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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.

Access to diagnosis and dialysis for acute kidney injury can be life-saving, but can be prohibitively expensive in low-income settings. The burden of acute kidney injury in sub-Saharan Africa is presumably high but remains unknown. The authors of this study did a systematic review to assess outcomes of acute kidney injury in sub-Saharan Africa and identify barriers to care.

Nexus berlinDrug development has dramatically improved the outcome of diseases in most medical disciplines. However, this does not seem to be the case in nephrology. This will be discussed in two weeks' time when the ISN Nexus symposium will take place in Berlin, Germany from April 14 to 17, 2016.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 12:33

The influence of diet on kidney stones Featured

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Having discussed the influence of lifestyle modification on prevention of chronic kidney disease in previous columns extensively, I will now turn my attention to its effect on prevention of kidney stones. Almost five percent of adults in the US suffer from kidney stones, with more than half having multiple recurrences. Patients end up in the emergency room experiencing agonizing pain and many undergo multiple procedures to remove them by lithotripsy or surgery.

EAP Cameroon USA webThe deadline for the latest call for applications for the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program (EAP) is May 1st, 2016. Don't miss this opportunity to apply for this ISN Program.

homepage march 9 webThis World Kidney Day, The Lancet and ISN are launching an online campaign to raise awareness of acute and chronic kidney diseases and bring together the best available evidence to inform strategies to the reduce national, regional and global burden of the disease and its risk factors.

This ISN Blog post is provided by Rezvi Sheriff at the Western Hospital, Sri Lanka following this year’s World Kidney Day celebrations.

Western Hospital in Borella, Sri Lanka conducted a special program to mark the 11th World Kidney Day on March 10, 2016.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the fastest growing chronic non-communicable disease caused by modifiable lifestyle risk factors as discussed previously, CLICK HERE. It is important to highlight the effect of dietary habits on the onset and progression of CKD.

Thursday, 17 March 2016 18:44

APSN co-funds SRC centers in OSEA region Featured

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apsnlogo1This year, the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) will co-fund eight ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRC) from OSEA, South Asia and North & East Asia.

ISN is taking extra steps to increase its impact on kidney care in low-resource countries and is delighted to announce that doctors, scientists, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, and technicians from countries categorized by the World Bank as low income can now join ISN as free members and receive ISN member benefits.

Rates of Chronic Kidney Disease vary considerably across Europe, from 3% to 17% of the population, and are increasing. Demand for kidneys almost always exceeds possible supply, and each country manages transplants differently. A new survey, being presented at the European Association of Urology (EAU) congress in Munich, has shown significant differences in the number of donor kidneys available in each country.

Comparing data from a range of registers, the EAU research found wide country to country variation. For example:

Russian Federation 3.3
Greece 4.2
Germany 10.4
Switzerland 14.3
Poland 15.5
The Netherlands 16.8
UK 20.6
Italy 22.7
France 25.3
Portugal 27.3
Croatia 35.1
Spain 35.7

All figures are 2014 figures. All figures are deceased donors per million population.

Although each country is very different, thse variations mainly depend on two factors, social attitude and perception of organ donation, and legislation. Most organs for transplantation come from brain-dead donors. In Spain for example, each citizen is a potential donor unless they 'opt-out' of the transplant scheme, whereas in Germany there is an 'opt-in' scheme. Some countries also allow donation from living donors, or from persons whose hearts have stopped. The number of organs from both these sources has been increasing.

As transplants becomes more mainstream, and rates of kidney failure are increasing, the demand for organs has increased quite significantly, and there is a general need for more organs to be available. At the moment, whether you can find a donor organ largely depends on where you live. If countries want to increase transplant rates, and so increase survival from kidney failure, they might consider changing the way they source donor organs.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:58

H4KH grant winners announced Featured

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isn h4kh logoFollowing the call for applications, the Hydration for Kidney Health (H4KH) Committee is happy to announce the names of those who have been selected for the New Investigator and Hydration and Kidney Health grants.

Vellore, Tamil Nadu in southern India in January. Warm and pleasant, rather like a good English summer but the locals say it is a bit too chilly! I am glad January was chosen for my ISN Educational Ambassador visit to the Christian Medical College (CMC) – before the monsoon season and the seriously hot weather in the middle of the year.

Vincent Garvey 1Vincent Garvey has been awarded the Affordable Dialysis Prize, taking home US$100,000 for his innovative design. Garvey’s dialysis system can fit into a small suitcase and uses a standard solar panel to power a highly-efficient, miniature distiller capable of producing pure water from any source. Work on a prototype is now underway, with sponsorship opportunities actively being sought.

The Aristide Le Dantec hospital in Dakar hosted a dialysis workshop with the Senegal Society of Nephrology. Peritoneal and hemodialysis were the main focus. A Saving Young Lives (SYL) session presented the challenges and opportunities of setting up an AKI treatment program in Western Africa, while it emphasized the value of peritoneal dialysis (PD). 

According to the data released by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week, the prevalence of obesity in the United States is at an all time high. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a metric used by organizations worldwide to define and classify severity of obesity.

WKD 2016This year’s World Kidney Day (WKD) campaign emphasizes the importance of following kidney function and blood pressure in children and babies.

The Royal Liverpool University has been working together with the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza since 2013. Read 'The Guardian' report of Salim, a member of the Liverpool team during their last visit to Gaza in February:

On February 25, ISN staff at the Brussels headquarters had the pleasure of meeting former ISN President prof. Robert Atkins (2001-2003), and his wife, prof. Prudence Hill, also involved in kidney medicine being a pathologist at University of Melbourne. 

It was a great opportunity to remember the time when ISN, thanks to prof. Atkins’ foresight, started to structure itself with the help of professional staff, and to compare past and present challenges and opportunities for the ISN. We certainly made some progress during the last two decades, but this is firmly anchored in past leadership’s wisdom and careful planning and commitment to advancing kidney care worldwide through a unique scientific and humanitarian Society.

We are grateful to prof. Atkins for having taken the time in his European trip to come and visit our Brussels office. 

 

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Prof. Robert Atkins and his wife, prof. Prudence Hill, from Melbourne, honor the Nephrology ship which was at the first World Congress of Nephrology in Evian, 1960

In partnership with Cochrane Kidney and Transplant, ISN Education is pleased to present new Cochrane Library materials on Corticosteroids for nephrotic syndrome in children.

Earlier this January, several ISN Continuing Medical Education courses took place across China in Shanghai, Jiaxing and Hangzhou. These meetings were made possible thanks to a valuable partnership between the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Ruijin Hospital Jiao Tong University, Chang Zheng Hospital, the Second Military Medical University and the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University.

The ISN-ANIO India Committee called for young nephrologists and diabetologists (both junior faculty and physicians in specialist training) working in India to submit research projects focused on diabetic kidney disease (DKD).

Kumar Sharma shares his views on the theme of the ISN Forefronts symposium - the interaction of the metabolome and microbiome and its link to kidney disease.

In November 2015, during ASN Kidney Week, we organized our regular Affiliated Society meeting to gather all representatives so they could learn more about ISN and strengthen partnerships or create valuable training opportunities for nephrologists.

Friday, 19 February 2016 13:46

ISN Voices: The Caribbean

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Some Caribbean states still have no nephrologists or nephrology services. Meeting and collaborating with colleagues in scientific research and enhancing training programs is why Everard Barton joined ISN.

This week ISN Education is proud to present a new research article published from the Global Outreach Postings (GOP) Program.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 19:17

New SRC Program graduates for 2016 Featured

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The ISN Sister Center (SRC) Program has finalized the list of centers that will take part in the program following the recent call for applications. We would like to welcome them to the program and congratulate this year’s graduates.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 18:33

EAP: latest application results are out! Featured

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Dr Swinnen examining patient with Dr Nguyen Trong Hien interpretingFollowing the recent call for applications, 10 new centers will welcome an ISN Educational Ambassador to their institution in 2016.

pope francis higher resFrancis Delmonico, Senior Advisor to the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG), has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. ISN would like to congratulate him on this great achievement.

This blog post is provided by Anil Chandraker, Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Brigham and Women’s Hospital and ISN Educational Ambassador Vanessa Bijol.

In the past two years The Renal Division and the Nephropathology Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts has trained two ISN Fellows from Thailand in transplant nephrology and two from Nigeria and China in renal pathology.

Monday, 15 February 2016 16:03

Treating the poorest kidney patients in the world Featured

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ISN Fellow Sudakshina Ghosh from Tanzania trained at the Madras Medical Mission and got involved with India’s Tanker Foundation, which helps the country’s poorest kidney patients.

Dr Rennke kidney pathologist looking at kidney biopsies with a fellow and three visiting pathologist from Europe Asia and South AmericaThe International Society of Nephrology Renal Pathology Committee seeks applications for one mini-sabbatical for a nephropathologist from a developing country* to provide partial support for short term in-depth study of renal pathology, by immersion in an established expert renal pathology laboratory for up to two weeks, in conjunction with attendance at a major renal pathology course (see below).

The Kuwait Nephrology Association organized a two-day symposium and workshop on vascular access in Kuwait. The workshop was planned as an initiative by ISN’s Middle East Regional Board and the Interventional Nephrology Committee to improve dialysis access care in the Middle East.

Dr Kumar EAP fellowsA new ISN Programs application session is now open. You can easily apply online in a few clicks for ISN Fellowships, Educational Ambassadors visits, Clinical Research projects as well as the Sister Renal Center and ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers Programs. 

Sunday, 07 February 2016 13:38

2016 DICG Board of Councilors and news updates Featured

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The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group’s (DICG) Board of Councilors has come to its annual transition-point. A third group of Councilors have completed their second three-year term and new members have now joined for a new term. Find out more and also get a roundup of the group's latest activities.

ISNNexus LogoThere is still time to register for the upcoming ISN Nexus Symposium taking place in Berlin, Germany, from April 14 to 17, 2016.

This blog post is provided thanks to reports from Hui Kim Yap from the National University of Singapore and Yi Yi Khin from the Yangon Children's Hospital and Mandalay Children's Hospital. They both took part in ISN’s Educational Ambassador Program.

In January, ISN Educational Ambassador Hui Kim Yap visited Yangon Children Hospital, Myanmar to share expertise and knowledge. The course focused on dialysis, clinical nephrology, acute kidney injury, transplantation, with some specific educational training on lupus nephritis, nephrotic syndrome in children and managing chronic kidney disease.

Seminars in NephrologyISN Members can subscribe to Seminars in Nephrology at a special rate.

journal cover201602Starting January 2016, online access to Nature Reviews Nephrology (NRN) is no longer available to ISN members.

raynerbookISN Education has released four free chapters of Understanding Kidney Diseases by Hugh Rayner, Mark Thomas and David Milford.

HD vectorizedISN is happy to announce that Baxter and the University Health Network in Toronto is set to co-fund ISN Fellows wishing to receive training in home dialysis. As required in all ISN Fellowship Programs, participants are encouraged to share what they have learned with their colleagues once they return to their home institution.

I would like to introduce everyone to a free online patient education resource that has now been translated into 20 languages and has over 20 million hits - http://kidneyeducation.com/

A revised and updated English version, edited by Edgar Lerma, has now been digitized and is ready to be released.

In partnership with the Latin-American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH), ISN Education is pleased to release presentations from SLANH’s Online Course: AKI in Primary Health Care. These presentations are in Spanish and were part of a previous online e-learning module.

This blog post is provided by the Saving Young Lives Initiative following the team's recent visit to Senegal.

 In December 2015, the Senegalese Society of Nephrology held its first course on dialysis in West Africa. More than 300 delegates attended this highly successful conference.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 16:22

Elsevier to publish KI in 2016 Featured

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As of January 2016, Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, is publishing Kidney International (KI).

refugee webThe ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) is looking to gather information relating to the current refugee crisis and kidney patients. Take part in this short survey to gather data on patient care.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:59

CKDu in Sri Lanka's population Featured

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On December 16, 2015, Georgi Abraham and I had the honor of being invited to discussions with Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, the country’s Minister of Health as well as the leadership of the Sri Lankan Society of Nephrology.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:24

ISN Fellowship Program welcomes new recruits Featured

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Following the recent application session, the ISN Programs team is happy to announce that a total of 25 ISN Fellowships have now been approved, with 19 new ISN Fellows and six extensions.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 13:52

Clinical Research Program Grant winners announced Featured

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Interactive working session make for better learning webThe ISN Clinical Research Program Committee is pleased to announce the results of the ISN Clinical Research Program’s second round of applications in 2015.

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