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This week, ISN is set to represent the kidney health community at this year’s United Nations' (UN) General Assembly in New York. Coinciding with the third High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), this assembly’s program is a busy affair for ISN.

medical devices fund the georgeAn astounding 3.9 million USD has now been raised by a research team at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney Australia to support the development of a cost-efficient peritoneal dialysis system, giving hope to kidney disease patients desperately in need of treatment in the developing world.

The International Society of Nephrology is very concerned about the current state of negotiations on the Political Declaration for the third United Nations High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (UN HLM on NCDs). Kidney disease – the 11th leading cause of death globally – is a silent epidemic affecting over 850 million people worldwide which poses a significant health care challenge for governments, particularly in low and middle income countries.

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is open for nominations until September 14, 2018.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 16:32

Join the SONG-PKD Delphi panel Featured

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SONG logoThe Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology – Polycystic Kidney Disease (SONG-PKD) initiative is calling on the nephrology community to be part of the SONG-PKD Delphi panel. Round one is now open, get started now by registering your email online.

PhilippinesOver the last 20 years, the ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) has supported nephrologists and their patients in many countries, helping cope with and provide care in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Kidney diseases have so far been underestimated in many respects: most people are not aware of their impaired kidney function.

Following March's second Global Kidney Health Summit in the United Arab Emirates, the outputs from this meeting are currently being written for publication. In the meantime, here is what came out the first Global Kidney Health Summit held in Canada in 2016.

ISN at WHADuring this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), besides the plenary and committee discussions, there was a myriad of side events organized by member states and Civil Society Organizations, which provided an in-depth overview of pertinent issues affecting universal health coverage and called for action on non-communicable diseases.

ISN looks forward to representing the kidney health community at this week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Monday, 14 May 2018 14:56

HEARTS: highlighting CKD and CVD prevention Featured

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ISN is calling for the implementation of the HEARTS technical package on cardiovascular disease prevention. The World Health Organization and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the HEARTS technical package as part of the GLOBAL HEARTS INITIATIVE, of which ISN is a partner.

ISN has announced a partnership to advance chronic kidney disease (CKD) awareness and help improve access to therapy, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) – commonly referenced as emerging markets – where the disease prevalence is growing the fastest.

Sunday, 29 April 2018 08:09

Supporting nephrology in Asia Pacific Featured

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ISN and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) have joined forces, building on their common expertise to bridge the gaps that exist in providing valuable care for kidney disease patients across Asia Pacific.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:40

ISN joins NCDA Featured

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ISN is pleased to have become a full member of the NCD Alliance (NCDA) to accelerate political commitment and action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, including kidney disease.

GKHS in Sharjah chairs

In March, 91 global leaders in nephrology, other renal healthcare workers and healthcare policymakers met at the second Global Kidney Health Summit in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to develop a strategy to address the unmet needs of patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) around the world over the next 5 to 10 years.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:55

Presenting the Kidney Collection survey Featured

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The team behind the ISN Kidney Collection have shared some first facts about this survey that assesses how care is delivered and decisions are made when providing dialysis and end-stage kidney disease care in low- and middle-income countries.

ISN is calling on member states to address kidney disease as a priority at the upcoming United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting (HLM) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 15:59

A trusted leader Featured

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In January 2012, ISN became the only nephrology society in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). How is the ISN community using this opportunity to voice the needs of kidney patients and bridge gaps in global care?

14Following an earthquake in the Kermanshah province of Iran on November 12, 2017, the Iranian Society of Nephrology was in close contact with two local nephrologists from the trauma unit in Kermanshah – sending protocols for managing patients with crush injuries and applying fluid therapy.

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.

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