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Educational Ambassador Fogazzi AfricaSeveral emerging centers will be welcoming ISN Educational Ambassadors to their institutions as of September 2012 following the recent call for applications session.

The ISN Global Outreach (GO) Programs are one of ISN's most exciting initiatives focusing on bringing together nephrologists by offering interesting educational opportunities in developing and developed countries. To stand with the best chance of taking part in these programs, mark the following application deadline dates in your calendar.


ISPD logoISN is happy to be taking part in the 14th Congress of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) from September 9 to 12, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two societies recently set up a collaboration and will be working together to help advance care and educational opportunities in nephrology.

ann arborThis June saw the ISN Forefronts symposium take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan from June 7 to 10, 2012. This time around, the meeting focused on systems biology and the kidney. It was thoroughly enjoyed by nephrologists and other specialists alike.


For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) is inviting you to contribute to the development of the next version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The ICD is the WHO publication that ensures that the public health community as a whole can refer to diseases and health conditions in a consistent way.  

Thursday, 21 June 2012 16:12

ISN launches ISN Education

dharrisToday, we are pleased to launch the new ISN Education section of this website! Since last year the ISN Education Committee has been developing a comprehensive collection of educational resources for the ISN website. Have a look at the initial offering:


The ISN GO Eastern and Central Europe Regional Committee held its first regional workshop on May 26, 2012 during the ERA-EDTA Congress in Paris. Some 35 people attended the meeting, including leaders from Eastern and Central Europe. Participants came from Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Sunday, 03 June 2012 18:02

Science, sake, and the earth moves

Japan is the country with the third largest ISN membership, and the Japanese Society of Nephrology (JSN), through the efforts and commitment of its leaders, has over recent years become a strong and supportive affiliated society of ISN.

Sunday, 03 June 2012 16:06

Beautiful Paris

I arrived in Paris on 24th May for the ERA-EDTA Congress just as summer began –warm sunshine and blue skies.  However I saw very little of this beautiful city because I spent most of the 3 days I was there in meeting rooms – such is the life of the ISN President! And I only managed to get to one scientific session of the congress – the one in which I was speaking. Sally in the ISN office is always asking me for photos to post with my blog – but none this time - pictures of the inside of meeting rooms are not very interesting!

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.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 15:23

Join the ISN YNC's Mentorship Program

YNC Brazil webThe ISN Young Nephrologists Committee (ISN-YNC) Mentoring Program was established in 2010 to foster international relationships between nephrologists and nephrologists-in-training or more junior nephrologists/nephrology researchers.


ISN News Cover May 2012The latest edition ISN News has just been published. You will have noticed that we are no longer offering you this edition in print format but you can read the electronic version on the Gateway now.

discovery-channel-logo-550x260A video about the impact of kidney disease worldwide and ISN Global Outreach Program activities was aired on the Discovery Channel on May 2nd, 2012. You can watch the video below.

Monday, 21 May 2012 00:00

ISN Video Legacy Project

ISN VideoISN is happy to announce the launch of the ISN Video Legacy Project. This project is dedicated to the archival preservation of some of the greatest names in the history of nephrology. It is a compilation of video and audio interviews with doctors from all over the world and was launched by Stewart Cameron (UK) and Kim Solez (Canada).

conference center indiaThe Department of Nephrology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences recently organized a kidney disease awareness program aimed at children. The program was endorsed and supported by the Kidney Foundation Institute of Delhi, the Indian Academy of Nephrology and the Indian Society of Nephrology. Nearly 800 school children from 20 schools in Delhi, both public and private, and thirty teachers took part in this half day education program.

Bishnu Pahari with colleaguesThe next deadline to apply for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program is 15 June 2012. To find out more about this ISN GO Program CLICK HERE. You can apply online HERE now. You can also consult the Fellowship booklet HERE to get practical details on the program and the application process.

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:23

Monthly update from CSN

The Canadian Society of Nephrology met in St John’s Newfoundland, for our first meeting after the WCN 2011 (April 25 to 28, 2012). The membership was thankful to the ISN for the opportunity to host the WCN in Vancouver as well as showcase Canadian hospitality and science.


NefrologiaISN is happy to announce the winners of the free passes for the upcoming International Vicenza Course on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), Hemodialysis (HD) and Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) taking place in Vicenza, Italy from June 10-13, 2014.

Ayo Shonibare webThe deadline for the ISN Global Outreach Educational Ambassador Program has now been extended. Applications will be accepted until May 31st, 2012.

Monday, 07 May 2012 09:47

First ISN GO CME in Kazakhstan

WGC KazakhstanAn ISN Global Outreach (GO) Continuous Medical Educational (CME) course was held from April 25 to 27 in Almaty, Kazakhstan as part of the 2nd Congress of Nephrologists of the New Independent States. The congress was organized by the ISN Regional Committee in Russia, the Central Independent States chaired by Helena Zakarova and Professor A.B. Kanatbayeva, president of the Kazakhstan Nephrology Association and Chief of Nephrology at the National Medical University in Kazakhstan.

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.

Dr. Remuzzi and DrISN is happy to welcome Marcello Tonelli as the new chair of the ISN Global Outreach Research and Prevention (R&P) Program. He will now take over from ISN President Elect Giuseppe Remuzzi, who has headed the committee since its foundation. Remuzzi says that "being appointed to chair the first ISN GO Research and Prevention Committee was a real honor. It was an intense and engaging experience to start this new venture of cooperation with colleagues who often work in challenging, diverse, and sometimes unbelievably difficult circumstances."

ISN is taking part in this year's European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) Congress at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France from May 24 to 27, 2012.

ISN is proud to endorse the 30th Anniversary International Vicenza Course which focused on peritoneal dialysis. It will take place from June 12 to 15, 2012 at the Congress Center Fiera in Vicenza, Italy. Read the program and register online HERE

Fellowship group photoISN is happy to announce the results of the latest round of applications for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship program.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:23

ISN at SLANH 2012

I am just on my way home from Colombia where SLANH (Sociedad Latinoamericana de Nefrología e Hipertensión) held its biennial Congress – just over a thousand nephrologists from all over Latin America were registered. Even the locals thought it was hot, 35 degrees and humid. How did we ever function without air conditioning?

THE WORLD BANK on Tuesday selected as its next president Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American global health expert and president of Dartmouth College.

Monday, 16 April 2012 08:29

ISN awards 2013

WCN2011-2122KaplanLilianJeanKaplanAwardThe International Society of Nephrology invites its membership to propose candidates for its three prestigious biennial awards.

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.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 10:24

ISN Global Outreach Postings

As part of its evolving online education strategy and to support its members in the developing world, ISN has developed a new feature on its website called “Global Outreach Postings”. ISN members from emerging countries are invited to submit manuscripts for review and, if suitable, publication on ISN’s website.

ISN is proud to launch Global Outreach Postings, a new initiative that will help nephrologists around the world to spread their knowledge. As part of ISN GO program activities and in collaboration with the ISN Education Program, Global Outreach Postings is an online publication scheme for nephrologists residing and working in emerging countries.

The Journal of Nephropathology (JNP), a new peer reviewed tri-annual medical journal, is dedicated to basic and clinical researche in the fields of renal pathology, nephrology, kidney transplantation, renal physiology and hypertension. 

ISPD 2012 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 9 to 12, 2012. The incidence of end-stage renal failure is on the rise in the Asian continent and the Asian Nephrology community is dealing with burgeoning numbers of ESRD patients requiring dialysis.

Diabetes mellitus accounts for almost half of all dialysis patients in most centers. The associated comorbidity of these patients makes it a struggle to provide comprehensive dialysis treatment. In parts of Asia with a rapidly aging population this further hampers efforts to provide equitable treatment for all. Peritoneal dialysis provides a reasonable alternative in the management of end stage renal failure especially in patients with coexistent cardiovascular disease and challenging vascular access. The Scientific Programme will focus on these problems as well as review current issues in the management of peritoneal dialysis patients.

ISN will be present at this event through presentations from some of ISN Leaders and Committee Members including Fiona Brown (Young Nephrologist Committee Member), Vivekanand Jha (Executive Committee Member), Roberto Pecoits-Filho (Young Nephrologists Committee Chair), Fred Finkelstein (Dialysis Committee Co-Chair), Philip Li (WCN 2013 Scientific Program Committee Member), Peter Kerr (Council Member), Joanne Bargman (Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee Member), and Norbert Lamiere (GO CME Chair). ISN will also have a stand at the event where we hope those of you who are taking part in the event will stop by and learn more about what ISN is doing to advance kidney care around the world.

For more information CLICK HERE. 

It has been 40 years since the first issue of Kidney journal cover_largeInternational was published. ISN started its publication history with Nephron in 1964. Kidney International, or KI as it has become known, became its flagship journal in 1972.

WKD2012adISN joined this year's World Kidney Day celebrations on March 8, 2012. A joint initiative between ISN and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations, World Kidney Day raises awareness about the importance of kidneys to our overall health and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems. The 2012 campaign focused on the positive outcome of kidney transplantation and the life-saving aspect of organ donation.

In the run up to the big day, ISN leaders and councillors were out and about supporting this cause as much as they could. ISN President John Feehally, was in Jordan talking about transplantation at the Jordan Society of Nephrology's annual congress (see ISN blog). Giuseppe Remuzzi, ISN's President Elect wrote an editorial on World Kidney Day published in OK Salute, a supplement in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. ISN Secretary General Adeera Levin was in Boston, Massachusetts meeting with students and researchers, discussing her own research and giving a lecture on the global burden chronic kidney disease (CKD).

She says that "this activity was created by Tufts Medical Center specifically to celebrate WKD for the general medical group at the institution. In keeping with ISN key activities of education, research and outreach, I described opportunities for ongoing research in CKD to improve patient outcomes as well as the issues facing developing countries with respect to CKD." In British Columbia, the BC Renal Agency and its network developed a Kidney Smart campaign and all kidney programs in the province planned activities with BC Transplant groups, to celebrate the themes of kidney disease and transplantation.

But, what about ISN councillors? They also played an important role in raising awareness on a regional level. Find out in further details how they got involved on a local level.

Susan Quaggin, ISN Councillor in Canada, was in Durham, North Carolina speaking to students, scientists and clinicians about the complications of diabetic nephropathy and the development of new agents to slow down the progression of this renal disease.  Back in her own laboratory in Toronto, her students and post-doctoral fellows hosted an institution-wide "Kidney Drop-In" to promote knowledge, interest and collaborations in kidney research. "On the eve of World Kidney Day, I spoke about the burden of kidney disease and the tremendous hope research can bring to community members," she adds.

Down Under, Peter Kerr, ISN councillor from Australia held a media event giving journalists the chance to tour the renal facilities at Monash University hospital in Melbourne. He says that for a country like Australia, increasing the transplant message is most important and there is a special focus on improving awareness of organ donation.

In Sri Lanka, Rezvi Sheriff, took part in celebrations at the Western Infirmary, Colombo. Birds were released into the sky to mark  freedom from kidney disease. A report on the Asian Forum CKD Initiative was published on March 8, 2012 and free kidney screenings were also available to visitors.

Sanjay Agarwal from the All India Institute of Medical Science celebrated World Kidney Day on March 10, 2012 with faculty from the Division of Nephrology, Department of Pediatric and Nephrology. "Patients on dialysis received counseling for renal transplants. They were also given dietary and other treatment advice," he explained. On an educational level, the Delhi Nephrology Society organized a public function where senior faculty talked about various aspects of CKD including prevention, medical treatment and the option of renal replacement therapy. Agarwal explained that 25,000 flyers were distributed to the local community, kidney health screenings were carried out and a kidney care camp was organized to screen some 250 people.

Chih-Wei Yang, ISN councillor in Taiwan, was at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. The clinic takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating CKD, particularly focusing on patients with diabetes. In the afternoon, he took part in a celebration service for organ donors and recipients. In China, Zhi-Hong Liu, ISN councillor and President of the Chinese Society of Nephrology, celebrated WKD with the Chinese Society of Transplantation and the Red Cross Society of China. She participated in a press conference in Nanjing to raise awareness about kidney disease and transplantation. A public health announcement was broadcast on national television about the lack of donor organs and the use of deceased donor organs.

On the first anniversary of the disaster that struck Japan in March 2011, Toshio Miyata was involved in preparing the memorial service Sendai. "Through this disaster, the medical community learned about the necessary dialysis support networks and patients transportation systems needed during such as disaster," he explained.

According to Somchai Eiam-Ong, World Kidney Day is one of the most important activities of the Nephrology Society of Thailand. Thanks to television, radio and film personalities as well as popular testimonials they continue to plan many activities throughout the year. In Vietnam, Tran Xuan Truong took part in a meeting on transplantation and transplant recipients. Gathering some 200 specialist doctors from South Vietnam, it was a valuable meeting for him and his colleagues.

Across Europe, Francesco Locatelli spoke at the Senate in Rome, Italy, generating strong media presence across the country. Kai-Uwe Eckardt helped organize a press conference in Germany. A patient who received a combined kidney and pancreas transplant two years ago told his story to the press. Dick de Zeeuw helped prepare an FDA meeting on "what are the best hard endpoints in renal intervention trials?". In addition, he worked on writing a summary of two international albuminuria conferences that were held over the last two years. Jorge B Cannata-Andia, ISN councillor from Spain, spent World Kidney Day in Kiev, Ukraine giving lectures on "Age, bones and CKD" and "Vitamin D metabolism in CKD".

Laszlo Rosivall, President of the Hungarian Nephrological Society, helped organize roadshows and screenings to explain the importance of kidney donation. He also organized the 19th Budapest Nephrology School and 13th IFKF Annual Meeting in Budapest. On March 8 and 9, 2012, Irma Tchokhonelidze explained that several screenings were carried out at the High Technology Medical Center University Clinic in Georgia, where the largest department of nephrology is established. "More than 1000 people with diabetes and hypertension underwent the screening," she adds. Outreach activities also took place in Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan.

Further south, Martha Franco was in Mexico City for a meeting supported by several medical and philanthropic institutions supporting programs to help patients with renal disease. "Several nephrologists talked about renal disease in children, chronic renal disease in adults, peritoneal and hemodialysis, renal transplants in Mexico and nutrition for patients with renal disease," she adds. Ana Cusumano, ISN councillor from Argentina translated the 2012 WKD Editorial into Spanish and sent the article for publication in Nefrología Diálisis y Transplante and Nefrología Argentina.

In Chile, Sergio Mezzano gave a lecture in Valdivia, during an event dedicated to CKD. This activity devoted to organ donation and transplantation was supported by the Ministry of Health, political representatives and the Red Cross. Free screening of glucose, creatinine, urine and blood pressure was available as well as educational activities for the general public.

Mona Nasir Alrukhaimi, Co-chair of the ISN GO Middle East Committee spoke at the Jordan Society of Nephrology. "Various activities took place in the United Arab Emirates in hospitals, malls and in public parks including free screenings.The KDIGO guidelines for care of transplant patients were printed in a booklet format and distributed to all renal physicians for easy access during their daily practice. Also the DICC brochure to educate patients against buying a kidney was printed in Arabic and English version and distributed to the public."

ISN would like to thank the leaders and councillors for their enthusiasm and dedication to this important event on the nephrology calendar. We look forward to many more successful World Kidney Day campaigns, raising global awareness about kidney health and issues surrounding kidney disease.

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.

I’m on the way home from the Jordan Society of Nephrology annual scientific meeting where I was invited as an ISN-sponsored speaker by Norbert Lameire (from Belgium, and of course chair of the ISN GO CME program) and Patrick Niaudet (pediatric nephrologist in Paris).

smallWKD Logo_2012_4emailToday World Kidney Day (WKD) is raising awareness about the amazing life-changing potential of kidney transplantation. Medical and patient communities, politicians, corporations, charitable organizations and the general public are telling the world about the benefits of kidney transplantation.

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:16

Register early for ISN Nexus and Forefronts

Early registration is now open for the upcoming ISN Nexus and Forefronts symposia. These interactive events provide delegates with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with peers and colleagues, stimulate sharing of some of the latest research on key topics, best clinical practices and case studies across borders.

The upcoming ISN Nexus symposium will take place from September 20 to 23, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark and will focus on the link between the bone and the kidney. Register now HERE. The early registration deadline is June 15, 2012. You can also send your abstract by signing up online HERE. Make sure you apply before the deadline expires on April 16, 2012.

The ISN Forefronts symposium will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA from June 7 to 10, 2012 and will focus on systems biology and the kidney. Register for this event before April 6, 2012 HERE. Abstracts submission for this event has now closed.

As ISN leaders, we often talk of the many opportunities offered by the five ISN GO programs and the importance of fully integrating these programs with the activities of our eight Regional Committees to advance the development of nephrology worldwide. I recently had a unique opportunity to see this vision play out to the benefit of a young potential nephrologist in the Middle East.

EGYPTFor World Kidney Day 2012, the Egypt-EKI Sister Renal Center would like to share a link to its kidney and heart calculator as part of its detection and prevention program for non-communicable disease (NCDs).

To access the tool, CLICK HERE.  Find out more about the program HERE

BCPRALogoVancouver, BC – Around the world March 8, 2012 is World Kidney Day. It is also International Women’s Day, an occasion for recognizing the many contributions of women in all areas of society – including those women who provide the gift of life to others by donating a kidney for transplant.

This is the last chance to register. Apply today for a chance to win a free registration pass to the 30th Anniversary International Vicenza Course on Peritoneal Dialysis taking place in Vicenza, Italy from June 12-15, 2012.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 09:53

The latest edition of ISN News is out now!

February ISN News coverThe latest edition ISN News has just been published. You can read the electronic version on the Gateway now. In this issue, we focus on kidney transplantation and donation. With World Kidney Day 2012 almost upon us, we highlight the theme of this year's campaign.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:19

Kidney transplantation - offering hope to all

smallWKD Logo_2012_4emailMarch 8, 2012 is Wolrld Kidney Day. This year we are focusing on the importance of kidney transplantation and donation, spreading the word on the effectiveness of this form of treatment. The last 50 years have seen the development of new medications and approaches - improving the lives of kidney transplant recipients. The importance of including transplantation as a treatment option for all cannot be overstated. Nonetheless, the legacy of transplantation is unfortunately threatened by organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

congreso-2012The Sociedad Latinoamericana de Nefrologia e Hipertension (SLANH) will organize its annual congress from April 18 to 22, 2012 in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia.

ISN President John Feehally will lead a workshop during this meeting. ISN will also participate in the exhibition, offering more information about its activities and membership. More information will follow shortly so stay tuned on the Gateway for further updates.

If you plan to attend this event, take the opportunity to come by the ISN stand, meet the team and talk to ISN leaders. For further information on the program, CLICK HERE. 

Monday, 27 February 2012 15:21

NKF 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings

SCM12 lockup_H_NKFlogo_RGBThe National Kidney Foundation 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings will be held from May 9 to 13, 2012 at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC. The meeting is designed to enhance skills and optimize coordination of the interdisciplinary team to improve care of patients with kidney disease.

Over 2,500 participants will learn about new and evolving concepts related to kidney disease through a carefully designed combination of interactive courses, practical workshops, thought-provoking symposia, and insightful debates incorporating the latest developments in clinical nephrology.

For more information, visit: http://www.nkfclinicalmeetings.org

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:33

ISN R & P Program deadline: April 1st, 2012

KHDC in WKD2010Mark your calendar for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Research and Prevention Program application deadline on April 1st, 2012. If you are interested in applying for this ISN GO Program, make sure to send your application online before this date. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:18

SRC pair Egypt-UK moves up to level B status

Training of nurses in the Diabetes outpatient clinic how to test urine by dipstick webThe Damanhour Medical National Institute in Egypt and the Sheffield Kidney Institute in the UK have now been officially recognized a level B pair in the ISN Global OUtreach (GO) Sister Renal Center (SRC)Program. This status was awarded to the pair following the successful activities they were involved in last year.

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