatives from 53 Member States at the 66th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Europe to discuss the challenges of tackling the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Europe.

This new Lancet Update focuses on the controversial relationship between hydration and health, with many unfounded claims in the popular media. Nephrologist William Clark and epidemiologist Jessica Sontrop guide us through a growing body of evidence that suggests a protective effect of increased water intake on kidney function.

Monday, 29 August 2016 13:33

RDRTF response to disaster in central Italy Featured

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aerial photo earthquake damage amatriceFollowing the earthquake that struck central Italy on August 24, 2016, the ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) issued its response to the disaster and a status update on kidney patients in the region.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects approximately 10% of the adult population, worldwide.

While the distribution of those receiving and not getting renal replacement therapies(dialysis and transplantation), varies by country, the incidence and prevalence of CKD are remarkably consistent globally, though not always well documented.

ISN’s latest endeavor, the ISN ‘Closing the Gaps’ initiative sets out to define the global needs and the current state of CKD care, and create a ’blueprint’ for more balanced CKD care globally, through more research,
education and advocacy.

In 2014, more than 300 million adults in Latin America, were overweight. Of these more than 100 million were obese. However, obesity is preventable.

Group photo Summit VancouverThis week, ISN convened a meeting with global kidney experts to develop a new, cohesive approach to tackling the global epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The ISN Global Kidney Health Summit, the first meeting of its kind, took place in Vancouver, Canada from July 26 to 28, 2016 and gathered the international community to develop a global strategy or ‘blueprint’ to address the challenges of CKD over the next 5 to 10 years.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:06

Coming up: The ISN Global Kidney Health Summit Featured

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Next week, ISN will convene a meeting of global kidney experts to develop a new and cohesive approach to tackling the global epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The ISN Global Kidney Health Summit, the first meeting of its kind, will take place in Vancouver from July 26 to 28, 2016.

During the holy month of Ramadan, the majority of health care professionals wonder what advice to give Muslim patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

In its continued partnership with Cochrane Kidney and Transplant, ISN Education is pleased to announce that the spoken podcast for the Cochrane Library is now available in Russian. You can now find out more about corticosteroid therapy for nephrotic syndrome on ISN Education.

Monday, 13 June 2016 14:28

This week in ISN Education Featured

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This week ISN Education brings a collection of presentations from ISN leaders on the topic of Acute Kidney Injury that were presented within the context of recent Continuing Medical Education programs in Indonesia and Mexico.

On June 5th, 2016, ISN joined leading health organizations in signing the Mexico Declaration on Circulatory Health for All People.

ERA PRToday three major nephrology societies — the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) ― signed a declaration of collaboration.

On March 10th, 2016, the world stepped up to raise awareness about kidney health in younger generations.

Kidney International (KI) has now reported on the success of the ISN ANIO Online Clinical Nephropathology Certificate (CNC) Program as an innovative form of training for renal pathologists globally.

Organ transplantation is the best and frequently the only life-saving treatment for end-stage organ failure. According to the WHO, almost 80,000 kidney transplants were performed globally in 2013.

Although impressive, it is estimated that the activity represents less than 10% of the global need. This situation of acute organ shortage has come with its own set of challenges for kidney donors, recipients and doctors, as has the emergence of organ trafficking, a practice that continues to take place in some countries.

Cases of unethical living and deceased kidney donation are still reported in countries like Egypt, India, Mexico, beatriz gilPakistan, the Philippines and Turkey.

Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, who co-chairs the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) explains the legal, ethical and clinical implications of transplant tourism. In the home country of patients who illicitly obtained an organ overseas, doctors face a guessing game in caring for them. They have no medical reports and cannot refer to a reliable healthcare professional about the procedure.

“Transplant tourism can also become a threat to public health,” she explains as patients also risk bringing in unexpected infections.

The DICG was set up in 2010 after the establishment of the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI) on organ traffi cking and transplant tourism in 2008. The DOI has helped to defi ne organ commercialization and traffi cking, as well as transplant tourism, and its principles have visibly raised awareness among the world’s medical practitioners about illegal organ transplantation.

The DICG has put a strategic plan into place until 2018 to focus on key issues regarding transplantation and set up local strategies to improve ethical transplantation availability in specific countries. It also aims to provide much-needed guidance on travel and
transplantation.

“Doctors do not want to report or compromise their patients. Our objective is to give them the tools to help their patients without compromising vulnerable living donors,” adds Elmi Muller, who leads the DICG with Domínguez-Gil.

A workshop organized in Madrid from April 4 to 5, 2016 also focused on creating a potential registration database for these cases. With representatives from 26 countries, this meeting continued to make the medical community aware of irresponsible commercial networks that should be criminalized.

Elmi Muller believes “practices are changing from day to day.”

The DOI has already inspired changes in legislation. For example, in Israel, legislation was modifi ed to defi ne the meaning of travel for transplantation, which led to banning health insurance companies from reimbursing illegal transplant procedures.

The law was also amended in The Philippines, decreasing the number of foreigners heading to the country for illegal transplantation procedures.

Closely collaborating with the The Tranplantation Society (TTS) and the Chinese government, DICG has worked to put a stop to the use of executed prisoners’ organs for transplantation in China. In Costa Rica, the DICG was critical in dismantling an organ trafficking ring.

According to Muller, improvements in deceased donation are being described in several countries in South elmiEastern Europe (under the leadership of Croatia), Latin America and in the Middle East.

In less than two years, the DOI will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Domínguez-Gil explains that the text and defi nitions will be updated in the same way as the Declaration of Helsinki, (created by the World Medical Association as a statement of ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects) gets updated regularly.

A fitting tribute to the dedicated efforts of this international group of medical professionals who continuously ensure the safety of all kidney transplants patients worldwide.

Read about the Declaration of Istanbul

On World Kidney Day (WKD) 2016, ISN and The Lancet launched an online campaign to raise awareness of kidney disease aimed at the international health community.

The ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) has released its first report following the earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 17, 2016.

The ISN Advancing Clinical Trials (ISN-ACT) group is a new ISN Initiative to leverage existing infrastructures within ISN to improve how the global nephrology community conducts and participates in clinical trial research, through a series of activities and initiatives.

Monday, 18 April 2016 14:33

The Global Kidney Health Atlas Featured

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The Global Kidney Health Atlas (GKHA), part of the ISN Closing The Gaps CKD initiative, is co-chaired by Professor David Johnson (University of Queensland, Australia) and Dr Aminu Bello (University of Alberta, Canada). The purpose is to systematically evaluate the current state of readiness, capacity and competence for delivering kidney health care globally.

Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:12

The Lancet publishes AKI Global Snapshot results Featured

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0by25 Cover1The outcome of the Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Global Snapshot, an innovative web-based global cohort study carried out under the ISN 0by25 Initiative, is published in The Lancet today.

homepage march 9 webThis World Kidney Day, The Lancet and ISN are launching an online campaign to raise awareness of acute and chronic kidney diseases and bring together the best available evidence to inform strategies to the reduce national, regional and global burden of the disease and its risk factors.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:58

H4KH grant winners announced Featured

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isn h4kh logoFollowing the call for applications, the Hydration for Kidney Health (H4KH) Committee is happy to announce the names of those who have been selected for the New Investigator and Hydration and Kidney Health grants.

Vincent Garvey 1Vincent Garvey has been awarded the Affordable Dialysis Prize, taking home US$100,000 for his innovative design. Garvey’s dialysis system can fit into a small suitcase and uses a standard solar panel to power a highly-efficient, miniature distiller capable of producing pure water from any source. Work on a prototype is now underway, with sponsorship opportunities actively being sought.

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