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The ISN GO Eastern and Central Europe Regional Committee held its first regional workshop on May 26, 2012 during the ERA-EDTA Congress in Paris. Some 35 people attended the meeting, including leaders from Eastern and Central Europe. Participants came from Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

conference center indiaThe Department of Nephrology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences recently organized a kidney disease awareness program aimed at children. The program was endorsed and supported by the Kidney Foundation Institute of Delhi, the Indian Academy of Nephrology and the Indian Society of Nephrology. Nearly 800 school children from 20 schools in Delhi, both public and private, and thirty teachers took part in this half day education program.

Monday, 14 May 2012 09:19

Apply for the ISN GO Fellowship Program Featured


Bishnu Pahari with colleaguesThe next deadline to apply for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program is 15 June 2012. To find out more about this ISN GO Program CLICK HERE. You can apply online HERE now. You can also consult the Fellowship booklet HERE to get practical details on the program and the application process.

Ayo Shonibare webThe deadline for the ISN Global Outreach Educational Ambassador Program has now been extended. Applications will be accepted until May 31st, 2012.

Monday, 07 May 2012 09:47

First ISN GO CME in Kazakhstan Featured


WGC KazakhstanAn ISN Global Outreach (GO) Continuous Medical Educational (CME) course was held from April 25 to 27 in Almaty, Kazakhstan as part of the 2nd Congress of Nephrologists of the New Independent States. The congress was organized by the ISN Regional Committee in Russia, the Central Independent States chaired by Helena Zakarova and Professor A.B. Kanatbayeva, president of the Kazakhstan Nephrology Association and Chief of Nephrology at the National Medical University in Kazakhstan.

Dr. Remuzzi and DrISN is happy to welcome Marcello Tonelli as the new chair of the ISN Global Outreach Research and Prevention (R&P) Program. He will now take over from ISN President Elect Giuseppe Remuzzi, who has headed the committee since its foundation. Remuzzi says that "being appointed to chair the first ISN GO Research and Prevention Committee was a real honor. It was an intense and engaging experience to start this new venture of cooperation with colleagues who often work in challenging, diverse, and sometimes unbelievably difficult circumstances."

ISN is taking part in this year's European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) Congress at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France from May 24 to 27, 2012.

Fellowship group photoISN is happy to announce the results of the latest round of applications for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship program.

KHDC in WKD2010Mark your calendar for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Research and Prevention Program application deadline on April 1st, 2012. If you are interested in applying for this ISN GO Program, make sure to send your application online before this date. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Training of nurses in the Diabetes outpatient clinic how to test urine by dipstick webThe Damanhour Medical National Institute in Egypt and the Sheffield Kidney Institute in the UK have now been officially recognized a level B pair in the ISN Global OUtreach (GO) Sister Renal Center (SRC)Program. This status was awarded to the pair following the successful activities they were involved in last year.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:12

CME in Ghana focuses on pediatric nephrology Featured


Little girl ghana webISN in collaboration with the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Ghana Kidney Association recently organized two Continuous Medical Education (CME) courses on kidney disease in children. The CME session in Cape Coast was the first renal event in the Central Region of Ghana where hemodialys is available but there are as yet no nephrologists.

Some 700 participants gathered in Dubai recently for the 5th ISN Update Course in Nephrology 2011, held at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai from December 9 to 12, 2011. This international conference was developed and organized by the Emirates Medical Association of Nephrology (EMAN) in collaboration with ISN, the Arab Society of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation (ASNRT) and the Saudi Society of Nephrology and Transplantation (SSN).

Pediatric nephrology is challenging in Africa. However, there are several individuals who are dedicated to building links in the community, improving kidney care for young patients in the region. In Ghana, Mignon McCulloch has developed working relationships with Sampson Antwi from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi and Victoria Adabayeri from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. They plan to develop a pediatric nephrology team and set up a five-year plan for Ghana.

The ISN Global Outreach (GO) Sister Renal Center partnership between London’s St. George’s Hospital and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Institute (PGI) in Chandigarh, India was awarded Level C status in 2011. One year later, the centers have been active with site visits, conferences and a successful Continuous Medical Education course. The UK team also visited the Urban Health Training Centre in Manimajra and the Rural Health Training Centre in Kheri, both located in deprived urban areas.

ISN leaders recently submitted a letter to the NEJM to highlight the role of GO programs in developing kidney medicine in Tanzania. Although the letter was not accepted for publication, we thought it would be of interest to ISN members, to reinforce the leading role that GO plays in building capacity in developing countries, through its Fellowship Program and other initiatives.

The ISN GO SRC link between Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Nigeria and Lister Hospital in Stevenage, UK has now reached level B status and is showing signs of increased success. This was particularly made possible through the great efforts of the Sister Center nephrologists Ken Farrington and Paul Warwicker as well as Wale Oke, Medical Director at LASUTH.

The Health Sciences University of Mongolia (HSUM) and the Scarborough General Hospital (SGH) Renal Division in Canada have been working together via ISN’s Global Outreach Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program since January 2012. The partnership has opened doors for local nephrologists like Baigalmaa Evsanaa.

The Health Sciences University of Mongolia (HSUM) and the Scarborough General Hospital (SGH) Renal Division in Canada have been working together via ISN’s Global Outreach Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program since January 2012. The partnership has opened doors for local nephrologists like Baigalmaa Evsanaa.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 10:12

Sustainable care for AKI patients


Ethiopia calls on ISN EAP to begin long-lasting peritoneal dialysis program.

ISN Educational Ambassadors volunteer to share their knowledge with those who have not benefitted from the same opportunities. Our Educational Ambassadors reveal how learning really goes both ways.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 09:52

Caring for younger generations


ISN/IPNA collaboration helps pediatric nephrology grow worldwide,
provide better care for children with kidney disease.

ISN CME Program Chair Norbert Lameire kicked off the tour when he spoke at the Hypertension Teaching Seminar in Maputo, Mozambique. The country’s Health Minister, Alexandre Manguele opened the Seminar and welcomed physicians, nurses and postgraduate students.

Group-including-ISN-webproofIncreasing transplantation opportunities in the developing world is a strong priority for the ISN Global Outreach Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program. Success in carrying out this life-saving procedure, is due to the dynamism of the program’s trio and traditional partnerships as well as the dedication and humanitarian enthusiasm of the clinical teams involved.

Saturday, 07 January 2012 15:00

Raising the profile of nephropathology


The relationship between a nephropathologist and a nephrologist is crucial to achieve a more precise diagnosis for kidney disease patients. Anila Abraham knew this when she joined the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program to specialize in nephropathology.

Bishnu Pahari with colleaguesISN Fellowships offer renal training and a chance to get involved in clinical research and prevention. Bishnu Pahari found out about the great benefits of being an ISN Fellow when he spent a year at the Mario Negri Institute in Italy.

Monday, 28 November 2011 14:30

Fellowship application deadline: December 15, 2011 Featured


The countdown has begun to apply for the ISN Global Outreach Fellowship Program. The deadline to send in your application is Thursday December 15, 2011. If you are interested in joining this initiave, don't hesitate to visit the Fellowship page to find out more. 

Since 2006, The ISN Global Outreach (GO) Research and Prevention (R&P) Committee has been dedicated to promoting research and educational programs in these poorer regions.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 00:00

A doctor across borders and cultures


In Benin, communicable diseases are still predominant but the incidence of noncommunicable diseases is steadily increasing. With only one nephrologist for about 15,000 inhabitants, patients with renal failure have to travel to a major town for dialysis treatment.

This June saw another Nanjing Forum end on a positive note. Today, the event is widely acknowledged as a top level academic meeting for nephrologists in China. Providing the latest educational opportunities for Chinese nephrologists, “Forefronts in Glomerular Disease - Nanjing Forum”, has been part of ISN’s Global Outreach (GO) Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program since 2006.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 10:37

ISN Educational Ambassadors Program results Featured


Several emerging centers will be welcoming ISN Educational Ambassadors to their institutions next year following a successful application session last May.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 10:01

Outcome ISN GO Fellowship application session Featured


ISN is happy to announce the results of the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program application session 2011-2.  This time around applications were much higher with 36 candidates applying for the program. 25 of these have now been accepted as ISN Fellows and will begin their fellowship as of next year. To find out who the new ISN Fellows are, CLICK HERE.

This year, high interest came from Africa followed by Latin America and Oceania and South-East Asia. There were also some applications from Southern and Eastern Asia, Eastern and Central Europe as well as Russia.

ISN would like to thank IPNA, APSN, the British Renal Association, CREED, KRUK and ERA-EDTA for sponsoring this ISN GO Fellowship Program application session. Two ISN Fellows have been named after Otsuka and the Salmasi Family for their contribution to nephrology over the years.

The next application deadline for the ISN GO Fellowship Program is December 15, 2011.

To find out more, visit the ISN GO Fellowship Program page.

The opening of a new regional dialysis unit at the District Hospital of Aluva, in Kochi, Kerala State, India recently coincided with celebrations the state’s biggest festival. Onam is a harvest festival celebrated to welcome the spirit of King Mahabali.

The celebratory meal or onasadya was inaugurated by the Chairman P. Rajeev and Working Chairman Anwar Sadat. In his opening address, Rajeev commended the collective and dedicated efforts of local staff and doctors. He thanked Cochin Shipyard Ltd who funded three dialysis units to treat patients identified by the Palliative Care Cell of General Hospital in western part of the city.

He also announced  the opening of a training centre for staff nurses from next month. The first floor of which will house eight more units to meet the needs of patients on the waiting list. Well-known local film director Siddique was onsite to launch the website and brochure.

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Renal pathology under the microscope


Mark you calendar! The application deadline for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Educational Ambassador program is May 1st, 2012. Read one of the success stories for this program below and find out how you can get involved in this great initiative, CLICK HERE.

Huong Tran from Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy s Program (EAP) believes that the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program brought Vietnamese nephrologists and pathologists closer and streamlined pathology reporting.

The most rewarding aspect of this course was seeing nephrologists and pathologists share ideas and communicate. They don’t often have the chance to sit down together as they work in separate departments.The role of pathologists is crucial to nephrologists. ISN definitively pushed the boundaries and created interaction and encouraged us to share knowledge – one of the most important aspects of our job.

Moira Finlay, a Principal Specialist and Anatomical Pathologist from the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia brought a very practical point of view to how we work. By visiting the lab, she could directly show us the biopsy techniques she has learnt. We have each picked up different techniques depending on the training we have had. We discovered easier and less time-consuming procedures that will change the way we currently work. In one lab, this made the fi nal results more precise than Silver and Masson staining and gave pathologists more confi dence when classifying the lesion.

Pathologists tend to use complicated jargon while nephrologists focus on understanding the big picture without taking details into account, contributing to a misinterpretation of pathology reports. Moira explained some recurring terms and the best language to use when writing a report. The case by case presentations served as an excellent challenge for participants, putting what they learned into practice and sparking debate.

This program truly differs from the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Continuing Medical Education Program, which we have been involved in for many years. It gives participants more time to learn, talk and challenge different cases with the specialist. They work with local doctors and build long-term professional relationships. Local pathologists now know that they have someone they can turn to for advice in the future. Moreover, the EAP is a starting point for building links with other ISN GO Programs such as the Fellowship Program - opening doors for
more exchanges in the future.

Friday, 09 September 2011 10:00

Deadline 30 September 2011: GO SRC Program Featured


This month is the deadline to send your application for the next ISN Global Outreach (GO) Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program call for proposals. The deadline has been set for 30 September 2011. There are around 10 places available at entry level. More details can be found here.

If you are interested in applying or for more detailed information about this program, please contact Samantha Rens at the ISN headquarters, e-mail: srens@theisn.org.

We look forward to receiving applications from your region.

Friday, 09 September 2011 08:17

ISN R&P Program deadline: October 1st Featured


This year, the deadline for applying to the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Reseach and Prevention (R&P) Program is October 1st, 2011.

The Instituto de Nefrología La Paz, Bolivia and the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo, Italy recently took their Sister Renal Center (SRC) partnership to a new level.

The ISN GO Genitourinary Expert Group has just finished collecting worldwide data for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2005 initiative.

Friday, 24 June 2011 08:26

Success for CKD course in Turkey Featured


Participants CME Istanbul

ISN, the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, European Society of Pediatric Nephrology and ERA-EDTA recently supported an ISN Global Outreach Continuous Medical Education course on Chronic Kidney Disease: Epidemiology, prevention and management.

Friday, 24 June 2011 08:18

CME highlights CKD in North Sri Lanka Featured


web-Fig-4_-SL-HEALTH-MINISTER-2_2In May, ISN leaders participated in the first ISN Continuous Medical Education course in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Association of Nephrology and Transplantation and the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo co-sponsored this event.

ISN is happy to announce that it has renewed its partnership agreement between the Turkish Society of Nephrology (TSN) and the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program, giving new opportunities to fellowship applicants.

There are two upcoming deadlines to bear in mind when applying for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Programs. We encourage you to generate applications in your region by disseminating the information to your contacts.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:27

ISN Global Outreach awards 2011


Participants involved in ISN's Global Outreach (GO) Programs were rewarded for their achievements at the recent World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver, Canada. After the very successful GO poster sessions, the awards were handed out and winners had the opportunity to present current projects to GO workshop participants.

Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:27

Nephropathology workshop material available


Nephropathology workshop sponsored by ISN Global Outreach Program was held at the Madras Medical Mission Hospital Chennai and Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry on February 11, 2010.

From a local project in Dharan city, the B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences' prevention program now focuses on regional prevention and is developing more kidney research projects in Eastern Nepal - encouraging centers across the country to screen populations.

Sunday, 02 January 2011 08:08

New ISN Fellows join the GO Program


ISN would like to congratulate a new group of Fellows who submitted a successful application during the last call for proposals in December 2010. Click here to find out who has been admitted to the program.

This time around, a total of 18 grants were awarded to young doctors. 10 long-term fellowships were given to candidates in Africa, Asia and Latin America and five short-term fellowships were handed out to applicants in Mexico, Bangladesh, India, Jordan and Nigeria.

Three fellows also saw their fellowship extended by 3 to 12 months. ISN would like to thank ERA-EDTA and APSN for sponsoring several successful candidates. Three grants were also awarded in honor of Robert Schrier, AMGEN contributions and nephrologist Saula Klahr who passed away last year.

In the last 20 years, over 500 nephrologists from developing nations have received invaluable training through the ISN GO Fellowship Program. It has become an effective vehicle for transfering knowledge, skills, experience and provide opportunities to younger renal physicians from less privileged parts of the world.

For more information about the outcome of the session, please contact Ms Samantha Rens at the ISN Global Operations Center, e-mail: srens@isn-online.org.


Monday, 08 November 2010 16:07

SLANH signs ISN Fellowship agreement


An ISN GO Sister Renal Center partnership between the National Center of Nephrology, Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation at the Fourth City Hospital in Minsk, Belarus and the Oxford Kidney Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe Hospital has led to 18 successful pediatric transplants in the country in 2010.

Shortly, the pair will graduate from their level A status after having set up a successful pediatric transplantation program. “The ISN Minsk-Oxford collaboration has been enlightening, exciting and rewarding for participants from the emerging and supporting center,” explains liaison officer Aleh Kalachyk.

In February 2009, surgeons from Belarus travelled to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK to witness a pediatric transplant. Following this, three pediatric transplants were carried out by local surgeons at the Belarus Institution between April  to October of the same year. “The success of this collaboration shows the importance of education in advancing kidney care in the developing world. It reveals how a lot can be achieved with just a little training and guidance from the supporting center”, adds SRC Chair Paul Harden.

Previous to 2007, there was no prospect for transplants. Patients were sent to Moscow for an expensive operation. Now, the country counts 170 nephrologists, 18 nephrology clinics, 17 nephrology patient center and one transplant center. Since 2006, there has been a  42% growth in hemodialysis  capacity while peritoneal dialysis has also increased.

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 16:14

SLANH signs ISN Fellowship agreement


The Latin American Society for Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH) has signed an agreement with ISN to offer fellowship opportunities for nephrologists from emerging countries to train in Host Centers in their own region of the world, rather than in North America, Europe or Australasia.

ISN is very enthusiastic about this agreement as it emphasizes the overall goal of the ISN Fellowship Program to build capacity by offering appropriate clinical and research training that responds to local nephrology communities. It will offer more opportunities for fellows who wish to gain training in their own geographical region.

Twice a year the ISN Fellowship Program gives kidney specialists from developing countries the chance to gain hands-on training in advanced host institutions and acquire state-of-the-art knowledge in basic and clinical nephrology, dialysis, transplantation, and epidemiology. They receive specific training to ultimately improve the standards of kidney care in their home country. The next deadline for applications has now changed to December 15, 2010. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 15:50

Fellowship Program Session 2010-12 Outcome


ISN is happy to announce the outcome of the latest Fellowship Program application session. Click here to view the full list of candidates who have been awarded a long or short-term fellowship. ISN would like to thank KRUK, APSN, CREED, ASN and ERA-EDTA for sponsoring this session.

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) has also agreed to top-up ISN, ISN-CREED and ISN-APSN Fellowships that are hosted in Australia or New Zealand with a total contribution of $10,000 AUD per year, in recognition of the relatively high cost of living.

Several local fellowship were awarded to candidates applying in this round, helping, for instance, African candidates train in other African countries. For the first time, a Saulo Klahr Fellowship was given to the highest-ranked candidate from Latin America. After Saulo Klahr’s recent passing, this fellowship was set up to recognize his great contributions to nephrology and ISN. Fellowships have also been named after the Salmasi family and Otsuka.

Monday, 01 March 2010 08:27

First ISN GO regional workshop in Africa


The ISN Global Outreach (GO) Program held its first Regional Workshop on February 19, 2011 in Dakar, Senegal, following the 11th meeting of the African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN) – giving GO participants from the region a chance to network and pick up the latest information on regional committee activities.

Friday, 01 January 2010 12:29

KHDC Program reaches out to rural Nigeria


In 2007, Dr Ifeoma Ulasi received a grant through the ISN GO Research and Prevention Program to conduct a screening and prevention program in rural South-East Nigeria, identifying members of the population with symptoms of chronic kidney and cardiovascular disease. This initiative also went as far as to diagnose some cases of cancer.

Ulasi, a senior lecturer and consultant nephrologist at the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, tells of her experience when a village chief was found to have reduced GFR. "He was referred to the tertiary centre where further investigations revealed he had prostate cancer. He has since been receiving the appropriate treatment," adds Ulasi.

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