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Friday, 22 April 2011 09:58

Japan: crisis and recovery Featured

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This article was published on Kidney International by ISN President, prof. John Feehally, on 6 April 2011


An oft-repeated military adage is that 'no plan survives first contact with the enemy.' How true that must seem now to our Japanese colleagues. For them 'the enemy' was a giant shock and a devastating wave. Within a few moments the most thorough and careful civil defense planning of the Japanese institutions refined over many years was overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of nature's assault on their shores. Those of us watching from afar by television could only imagine how difficult it must have been in reality—so much damage, so much human loss, so much uncertainty, so many needs.

Monday, 04 April 2011 13:37

Renew your ISN membership

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ISN membership renewal season is set to continue until January 31, 2011. Make sure you renew your membership in time to continue receiving the many benefits of ISN membership and help ISN advance kidney care around the world.

As a member, you are eligible to take part in ISN's Global Outreach Programs including the Fellowship, Research and Prevention, Sister Renal Centers, Continuing Medical Education and Educational Ambassadors. You can also actively contribute to ISN's humanitarian outreach programs, benefit from voting rights and become eligible to serve on the ISN committees.

ISN is proud to endorse the 20th International Vicenza Course and has kindly provided five free registration passes for its members by the Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal Transplantation at the St. Bortolo Hospital in Vicenza. Applications are open to young nephrologists (under the age of 37) who are ISN Members. To renew your membership for 2011, click here.

The Division of Nephrology Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital is happy to announce that its latest course will take place from June 6 to 10, 2011 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Early Registration has been set for March 1st, 2011. For more information, click here . The course aims to update attendees on the latest developments in renal medicine by presenting concise and up-to-date information on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of renal diseases.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:28

Vote for ISN Council members

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This year, 11 new Councilors will be elected and the Nominating Committee has put forward three names for each of the 11 vacancies. All information is available online. The ISN Council is the governing body of the Society. The duty of Council members is to supervise ISN’s affairs, set policies and define its rules and regulations. All judicial and executive responsibilities for the Society rest with the Council. All Society members are encouraged to vote as Councilors should reflect the various disciplines and geographic diversities that make up ISN.
Sunday, 06 March 2011 20:07

The Acute Kidney Injury Committee

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The committee is engaged in the development of uniform standards for defining and classifying acute kidney injury (AKI) that can be used in clinical research (trials) in patients with AKI. Consensus standards for diagnosing and classifying (staging) AKI that need to be validated in future studies have been developed. 

The Committee is involved with the organisation of several educational courses and organizes its own Symposia on AKI which is typically held as a satellite symposium to the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN).

Registrations and abstract submissions are now open for ISN Forefronts Symposia 2011. For more information, visit the ISN Forefronts website. Waste no time in registering and don't forget to send through your abstracts before April 11, 2011.

Monday, 21 February 2011 17:14

Nominate candidates for AMGEN award 2011

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ISN is inviting the ISN renal community to send nominations for the AMGEN-sponsored awards to be handed out at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.

Monday, 21 February 2011 17:14

ISN RDRTF reacts to disaster in Japan

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The ISN Renal Disaster Relief Taskforce (RDRTF) has responded to the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday March 11, 2011.

Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:27

Nephropathology workshop material available

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Nephropathology workshop sponsored by ISN Global Outreach Program was held at the Madras Medical Mission Hospital Chennai and Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry on February 11, 2010.

From a local project in Dharan city, the B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences' prevention program now focuses on regional prevention and is developing more kidney research projects in Eastern Nepal - encouraging centers across the country to screen populations.

Sunday, 02 January 2011 08:08

New ISN Fellows join the GO Program

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ISN would like to congratulate a new group of Fellows who submitted a successful application during the last call for proposals in December 2010. Click here to find out who has been admitted to the program.

This time around, a total of 18 grants were awarded to young doctors. 10 long-term fellowships were given to candidates in Africa, Asia and Latin America and five short-term fellowships were handed out to applicants in Mexico, Bangladesh, India, Jordan and Nigeria.

Three fellows also saw their fellowship extended by 3 to 12 months. ISN would like to thank ERA-EDTA and APSN for sponsoring several successful candidates. Three grants were also awarded in honor of Robert Schrier, AMGEN contributions and nephrologist Saula Klahr who passed away last year.

In the last 20 years, over 500 nephrologists from developing nations have received invaluable training through the ISN GO Fellowship Program. It has become an effective vehicle for transfering knowledge, skills, experience and provide opportunities to younger renal physicians from less privileged parts of the world.

For more information about the outcome of the session, please contact Ms Samantha Rens at the ISN Global Operations Center, e-mail: srens@isn-online.org.

 

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

SRC Belarus-UK

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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 in Latin America and Caribbean to train in Host Centers in their own region of the world, rather than in North America, Europe or Australia.

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. There are two application deadlines: May 1st and October 1st. 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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