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The ISN World Congress of Nephrology was also the time to honor the achievements of our community, working together to advance kidney health worldwide. Chosen by ISN members, this year’s ISN award winners were proudly honored in various categories for their commitment to nephrology.

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to all ISN members for voting.

Below is a roundup of each award and the 2019 winners.

Alfred Newton Richards Award

Melissa Little, Theme Director of Cell Biology at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne (Australia)

The Jean Hamburger Award

Detlef Schlöndorff, The Schlöndorff laboratory

Roscoe R. Robinson Award

Agnes Borge Fogo, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (USA)

Lilian Jean Kaplan International Prize

York Pei, University of Toronto (Canada)

Bradley K. Yoder, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School (USA)

ISN Bywaters Award

Mehmet Sever, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul University (Turkey)

Raymond Vanholder, Chairman European Kidney Health Alliance and of European Chronic Disease Alliance

The Young Nephrologist Awards

Best Basic Science Abstract

Titi Chen, University of Sydney (Australia)

Aruna Rakha Arora, Department of Translational and Regenerative Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (India).

Best Clinical Abstract

Eugene Chan Yu-hin, Pediatric Nephrology Center, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent,

Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong

Sidy Mohamed Seck Faculty of Health Sciences, University Gaston Berger Saint-Louis, Senegal, 

ISN Pioneer Awards


Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe, University of Ibadan (Nigeria)

Central and Eastern Europe

Halima Resic, Medical Faculty University of Sarajevo (Bosnia

and Herzegovina)

Latin America

Edgar Sanclemente, Loma Linda University (Colombia)

NIS and Russia

Valery Pilotovich, Department of Urology and Nephrology, Medical Academy of

Postgraduate Education (Belarus)

Oceania and South East Asia

Supat Vanichakarn, Mission Hospital Dusit, Bangkok (Thailand)

Schrier Award

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Malawi) and Barts Health

NHS Trust hospital (UK)

To get an overview of all ISN award past and present, CLICK HERE.

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 (**as defined by the ISN) 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).

ISN's World Congress of Nephrology 2017 is just around the corner. For those not able to join us in Mexico City this April 21-24, ISN Academy is proposing two ways to follow select plenary sessions live from home.  


livestreamLive Streaming Sessions: 

Register and follow the sessions listed below live from your home computer. The Live Streaming application includes video of speakers and slides, as well as the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers!


Check out the Live Streaming Program and Register 




WCN SocialMedia Task Force Logo 2017Social Media Coverage: 


For this upcoming World Congress of Nephrology, ISN has constituted a Social Media Task Force, joining forces with a group of 23 dedicated nephrology experts and advocates, to cover the congress in social media. This will include live coverage of selected sessions, interviews of participants and key stakeholders, and much more.


Check out the schedule of social media coverage below: 


Follow congress events live from @WCN2017 and join the conversation using the hashtag #WCN2017.



WCN 2017 Live Streaming Program: 

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SESSION 1: SATURDAY 22/04: 08:30-10:10 AM (CST, Mexico City Time)
Obesity and the Kidney - Finding the Sweet Spot (Joint Session - in partnership with World Kidney Day)


  • As Goes Obesity so Goes Diabetes - Steven Kahn, USA
  • Obesity Paradox and CKD - Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, USA
  • The Fatty Kidney. Lipid Deposits, a Neglected Contributor to CKD in Obesity and Diabetes - Aiko de Vries, The Netherlands
  • How to Identify Obesity-Related Nephropathy in Clinical Practice - Manuel Praga - Spain 


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SESSION 2: SUNDAY 23/04: 16:30-18:30 PM (CST, Mexico City Time)
Refreshing Clinical Trials in CKD (Joint Session - in partnership with ISN-ACT)


  • How Recent Clinical Trials in Nephrology Should Change Practice Now - Vlado Perkovic, Australia
  • Lessons learned from DKD Trials - Mark Cooper, Australia
  • Streamlining Clinical Trials to Enhance Feasibility - David Wheeler, United Kingdom
  • From Biomarkers to Precision Medicine - The Big Gap - Hiddo Lambers Heerspink, The Netherlands
  • Conducting Clinical Trials in LMIC - Hong Zhang, China
  • Patient Priorities in Clinical Research - Fiona Loud, United Kingdom


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SESSION 3: MONDAY 24/04 14:45 - 16:05PM (CST, Mexico City Time):
CKD Progression


  • What is Meaningful CKD Progression? - Josef Coresh, USA
  • What Drives CKD Progression? - Ariela Benigni, Italy
  • Public Health Interventions for Delaying Kidney Disease Progression Globally - Tazeen Jafar, Pakistan
  • National Registries to Control CKD - Laura Sola, Uruguay


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Getting to the heart of the matter


People with heart disease are at risk of developing kidney disease. By signing the Mexico Declaration on Circulatory Health, ISN is helping raise the profile of non-communicable diseases.

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