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Group photo Summit VancouverThis week, ISN convened a meeting with global kidney experts to develop a new, cohesive approach to tackling the global epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The ISN Global Kidney Health Summit, the first meeting of its kind, took place in Vancouver, Canada from July 26 to 28, 2016 and gathered the international community to develop a global strategy or ‘blueprint’ to address the challenges of CKD over the next 5 to 10 years.

Dr. gouda and Dr. Ghada measuring impliminting EGIPT CKD Program in a rural area webThe ISN Clinical Research Program Committee is pleased to announce the results of the second round of applications for the 2016 Clinical Research Program.

Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:02

First training for 0by25 Pilot Feasibility Project Featured

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ISN was extremely pleased to have funded the first training for principal investigators and project managers from clusters in Bolivia, Malawi, Nepal and Tanzania, taking part in the 0by25 Pilot Feasibility Project. This took place at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) facilities from July 16 to 19, 2016.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:06

Coming up: The ISN Global Kidney Health Summit Featured

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Next week, ISN will convene a meeting of global kidney experts to develop a new and cohesive approach to tackling the global epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The ISN Global Kidney Health Summit, the first meeting of its kind, will take place in Vancouver from July 26 to 28, 2016.

Monday, 18 July 2016 12:10

Obituary: Professor Jules Traeger Featured

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Jules TraegerProfessor Jules Traeger has passed away at the age of 96, after an exceptional life, during which he tirelessly developed the nephrology practice he helped to create.

Monday, 11 July 2016 08:57

Impact factor for KI now published Featured

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KI journal coverKI is happy to announce that its Impact Factor for the year ending in 2015 is 7.683.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 15:45

This week in ISN Education Featured

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ISN Education has released video presentations from the ISN Nexus Symposium held in Berlin, Germany from April 14 to 17, 2016. This content comes from the congress sessions on "Humoral Mediators" and "Immune Cell Depletion." More will be released later this month.

Take part in the ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) in Mexico City from April 21 to 25, 2017. For the first time, an international nephrology congress focuses on diabetes and kidney disease, a worldwide problem, but one very important to Latin America and Mexico in particular.

ISN members can now propose candidates for the Alfred Newton Richards, The Jean Hamburger and the Roscoe R. Robinson awards. Deadline is July 29, 2016. Nominations for the ISN Pioneer in Nephrology Awards are also now open. Send us your suggestions before the same deadline.

During the holy month of Ramadan, the majority of health care professionals wonder what advice to give Muslim patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:07

ISN survey 2016 – what you told us Featured

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We are proud to share with you the outcome of the membership survey 2016. Your responses have helped us understand what you enjoy most about ISN and how you wish to contribute to our activities in the future.

In its continued partnership with Cochrane Kidney and Transplant, ISN Education is pleased to announce that the spoken podcast for the Cochrane Library is now available in Russian. You can now find out more about corticosteroid therapy for nephrotic syndrome on ISN Education.

Monday, 27 June 2016 17:26

Educational site visit to Cambodia Featured

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Bernadette Thomas travelled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for an educational site visit and evaluated the possibility of carrying out an acute kidney injury incidence study. This blog post details the outcome of her trip.

Medical Students who are at the end of their medical training assembled for two teaching sessions over two consecutive days. Day one involved a two-hour lecture on the utility of urine microscopy for evaluating and constructing a differential for acute and chronic kidney disease.

This blog post is provided by Paula Orlandi, Naohiko Fujii, Lisa Nessel, Harold I. Feldman.

The International Network for Chronic Kidney Disease Cohort Studies (iNET-CKD) links chronic kidney disease (CKD) cohorts from all over the world to promote research on this rapidly growing public health issue. It is supported by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and currently comprises of 14 cohort studies, representing patients from more than 20 developed and developing countries. New cohort study members continue to join the network.

ISN, the global medical society devoted to advancing kidney care worldwide and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, have announced the launch of Kidney International Reports (KI Reports). This new bi-monthly, open access journal will publish leading research and developments related to kidney disease.

This blog post is provided by Elwaleed Elhassan from Wayne State University School of Medicine and Secretary General of the Sundanese American Medical Association (SAMA).

Sudan is the third largest country in Africa, with a population of about 30 million. There is no national renal registry but end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is estimated to affect 5,400 new cases per year.

Monday, 13 June 2016 14:28

This week in ISN Education Featured

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This week ISN Education brings a collection of presentations from ISN leaders on the topic of Acute Kidney Injury that were presented within the context of recent Continuing Medical Education programs in Indonesia and Mexico.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 16:25

New Dialysis Webinar Series begins this week Featured

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In collaboration with ISN’s Dialysis Committee, ISN Education is launching a new series of webinars focused on prominent themes in dialysis in 2016 and 2017.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 16:18

Winners of membership survey prize draw Featured

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Thank you to all who completed the ISN membership survey. You have helped us donate $5,000 to the World Kidney Fund.

On June 5th, 2016, ISN joined leading health organizations in signing the Mexico Declaration on Circulatory Health for All People.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 11:39

Winners of free passes to Vicenza course 2016 Featured

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vicenzaCongratulations to Hermann Biao and Paraskevi Pavlakou who will each receive free passes to the 34th Vicenza course on acute kidney injury and continuous renal replacement therapy, which is taking place next week in the city of Andrea Palladio, Italy.

ERA PRToday three major nephrology societies — the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) ― signed a declaration of collaboration.

Monday, 30 May 2016 10:33

ISN Programs in Sudan Featured

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ISN and the Sudanese American Medical Association recently collaborated on three major educational activities in Sudan, which received ISN endorsement and funding. They were co-organized with help from the Sudanese Nephrology Society.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:54

Obituary Evert J. Dorhout Mees Featured

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foto EvertISN announces with regret the death of Evert J. Dorhout Mees. He had a distinguished career as an academic nephrologist in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After retirement he moved to Ismir, Turkey where he did much to help strengthen nephrology in that part of the country.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:57

New KI editor in 2017 Featured

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Detlef Schlondorff announced recently that he will be stepping down as Editor of Kidney International from the end of 2017. Under his leadership ISN’s flagship journal has continued to grow in impact and in appeal to its global readership.

Dr Kumar EAP ultrasoundThe deadline to apply for the ISN Educational Ambassador Program has been extended to June 6, 2016. Make use of this extra time to send your application.

On March 10th, 2016, the world stepped up to raise awareness about kidney health in younger generations.

In 2014, there were about 80,000 kidney transplants from living and deceased donors globally. Deceased donation has increased, especially from donors after circulatory death. This group makes up more than 40% of deceased kidney transplantation activities in the Netherlands. It is also growing signifi cantly in Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Thursday, 19 May 2016 09:53

CKDu in Sri Lanka Featured

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Adeera Levin, Marcello Tonelli and David Harris represented ISN at a three-day workshop sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), which took place in April in Colombo and focused on the epidemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu). This is afflicting a large number of agricultural workers in Sri Lanka, particularly in the North and Central provinces.

Kidney International (KI) has now reported on the success of the ISN ANIO Online Clinical Nephropathology Certificate (CNC) Program as an innovative form of training for renal pathologists globally.

Organ transplantation is the best and frequently the only life-saving treatment for end-stage organ failure. According to the WHO, almost 80,000 kidney transplants were performed globally in 2013.

Although impressive, it is estimated that the activity represents less than 10% of the global need. This situation of acute organ shortage has come with its own set of challenges for kidney donors, recipients and doctors, as has the emergence of organ trafficking, a practice that continues to take place in some countries.

Cases of unethical living and deceased kidney donation are still reported in countries like Egypt, India, Mexico, beatriz gilPakistan, the Philippines and Turkey.

Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, who co-chairs the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) explains the legal, ethical and clinical implications of transplant tourism. In the home country of patients who illicitly obtained an organ overseas, doctors face a guessing game in caring for them. They have no medical reports and cannot refer to a reliable healthcare professional about the procedure.

“Transplant tourism can also become a threat to public health,” she explains as patients also risk bringing in unexpected infections.

The DICG was set up in 2010 after the establishment of the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI) on organ traffi cking and transplant tourism in 2008. The DOI has helped to defi ne organ commercialization and traffi cking, as well as transplant tourism, and its principles have visibly raised awareness among the world’s medical practitioners about illegal organ transplantation.

The DICG has put a strategic plan into place until 2018 to focus on key issues regarding transplantation and set up local strategies to improve ethical transplantation availability in specific countries. It also aims to provide much-needed guidance on travel and
transplantation.

“Doctors do not want to report or compromise their patients. Our objective is to give them the tools to help their patients without compromising vulnerable living donors,” adds Elmi Muller, who leads the DICG with Domínguez-Gil.

A workshop organized in Madrid from April 4 to 5, 2016 also focused on creating a potential registration database for these cases. With representatives from 26 countries, this meeting continued to make the medical community aware of irresponsible commercial networks that should be criminalized.

Elmi Muller believes “practices are changing from day to day.”

The DOI has already inspired changes in legislation. For example, in Israel, legislation was modifi ed to defi ne the meaning of travel for transplantation, which led to banning health insurance companies from reimbursing illegal transplant procedures.

The law was also amended in The Philippines, decreasing the number of foreigners heading to the country for illegal transplantation procedures.

Closely collaborating with the The Tranplantation Society (TTS) and the Chinese government, DICG has worked to put a stop to the use of executed prisoners’ organs for transplantation in China. In Costa Rica, the DICG was critical in dismantling an organ trafficking ring.

According to Muller, improvements in deceased donation are being described in several countries in South elmiEastern Europe (under the leadership of Croatia), Latin America and in the Middle East.

In less than two years, the DOI will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Domínguez-Gil explains that the text and defi nitions will be updated in the same way as the Declaration of Helsinki, (created by the World Medical Association as a statement of ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects) gets updated regularly.

A fitting tribute to the dedicated efforts of this international group of medical professionals who continuously ensure the safety of all kidney transplants patients worldwide.

Read about the Declaration of Istanbul

On World Kidney Day (WKD) 2016, ISN and The Lancet launched an online campaign to raise awareness of kidney disease aimed at the international health community.

As the voices of ISN, your views count and ensure we continue providing the best service while improving kidney care globally.

ISN is excited to let you know about a new feature that is available to you as a member of the Society. This latest benefit will make the task of gathering and searching for meeting abstracts more easy and efficient.

The ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) has released its first report following the earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 17, 2016.

Blantyre renal hospital 1A study undertaken during 2015 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), Blantyre, Malawi demonstrated that 20% of general medical admissions over a three-month period had evidence of kidney disease. Outcome (hospital mortality) in these patients was significantly worse than those with normal renal function.

The ISN Clinical and Research Program funded specific research into the efficiency of kinkeliba on non-complicated hypersensitive patients. The project was awarded USD 15,000 in 2013. Completed in early 2014, it received the best clinical research prize at the 2015 ISN World Congress of Nephrology congress and the 10th Conference on Kidney Disease in Disadvantaged Populations.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 19:08

Limited access to dialysis: not just in Africa

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dialysisA dialysis patient referred me to this article from The Atlantic. Published in 2010 but still worth reading. The ISN is all about closing gaps in the provision of kidney care worldwide, but when we think of "gaps", we tend to think of emerging countries, places in Africa or the poorest parts of Asia and Latin America. However, as the article recounts, there are significant gaps in the provision of dialysis even in the United States. Please do read this excellent story, which includes words from ISN past president, dr. Giuseppe Remuzzi, among others.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/12/-god-help-you-youre-on-dialysis/308308/

Forefronts logo webAs of April 29, 2016, send your abstracts and register for the ISN Forefronts symposium taking place in Vienna from December 9 to 11, 2016. The theme for this meeting is regulatory RNAs and the kidney.

Monday, 18 April 2016 15:20

YNC welcomes new chair Featured

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Rolando Claure Del GranadoThe Young Nephrologists Committee (YNC) would like to welcome its new Chair Rolando Claure-Del Granado, who will take over from Jeffrey Perl. Many thanks to Jeffrey for his dedicated efforts in the last few years.

 

The ISN Advancing Clinical Trials (ISN-ACT) group is a new ISN Initiative to leverage existing infrastructures within ISN to improve how the global nephrology community conducts and participates in clinical trial research, through a series of activities and initiatives.

Monday, 18 April 2016 14:33

The Global Kidney Health Atlas Featured

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The Global Kidney Health Atlas (GKHA), part of the ISN Closing The Gaps CKD initiative, is co-chaired by Professor David Johnson (University of Queensland, Australia) and Dr Aminu Bello (University of Alberta, Canada). The purpose is to systematically evaluate the current state of readiness, capacity and competence for delivering kidney health care globally.

Monday, 18 April 2016 14:01

Daily life of doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Malawi Featured

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Having returned from spending a month working with the renal team Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, I wanted to blog about what nephrologists and nephrology researchers are up against in the country. I had the pleasure of working with a dedicated team of people on a current research study focusing on children suffering from acute kidney injury in Malawi.

Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:12

The Lancet publishes AKI Global Snapshot results Featured

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0by25 Cover1The outcome of the Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Global Snapshot, an innovative web-based global cohort study carried out under the ISN 0by25 Initiative, is published in The Lancet today.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:49

Send your submissions to KI Reports Featured

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Kidney International (KI) Reports is now accepting submissions, especially relating to clinical trials, epidemiology, systematic reviews and outcome research.

Surgery nablusA team from the Liverpool International Transplant Initiative and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital carried out the first two kidney transplants at the An-Najah University Hospital in Nablus, on the West Bank on March 26, 2016. The collaboration was made possible thanks to the ISN and The Transplant Society (TTS) Sister Transplant Center Program.

Following this year’s World Kidney Day, The Mario Negri Institute is happy to announce that there will be another edition of the Scientific Writing Academy, taking place from September 12 to 18, 2016  in Ranica, Bergamo, Italy.

Friday, 08 April 2016 11:37

KI Reports now accepting submissions

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KI reportsKidney International Reports, an official journal of the International Society of Nephrology, is a peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted to the publication of leading research and developments related to kidney disease.

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 12:37

Educational Ambassador in Myanmar Featured

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ISN Educational Ambassador Hui-Kim Yap recently made a trip to Myanmar. Based at the National University of Singapore, she taught local doctors at two of the country’s major children's hospitals the latest skills relating to dialysis and shared her knowledge of clinical nephrology and acute kidney injury.

Mesoamerican nephropathyThe final board statement of the Consortium for the Epidemic of Nephropathy in Central America and Mexico / Consorcio de la Epidemia de la Nefropatía en Centroamérica y México (CENCAM) group in relation to chronic kidney disease (CKD) of unknown origin or mesoamerican nephropathy has been released for communication. ISN recently co-sponsored this event.

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