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Meet ISN President Vivekanand Jha (2019-2021) as he shares his thoughts and aspirations in his first video testimony.

EAP and SYL in SenegalThe ISN Educational Ambassadors Program and Saving Young Lives come together to support training collaboration for Senegal’s pediatric nephrologists, improving kidney care for the country’s younger generation.

John Mutiso 2017 KenyaISN Fellow John Mutiso, from Makueni County Referral Hospital in Kenya spent a year under the mentorship of Graham Paget at Charlotte Maxeke, Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Clinical nephrology was his chosen subject of study.

EAP Egypt team photoISN Educational Ambassadors, Ahmed Akl and Osama Ibrahim El Shahat visited Belkas Central Hospital in Mansoura, Egypt. Once again, they shared knowledge and experience with teams of young nephrologists at primary care health centers and hemodialysis satellites units in the country.

Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:19

ISN Mentorship supports researcher in India  Featured

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Indian starsThrough the ISN Mentorship Program Priya Pais, at St John's National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore (India) connected with mentor Larry Greenbaum, from Atlanta's Emory University School of Medicine (USA). Guidance from her mentor helped her set clear foundations to write her research paper and prepare a grant proposal. 

Kidney International (KI) has published a paper, as a Supplement to its journal, focusing on increasing patient access to integrated end-stage kidney disease care (ESKD) and how this fits in with Universal Health Coverage .

As per the ISN Bylaws,  we are pleased to notify you of the official meeting of the ISN General Assembly taking place during the ISN World Congress of Nephrology in Melbourne, Australia (12-15 April 2019).
 
Time: 7:15 – 8:15
Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019
Place: Room 216, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006, Australia
 
We kindly request you to arrive at 7:00 am to allow us to ensure the meeting is attended by ISN voting members.
Please note: only ISN members in good standing at the time of the session will be entitled to vote at the General Assembly.
 
Please see below the agenda of the meeting:

Agenda

    Welcome & Introduction
    ISN Governance and Leadership Report
    a.    ISN’s new Governance Structure
    b.    New ISN Leaders ISN Election Results
     i.    General Assembly voting
    ISN Secretary/Treasurer’s Financial Report
    ISN Membership
    ISN Activities update
    a.    Bridging the Gaps
    b.    Building Capacity
    c.    Connecting Community
    ISN Publications Report
    Events
    ISN 2019-2021
    Closing Remarks
    Q&A

 David Harris

Belarus teleconf 2019In February, more than 50 nephrology health care professionals from across Belarus gathered to talk about the 2018 annual report of Nephrology Health Care Service. It was a unique opportunity to also connect online with doctors involved in the ISN Sister Renal Centers partnership between institutions in Belarus and Germany.

Thursday, 14 March 2019 09:50

It's World Kidney Day! Featured

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Small WKD Logo colourToday, we are celebrating Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere.

Thursday, 07 March 2019 09:54

Winners of free Vicenza Course passes Featured

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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).

Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:51

UK/Malawi sister partnership awarded 2019 Schrier prize Featured

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Schrier prizeCongratulations to Malawi's Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and the UK's Barts Health NHS Trust hospital on winning the 2019 Schrier Award!

Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:23

First kidney transplant at Children's Hospital in Burma Featured

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Team first pediatric transplant BurmaThe Yangon Children Hospital in Myanmar, Burma welcomed an ISN Educational Ambassador from the National University of Singapore to teach about dialysis and transplantation. This educational visit led to the local medical team carrying out the first pediatric renal transplantation at the hospital.

Friday, 15 February 2019 14:49

ISN takes stage at WHO meeting in Geneva Featured

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UN HLM Geneva Feb 2019ISN recently participated in the 144th World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board meeting that took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from January 24 to February 1st, 2019.

Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:15

ISN Academy: Send us your content ideas Featured

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ISN Academy call for content proposal new deadlinesThe ISN Academy team is looking to strengthen the educational content available to members on the e-learning platform. Before March 1st, 2019 send us your ideas for an e-learning program or curriculum that you would like to develop.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 11:56

Managing Cameroon’s kidney disease patients Featured

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Fellowship2017AfricaVictorine Nzana2017Interventional Nephrology 2Victorine Bandolo Nzana, from Yaoundé University Teaching Hospital in Cameroon, was awarded an ISN-Salmasi Family Fellowship. Learning from staff at Chennai’s Madras Medical Mission Hospital in India, she broadened her knowledge of interventional nephrology, bridging the gaps in care for patients at the center and across the region.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 11:42

ISN H4KH Fellow visits Danone Nutricia Research Center Featured

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A.De Silva ISN H4KH Fellow presentation v2Thanks to his ISN Hydration for Kidney Health (H4KH) Fellowship, Amarasiri De Silva spent several days at the Danone Nutricia Research Center in France. It was a valuable and unique opportunity to meet other researchers and share his work on chronic kidney disease of unknown origin in Sri Lanka.

We are seeking bids from interested organizations.
Apply by March 1, 2019!

The Scientific Writing Course (SWC) is a three-day course given by experts in the field of scientific writing. It can help you, physicians, and researchers in your region to improve their scientific writing skills, so they have all the tools to get published across a wide range of research areas.During this course, talented investigators who are in the process of writing a manuscript are guided step-by-step to review and complete their manuscripts based on world-class methods.

 

Why should you apply to host the next SWC?

  • It is a unique opportunity for you to participate in the ISN's activities of promoting clinical research
  • The ISN contributes to the logistics and coordination of the event by collecting and reviewing the applications from participants
  • Disseminate the course across the ISN community and reach an international network of professionals in the field
  • Grant your published professionals the opportunity to share their knowledge among their peers.

Learn more | Click here to apply

 

Check out our success stories from previous years

 

Participants of ISN SWA 2017

Starting in 2016, instigated and shepherded by ISN leadership, ISN embarked on an important strategic review to ensure that the Society continued to reflect its members and serve them. Our journey resulted in ISN strengthening its purpose through a new vision, mission and values and the way in which the Society is governed.

Apply today for a chance to win a free pass to the 37th Vicenza Course on critical care in nephrology. The course will take place from May 28 to 30, 2019 at the Fiera di Vicenza Convention Center in Italy.

Monday, 07 January 2019 09:04

New Executive Director joins ISN Featured

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Charu MalikAs the new year starts, we welcome Charu Malik as the new ISN Executive Director. She takes over from Luca Segantini who has made truly outstanding contributions to ISN over the past decade.

Team photo nurses KenyaIn September, nurses Marie Richards and Thandiwe Ngcobo visited several hospitals in Kenya, supporting the local medical community with their kidney care challenges.

Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:37

Meeting with local stakeholders in Jakarta for Indonesia project Featured

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ISN President David Harris and President-Elect Vivek Jha traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia in late November 2018 to officially launch a national initiative with the Indonesian Society of Nephrology (PERNEFRI) to improve access to integrated kidney care throughout Indonesia.

Friday, 30 November 2018 11:54

AKI care training in Nepal Featured

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The Kidney Care Network recently organized the first acute kidney injury training course for health care providers at Nepal’s B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.

ISN SRC Nigeria Workshop ParticipantsSeveral ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRCs) from across Africa joined forces recently to set up an interventional nephrology training workshop in Nigeria, specifically focusing on vascular access and peritoneal dialysis.

Saving Young Lives EAP Ivory Coast team at tableISN Educational Ambassador Stefano Picca from the Children’s Research Hospital in Rome (Italy) recently collaborated with Laurence Adonis-Koffy at Abidjan’s Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Yopougon (Ivory Coast) to design a much-needed lecture on pediatric acute kidney injury, its causes and treatment.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 20:57

Building up the global nursing community Featured

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Through our partnership with the Canadian Society of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists (CANNT), we are setting out to help nurses in lower-middle-income countries benefit from free ISN Academy membership.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 09:29

Gain the skills to improve care in your region Featured

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CME Russia audienceThrough the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program, you work with a great number of experienced and knowledgeable teachers to improve care and discuss strategies and ideas to expand services for patients in your region.

Monday, 22 October 2018 08:55

Be part of an inspiring community! Featured

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We each have our story to tell about becoming an ISN member. It is great to share how the experience has contributed to advancing care for patients with kidney disease in our own part of the world.

You now have until October 31, 2018 to apply for the ISN-ANIO Clinical Nephropathology Certificate Program.

Monday, 22 October 2018 08:23

Next stage of ESKD strategic plan Featured

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End-stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) Summit Working Group leaders are meeting at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week to begin planning the implementation of the ESKD strategic plan to improve worldwide access to integrated ESKD care.

The ISN Nominating Committee has launched a consultation with ISN membership in preparation for the 2019 leadership elections.

The Nominating Committee welcomes suggestions from any member of ISN in relation to potential candidates for President-Elect.

To suggest a candidate for the President-Elect position, please send an email to Dominique Tudor, naming the ISN member who you think should be considered for President-Elect by Sunday, 18 November 2018.

Submissions of a candidate must be accompanied by a short (one paragraph) description of the individual’s previous accomplishments as an ISN leader or volunteer, the candidate’s potential fit with the ISN mission, mind-set and spirit based on concrete achievements, and the potential of the candidate to further expand current ISN activities and programs by their contribution. At this stage no additional documents, CVs or other information are required. We will consider all suggested names, and will request any further documentation and information wherever necessary to assist our final decisions.

Please note, every candidate for President-Elect must be a present or former member of the Executive Committee or Council

The Nominating Committee also welcomes suggestions from any member of ISN in relation to potential candidates for the following vacancies:

Each region below shall have 1 vacant seat in 2019 for the position of Regional Board Deputy Chair (NOTE: from 2019 these positions also form members of Council)

  • Africa 
  • Eastern and Central Europe 
  • Latin America and the Caribbean 
  • Middle East 
  • NIS and Russia 
  • North America and the Caribbean 
  • North and East Asia 
  • Oceania and South East Asia 
  • South Asia 
  • Western Europe 

To suggest a candidate for a Regional Board Deputy Chair position, please complete the online nomination form by Sunday, 18 November 2018. This will take approximately 10 minutes as you will be required to answer specific questions regarding the leadership skills and specific achievements of your nominee. Please note your ISN membership number is 216789. This number needs to be indicated in the online nomination form. After submission of the form, please send a full CV of the candidate to Dominique Tudor by email.

Friday, 12 October 2018 08:21

Valuable partners team up with WCN 2019

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WCN2019We are happy to announce our partnership with Amgen, Astra Zeneca, Baxter and Danone Nutricia Research for the upcoming ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2019, taking place from April 12 to 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:53

Check out October's ISN-ACT trial list

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Once a month, the team behind ISN-ACT (Advancing Clinical Trials) collect and publish a list of important nephrology trials from the latest medical literature. Each trial is reviewed in context and assessed for its risk of bias in key areas.

A call for Late Breaking Clinical Trial Abstracts is now open until January 21, 2019. These will be considered for potential oral presentation in special sessions at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2019.

Team EAP Nepal and IndiaThe Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital in Biratnagar (Nepal) welcomed ISN Educational Ambassador Jeyaraj Balasubramaniam. The educational visit was a valuable cross-regional, hands-on learning experience, based on similar challenges they face when caring for dialysis patients in their regions.

Health is a political choice. So, it is fitting that global health was on the agenda of last month's United Nations (UN) High-Level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at the 43rd UN General Assembly.

In collaboration with Saving Young Lives, the next ISN Young Nephrologists Committee (YNC) workshop will take place during the South African Renal Society (SARS) congress. This year’s theme is peritoneal dialysis for acute kidney injury. With a truly world-class faculty, this hands-on training course is definitively not to be missed!

On behalf of the ISN Executive Committee we are pleased to invite you to attend an Extraordinary meeting of the ISN General Assembly which is scheduled to take place during the week beginning 29 October 2018 over 2 online sessions to allow for all time zones.

ISN Fellows are ready to start two months of training, together with Dan Adlington, first participant in the ISN Reverse Fellowship Program.

This week, ISN is set to represent the kidney health community at this year’s United Nations' (UN) General Assembly in New York. Coinciding with the third High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), this assembly’s program is a busy affair for ISN.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:34

2018 KDIGO hepatitis C in CKD guideline now available! Featured

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kdigoAn executive summary of the 2018 KDIGO hepatitis C in CKD guideline: Welcoming advances in evaluation and management is now available in Kidney International. 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 09:18

H4KH: Building up research into hydration Featured

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The Hydration for Kidney Health (H4KH) is an exciting partnership between ISN and Danone Nutricia Research to raise awareness about the effect of hydration on the kidneys.

2018 Silk Road Forum ISN Regional Training Center 2 The Silk-Road Forum of Kidney Disease, held from August 16 to 18, 2018 in Lanzhou (China), was a valuable platform for nephrologists from North West China and Middle Asia to learn, interact and build their knowledge of nephrology.

Friday, 07 September 2018 10:50

Strengthening kidney transplant programs in Guatemala Featured

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In 2013, a sister center partnership was set up between University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Fundanier (sponsored by ISN and The Transplantation Society). The ultimate goal of this collaboration was to establish a deceased donor program in Guatemala.

Thursday, 30 August 2018 12:09

Check out this month's ISN-ACT trial list Featured

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Once a month, we collect and publish a list of important nephrology trials from the latest medical literature. Each trial is reviewed in context and their risk of bias in seven key areas assessed.

Ana Elizabeth Figueiredo, Professor of Nursing at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, recently visited Sudan to share skills and knowledge, providing focused and onsite training for senior dialysis nurses.

DICG logoThe first new edition of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, a seminal document that has helped to guide ethical practice in organ donation and transplantation around the world, was presented at an international workshop in Madrid, Spain.

With the support of the ISN Sister Centers program, the transplant center at El Shifa Hospital in Gaza, Palestine has partnered with the UK's Royal Liverpool University hospital to build valuable training for doctors in the region so their patients can get the best treatment on offer. Karim Hammad, medical student at University of Liverpool shares his video testimony.

Beyond his scholarly accomplishments, John Harrington made a rich contribution to educating the international kidney community as one of the founding editors of the Nephrology Forum in Kidney International (KI), serving uninterruptedly for all 28 years of the feature’s life.

medical devices fund the georgeAn astounding 3.9 million USD has now been raised by a research team at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney Australia to support the development of a cost-efficient peritoneal dialysis system, giving hope to kidney disease patients desperately in need of treatment in the developing world.

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