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Latest ISN News

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 09:27

Join the EHEC/HUS symposium this September

In May this year, Germany was hit by a Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) epidemic posing a big challenge to the medical community and health policymakers alike. The EHEC bacterium O104:H4 proved to be a tenacious and aggressive pathogen, causing haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) in 860 of 3,000 patients affected.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 08:55

ISN News August edition out now!

ISN_News_August_2011_coverThe latest edition ISN News has now been published and is on its way to you. You can already read the electronic version on the Gateway now.

The Instituto de Nefrología La Paz, Bolivia and the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo, Italy recently took their Sister Renal Center (SRC) partnership to a new level.

The ISN GO Genitourinary Expert Group has just finished collecting worldwide data for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2005 initiative.


ISN Executive Committee members will meet in Oxford for an intensive 3-day discussion about the future of the ISN.

The ISN Renal Pathology Advisory Committee recently sought applications for mini-sabbaticals for nephropathologists from developing countries to travel to a major nephropathology meeting and stay onsite for up to two weeks for further training.

The next ISN update course in nephrology will take place in Dubai from December 9 to 12, 2011 at the InterContinental Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Friday, 24 June 2011 08:26

Success for CKD course in Turkey

Participants CME Istanbul

ISN, the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, European Society of Pediatric Nephrology and ERA-EDTA recently supported an ISN Global Outreach Continuous Medical Education course on Chronic Kidney Disease: Epidemiology, prevention and management.

Friday, 24 June 2011 08:18

CME highlights CKD in North Sri Lanka

web-Fig-4_-SL-HEALTH-MINISTER-2_2In May, ISN leaders participated in the first ISN Continuous Medical Education course in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Association of Nephrology and Transplantation and the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo co-sponsored this event.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:10

WCN 2011: post event material now online

WCN2011_logo_cmyk_lr_withdateThe 2011 World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver, Canada succeeded in fulfilling its educational mission. Bringing together more than 5000 delegates, 350 speakers and an excellent range of sessions. The ISN was delighted to partner with the Canadian Society of Nephrology to host this leading event within the international renal community.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011 08:39

Visit our stand at ERA-EDTA

ISN is on the road again this month, joining the exhibition at this year’s European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) Congress. You can visit the ISN exhibition from June 23 to 26, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic (stand 3.C.8).

If you work in any aspect of renal care (pre-dialysis, dialysis or kidney transplant) or in the area of chronic disease management, the 2011 BC Nephrology and Renal Transplant Days conference may be of interest to you. Hosted by the BC Provincial Renal Agency and BC Transplant from October 6 to 7, 2011 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. This two-day event will include up to 500 health care professionals and administrators from across the entire renal care continuum. Delegates from across British Columbia and other parts of Canada and the United States will attend the conference to discuss the latest research, trends, clinical treatment and surgical breakthroughs in renal patient care.

The conference has applied for and expects BC Nephrology Days to be granted accreditation status through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. All health professionals will receive certificates of attendance to submit for continuing education hours.

For more information and to register for the conference, go to www.nephtransplantdays.ca.

ISN is happy to announce that it has renewed its partnership agreement between the Turkish Society of Nephrology (TSN) and the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program, giving new opportunities to fellowship applicants.

When you register for the upcoming ISN Forefronts Symposium, taking place from September 22 to 25, 2011 in Aarhus, Denmark don’t forget to book your accommodation here.

There are two deadlines depending on the hotel that you choose:

Cabinn Hotel  - June 23, 2011.

Radisson SAS Hotel - August 22, 2011.

This time around, ISN Forefronts focuses on the mechanisms underlying proteinuria, its pathophysiological consequences and potential targets for intervention. For more information, click here

ISN is pleased to offer a limited number of travel grants to young nephrologists (including free registration to the symposium plus three nights of accommodation). Click here for more details on the eligibility criteria and application procedure.

There are two upcoming deadlines to bear in mind when applying for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Programs. We encourage you to generate applications in your region by disseminating the information to your contacts.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:27

ISN Global Outreach awards 2011

Participants involved in ISN's Global Outreach (GO) Programs were rewarded for their achievements at the recent World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver, Canada. After the very successful GO poster sessions, the awards were handed out and winners had the opportunity to present current projects to GO workshop participants.

The 2011 World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver saw ISN councilors cast their vote for ISN leaders. Giuseppe Remuzzi became President Elect and successor to John Feehally who is looking forward to his new role as ISN President.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:20

ISN launches new website

ISN is striving to provide a better web-based experience showcasing its efforts in advancing nephrology worldwide and providing a platform for members and non-members to access relevant information. A new and more user-friendly website has now been launched, visit: www.theisn.org.

The winners of the WCN 2011 participant survey were announced at the ISN exhibition stand at the end of the congress.

The survey was conducted amongst the participants to get a better understanding of their awareness of ISN and the value placed on society member services.

In case you missed this information, here is a round-up of the lucky winners below. Many thanks to everyone for filling in this survey and congratulations to the three individuals who have won a pass to one of the three upcoming ISN educational events.

ISN Forefronts – September 22-25, 2011, Aarhus, Denmark: Gisele Vajgel Fernandes, Hospital Das Clinicas Da UFPE, Recife, Brazil.

ISN Nexus Symposium – September 20-23, 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark: Sandra Castelo Meza, Director Clinica Renal Colombiana, Bogota, Colombia.

WCN 2013 - May 31 – June 4, 2013, Hong Kong: Ahmed Malik, St Lukes Medical Center, Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 14:55

ISN Forefronts 2011: register now

If you haven't registered yet, you can still book your place for the upcoming ISN Forefronts Symposium, taking place from September 22 to 25, 2011 in Aarhus, Denmark. This innovative event will focus on the mechanisms underlying proteinuria, its pathophysiological consequences and potential targets for intervention. For more information, click here.

Key topics include:

• Biology of the glomerulus

• The podocyte: experimental models

• Glomerular filtration barrier

• Signalling pathways in the glomerulus

• Glomerular proteinuria and fibrosis/controversy

• Dynamics of endocytosis

• Biology of the proximal tubule/proteinuria

• Future developments

Travel Grants are available for young nephrologists from emerging countries. ISN is pleased to offer a limited number of travel grants (which includes free registration to the symposium plus three nights of accommodation). Click here for more details on the eligibility criteria and application procedure.

WCN 2011 was an appropriate symbol of ISN’s achievements over the last 50 years. It marked the start of a new ISN presidency and underlined the Society’s continuing educational role. Workshops, international speakers, poster exhibitions and a string of awards emphasized sustainability and diversity – the theme of this congress.

Friday, 22 April 2011 09:58

Japan: crisis and recovery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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