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Friday, 18 October 2019 09:34

OBITUARY: Detlef Schlöndorff


Nephrology community remembers Detlef Schlöndorff

Detlef Schlöndorff, MD, died of pancreatic cancer in New York City on October 16, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was a prolific renal investigator for over five decades, training and mentoring over 50 fellows from around the globe, including some of the current world leaders in academic nephrology. He received many prizes in recognition of his work: the Franz Volhard Medal of the German Nephrology Society, the Luis Hernando International Nephrology Award from the Spanish Renal Foundation, and the Jean Hamburger Award from the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). He was active in multiple leadership roles within the ISN, including as editor in chief of the Kidney International from 2012-2017.

Detlef was a warm, engaging, cultured academic. Held in esteem by hundreds of friends and colleagues worldwide and devoted to his family, he will be greatly missed by all in his extensive community.

The ISN deeply mourns his loss and offers its sincerest condolences to his family.

On behalf of the ISN Executive Committee we are pleased to invite you to attend an Extraordinary meeting of the ISN General Assembly which is scheduled to take place during the week beginning 29 October 2018 over 2 online sessions to allow for all time zones.

DICG logoThe first new edition of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, a seminal document that has helped to guide ethical practice in organ donation and transplantation around the world, was presented at an international workshop in Madrid, Spain.

Thursday, 28 June 2018 06:43

Donald W Seldin (1920-2018)

We announce with regret the recent death of past ISN President, Don Seldin.

donald w seldinSeldin was born in New York, USA and after  training in medicine and nephrology moved to Dallas where he spent the rest of his career building a formidable teaching and research department at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was President of  ISN from 1984 to 1987;  the Seldin Lecture named in his honour continues to be given at the World Congress of Nephrology.

A fuller appreciation of his life and his remarkable achievements in nephrology will be published soon in Kidney International.


We are now calling for expressions of interest or nominations for two positions on the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) Council. ISN ExCom and Council have decided that henceforward expressions of interest and nominations will be called for and decided on, using transparent and uniform processes, for leadership positions within ISN. Deadline is May 17, 2018.

Responding to the crisis facing Venezuelan patients with kidney disease, ISN and the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH) have set out to tackle kidney disease and advance kidney health by combining their expertise and knowledge.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:58

Obituary - Nestor Schor

With great regret, we announce the death of ISN member and Pioneers Award winner, Nestor Schor. Read the full obituary below.

Monday, 18 September 2017 10:06

Obituary: Professor Kirpal Singh Chugh

KSC BywatersProfessor Kirpal Singh Chugh, fondly called the Father of Nephrology in India and a prominent ISN leader, passed away in Chandigarh, India on September 17, 2017. He was 85.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 17:24

David Harris becomes new ISN President

WCN EXCOM 170420 3 of 31ISN has announced the appointment of David Harris (Australia) as its new president. He succeeds Adeera Levin, from University of British Columbia (Canada), who held the post from 2015 until the ISN World Congress of Nephrology in April 2017.

On February 7 and 8, 2017, ISN participated to the Summit of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism in Vatican City. ISN fully endorsed the Summit’s Statement, which calls on all religious, political and social leaders, national and international legislators to recognize that organ and human trafficking for organ removal are ‘true crimes against humanity.’

In the run up to the ISN Council elections, we will introduce the different candidates who you can vote for. You can cast your vote between February 1st and March 3rd, 2017. Over the next month, you will receive your unique and secure link to access the voting system. These are the statements from candidates in Mediterranean Europe and the Middle East.

In the run up to the ISN Council elections, we will introduce the different candidates who you can vote for. You can cast your vote between February 1st and March 3rd, 2017. Over the next month, you will receive your unique and secure link to access the voting system. These are the statements from candidates in Africa and East Asia.

In the run up to the ISN Council elections, we will introduce the different candidates who you can vote for. You can cast your vote between February 1st and March 3rd, 2017. Over the next month, you will receive your unique and secure link to access the voting system. These are the statements from candidates in Oceania & South East Asia and South & Central Asia.

In the run up to the ISN Council elections, we will introduce the different candidates who you can vote for. You can cast your vote between February 1st and March 3rd, 2017. Over the next month, you will receive your unique and secure link to access the voting system. These are the statements from candidates in North America and NIS & Russia.

ISN President Elect David Harris took part in the inauguration ceremony at the last edition of ISNCON 2016 in December. ISNCON is organized by the Indian Society of Nephrology, one of the International Society of Nephrology's many Affiliated Societies that help advance nephrology around the world.

ISN members can now put forward their nominations for the Bywaters Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to help understand acute kidney injury. Deadline for nominations is October 17, 2016.

Monday, 18 July 2016 12:10

Obituary: Professor Jules Traeger

Jules TraegerProfessor Jules Traeger has passed away at the age of 96, after an exceptional life, during which he tirelessly developed the nephrology practice he helped to create.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:54

Obituary Evert J. Dorhout Mees

foto EvertISN announces with regret the death of Evert J. Dorhout Mees. He had a distinguished career as an academic nephrologist in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After retirement he moved to Ismir, Turkey where he did much to help strengthen nephrology in that part of the country.

Mesoamerican nephropathyThe final board statement of the Consortium for the Epidemic of Nephropathy in Central America and Mexico / Consorcio de la Epidemia de la Nefropatía en Centroamérica y México (CENCAM) group in relation to chronic kidney disease (CKD) of unknown origin or mesoamerican nephropathy has been released for communication. ISN recently co-sponsored this event.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:01

Susan Quaggin becomes ASN's newest councilor

Susan Quaggin WCN AwardSusan Quaggin, a long standing member of the ISN, has now become the American Society of Nephrology’s newest Councilor. Dr. Quaggin will begin her term during ASN Kidney Week 2015 and will serve through Kidney Week 2022.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 21:17

Death of ISN's first woman President

ISN announces with great regret the death of Priscilla Kincaid-Smith of Melbourne, Australia. She was ISN President 1972-75, and until this year had been ISN's only woman President.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:12

Canada honors ISN President Adeera Levin

Adeera LevinISN is delighted to announce that today the Government of Canada has appointed Adeera Levin as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Between the talks and debates at the recent World Congress of Nephrology, the ISN awards were handed out to those who have made exceptional contributions to nephrology.

We took time out with Adeera Levin to congratulate her on becoming the new ISN President and find out what is in store for ISN over the next two years.
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Levin DSC0418AISN is delighted to announce that ISN President Elect Adeera Levin has been selected by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) as the recipient of this year’s Aubrey J. Tingle Prize. The prize will be presented in partnership with LifeSciences BC at their annual awards banquet on Thursday April 16, 2015.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 22:00

Gabriel Richet (1916-2014)

Richet portrait face bw webISN announces with regret the death of Gabriel Richet. One of the early giants of French and international nephrology, he was a founding member of ISN. Among his many roles in ISN leadership, he was co-General Secretary of ISN’s first Congress in Geneva and Evian in 1960, and  ISN  President from 1981-84.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:18

Claus Brun (1914-2014)

Brun 2001 eupdateISN announces with regret the death of Claus Brun. He was ISN’s second President (1963-1966).


Listen to an interview with Prof. Brun conducted in the context of the ISN Video Legacy Project in 1995.



Interview Transcript

Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:11

Memorial David Kerr

David Kerr portrait webISN is saddened to announce that past ISN councilor David Kerr passed away in April. To read a full obituary published on The Renal Association website CLICK HERE.

ISN logo Epidemics of Chronic Kidney Disease of uncertain aetiology is a worldwide concern. ISN supports scientific and educational efforts to improve outcomes.

Friday, 20 June 2014 15:55

Tributes to Karl Nolph

NolphObitPhoto webThe nephrology community worldwide mourns the loss of Dr. Karl D. Nolph, who passed away at home on the morning of June 16, 2014.  Dr. Nolph was a giant among all of us, helping revolutionize the worldwide approach to patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).  He is synonymous with the modality of peritoneal dialysis and its development, which is perhaps his most recognized contribution to nephrology and medicine.  

Adeera LevinISN would like to congratulate ISN President Elect Adeera Levin for receiving the 2014 Kidney Foundation of Canada Medal for Research Excellence. CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

HRH Prince Daniel and ISNLast week, ISN President Giuseppe Remuzzi, Peter Stenvinkel and ISN Executive Director Luca Segantini met His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, CLICK HERE.

Monday, 26 May 2014 10:04

ISN welcomes new Treasurer

shankland homeThe ISN Executive Committee  is pleased to announce that Stuart Shankland, Belding H. Scribner, Endowed Chair of Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Head, Division of Nephrology at University of Washington, Seattle, USA, will assume the position of Treasurer of the ISN.

Vidya AcharyaProfessor Vidya N Acharya has died at the age of 75 years after a short illness.

Friday, 14 March 2014 10:37

Memorial Hugh de Wardener

Hugh de Wardener and SchrierIn memory of Prof. Hugh de Wardener CBE and ISN President (1969-1972); friends, family and colleagues invite all ISN members to join them for a memorial service on April 5, 2014.

Remuzzi hindu timesISN President Giuseppe Remuzzi recently spoke to the Hindu Times during a screening camp conducted by the TANKER Foundation.

Group photo BSN webThe XVII Congresso Paulista de Nefrologia was recently hosted in Atibaia, Brazil. The meeting is the annual meeting of Sociedado de Nefrologia do Estado de Sao Paulo (SONESP), a major meeting for the Brazilian Society of Nephrology (BSN), and includes physicians, nurses, dieticians and other allied health professionals.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 16:48

Death of Hugh de Wardener

Hugh de Wardener and SchrierIt is with regret that we announce the death of Hugh de Wardener on September 29, 2013 (ISN President 1969-1972). He was 97 years old.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:31

Time out with the President

Remuzzi speaking wcnWe meet recently-elected ISN President Giuseppe Remuzzi as he settles into his new role and runs through his objectives for the next two years.

Raul Plata-Cornejo MD WEBISN is proud to announce that Raùl Plata-Cornejo was recently appointed by the Bolivian Ministry of Health as Advisor for the National Renal Health Program (Programa National de Salud Renal).

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:05

A big welcome to the new ISN President

ISN President at GAAt the General Assembly in Hong Kong, the outgoing ISN President John Feehally introduced his successor Giuseppe Remuzzi. 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:51

New President-Elect announced at WCN 2013

Adeera Levin at GADuring the World Congress of Nephrology, it was announced that Adeera Levin will be ISN President from 2015 to 2017. Levin is Professor of Medicine, Head of the Division of Nephrology at the University of British Columbia, and Consultant nephrologist at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, Canada.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:34

ISN reacts to lab-grown kidney story

thumb April15 2013 ArtificialKidney6083466931Lots of stories were published this week about a "laboratory-grown kidney" being transplanted into animals. The experiment published in Nature Medicine by Jeremy Strong and his co-workers from the Massachusetts General Hospital represents an exciting advance on the road to creating organs for those suffering from kidney disease.

WCN2011 ISN Past and Present PresidentsISN is happy to announce that the next General Assembly meeting will take place during the World Congress of Nephrology on June 3, 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention Center (room S226 and 227). To download the agenda CLICK HERE.

Pocket guide clinical dialysis coverPocket Guide to Clinical Dialysis 2/e has been updated and revised throughout. It has been edited by ISN Education Chair David Harris and co-edited by Grahame Elder, Lukas Kairaitis and Gopala Rangan.

Monday, 18 February 2013 14:09

New ISN Treasurer announced

coffman 0ISN is happy to announce the appointment of its new Treasurer. Tom Coffman has now accepted the role and will take over from current ISN Treasurer Vic Schuster.

Monday, 18 February 2013 13:42

Landmark Papers in Nephrology out in March

Landmarks in nephrology cover webThis March Oxford University Press will publish Landmark Papers in Nephrology. To find out more, CLICK HERE.

Friday, 04 January 2013 21:22

In Memoriam - Prof. Henrik Ekberg

The ISN and TTS collaborate in a number of ways, most specifically through activities related to the Declaration of Istanbul, and the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group( DICG). In this context, leadership of our respective organizations are respectful of the work each group is doing. We, at the ISN, wish to acknowledge the relationship we value with TTS, and to send our condolescences to the TTS membership on the unexpected passing of their president elect, Professor Henrik Ekberg.

Read the full obituary on TTS website.

According to Medscape, 3 out of 10 of the most-read articles by nephrologists in 2012 are from Kidney International. See below.

A great way to end 2012 for our editorial team. Kudos to all of them, and we all wish 2013 will see even more achievements for KI.

WCN2011-2123KaplanLilianJeanKaplanAwardISN is now accepting nominations for the upcoming Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize. CLICK HERE to download the instructions and send in your nomination before December 1, 2012.


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