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Thursday, 25 November 2010 16:10

Supporting Acute Kidney Injury in India

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The ISN Acute Kidney Injury working group conducted a one day work shop on October 31, 2010 at the Care hospital in Hyderabad, India under the leadership of South Asian Council Member Ravindra Metha and Georgi Abraham.  Some 26 doctors including leading nephrologists from India, intensivists and cardiologists attended the event. 

Monday, 08 November 2010 16:07

SLANH signs ISN Fellowship agreement

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An ISN GO Sister Renal Center partnership between the National Center of Nephrology, Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation at the Fourth City Hospital in Minsk, Belarus and the Oxford Kidney Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe Hospital has led to 18 successful pediatric transplants in the country in 2010.

Shortly, the pair will graduate from their level A status after having set up a successful pediatric transplantation program. “The ISN Minsk-Oxford collaboration has been enlightening, exciting and rewarding for participants from the emerging and supporting center,” explains liaison officer Aleh Kalachyk.

In February 2009, surgeons from Belarus travelled to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK to witness a pediatric transplant. Following this, three pediatric transplants were carried out by local surgeons at the Belarus Institution between April  to October of the same year. “The success of this collaboration shows the importance of education in advancing kidney care in the developing world. It reveals how a lot can be achieved with just a little training and guidance from the supporting center”, adds SRC Chair Paul Harden.

Previous to 2007, there was no prospect for transplants. Patients were sent to Moscow for an expensive operation. Now, the country counts 170 nephrologists, 18 nephrology clinics, 17 nephrology patient center and one transplant center. Since 2006, there has been a  42% growth in hemodialysis  capacity while peritoneal dialysis has also increased.

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 16:14

SLANH signs ISN Fellowship agreement

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The Latin American Society for Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH) has signed an agreement with ISN to offer fellowship opportunities for nephrologists from emerging countries to train in Host Centers in their own region of the world, rather than in North America, Europe or Australasia.

ISN is very enthusiastic about this agreement as it emphasizes the overall goal of the ISN Fellowship Program to build capacity by offering appropriate clinical and research training that responds to local nephrology communities. It will offer more opportunities for fellows who wish to gain training in their own geographical region.

Twice a year the ISN Fellowship Program gives kidney specialists from developing countries the chance to gain hands-on training in advanced host institutions and acquire state-of-the-art knowledge in basic and clinical nephrology, dialysis, transplantation, and epidemiology. They receive specific training to ultimately improve the standards of kidney care in their home country. The next deadline for applications has now changed to December 15, 2010. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 15:50

Fellowship Program Session 2010-12 Outcome

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ISN is happy to announce the outcome of the latest Fellowship Program application session. Click here to view the full list of candidates who have been awarded a long or short-term fellowship. ISN would like to thank KRUK, APSN, CREED, ASN and ERA-EDTA for sponsoring this session.

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) has also agreed to top-up ISN, ISN-CREED and ISN-APSN Fellowships that are hosted in Australia or New Zealand with a total contribution of $10,000 AUD per year, in recognition of the relatively high cost of living.

Several local fellowship were awarded to candidates applying in this round, helping, for instance, African candidates train in other African countries. For the first time, a Saulo Klahr Fellowship was given to the highest-ranked candidate from Latin America. After Saulo Klahr’s recent passing, this fellowship was set up to recognize his great contributions to nephrology and ISN. Fellowships have also been named after the Salmasi family and Otsuka.

Monday, 01 March 2010 08:27

First ISN GO regional workshop in Africa

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The ISN Global Outreach (GO) Program held its first Regional Workshop on February 19, 2011 in Dakar, Senegal, following the 11th meeting of the African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN) – giving GO participants from the region a chance to network and pick up the latest information on regional committee activities.

Friday, 01 January 2010 12:29

KHDC Program reaches out to rural Nigeria

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In 2007, Dr Ifeoma Ulasi received a grant through the ISN GO Research and Prevention Program to conduct a screening and prevention program in rural South-East Nigeria, identifying members of the population with symptoms of chronic kidney and cardiovascular disease. This initiative also went as far as to diagnose some cases of cancer.

Ulasi, a senior lecturer and consultant nephrologist at the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, tells of her experience when a village chief was found to have reduced GFR. "He was referred to the tertiary centre where further investigations revealed he had prostate cancer. He has since been receiving the appropriate treatment," adds Ulasi.

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