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Dr Swinnen talks about ultrasound report with Dr Tran sonologistISN Educational Ambassador John Swinnen from Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia shared his expertise with doctors and nurses at Cho Ray Hospital (CRH) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This was a valuable onsite training that is set to change how local doctors and nurses will carry out their interventional procedures.

SYL Sudan 1A training course on peritoneal dialysis (PD) at the Noura Children’s center, Soba University Hospital in Khartoum, Sudan is helping doctors in Uganda set up their own PD program.

science blog 2A couple of weeks ago, when a mail inviting me to contribute to the ISN blog landed in my inbox, I instinctively hit the delete button. After all, is my life not already too busy? There are grant applications and manuscripts to write and review, PhD theses to pore over, classes to take, presentations and question papers to prepare, patients to see, manage an office, lab meetings to supervise, research consortia to manage, and meetings to go to. And after all, how useful is a blog compared to these very important activities?


Even though the mail was out of my sight but not completely out of my mind. My conscience was jolted further when my son, a master’s student, sent me a link to this story.

Monday, 11 May 2015 13:21

Apply for Bernd Tersteegen Award 2015 Featured


The Bernd Tersteegen prize rewards basic and clinical research related to chronic renal insufficiency and advances  in treating end-stage renal disease.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:01

Nepal earthquake: latest update from ISN RDRTF Featured


The ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) has released its latest update on supporting doctors in Nepal after the earthquake hit the region.

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:37

ISN position statement on CKDu Featured


ISN has released a position statement on the epidemics of chronic kidney disease of uncertain aetiology (CKDu). CKDu has become a worldwide concern. ISN supports scientific and educational efforts to improve its outcome.

kidneyISN leaders Giuseppe Remuzzi, Guillermo Garcia Garcia and Motoko Yanagita have got involved in translating valuable educational material into Italian, Spanish and Japanese. This resource was released on World Kidney Day 2015 to show support for the overall theme for this year’s campaign: Kidney Health for All.

Adib pioneerMembers of our unit at Westmead Hospital, Sydney (Australia) have just returned from a four day-day visit to the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) in Karachi (India).

Nepal earthquakeThe ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) is putting together a small team of nurses and nephrologists to dispatch necessary care for dialysis patients, helping local medical staff focus on growing patient care. They will also raise awareness about crush syndrome and recognizing patients at risk.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 12:01

Trainees can apply for free ISN membership Featured


YNC Brazil webISN is now offering free membership to trainees. A decision set to give even more opportunities for this new generation of nephrologists to grow.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:45

ISN Forefronts symposium 2015


Discovering more about cardio-renal pathophysiology and its links with immunopathology and inflammation will be the focus of discussions at the next ISN Forefronts Symposium, taking place in Shenzhen, China from October 22 to 25, 2015.Shenzhen

Nepal earthquakeFollowing the earthquake in Nepal, Wim Van Biesen, Chairman of the ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF), has sent out the first communication report.

Monday, 27 April 2015 12:34

WCN 2015: post event material now online Featured


WCN2015logoHomeMany thanks to everybody who took part in ISN's biennial World Congress of Nephrology (WCN). It was a great pleasure to host this congress in the wonderful city of Cape Town, South Africa. We hope to see you in Mexico City from April 21 to 25, 2017 for WCN 2017.

WKD 2015 left imgAfter a great World Kidney Day (WKD) on March 13, 2015, the WKD team would like to thank all participants for making this 10th edition really special.

Monday, 27 April 2015 11:00

ISN Sponsored AKI Symposium in Malawi Featured


Team photo Malawi symposiumAt the end of March this year, following on from the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) in Cape Town, we held an Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) symposium in Blantyre, Malawi. This was attended by 100 delegates (nurses, clinical officers and doctors) who work in hospitals and health centers around the Central and Southern region of Malawi.

The 2015 World Congress of Nephrology definitively started with a bang as Drum Café opened the congress, building up excitement before the scientific contemplation began.

Between the talks and debates at the recent World Congress of Nephrology, the ISN awards were handed out to those who have made exceptional contributions to nephrology.

Forefronts logo webWe are very excited to announce that Abstract Submissions and Registration have now opened for the upcoming ISN Forefronts Symposium in Shenzhen, China. The meeting will take place from October 22-25, 2015.

photo Bernadette and John webThe 10th Conference on Kidney Disease in Disadvantaged Populations was held from March 17 to 18, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa as a satellite symposium following the ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2015. As part of the symposium, a moderated panel discussion on research development for young investigators working in low-resource, global health settings was held on March 17, 2015.

CME in Douala Cameroon October 2012The latest edition of the ISN Programs Yearbook 2014 is now available to read online, CLICK HERE.

Bishnu Pahari with colleaguesThe ISN Programs team has announced new deadlines to apply for the programs. The aim is to give more opportunities to everyone applying for all of five programs.

Workshop day oneIn March, an ISN Continuing Medical Education (CME) course took place Gurgaon India. It was held thanks to a valuable Sister Renal Center partnership.

pd catheter wcnDuring the World Congress of Nephrology, 100 cuffed peritoneal dialysis catheters were donated to the Saving Young Lives program in Africa. Half of these were custom-made pediatric peritoneal dialysis catheters, and they  were used at the Clinical Skills training program that took place at Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town just before the congress.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 14:14

CME in Benin led by ISN Educational Ambassador Featured


Figure 2A course on nephrotic syndrome was held in Cotonou and Parakou in Benin. It was developed thanks to a longstanding partnership between the Hospital Saint Jean de Dieu and ISN Educational Ambassador Giovanni Battista Fogazzi.

STOP is an acronym for Stop the Obesity Pandemic. Obesity seems to be an independent risk factor in onset and progression of CKD. Furthermore it should be considered the most important root cause of CKD.

Monday, 06 April 2015 09:34



We provide evidence based information to educate general population regarding the beneficial effect of exercise on the following the onset of CKD and slowing its progression, the effect on quality of life and co-morbid conditions in patients with kidney disease and decreased mortality in different stages of kidney disease.

poster session webISN is happy to announce this year’s ISN Program Awards winners involved in the ISN Fellowship, Sister Renal Centers and Clinical Research Programs.

STOP is an acronym for Stop the Obesity Pandemic Metabolic Syndrome, a condition resulting from energy imbalance is a very common public health problem.

Maya pioneers awardISN is happy to announce that Professor Maya Ignatova (Russia) received an ISN Pioneer Award at the World Kidney Day meeting in Moscow on March 20, 2015. This prize rewards doctors on a regional level who have carried out extraordinary efforts to advance nephrology in a specific country or region.

Monday, 30 March 2015 09:07

ISN News latest edition Featured


ISN news 52 thumbnailThe latest edition of ISN News is now available in the Gateway's publication section. CLICK HERE.

The number of nephrologists is growing in Bolivia and an upcoming YNC workshop hopes to increase knowledge of AKI in the country and across bordering regions.peruvian woman and child

Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:49

Training at WCN 2015


The latest Saving Young Lives training course on acute peritoneal dialysis re-emphasized the way forward for treating acute kidney injury in low-resource photo

ISN is now offering FREE MEMBERSHIP to trainees. A decision set to give even more opportunities for the next generation of nephrologists to grow.Young nephrologist

Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:00

Safer transplants for all Featured


The last seven years have seen The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) guide and help governments as well as medical and patient communities in response to illegal organ trafficking.Safer transplant

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:52

Best practice, research and education worldwide Featured


We took time out with Adeera Levin to congratulate her on becoming the new ISN President and find out what is in store for ISN over the next two years.
Hammer handover

Stop Kidney Disease Initiative intends to help prevent Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in people. Addressing lifestyle behaviors like exercise and diet to combat obesity, diabetes mellitus and hypertension should help prevent kidney disease in majority of patients.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:50

International Summer School of Renal Pathology Featured


renal pathologyWe also seek applicants for one to three stipends, €1,000 each, generously supported by the International Summer School of Renal Pathology (ISSRP) (endorsed by the Renal Pathology Society, the International Society of Nephrology, the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association and the Italian Society of Nephrology), to defray part of the cost of attending the ISSRP held in Bari, Italy, from July 20th to July 31st, 2015. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:33

In Memory of Professor Wan-Yu Chen (1916-2015) Featured


Wan Yu Chen webISN regrets to announce the passing of Professor Wan-Yu Chen on March 4, 2015. A leader in his field with many achievements to his name, the Taiwan Society of Nephrology (TSN) pays tribute to his role in advancing nephrology.

The recently concluded World Congress of Nephrology in Cape Town was by all accounts a resounding success. The opening ceremony was fabulous with great interactive entertainment and fantastic inspiring addressees by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Editor of the Lancet Richard Horton.

ISN TTS center webISN and The Transplantation Society (TTS) are delighted to announce the results of the latest call for applications of ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Center Program. Five new sister center pairs were approved at entry level this year.

The Division of  Nephrology, University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to offer a position in the Advanced Training in Nephrology Clinical Fellowship Program. Applications are open until April 20, 2015.

Levin DSC0418AISN is delighted to announce that ISN President Elect Adeera Levin has been selected by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) as the recipient of this year’s Aubrey J. Tingle Prize. The prize will be presented in partnership with LifeSciences BC at their annual awards banquet on Thursday April 16, 2015.

There is now some new content to use or register for on ISN Education. So, head to the portal to find out more.

Monday, 02 March 2015 15:01

Join the ISN General Assembly Featured


ISN logo The ISN General Assembly will meet on Monday March 16, 2015 to hear and discuss the reports from ISN President Giuseppe Remuzzi and Secretary General Ricardo Correa Rotter.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:15

Kidney disease in Uganda Featured


2014 PG343The developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa are under threat by an emerging epidemic of kidney disease. Populations are no longer solely affected by ‘diseases of poverty’ such as HIV/TB/malaria but also ‘diseases of affluence’ such as diabetes and hypertension.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:13

ISN Educational Ambassador in China Featured


Last August, ISN Educational Ambassador Ming-Hub Zhao from Peking University First Hospital gave talks on epidemiology, acute kidney injury and renal pathology.PIC Nanning China 2014 7

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:03

AKI awareness in Africa Featured


Sensitizing local communities about AKI is how two Sister Renal Centers are changing the state of care in Malawi, starting off in the southern city of Blantyre.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:00

Join the PAHO-organized WKD webinar on March 12, 2015 Featured


WKD 2015 left imgThe Department of Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health of The Pan American Health Organization (part of WHO), in collaboration with the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension, and as part of the activities to mark World Kidney Day, is organising a webinar on Kidney Health for All.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:52

Positive to positive Featured


South African surgeon Elmi Muller carried out the first "HIV positive to positive" kidney transplants, giving hope
to the country's growing number of HIV kidney patients.Elmi Muller

renal pathologyKidney pathology educational programs available to the worldwide nephrology community are rather limited. In 2014, ISN and the American Nephrologists of Indian Origin (ANIO) set up a year-long web-based Clinical Nephropathology Certificate Program (CNC) to help physicians worldwide who seek training in the principles and practice of nephropathology.

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