In the second half of 2019, ISN led two meetings in Colombia providing education on pediatric and adult kidney transplantation and patient accessibility to renal transplantation services.

The ISN-Transplant Society (TTS) Sister Transplant Center (STC) pair, Boston Children´s Hospital and ISN emerging center Fundación Valle del Líli in Cali, Colombia, held a meeting on the immunopathology of kidney transplantation from August 27-28, 2019, in Cali Colombia. This meeting was part of the ISN Continuing Medical Education Program (CME). The guest speaker, Dr. Andres Jaramillo, Director of the Histocompatibility Laboratory and Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, gave several talks over the course of the two-day conference, which included a workshop and laboratory in immunopathology of kidney transplantation.

The ISN Sister Renal Center (SRC) trio, ISN mentoring center Boston Children’s Hospital, ISN supporting center Fundacion Valle del Líli, and and ISN emerging center Hospital Susana López de Valencia in Popayàn, in collaboration with the Colombian Association of Nephrology (ASOCOLNEF) and the Colombian Pediatric Nephrology Association (ACONEPE) held a second meeting on acute and chronic kidney disease, “Renal health for everybody, everywhere”, from October 25-26, 2019, in Popayàn, Colombia. Dr. Francisco Flores, associate professor and consultant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, USA, was an invited speaker at the event.

According to Dr. Restrepo, the region faces several challenges: the mortality rate of acute kidney disease is high and more training in AKI detection and treatment is needed; there are difficulties communicating with the large aboriginal population with renal diseases in the Southwest region, and Cali is a long distance drive for many, with few direct planes. Popayàn has almost 650 patients in renal replacement therapy (RRT), and Pasto has 900 patients in RRT waiting for kidney transplantation (KTx).

Following these meetings, Popayan received the support necessary to start academic meetings and workshops to enhance RRT and stimulate interest for these programs among the medical population.

Drs. Andrés Jaramillo and Jaume Martorell from the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, and Edgar Milford from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, support the Fundación Valle del Líli’s kidney immunopathology and tissue typing laboratory development. Plans are currently being made to set up two additional transplant centers in Popayan and Pasto. The ISN SRC and ISN-TTS STC Programs have supported and trained nurses, laboratory professionals, as well as adult and pediatric nephrologists toward launching the transplant program in Popayàn.

To celebrate ISN’s 60th anniversary throughout 2020, Kidney International’s “Milestones in Nephrology” series launches with a review of the development in understanding of the pathophysiology of the glomerulus, highlighting several original articles published in KI:

The glomerular signature in patients with hematuria (Kenneth F. Fairley and Douglas F. Birch, 1982);

The permselectivity of the glomerular capillary wall (Ramsay L.S. Chang, William M. Deen, Channing R. Robertson, and Barry M. Brenner, 1975);

T-cells and macrophages in rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis: clinicopathologic correlations (Bolton W.K., Innes D.J. Jr., Sturgill B.C., Kaiser D.L., 1987);

Glomerular hemodynamic changes vs. hypertrophy in experimental glomerular sclerosis (Yoshida Y., Fogo A., Ichikawa I., 1989); and

Genetic studies into inherited and sporadic hemolytic uremic syndrome (Warwicker P., Goodship T.H.J., Donne R.L., et al., 1998).

These articles, despite sometimes triggering controversy, opened the way for improved patient care, innovative therapeutic intervention, and genetic screening.

These groundbreaking papers from KI, shared monthly, will be discussed by an editor from KI and put into perspective of the most recent advances in the field.

Celebrating ISN’s 60th anniversary, this online timeline spans six decades of ISN’s remarkable history of commitment to advancing kidney health worldwide.

Follow ISN’s journey starting as a small community of visionaries with little funding to a global organization dedicated to improving kidney care worldwide through granting programs, education, research, and advocacy.

At the advent of its seventh decade, ISN is confident that members and partners will continue to work together toward equitable access to kidney health for all, adding new chapters to an enduring history.

The 38th edition of the International Vicenza Course on Acute Kidney Injury and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies will be held from May 26-28, 2020, in Vicenza, Italy.

This scientific event will host an AKI path, a CRRT path, and a Meet the Expert path, as well as a series of lectures and panel discussions led by world experts in the field. The course will provide a valuable opportunity for discussion between peers and experienced colleagues to improve care for patients with acute kidney injury and multiple organ dysfunction.

Three complimentary passes to attend the event are available to young nephrologists under the age of 35 who are ISN members. Please note that travel and accommodation are not included in this offer. The ISN Young Nephrologists Committee will select the successful applicants. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020.

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Dear colleagues,

The start of the new year provides us with the opportunity to look forward to the International Society of Nephrology's ongoing work, guided by its mission of advancing kidney health worldwide and the shared values of the ISN membership.

ISN’s capacity building and educational activities have helped build a critical mass of appropriately skilled professionals providing kidney care in parts of the world where such services are most needed. This has been possible through a global pool of volunteers who continue to selflessly share their expertise and knowledge.

ISN is committed to further enhance the capacity of a global nephrology workforce with the aim of building leaders who will not only advance in their own careers but work collaboratively to create integrated, scalable, and sustainable kidney care programs aligned with their national health priorities, as well as with global standards.

ISN’s efforts in helping to build leaders will be supplemented by strong and enhanced advocacy focus on an integrated approach to kidney care, as part of universal healthcare, in partnership with other professional societies, NGOs and multilateral organisations.

ISN is dedicated to enhancing the global nephrology community's participation in research, particularly in high-quality clinical trials and cohort studies, through activities that increase collaboration and sharing of experiences.

I want to thank each one of you for your contribution to making ISN a trusted leader, effective enabler, and connector of communities. The ISN's priorities are those of its members, and we look forward to hearing from you - either reaching us directly through the ISN Regional Boards or the leadership of your national and regional societies of nephrology.

I am honored to be serving as the ISN President in this 60th year of our society. I look forward to welcoming many of you at WCN20 in Abu Dhabi in March, and to the always lively and stimulating interchanges that take place at the Congress. 

Finally, I wish you the best for 2020, and look forward to working together for a future where all people have equitable access to sustainable kidney health.


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The celebratory activities to mark ISN’s 60th anniversary in 2020 have been launched.

Throughout 2020, ISN will highlight past accomplishments, current projects, and future aspirations in its mission to advance kidney health worldwide.

Some of the activities taking place in our 60th year are:

  • a series of articles, “Milestones in Nephrology”, published in ISN journal Kidney International, highlighting 60 groundbreaking papers that helped change and advance the field of nephrology
  • a number of events and special announcements at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) in Abu Dhabi on March 26-29, 2020
  • a celebration of key developments in nephrology in different parts of the world on org throughout the year
  • new content on the ISN Academy
  • anew ISN logo and redesigned website

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As part of the Saving Young Lives Project* a peritoneal dialysis (PD) training workshop was held at St John’s Medical College Hospital in Bengaluru, India, from November 15-16, 2019.

The workshop aimed to empower pediatricians working in the community and in hospital settings with a skill-based approach to the management of a child with acute kidney injury (AKI). The hands-on course taught early detection of AKI, non-dialysis management for AKI, and acute peritoneal dialysis. A course book was produced to accompany the workshop.

Read an article about the way local solutions are saving young lives here.

18 pediatricians and 2 nurses from Northeast and South India, as well as neighboring Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Mauritius attended the course. Selection was made by course facilitators Dr. Arpana Iyengar, Dr. Anil Vasudevan, and Dr. Rajiv Sinha based on available expertise and existing resources within the regions.

ISN President Vivek Jha was a guest speaker at the training, discussing AKI challenges around the world.

The impact of the SYL Renal Basic Life Support Training Course and other SYL courses is monitored by inviting course delegates to participate in collecting data of their future AKI patients treated with PD.

*An ISN collaboration with SYL partner organizations: the International Paediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA), the European Peritoneal Dialysis Organisation (EuroPD), and International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD).

As part of the Educational Ambassadors Program (EAP), the ISN supported Jaime Uribarri, from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, to spend one week in May 2019 as ISN Educational Ambassador to train staff at the Hospital Nacional Guillermo Almenara in Lima, Peru.

The aim of the training was to increase knowledge about the nutritional management of CKD to reduce the prevalence of protein-energy wasting (PEW) and the complications that can arise from this pathology. Peruvian educational programs in nephrology generally do not include nutritional considerations; and, despite high levels of malnutrition in the Peruvian population, there is a lack of reliable data available to clinicians.

The ISN Ambassador gave lectures and practice-sessions on basic concepts in nutritional assessment in CKD patients, latest clinical and laboratory criteria for PEW, and best practices in management of PEW and related nutritional disorders.

Training provided through ISN’s EAP is intended to improve patient care in the host center and promote growth of the local nephrology practice.

A two-day meeting is to be held in Vancouver, Canada, from January 31 to February 1, 2020, bringing together members of ISN Research groups, patients, clinicians, clinical trialists, academics, industry, and regulators to establish momentum for international collaborative work in clinical trials and research in kidney disease across the world.

The meeting will introduce current ISN research activities and describe the overall landscape in international clinical research. The core focus of the meeting is to establish the 1st International Definition of Kidney Failure in Clinical Trials Consensus Document, with publication and dissemination to follow.

This is the first attempt by the international nephrology community to identify a reproducible, robust definition of kidney failure for clinical trials, to be used worldwide, in any resource setting. The value of this consensus definition will be to improve consistency and understanding of results in clinical trials. This is a first step toward a long-term goal to improve the evidence-base from which to treat patients with kidney diseases worldwide.

This initiative is part of ISN’s recognition of the importance of clinical research and the need to enhance clinical trials based on established endpoints with international relevance.

Monday, 16 December 2019 09:31

ISN Welcomes Two New Collective Societies

The Colombian Association of Nephrology and Arterial Hypertension (ASOCOLNEF) and the Paraguayan Society of Nephrology (SPN) have joined as ISN Collective Societies, further strengthening a mutual commitment to the advancement of nephrology in the Latin American region.

Members of the SPN and ASOCOLNEF will enjoy the full benefits of ISN membership for a tailored fee. Collective Society status increases global activity and visibility through ISN endorsement, priority consideration for managing joint events, and complimentary participation in the Global Village at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN).

In addition, individual members of these societies enjoy full membership benefits including special event rates journals, special event rates, and education at the ISN Academy.

ISN looks forward to working closely with ASOCOLNEF and PSN to advance kidney health worldwide – together.

If you would like more information about the benefits of collective membership, please send an email to

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