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Latest ISN News

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Apply today for a chance to win a free pass to the 37th Vicenza Course on critical care in nephrology. The course will take place from May 28 to 30, 2019 at the Fiera di Vicenza Convention Center in Italy.

Monday, 07 January 2019 09:04

New Executive Director joins ISN

Charu MalikAs the new year starts, we welcome Charu Malik as the new ISN Executive Director. She takes over from Luca Segantini who has made truly outstanding contributions to ISN over the past decade.

Team photo nurses KenyaIn September, nurses Marie Richards and Thandiwe Ngcobo visited several hospitals in Kenya, supporting the local medical community with their kidney care challenges.

ISN President David Harris and President-Elect Vivek Jha traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia in late November 2018 to officially launch a national initiative with the Indonesian Society of Nephrology (PERNEFRI) to improve access to integrated kidney care throughout Indonesia.

Friday, 30 November 2018 11:54

AKI care training in Nepal

The Kidney Care Network recently organized the first acute kidney injury training course for health care providers at Nepal’s B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.

ISN SRC Nigeria Workshop ParticipantsSeveral ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRCs) from across Africa joined forces recently to set up an interventional nephrology training workshop in Nigeria, specifically focusing on vascular access and peritoneal dialysis.

Saving Young Lives EAP Ivory Coast team at tableISN Educational Ambassador Stefano Picca from the Children’s Research Hospital in Rome (Italy) recently collaborated with Laurence Adonis-Koffy at Abidjan’s Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Yopougon (Ivory Coast) to design a much-needed lecture on pediatric acute kidney injury, its causes and treatment.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 20:57

Building up the global nursing community

Through our partnership with the Canadian Society of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists (CANNT), we are setting out to help nurses in lower-middle-income countries benefit from free ISN Academy membership.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 09:29

Gain the skills to improve care in your region

CME Russia audienceThrough the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program, you work with a great number of experienced and knowledgeable teachers to improve care and discuss strategies and ideas to expand services for patients in your region.

Monday, 22 October 2018 08:55

Be part of an inspiring community!

We each have our story to tell about becoming an ISN member. It is great to share how the experience has contributed to advancing care for patients with kidney disease in our own part of the world.

You now have until October 31, 2018 to apply for the ISN-ANIO Clinical Nephropathology Certificate Program.

Monday, 22 October 2018 08:23

Next stage of ESKD strategic plan

End-stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) Summit Working Group leaders are meeting at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week to begin planning the implementation of the ESKD strategic plan to improve worldwide access to integrated ESKD care.

The ISN Nominating Committee has launched a consultation with ISN membership in preparation for the 2019 leadership elections.

The Nominating Committee welcomes suggestions from any member of ISN in relation to potential candidates for President-Elect.

To suggest a candidate for the President-Elect position, please send an email to Dominique Tudor, naming the ISN member who you think should be considered for President-Elect by Sunday, 18 November 2018.

Submissions of a candidate must be accompanied by a short (one paragraph) description of the individual’s previous accomplishments as an ISN leader or volunteer, the candidate’s potential fit with the ISN mission, mind-set and spirit based on concrete achievements, and the potential of the candidate to further expand current ISN activities and programs by their contribution. At this stage no additional documents, CVs or other information are required. We will consider all suggested names, and will request any further documentation and information wherever necessary to assist our final decisions.

Please note, every candidate for President-Elect must be a present or former member of the Executive Committee or Council

The Nominating Committee also welcomes suggestions from any member of ISN in relation to potential candidates for the following vacancies:

Each region below shall have 1 vacant seat in 2019 for the position of Regional Board Deputy Chair (NOTE: from 2019 these positions also form members of Council)

  • Africa 
  • Eastern and Central Europe 
  • Latin America and the Caribbean 
  • Middle East 
  • NIS and Russia 
  • North America and the Caribbean 
  • North and East Asia 
  • Oceania and South East Asia 
  • South Asia 
  • Western Europe 

To suggest a candidate for a Regional Board Deputy Chair position, please complete the online nomination form by Sunday, 18 November 2018. This will take approximately 10 minutes as you will be required to answer specific questions regarding the leadership skills and specific achievements of your nominee. Please note your ISN membership number is 216789. This number needs to be indicated in the online nomination form. After submission of the form, please send a full CV of the candidate to Dominique Tudor by email.

Friday, 12 October 2018 08:21

Valuable partners team up with WCN 2019

WCN2019We are happy to announce our partnership with Amgen, Astra Zeneca, Baxter and Danone Nutricia Research for the upcoming ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2019, taking place from April 12 to 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:53

Check out October's ISN-ACT trial list

Once a month, the team behind ISN-ACT (Advancing Clinical Trials) collect and publish a list of important nephrology trials from the latest medical literature. Each trial is reviewed in context and assessed for its risk of bias in key areas.

A call for Late Breaking Clinical Trial Abstracts is now open until January 21, 2019. These will be considered for potential oral presentation in special sessions at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2019.

Team EAP Nepal and IndiaThe Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital in Biratnagar (Nepal) welcomed ISN Educational Ambassador Jeyaraj Balasubramaniam. The educational visit was a valuable cross-regional, hands-on learning experience, based on similar challenges they face when caring for dialysis patients in their regions.

Health is a political choice. So, it is fitting that global health was on the agenda of last month's United Nations (UN) High-Level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at the 43rd UN General Assembly.

In collaboration with Saving Young Lives, the next ISN Young Nephrologists Committee (YNC) workshop will take place during the South African Renal Society (SARS) congress. This year’s theme is peritoneal dialysis for acute kidney injury. With a truly world-class faculty, this hands-on training course is definitively not to be missed!

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.

ISN Fellows are ready to start two months of training, together with Dan Adlington, first participant in the ISN Reverse Fellowship Program.

This week, ISN is set to represent the kidney health community at this year’s United Nations' (UN) General Assembly in New York. Coinciding with the third High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), this assembly’s program is a busy affair for ISN.

kdigoAn executive summary of the 2018 KDIGO hepatitis C in CKD guideline: Welcoming advances in evaluation and management is now available in Kidney International. 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 09:18

H4KH: Building up research into hydration

The Hydration for Kidney Health (H4KH) is an exciting partnership between ISN and Danone Nutricia Research to raise awareness about the effect of hydration on the kidneys.

2018 Silk Road Forum ISN Regional Training Center 2 The Silk-Road Forum of Kidney Disease, held from August 16 to 18, 2018 in Lanzhou (China), was a valuable platform for nephrologists from North West China and Middle Asia to learn, interact and build their knowledge of nephrology.

In 2013, a sister center partnership was set up between University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Fundanier (sponsored by ISN and The Transplantation Society). The ultimate goal of this collaboration was to establish a deceased donor program in Guatemala.

Thursday, 30 August 2018 12:09

Check out this month's ISN-ACT trial list

Once a month, we collect and publish a list of important nephrology trials from the latest medical literature. Each trial is reviewed in context and their risk of bias in seven key areas assessed.

Ana Elizabeth Figueiredo, Professor of Nursing at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, recently visited Sudan to share skills and knowledge, providing focused and onsite training for senior dialysis nurses.

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.

With the support of the ISN Sister Centers program, the transplant center at El Shifa Hospital in Gaza, Palestine has partnered with the UK's Royal Liverpool University hospital to build valuable training for doctors in the region so their patients can get the best treatment on offer. Karim Hammad, medical student at University of Liverpool shares his video testimony.

Beyond his scholarly accomplishments, John Harrington made a rich contribution to educating the international kidney community as one of the founding editors of the Nephrology Forum in Kidney International (KI), serving uninterruptedly for all 28 years of the feature’s life.

medical devices fund the georgeAn astounding 3.9 million USD has now been raised by a research team at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney Australia to support the development of a cost-efficient peritoneal dialysis system, giving hope to kidney disease patients desperately in need of treatment in the developing world.

With the amount of people needing dialysis set to double by 2030, the need for a cost-effective system has never been greater. Once market ready, this innovation could change access to treatment transforming dialysis practices in rural and remote settings and developing countries.

The International Society of Nephrology is very concerned about the current state of negotiations on the Political Declaration for the third United Nations High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (UN HLM on NCDs). Kidney disease – the 11th leading cause of death globally – is a silent epidemic affecting over 850 million people worldwide which poses a significant health care challenge for governments, particularly in low and middle income countries.

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is open for nominations until September 14, 2018.

September's issue of Kidney international (KI) will feature an important article from Ziyad Al-Aly and colleagues, which uses Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data to show, in just one generation since 1990, an almost doubling of the incidence, prevalence and mortality of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and a more than 60% increase in disability-adjusted life years, driven by population growth, aging, access to and quality of health care, and in some populations diabetes.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 16:32

Join the SONG-PKD Delphi panel

SONG logoThe Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology – Polycystic Kidney Disease (SONG-PKD) initiative is calling on the nephrology community to be part of the SONG-PKD Delphi panel. Round one is now open, get started now by registering your email online.

PhilippinesOver the last 20 years, the ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) has supported nephrologists and their patients in many countries, helping cope with and provide care in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:12

Watch the Sister Centers webinar

Thinking of taking part in the next ISN Sister Renal Centers Programs call for applications? Watch the recording of our recent webinar on applying for the ISN Sister Centers Programs.

A warm welcome to the Ivory Coast’s Nephrology Society. The Ivorian nephrology community is growing rapidly and is actively involved in many screening and prevention programs.

Friday, 06 July 2018 14:31

Taking action on ESKD

The second Global Kidney Health Summit in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates delved into the pressing issues surrounding end-stage kidney disease (ESKD).

ACT logoMany thanks to everybody who responded to the ISN-ACT toolkit questionnaire. Responses revealed a strong interest in getting more guidance to design and conduct clinical trials. This information will contribute to the ongoing development of an ISN-ACT clinical trials toolkit.

KI cover jul 2018The 2017 impact factors have now been published. Find out more about how our publications have been rated!

Kidney diseases have so far been underestimated in many respects: most people are not aware of their impaired kidney function.

Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:37

Stepping up nephrology care in Samoa

2018 Samoa low res 0761ISN headed to Samoa recently to begin developing partnerships with the medical community on the island. The visit revealed how strengthening the ties between ISN, the Asia Pacific Society of Nephrology (ASPN), the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) and the National Kidney Foundation Samoa (NKFS) provides valuable training to local doctors and nurses. It also creates opportunities for improved renal care delivery.

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 joined the Danone Nutricia Hydration congress in Évians-les-Bains, France, in support of our longest-standing corporate member. We have been working with Danone Nutricia since our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010.

Khalida B Soki Vicenza CourseWith support from the ISN Young Nephrologists Committee, two ISN members recently took part in the 36th Vicenza course on acute kidney injury (AKI) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). A valuable opportunity for members of the ISN community to make worthwhile contacts while learning more about issues affecting their patients.

Following March's second Global Kidney Health Summit in the United Arab Emirates, the outputs from this meeting are currently being written for publication. In the meantime, here is what came out the first Global Kidney Health Summit held in Canada in 2016.

Pierre RONCO 2015We sat down with Pierre Ronco to discover what lies ahead for one of nephrology’s leading journals and hear about his plans to respond to the challenges of publishing and education within the field.

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