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Couser WCN2013 0084 HiResPast ISN President and previous ISN Programs Chairman William G Couser is set to receive this year's John P Peters Award from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). A great testimony to his long-standing contribution to nephrology.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:26

Play in the Nephrology World Cup Featured

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nephro cupThe 2018 FIFA World Cup has now begun and @ISNeducation has created a tournament of its own! The Nephrology World Cup showcases the richness and diversity of global nephrology scholarship.

Thursday, 07 June 2018 14:20

Call for nominations now open for all awards! Featured

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awardsEvery two years, the ISN presents awards that acknowledge exceptional contributions to the field of nephrology and we need your help to determine the candidates.

Thursday, 07 June 2018 14:02

ISN support for CKD research in Nigeria Featured

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Michael Abel AlaoChildren of African descent are three times more vulnerable to chronic kidney disease (CKD). There also exists limited data on the GFR-based evaluation of renal function in sub-Saharan Africa compared to hospital-based data, which may not be representative of the general population.

ISN at WHADuring this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), besides the plenary and committee discussions, there was a myriad of side events organized by member states and Civil Society Organizations, which provided an in-depth overview of pertinent issues affecting universal health coverage and called for action on non-communicable diseases.

Once every two years, ISN Regional Boards are tasked to organise a ‘workshop’ within the context of one of their regional meetings, with the aim of providing outreach to unaware nephrologists of ISN programs and activities in the region. The workshops have taken many formats; most often, they consist in open meetings where ISN leaders present ISN programs and activities and then open the floor for questions. 

Thursday, 24 May 2018 13:09

This week we are at ERA-EDTA Featured

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era logoAs of today we are at the European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplantation Association's (ERA-EDTA) 55th congress, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. If you are in the neighborhood, come by to say hello!

Team Egypt course SRC UKThe Sister Renal Center partnership between New Mansoura General Hospital in Egypt and the UK's Sheffield Teaching Hospitals held its seventh interventional nephrology workshop on April 19 and 20, 2018.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:19

In memory of Dr Filoteo Alano Featured

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Dr Alano portraitIt is with great sadness that ISN announces the passing of Dr Filoteo Alano, a pioneer of nephrology in the Philippines and co-founder of the Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN).

ISN looks forward to representing the kidney health community at this week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva.

In Europe, the law is changing on how we communicate with you, we want to make sure that we only send you messages that will be of interest to you.

Team web conf Nigeria UKLeading the ISN Sister Renal Center program between Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, ISN Educational Ambassador Ibi Erekosima shares his views on the value of working together to improve nephrology care.

Our community helps us offer more training opportunities for our members.  Kidney Research UK and the Renal Association provide us with valuable support so that we can offer more educational opportunities to ISN members.

Monday, 14 May 2018 14:56

HEARTS: highlighting CKD and CVD prevention Featured

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ISN is calling for the implementation of the HEARTS technical package on cardiovascular disease prevention. The World Health Organization and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the HEARTS technical package as part of the GLOBAL HEARTS INITIATIVE, of which ISN is a partner.

ISN has announced a partnership to advance chronic kidney disease (CKD) awareness and help improve access to therapy, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) – commonly referenced as emerging countries – where the disease prevalence is growing the fastest.

Monday, 07 May 2018 16:52

2018 Homer Smith Award

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Congratulations to Amin Arnaout, who has recently been selected to receive the 2018 Homer Smith Award of the American Society of Nephrology. Amin was an ISN Councillor from 2001 to 2009.

Sunday, 29 April 2018 08:09

Supporting nephrology in Asia Pacific Featured

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ISN and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) have joined forces, building on their common expertise to bridge the gaps that exist in providing valuable care for kidney disease patients across Asia Pacific.

Friday, 27 April 2018 14:01

Apply or make a nomination for the DICG Council Featured

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We are now calling for expressions of interest or nominations for two positions on the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) Council. ISN ExCom and Council have decided that henceforward expressions of interest and nominations will be called for and decided on, using transparent and uniform processes, for leadership positions within ISN. Deadline is May 17, 2018.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:40

ISN joins NCDA Featured

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ISN is pleased to have become a full member of the NCD Alliance (NCDA) to accelerate political commitment and action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, including kidney disease.

In response to the uneven state of nephrology care in China, ISN Regional Training Centers are responding to the educational needs of local medical communities. Ming-hui Zhao, ISN's regional board chair for North East Asia, explains how regional collaboration is key to improving treatment for patients.

Some 25 participants from across Latin America gathered in Cartagena at the ISN Regional Workshop to share knowledge and discuss the major issues the nephrology community in Latin America is facing in 2018.

Responding to the crisis facing Venezuelan patients with kidney disease, ISN and the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH) have set out to tackle kidney disease and advance kidney health by combining their expertise and knowledge.

vicenzaISN is happy to announce the winners of the free passes for the upcoming Vicenza Course on acute kidney injury (AKI) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT).

Group photo CME AlbaniaSome 130 participants joined a panel of international and local speakers in Tirana, Albania for the first ISN Continuing Medical Education Program in the country.

GKHS in Sharjah chairs

In March, 91 global leaders in nephrology, other renal healthcare workers and healthcare policymakers met at the second Global Kidney Health Summit in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to develop a strategy to address the unmet needs of patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) around the world over the next 5 to 10 years.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:55

Presenting the Kidney Collection survey Featured

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The team behind the ISN Kidney Collection have shared some first facts about this survey that assesses how care is delivered and decisions are made when providing dialysis and end-stage kidney disease care in low- and middle-income countries.

Group SYL port au princeThe ISN Educational Ambassadors Program and Saving Young Lives recently joined forces to set up a workshop to help develop a sustainable peritoneal dialysis (PD) program at the Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, Université d’Etat in Haïti.

ISN is calling on member states to address kidney disease as a priority at the upcoming United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting (HLM) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:00

KI launches 'Brief reports' Featured

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The purpose of the Brief Report format is to publish concise but complete reports that present high-quality findings of exceptional interest, novelty, and broad significance for the readers of Kidney International.

The Lithuanian Society of Nephrology Society recently announced that the country’s President, Dalia Grybauskaite, presented Prof. Vytautas Kuzminski’s with the Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania.

Friday, 09 March 2018 09:17

A new online kidney assessment tool! Featured

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I am thrilled to share that our online kidney health assessment tool is now available in Chinese and Punjabi, in addition to English.

To start using the tool, CLICK HERE.

Throughout March (Kidney Month), all the BC Renal Agency Kidney Smart activities will drive traffic to the assessments, which provide people with a quick overview of their personal kidney disease risk factors as well as direction re: family physician follow up and testing.

 

Last week’s ISN Frontiers meeting in Tokyo was the first of its kind, welcoming 1584 participants from 64 countries and regions, with over 600 attendees coming from outside of Japan.

CME Tajikistan team photoAn ISN Continuing Medical Education (CME) meeting was held in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan on February 9 and 10, 2018. It opened doors to share nephrology knowledge between the nephrologists of Iran, Russia and Georgia with the local doctors and medical students as well as medical professionals from neighboring countries such as Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Belarus and Lithuania.

Since 2010, ISN and the Transplantation Society led by the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group have encouraged the adoption of effective and ethical transplantation practices worldwide, including last year’s pontifical academy seminar calling for an end to organ trafficking.

vicenzaApply today for a chance to win a free registration pass to the 36th Vicenza Course on acute kidney injury (AKI) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). The course will take place from June 12 to 15, 2018 at the Fiera di Vicenza Convention Center in Italy.

Over 30 doctors from different countries in Africa recently gathered in Cape Town to attend the Renal Skills Workshop organized by Professor Mignon McCulloch, from February 19 and 23, 2018 at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 09:51

2018 ISN-H4KH grant winners announcement Featured

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

Dr. Sofia Enhörning, from Skåne University Hospital in Malmö, Sweden received the 2015 Hydration and Kidney Health Grant for her project entitled "Plasma copeptin as a predictor of, and copeptin associated loci in, cardiorenal disease - population based prospective cohort studies and a mendelian randomization approach."

workshop minya uni 2Teams from Mansoura International Hospital (Egypt) and the UK's Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, NHS recently played a important role in leading training activities during kidney week at Minya University in Egypt.

We have some great news to share following the recent ISN Sister Renal and ISN-TTS Transplant Centers call for applications.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:58

Obituary - Nestor Schor

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With great regret, we announce the death of ISN member and Pioneers Award winner, Nestor Schor. Read the full obituary below.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:37

Results are out! Fellows in 2018 Featured

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After a successful application session in October 2017, we are delighted to announce the new batch of fellows that will take part in the program this year.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 15:59

A trusted leader Featured

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In January 2012, ISN became the only nephrology society in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). How is the ISN community using this opportunity to voice the needs of kidney patients and bridge gaps in global care?

Monday, 22 January 2018 14:32

Celebration and progress in Bangladesh Featured

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Last week, I received a very warm welcome from the Bangladesh Renal Association and the Kidney Foundation of Bangladesh in Dhaka. Great to see nephrology in Bangladesh on the move, under determined and effective leadership!

Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:14

Brazilian nephrology team visits Sudan Featured

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Team Brazil SudanThe ISN Sister Renal Center Program between Sudan and Brazil has been particularly active recently. Two nephrologists and a renal nurse from renal institutes across Brazil brought different perspectives to a training course for local doctors at Soba University Hospital in Sudan.

Saving Young Lives (SYL) recently sent a pediatric nephrologist and a nurse from the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on a month’s visit to the University of Cotonou (Benin). It helped the Congolese doctors and nurses learn more the latest catheter insertion techniques so they can set up a peritoneal dialysis (PD) service to treat children with acute kidney injury (AKI) more effectively when back in their country.

PIC 12 Cape Town South AfricaIn December 2017, the ISN Educational Ambassador Program supported a training in interventional nephrology at the University of Cape Town. Organized by Dr Erika Jones, it saw Dr William C. O’Neill from Emory University in Atlanta assigned as educational trainer for the session.

We are pleased to share the results of the Clinical Research Program Grant application session that was held in October 2017. Each grant helps implement research projects to detect and manage chronic kidney disease, hypertension and diabetes in low-to-middle income countries.

Yasmin and haemo machineThanks to a thriving ISN Renal Sister Center Program between St-George's University Hospital and the Kumasi Renal Unit in Ghana, one nurse has received the funding she needs to develop targeted training in nephrology, spending eight weeks at the center in London, UK.

WCN PUBLIC 170421 6 of 14 copyAs of 2019, the ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) will be organized on a yearly basis rather than every two years.

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