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In the recent Transplant Activity Report 2012-13, Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, NHS Blood and Transplant highlights a rise in organ donation for the fifth year in a row. This has seen the British National Health System achieve a fifty percent increase in deceased organ donors compared to 2007/8.


We are pleased to announce that The International Haberal Transplantation and Education Foundation (IHTEF) is to support the work of the Declaration of Istanbul through the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG).

Pictured here on July 20, 2013, Professor Mehmet Haberal (center) is the Founder of IHTEF. Feyyaz Artukoglu will be a key representative of the Foundation and will work directly with DICG.

The European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) has prepared and sent a letter to the ENVI Committee members of the European Parliament to raise awareness on the importance to deliver a strong Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), that is focussed on the health of European Citizens and not on economic gains. The letter was sent today and the ENVI Committee members will vote tomorrow.

To read the letter, CLICK HERE.

SYLLast year, ISN joined forces with the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD), the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) and Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation (SKCF) to develop a cooperative project in Africa and South East Asia.

WKD2013-Campaign webWorld Kidney Day (WKD) started with an extraordinary bang this year, as the new website was launched – giving everybody even more of a reason to share what they were doing on the day.

ISN, through its membership in EKHA (European Kidney Health Alliance), is supporting the European Chronic Disease Alliance's open letter to EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso calling for EU political action on chronic diseases.

CLICK HERE to read the full letter.

MEP healthAs part of this year's World Kidney Day celebrations, ISN took part in a seminar on March 5, 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels,  organized by the European Kidney Health Alliance of which ISN is a member, and hosted by MEP Zofija Mazej Kukovic, new Chair of the MEP Group for Kidney Health. Opening the discussion, she highlighted the importance of screening, prevention and the role politicians and scientists play in helping people make healthy lifestyle changes.

iSN Fellows group.

ISN's Renal Pathology Committee is seeking applications for one mini-sabbatical for a nephropathologist from a developing country as defined by ISN to travel to one of two major nephropathology courses, in conjunction with an in-depth study for a short-term stay, up to two weeks. Applicants will also have the opportunity for an additional one or two weeks of intensive immersion immediately following either of these two courses, under the mentorship of the directors or one of the faculty of these courses, in their renal pathology laboratories.

EXTRIP groupFew remember that the development of the first artificial kidney was not for treating kidney failure but rather to remove salicylate from the blood. Since then, extracorporeal treatments have focused more on treating organ failure than poisoning. However, morbidity and mortality related to poisoning remains incredibly high in developed and developing countries.

ISN TTS patients webISN and the ISN Global Outreach Programs are happy to announce the launch of the ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Center Program. Applications are now open for this new joint partnership between ISN and The Transplantation Society (TTS). CLICK HERE for more details.

Dr. gouda and Dr. Ghada and EGIPT CKD Program.In its mission to improve renal health worldwide, ISN has increasingly taken a lead role in activities that strengthen awareness about kidney disease across the globe and turn more attention to early detection and prevention efforts.

WKD2013 CampaignThis year’s WKD campaign puts the spotlight on acute kidney injury and its role in preventing the onset of kidney disease.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:31

ISN Education Appoints New Editor


tushar90pxTushar Vachharajani has recently become the inaugural Editor of ISN Education. Tushar has been an active member of ISN’s new Education Committee. He was one of the first to contribute resources to ISN Education and has a wealth of clinical and educational experience, making him an ideal choice for this important position. Tushar is very enthusiastic about this new role, and under his guidance ISN Education is set to go from strength to strength.

Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO), the organization dedicated to developing and implementing global guidelines in kidney disease, announces the publication of its latest work, Definition and Classification of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

This important global guideline has been published online at www.kdigo.org and as a supplement in Kidney International, January 2013.

Read the full news release HERE.

Kidney Disease Improving Global Guidelines (KDIGO) has announced the publication of its latest clinical practice guideline on the “Management of Blood Pressure in Chronic Kidney Disease.”

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 14:21

GBD Lancet Triple Issue and Royal Society Symposium Featured


The Lancet will publish seven capstone papers on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2010 and a commentary on the overall study design and modifications of DALYs. In addition, there will be other commentaries and news items related to the GBD study. The issue will be published on December 15, 2012.

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the American Nephrologists of Indian Origin (ANIO) are pleased to announce the 2014 Clinical Nephropathology Certificate Program (CNC).

Monday, 01 October 2012 14:33

KDIGO becomes an independent organization Featured


On October 1st, 2012, Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) released a statement explaining its new independent status as an organization. It will now function with its own governance, legal status and mission. Read the full press release HERE.

Saturday, 15 September 2012 10:58

One year on


What is next for the case of kidney disease on a global scale? Just over a year since the United Nations High Level Meeting acknowledged kidney disease as an important non-communicable disease (NCD), where does the topic stand within global health policy? How is ISN developing ‘official relations’ with the World Health Organization (WHO)? ISN President John Feehally tells us the latest.

This month, ISN (the International Society of Nephrology), IPNA (the International Pediatric Nephrology Association), ISPD (the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis) and SKCF (the Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation) kicked off a sustainable program for prevention and treatment of acute kidney injury in Africa and Asia. This collaborative program will develop specialized hospital centers with dialysis facilities in both regions.  Five years of funding has been given by a charitable foundation (2012-2016) and is expected to lead to further developments of similar centers in these regions.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 10:12

Become a 3rd Rider and raise awareness about CKD Featured


WorldRiderZ webISN recently signed up as a 3rd Rider for the WorldRiderZ initiative, set up by Stephane Etienne and Paul Torriero. ISN Secretary General Adeera Levin met with the duo recently when they began their motorcycle ride from Paris to Vancouver to raise awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).


ISPD logoISN is happy to be taking part in the 14th Congress of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) from September 9 to 12, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two societies recently set up a collaboration and will be working together to help advance care and educational opportunities in nephrology.

For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) is inviting you to contribute to the development of the next version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The ICD is the WHO publication that ensures that the public health community as a whole can refer to diseases and health conditions in a consistent way.  

Thursday, 21 June 2012 16:12

ISN launches ISN Education Featured


dharrisToday, we are pleased to launch the new ISN Education section of this website! Since last year the ISN Education Committee has been developing a comprehensive collection of educational resources for the ISN website. Have a look at the initial offering:


discovery-channel-logo-550x260A video about the impact of kidney disease worldwide and ISN Global Outreach Program activities was aired on the Discovery Channel on May 2nd, 2012. You can watch the video below.

Monday, 21 May 2012 00:00

ISN Video Legacy Project Featured


ISN VideoISN is happy to announce the launch of the ISN Video Legacy Project. This project is dedicated to the archival preservation of some of the greatest names in the history of nephrology. It is a compilation of video and audio interviews with doctors from all over the world and was launched by Stewart Cameron (UK) and Kim Solez (Canada).

WKD2012adISN joined this year's World Kidney Day celebrations on March 8, 2012. A joint initiative between ISN and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations, World Kidney Day raises awareness about the importance of kidneys to our overall health and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems. The 2012 campaign focused on the positive outcome of kidney transplantation and the life-saving aspect of organ donation.

In the run up to the big day, ISN leaders and councillors were out and about supporting this cause as much as they could. ISN President John Feehally, was in Jordan talking about transplantation at the Jordan Society of Nephrology's annual congress (see ISN blog). Giuseppe Remuzzi, ISN's President Elect wrote an editorial on World Kidney Day published in OK Salute, a supplement in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. ISN Secretary General Adeera Levin was in Boston, Massachusetts meeting with students and researchers, discussing her own research and giving a lecture on the global burden chronic kidney disease (CKD).

She says that "this activity was created by Tufts Medical Center specifically to celebrate WKD for the general medical group at the institution. In keeping with ISN key activities of education, research and outreach, I described opportunities for ongoing research in CKD to improve patient outcomes as well as the issues facing developing countries with respect to CKD." In British Columbia, the BC Renal Agency and its network developed a Kidney Smart campaign and all kidney programs in the province planned activities with BC Transplant groups, to celebrate the themes of kidney disease and transplantation.

But, what about ISN councillors? They also played an important role in raising awareness on a regional level. Find out in further details how they got involved on a local level.

Susan Quaggin, ISN Councillor in Canada, was in Durham, North Carolina speaking to students, scientists and clinicians about the complications of diabetic nephropathy and the development of new agents to slow down the progression of this renal disease.  Back in her own laboratory in Toronto, her students and post-doctoral fellows hosted an institution-wide "Kidney Drop-In" to promote knowledge, interest and collaborations in kidney research. "On the eve of World Kidney Day, I spoke about the burden of kidney disease and the tremendous hope research can bring to community members," she adds.

Down Under, Peter Kerr, ISN councillor from Australia held a media event giving journalists the chance to tour the renal facilities at Monash University hospital in Melbourne. He says that for a country like Australia, increasing the transplant message is most important and there is a special focus on improving awareness of organ donation.

In Sri Lanka, Rezvi Sheriff, took part in celebrations at the Western Infirmary, Colombo. Birds were released into the sky to mark  freedom from kidney disease. A report on the Asian Forum CKD Initiative was published on March 8, 2012 and free kidney screenings were also available to visitors.

Sanjay Agarwal from the All India Institute of Medical Science celebrated World Kidney Day on March 10, 2012 with faculty from the Division of Nephrology, Department of Pediatric and Nephrology. "Patients on dialysis received counseling for renal transplants. They were also given dietary and other treatment advice," he explained. On an educational level, the Delhi Nephrology Society organized a public function where senior faculty talked about various aspects of CKD including prevention, medical treatment and the option of renal replacement therapy. Agarwal explained that 25,000 flyers were distributed to the local community, kidney health screenings were carried out and a kidney care camp was organized to screen some 250 people.

Chih-Wei Yang, ISN councillor in Taiwan, was at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. The clinic takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating CKD, particularly focusing on patients with diabetes. In the afternoon, he took part in a celebration service for organ donors and recipients. In China, Zhi-Hong Liu, ISN councillor and President of the Chinese Society of Nephrology, celebrated WKD with the Chinese Society of Transplantation and the Red Cross Society of China. She participated in a press conference in Nanjing to raise awareness about kidney disease and transplantation. A public health announcement was broadcast on national television about the lack of donor organs and the use of deceased donor organs.

On the first anniversary of the disaster that struck Japan in March 2011, Toshio Miyata was involved in preparing the memorial service Sendai. "Through this disaster, the medical community learned about the necessary dialysis support networks and patients transportation systems needed during such as disaster," he explained.

According to Somchai Eiam-Ong, World Kidney Day is one of the most important activities of the Nephrology Society of Thailand. Thanks to television, radio and film personalities as well as popular testimonials they continue to plan many activities throughout the year. In Vietnam, Tran Xuan Truong took part in a meeting on transplantation and transplant recipients. Gathering some 200 specialist doctors from South Vietnam, it was a valuable meeting for him and his colleagues.

Across Europe, Francesco Locatelli spoke at the Senate in Rome, Italy, generating strong media presence across the country. Kai-Uwe Eckardt helped organize a press conference in Germany. A patient who received a combined kidney and pancreas transplant two years ago told his story to the press. Dick de Zeeuw helped prepare an FDA meeting on "what are the best hard endpoints in renal intervention trials?". In addition, he worked on writing a summary of two international albuminuria conferences that were held over the last two years. Jorge B Cannata-Andia, ISN councillor from Spain, spent World Kidney Day in Kiev, Ukraine giving lectures on "Age, bones and CKD" and "Vitamin D metabolism in CKD".

Laszlo Rosivall, President of the Hungarian Nephrological Society, helped organize roadshows and screenings to explain the importance of kidney donation. He also organized the 19th Budapest Nephrology School and 13th IFKF Annual Meeting in Budapest. On March 8 and 9, 2012, Irma Tchokhonelidze explained that several screenings were carried out at the High Technology Medical Center University Clinic in Georgia, where the largest department of nephrology is established. "More than 1000 people with diabetes and hypertension underwent the screening," she adds. Outreach activities also took place in Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan.

Further south, Martha Franco was in Mexico City for a meeting supported by several medical and philanthropic institutions supporting programs to help patients with renal disease. "Several nephrologists talked about renal disease in children, chronic renal disease in adults, peritoneal and hemodialysis, renal transplants in Mexico and nutrition for patients with renal disease," she adds. Ana Cusumano, ISN councillor from Argentina translated the 2012 WKD Editorial into Spanish and sent the article for publication in Nefrología Diálisis y Transplante and Nefrología Argentina.

In Chile, Sergio Mezzano gave a lecture in Valdivia, during an event dedicated to CKD. This activity devoted to organ donation and transplantation was supported by the Ministry of Health, political representatives and the Red Cross. Free screening of glucose, creatinine, urine and blood pressure was available as well as educational activities for the general public.

Mona Nasir Alrukhaimi, Co-chair of the ISN GO Middle East Committee spoke at the Jordan Society of Nephrology. "Various activities took place in the United Arab Emirates in hospitals, malls and in public parks including free screenings.The KDIGO guidelines for care of transplant patients were printed in a booklet format and distributed to all renal physicians for easy access during their daily practice. Also the DICC brochure to educate patients against buying a kidney was printed in Arabic and English version and distributed to the public."

ISN would like to thank the leaders and councillors for their enthusiasm and dedication to this important event on the nephrology calendar. We look forward to many more successful World Kidney Day campaigns, raising global awareness about kidney health and issues surrounding kidney disease.

smallWKD Logo_2012_4emailToday World Kidney Day (WKD) is raising awareness about the amazing life-changing potential of kidney transplantation. Medical and patient communities, politicians, corporations, charitable organizations and the general public are telling the world about the benefits of kidney transplantation.

EGYPTFor World Kidney Day 2012, the Egypt-EKI Sister Renal Center would like to share a link to its kidney and heart calculator as part of its detection and prevention program for non-communicable disease (NCDs).

To access the tool, CLICK HERE.  Find out more about the program HERE

BCPRALogoVancouver, BC – Around the world March 8, 2012 is World Kidney Day. It is also International Women’s Day, an occasion for recognizing the many contributions of women in all areas of society – including those women who provide the gift of life to others by donating a kidney for transplant.

Monday, 13 February 2012 13:24

Apply now: mini-sabbaticals in nephropathology Featured


Fellowship group photoISN's Renal Pathology Subcommittee is seeking applications for one mini-sabbatical for a nephropathologist from a developing country. As defined by ISN, he or she will travel to one of two major nephropathology courses, in conjunction with an in-depth study for a short-term stay, up to two weeks. 

In the run-up to World Kidney Day 2012, some ISN's members and partners give their views on the theme for this campaign. Kidney donation and transplantation is the focus this time around. What are their thoughts on this issue?

Every year, a number of British Columbians are pursuing black market kidney transplants in countries such India, China and the Philippines. In doing so, they may be risking their own lives, and those of the donors, many of whom are exploited. With the goal of raising awareness and prompting discussion among care
providers and patients about the dangers and ethics of organ trafficking and transplant tourism, the BC Renal Agency and BC Transplant have produced a new brochure called: “Thinking of Buying a Kidney? Stop! What You Need to Know.”

Monday, 19 December 2011 12:41

ISN Educational portal coming soon


Nearly everything that ISN does focuses on education. An essential vehicle for ISN to advance nephrology worldwide is an education strategy that takes into account the needs of the developing and developed world.

World Kidney Day is just around the corner! This time around, it will take place on March 8, 2012. The theme ‘Donate - Kidneys for Life - Receive’ focuses on the positive outcome of kidney transplantation and the life-saving aspect of organ donation is stirring up quite a lot of positive attention – so be sure to join the call to action!  

Friday, 28 October 2011 12:36

ISN responds to quake in Turkey Featured


The ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) recently responded in the aftermath of the earthquake that took place in Turkey.

Ray Vanholder, Chair of the RDRTF, has published a report on the task force's current response to this disaster, CLICK HERE. A second follow up report is also available HERE. You can also read more about this initiative on the RDRTF section of the Gateway or read ISN President John Feehally's blog on the task force's work in the region.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:18

Raising awareness for organ donation and transplant Featured


This week marks the World and European Days for Organ Donation and Transplantation. Medical communities are gathering worldwide  to promote organ donation and transplantation as well as increase international cooperation on these issues. Whether it is for a kidney, heart or lung, about  56,000 people in Europe are on a transplant waiting list. Every day, 12 of them die because of a lack of available organs.

Some 75,000 people worldwide are waiting for a kidney transplant so raising awareness about this life-saving treatment is vital. Kidney donation and transplantation has become a prominent issue in ISN’s activities starting with its involvement in the Declaration of Istanbul. It has also been chosen as the theme for the World Kidney Day (WKD) 2012 campaign.

On March 8 , 2012, WKD will aim to encourage more people to sign up for their national donation schemes and  to educate the public about the benefits of transplantation after end stage kidney disease. To participate in WKD 2012 and find out more about the campaign, visit: www.worldkidneyday.org.

ISN and The Transplant Society (TTS) are partners in Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG). They have combined efforts to combat organ trafficking.

The attached UNOS policy document demonstrates movement in a positive direction.

For more information, visit the DICG website.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:00

Broadening horizons - ISN partnerships


Much like networking helps professionals advance in their career, building partnerships is helping ISN grow as a Society - raising awareness and educating doctors on a global scale while responding to regional needs.

Today, ISN has established offi cial society affi liations with 75 national and regional societies representing local nephrologists. The Society reaches more than 20,000 nephrology-related professionals.

Recent collaborations are offering educational opportunities to local fellows through the ISN Global Outreach  Programs. These include: the American Society of Nephrology, the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, the Turkish Society of Nephrology, the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology, the Latin American Society of Nephrology, the Renal Association and the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association.

Partnering with ISN means Affi liated Societies can participate in ISN’s mission of advancing nephrology worldwide. With collective membership, they sign up their entire membership base at a reduced rate. They will be the fi rst to be considered when joint events are organized and gain priority when it comes to ISN
endorsing special courses.

These collaborations also extend to related organizations such as the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, International Society of Hypertension, International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis and The Transplantation Society. Formalizing strategic partnerships is helping these societies work with ISN towards common goals by setting up specific projects to promote education in developing countries.

Cancer, diabetes, heart and lung disease are the main targets of a new World Health Organization (WHO) campaign launched in 2005 to address the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) does not get a passing mention even though it meets all the criteria of a major public health problem.

Aside from raising awareness with World Kidney Day, ISN is currently working to better position CKD in global health thinking by building official working relations with the WHO. ISN President John Feehally says: “Gaining a position for kidney disease in global health strategies is long. There are many obstacles along the way. However, we remain committed to ensuring that kidney disease patients share the benefits that come with increased awareness and attention to NCDs worldwide. ”

Starting in 2008, ISN put forward its mission and proposed a joint work plan to implement CKD prevention and intervention programs into WHO’s health agenda and build “official relations. ISN has now submitted a final progress report on the 2009-2011 ISN/WHO work plan and a new work plan for 2011-13.

The first part of this work plan was completed this July when William Couser, Marcello Tonelli and Giuseppe Remuzzi  submitted a paper to WHO entitled: “The Contribution of Chronic Kidney Disease to the Global Burden of Major Non-Communicable Diseases.” Remuzzi and Norberto Perico also completed the second part by applying WHO/ISH risk charts to the ISN KDDC data base to study the  association between kidney disease markers and the risk of cardio vascular disease.

In June, ISN leaders contacted the WHO’s Assistant Director General for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health to review and update the status of ISN’s application. On August 2, 2011 ISN was notified that the application was complete and will be reviewed in January 2012.

At the ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2011, leaders continued to voice concern that CKD remains absent from the WHO list of NCDs even though it affects twice the estimated number of the world’s population with diabetes. A senior advisor for public policy was hired to put together a plan of action to position CKD more prominently in the global health agenda, especially at the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs taking place in New York  in September 2011. Joint efforts with the International Federation of Kidney Foundations, European Kidney Health Alliance and leaders of major US renal organizations have also been carried out to get ISN’ a seat at the table for CKD policy planning.

This got the ball rolling for ISN to recruit some 350 ISN ‘advocacy volunteers’ to carry its message to the WHO and lobby for the organization to include CKD in its NCD strategy. So far, these volunteers have cultivated relationships with Health Ministers in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guatemala , India, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, The United States, Uruguay.

To raise further attention, ISN has produced CKD supportive ‘Op-Ed’ articles and an advocacy piece entitled: “Awareness of Kidney  Disease Low Despite Affecting  500 Million People Worldwide and Global Costs Surpassing  $1 Trillion this Decade .” On August 22, 2011, ISN was granted membership in the NCD Alliance “Common Interest Group” – the first renal organization to be included in this group.

Leaders of major US kidney organizations concerned with reducing the burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in America, joined forces last week with their colleagues at the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) in its joint global initiative asking Health Ministers around the world, including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – to help secure the inclusion of kidney disease in the strategies coming from the World Health Organization/United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases being held in New York, 19-20 September 2011.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 09:33

Winner of Renal Pathology mini-sabbatical Featured


The ISN Renal Pathology Advisory Committee recently sought applications for mini-sabbaticals for nephropathologists from developing countries to travel to a major nephropathology meeting and stay onsite for up to two weeks for further training.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:20

ISN launches new website


ISN is striving to provide a better web-based experience showcasing its efforts in advancing nephrology worldwide and providing a platform for members and non-members to access relevant information. A new and more user-friendly website has now been launched, visit: www.theisn.org.

Monday, 21 February 2011 17:14

Nominate candidates for AMGEN award 2011


ISN is inviting the ISN renal community to send nominations for the AMGEN-sponsored awards to be handed out at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.

Monday, 21 February 2011 17:14

ISN RDRTF reacts to disaster in Japan


The ISN Renal Disaster Relief Taskforce (RDRTF) has responded to the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday March 11, 2011.

Thursday, 25 November 2010 16:10

Supporting Acute Kidney Injury in India


The ISN Acute Kidney Injury working group conducted a one day work shop on October 31, 2010 at the Care hospital in Hyderabad, India under the leadership of South Asian Council Member Ravindra Metha and Georgi Abraham.  Some 26 doctors including leading nephrologists from India, intensivists and cardiologists attended the event. 

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