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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 10:00

Obituary: John Stokes

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With great regret, we announce the death of ISN member, John Stokes. Read the full obituary below.

Leading nephrologists often excel in their countries and region, as former ISN President Kiyoshi Kurokawa demonstrated by chairing the the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC), the Japanese Diet’s task force investigating the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.


The illegal trade in kidneys has risen to such a level that an estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs now take place annually, or more than one an hour, World Health Organisation experts have revealed.

Friday, 04 May 2012 08:54

Obituary: Dimitrios Oreopoulos

oreopoulosDimitrios Oreopoulos passed away peacefully in palliative care on April 25, 2012, one month shy of his 76th birthday. It had been his fervent wish to work until his final day, and he indeed only closed down his office at his beloved Toronto Western Hospital on March 31.

Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:23

Obituary: George Schreiner

SchreinerThe ISN wishes to announce the death on April 12, 2012 of ISN Past-President, Dr. George Schreiner. He was 89 years old.

Dr. Schreiner was ISN President from 1978-1981, and was a great pioneer in nephrology. For many years he led the nephrology program at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. He made many substantial academic contributions, especially in the science of dialysis.

ISN logo  The ISN Nominating Committee has decided to extend the consultation within the ISN membership for the 2013 leadership elections until Wednesday May 30, 2012. The Nominating Committee is welcoming suggestions from any member of ISN in relation to potential candidates for President Elect.

ISN is dedicated to bringing together nephrologists, improving educational opportunities for doctors from all walks of life. On March 19, 2012, ISN Fellow Anila Abraham from Madras Medical Mission in Chennai gave a superb lecture to nephrology fellows at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

The New York Times has published a story on a record chain of kidney transplants that took place over four month across 17 hospitals.  More than a decade after the first organ swap in the United States, the transplant world remains disjointed, with competing private registries operating with little government oversight or regulation. The NYT explores how the current system continues to hamper transplantation efforts.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

Brussels, Belgium (January 19, 2012) - The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is happy to announce its successful transition to a stand-alone, self-managed society, which becomes effective January 2012. This comes after three years of collaboration with Interel Association Management, preceded by 6 years with MCI. ISN is a not-for-profit medical society which pursues the worldwide advancement of education, science and patient care in nephrology through its humanitarian and philanthropic mission.

“Sustainability and diversity will remain at the forefront of ISN’s activities and initiatives as a stand-alone society” comments John Feehally, ISN President. Developing sustainable education, training and capacity building programs will continue as one of our main priorities in 2012 so that the exciting growth that we are now seeing in nephrology can continue in many developing countries,” he adds.

ISN hired Interel’s association management group in 2008 to help build and strengthen the Society with a view to set-up its own offices and administrative structure within three to five years. Since 2009, strategic and operational planning has been put in place, a new team recruited, and all essential facilities identified, with the aim of supporting a smooth HR and administrative transition.

Luca Segantini, ISN’s executive director, says, “with ISN as a stand-alone society and a committed team, we are now able to bring our members even closer to those involved in managing ISN’s programs and events, both volunteer leaders and staff. We feel we are well positioned to strengthen ISN operations, which are key to our mission and vision.”

While bringing the bulk of its activities under independent management, ISN has left some key projects under the management of Interel Association Management, namely the event logistics of the ISN Nexus and Forefronts educational events as well as the annual World Kidney Day public awareness campaign. ISN will manage all its activities and programs from its brand new offices in Brussels, Belgium, and Cranford, NJ, USA.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 12:43

ISN announces new KI Editor in Chief

Detlef portrait 2The ISN Executive Committee is delighted to announce that Detlef Schlondorff has been appointed as the new Editor in Chief of Kidney International (KI), to succeed Qais Al-Awqati in early 2012.
Detlef has had a long association with both ISN and Kidney International, lately as Associate Editor. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and Visiting Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He has exciting plans for KI, and a clear vision for its future.
KI has flourished under Qais, and will go from strength to strength under Detlef. ISN’s flagship is therefore in good hands!

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 13:12

Check out the ISN blog

ISN is happy to announce the launch of the new ISN Blog. To access the blog straight away, CLICK HERE.

From now on you can stay updated on the latest activities of each of the ISN leaders as they take part in the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Programs or other meetings and events worldwide.

ISN President John Feehally, ISN Secretary General Adeera Levin and ISN GO Continuing Medical Education Program Chair Norbert Lameire have already have started blogging about their recent trips representing ISN in  developing countries and their involvement in raising awareness about kidney disease.

Check out their posts now, start a discussion online and get to know the members of ISN better.

Promoting diversity has become one of ISN's main priorities recently as it was one of the themes of this year's World Congress of Nephrology. Today, ISN leaders are continuing to emphasize this message by releasing a position statement on diversity.

Find out more and click here to read the full-length version of this document.

Monday, 05 September 2011 00:00

One to one with ISN President John Feehally

Newly-elected ISN President takes time out from his ISN duties to talk shop and highlight the challenges ahead. 

ISN is currently looking for a new editor for Kidney International, the official journal of the ISN focusing on the development and consequences of kidney disease. This position is open to ISN members. Deadline for expressions of interest is October 1st, 2011. Full applications will be accepted until October 31, 2011.


ISN Executive Committee members will meet in Oxford for an intensive 3-day discussion about the future of the ISN.

The 2011 World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver saw ISN councilors cast their vote for ISN leaders. Giuseppe Remuzzi became President Elect and successor to John Feehally who is looking forward to his new role as ISN President.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:28

Vote for ISN Council members

This year, 11 new Councilors will be elected and the Nominating Committee has put forward three names for each of the 11 vacancies. All information is available online. The ISN Council is the governing body of the Society. The duty of Council members is to supervise ISN’s affairs, set policies and define its rules and regulations. All judicial and executive responsibilities for the Society rest with the Council. All Society members are encouraged to vote as Councilors should reflect the various disciplines and geographic diversities that make up ISN.
Sunday, 06 March 2011 20:07

The Acute Kidney Injury Committee

The committee is engaged in the development of uniform standards for defining and classifying acute kidney injury (AKI) that can be used in clinical research (trials) in patients with AKI. Consensus standards for diagnosing and classifying (staging) AKI that need to be validated in future studies have been developed. 

The Committee is involved with the organisation of several educational courses and organizes its own Symposia on AKI which is typically held as a satellite symposium to the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN).

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