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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:28

ISN Fellows: latest application session Featured


Dr Kumar EAP fellowsFollowing the recent call for applications, the ISN Fellowship Program Committee is happy to announce that the program has once again received great interest and a record number of 50 complete applications from all over the world.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 08:41

A tribute to Hai-yan Wang Featured


China 03ISN is sad to announce the passing of Hai-yan Wang. Professor Wang was Director of the Institute of Nephrology at Peking University since its inception in 1990 through to 2014.

She was the former Chair of the ISN East Asia Regional Committee and recently received an ISN Pioneer Award for her efforts in nephrology.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:17

Mark your diary for the ISN Forefronts symposium 2015 Featured


FF ShenzhenThe next ISN Forefronts Symposium will take place in Shenzhen, China from October 22 to 25, 2015. The focus is on immunomodulation of cardio-renal function. Registration opens in December, CLICK HERE for more information.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:58

Less than one week to go: WCN 2015 early registration Featured


WCN2015logoHomeJoin us at ISN’s World Congress of Nephrology along with thousands of practicing physicians, academics, scientists, international health authorities, clinical researchers, as well as other healthcare professionals involved in multidisciplinary nephrology from around the world.
The Congress takes place in Cape Town, South Africa from March 13 to 17, 2015. You can still register for the early bird registration rate before midnight on Sunday December 14, 2014. CLICK HERE to register.

For further updates, visit: www.wcn2015.org

Fellowship EtienneMark your calendars as the next deadline to apply for the ISN Fellowship Program is December 15, 2014. The ISN Fellowship Program provides relevant and contemporary nephrology training for physicians from emerging countries, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of nephrology practice in the fellow’s home institution.

YNC indiaThe ISN-ANIO India Committee is happy to announce the deadline for the ISN-ANIO Indukaka Ipcowala Advanced Apprenticeship Program. The purpose of this apprenticeship is to give an opportunity to physicians or allied healthcare personnel to train and gain by practical experience with specific skills in any field of nephrology, including but not limited to renal pathology, chronic kidney disease, transplantation, acute kidney injury or dialysis.

WCN2015logoHomeSpecial early bird registration rates are available for ISN, South African Renal Society (SARS), African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN) and Renal Care Society of South Africa (RCSSA) members, Allied Health Professionals, and non-Members. Early registration fees are available until December 14, 2014. It is recommended to register as early as possible to ensure availability and benefit from significant savings. CLICK HERE to register.

Monday, 01 December 2014 11:03

ISN News latest edition Featured


ISN-News 51 thumbYou can now read the latest edition of ISN News ISN’s official quarterly newsletter containing a round up of the latest happenings within the Society, including in-depth articles on pressing issues and initiatives, plus illuminating extras like member profiles and reports on Society gatherings.

The International AMA Certified Neonatal and Pediatric Nephrology Training Workshop and 3rd Indian Simulation Based Pediatric Dialysis Course will be held from February 28 February to March 1st, 2015. This meeting is certified with CME-AMA Type-2 Credits.

http://www.wcn2015.orgISN founder Jean Hamburger rightly recognized the need for an international forum and started the ball rolling for a truly “world congress” tailored to the nephrology community. After much success in Hong Kong in June 2013, ISN’s World Congress of Nephrology is heading to Cape Town, South Africa from March 13 to 17, 2015. This is a special occasion as it is the first time the World Congress of Nephrology is held in Africa.

renal pathologyThe 9th European Renal Pathology Course will take place in Amsterdam from June 9-12, 2015. This four-day course has been designed for pathologists, nephrologists, pediatric nephrologists and residents in these specialties. CLICK HERE for more information.

Monday, 24 November 2014 15:58

Caring for kidney patients in Malawi Featured


Nicolas centre with the dialysis unit nurses and support staffIn July 2014, a new hemodialysis unit opened in Blantyre, Malawi. Blantyre is in southern Malawi, not far from the border with Mozambique. With a population of over 600,000 it is the country’s second biggest city behind the capital Lilongwe, and is a major financial centre. Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) is a tertiary referral centre for the entire Southern region in Malawi with over 1000 inpatient beds. There are around 30 medical admissions per day with over 200 general medical inpatients. The burden of kidney disease in both medical and non-medical patients is large.

WCN2015logoHomeJust one day to go before the abstract submissions deadline closes for the 10th World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) satellite conference organized by the ISN Advisory Committee for Kidney Health in Disadvantaged Populations (CKHDP). Deadline is Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Friday, 14 November 2014 09:00

The World Kidney Fund: helping ISN do more Featured


humanitarian ISNThe World Kidney Fund  is ISN’s direct online fundraising platform. CLICK HERE to find out more and help us advance nephrology even further.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:17

New World Kidney Day website is launched Featured


WKD 2015 left-imgThe World Kidney Day (WKD) team is happy to announce the launch of its new website. CLICK HERE to discover more. It is now more user-friendly, easier to navigate and even more interactive.

The ISN is partnering with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to incorporate Acute Kidney Injury incidence data from the Initiative into the upcoming Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2014 Study.

The GBD Study is the world’s largest single source of leading contributors to health loss within society.  Incorporation of AKI into this study will allow for a seminal determination of the contribution of AKI to loss of life and health throughout the world during the past 2 decades.

More information on the Global Burden of Disease: http://www.who.int/

More information on the 0by25 Initiative: www.0by25.org

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imageThis July, a Continuing Medical Education (CME) course took place Zhengzhou and Beijing, China. It was organized in two parts and focused on the topic of integrated pathologic diagnosis of renal diseases and improving techniques.The first part was organized under auspices of the 2014 International Forum of Renal Pathology and the 9th National Renal Pathology Conference in Beijing. The second part took place at the 2014 Harvard and Zhengzhou University Sister Renal Center (SRC) Forum.

DICG croatiaRepresentatives from the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) took part in meetings with representatives from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia as well as Serbia organized by at the Croatian Ministry of Health in Zagreb, Croatia from October 14 to 15, 2014.

Monday, 03 November 2014 11:43

YNC is a growing community


As Chair of the ISN Young Nephrologists Committee (YNC), I'm pleased to announce that our online community has grown to over 2000 members.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:59

Celebrate World Kidney Day on March 12, 2015 Featured


WKD 2015 left-imgWorld Kidney Day will be celebrated on March 12, 2015. This time around the focus is on Kidney Health for All.

WCN2015logoHomeThe deadline for sending abstracts for the upcoming ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) has now been extended to November 3, 2014. CLICK HERE.

Monday, 27 October 2014 08:07

0by25: AKI Global Snapshot open until December 7 Featured


0by25 Cover1The 0by25 Global Snapshot, one of the most far-reaching prospective studies ever organized by ISN, is now underway. Following considerable interest from multiple centers across the world, the study will be extended by four weeks until Sunday December 7.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 23:00

Ebola resources for ISN members


ISN leadership, through its Renal Disaster Relief Task Force, and its Acute Kidney Injury Committee, is monitoring the Ebola virus spread and is keen to provide access to reliable resources which can be helpful to its members. In this context, we thought of disseminating the excellent initiative of the American Society of Nephrology, which has developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions on the topic, available here:


Another great resource are CDC's guidelines, which are kept updated and are available here:


We hope that this is useful. Please get in touch if you need more specific information

Educational Ambassador Solomon webThe deadline to apply for the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program has now been extended. All applications are welcome but if you are from Latin America or the Asia Pacific region, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Applications can be made online before October 31st, 2014, CLICK HERE.

As one of ISN leaders involved in the ISN 0by25 Initiative, I want to talk to you about a far-reaching project called the ISN 0by25 Global Snapshot, which is one of the current core activities of the ISN 0by25 Initiative

Thursday, 09 October 2014 22:00

Gabriel Richet (1916-2014)


Richet portrait face bw webISN announces with regret the death of Gabriel Richet. One of the early giants of French and international nephrology, he was a founding member of ISN. Among his many roles in ISN leadership, he was co-General Secretary of ISN’s first Congress in Geneva and Evian in 1960, and  ISN  President from 1981-84.

Over the next five months, ISN Education will be holding a webinar series on the subject of dialysis. The series will consist of five separate webinar sessions facilitated by five different specialists with years of experience in various areas of dialysis.

Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00

ISN Nexus 2016 in Berlin Featured


ISNNexus LogoSave the date for the next ISN Nexus Symposium, which will take place in Berlin, Germany from April 14 to 17, 2016 at the Hotel Melia Berlin. This meeting is set to cover translational immunology in kidney disease and new therapies for renal immunopathology.

harvardNephrology - 2015, led by Martin Pollak, MD and Burton D. Rose, MD, is taking place from April 12 to 17, 2015, at The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. If you are an ISN Member you can join this course at a reduced fee.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:18

Claus Brun (1914-2014)


Brun 2001 eupdateISN announces with regret the death of Claus Brun. He was ISN’s second President (1963-1966).


Listen to an interview with Prof. Brun conducted in the context of the ISN Video Legacy Project in 1995.



Interview Transcript

PIC Guatemala 2012 web 2The deadline to apply for the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program has now been extended. If you are from Latin America or the Asia Pacific region, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Applications can be made online before October 31st, 2014, CLICK HERE.

WCN2015logoHomeThis October take the chance to apply for WCN 2015 travel grants and submit your abstracts for the upcoming World Congress of Nephrology 2015. The deadline for abstracts and travel grant applications is October 27, 2014. More information is available on www.wcn2015.org.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:06

Join the ISN Regional Workshop in India Featured


First Pediatric dialysis course audience webAn ISN Regional Workshop is taking place on Saturday December 20, 2014 in Kolkata India, at the Hotel Hyatt Regency.

WCN2011-2123KaplanLilianJeanKaplanAwardISN is now accepting nominations for the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) prize. Deadline for sending nominations is September 30, 2014.

Sunday, 28 September 2014 12:33

Join the 0by25 Global Snapshot study Featured


0by25 Cover10by25 is an ISN initiative that aims to eliminate preventable deaths from Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) worldwide by 2025. If you are a nephrologist or healthcare professional dealing with AKI, register to participate in the ISN 0by25 Global Snapshot, CLICK HERE.

YNC Brazil webThe deadline for applications for the ISN Clinical Research and Prevention Program is coming up on October 1st, 2014. If you are thinking of applying, make sure to do so before this date. We are particularly looking for applications from the Asia Pacific region.

GKAThe Global Kidney Academy (GKA) is happy to announce that its upcoming nephrology online course on renal transplantation will start on October 1st, 2014.

nexus brisbane webThe ISN Nexus symposium is taking place in Brisbane this week, from September 25 to 28, 2014 at the Brisbane Convention Center. You can get the latest information on the program and speakers HERE.

Monday, 22 September 2014 06:29

DICG meets Pope Francis Featured


popeOn September 19, 2014, representatives from the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) met with Pope Francis in the Vatican City. This private audience was arranged by the Mayor of Rome to derive support for the principles of the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI). DICG has been invited to submit a reference document that Pope Francis will use in a pronouncement to be widely reported in 2015.

WCN2015logoHomeDo not miss out on sending your abstracts for the upcoming ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN), taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from March 13 to 17, 2014. Apply online before October 27, 2014.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:43

EAP: call for applications deadline October 1st, 2014 Featured


Educational Ambassador Solomon webThe deadline for the latest call for applications for the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program (EAP) is October 1st, 2014. Don't miss this opportunity to apply for this ISN Program.

YNC Brazil webThe call is now open to apply for the ISN Clinical Research and Prevention Program. Deadline for applications is October 1st, 2014.

The ISN Regional Committee for Latin America organized a Regional Workshop during the XVII Congress of the Sociedad Latino Americana de Nefrologia y Hipertension (SLANH) held in Santiago, Chile, from August 20 to 24, 2014.

Monday, 08 September 2014 08:29

Prof. Y.K Seedat receives ISN Pioneer Award Featured


Yackoob SeedatISN is happy to announce that Prof. Y.K. Seedat is the proud winner of an ISN Pioneer Award. ISN Educational Ambassador Program Chair Saraladevi Naicker presented him with the award at the recent South African Renal Society Congress on August 17, 2014.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:19

World Kidney Day 2015 - Kidney Health for All Featured


WKD 2015 left-imgThe World Kidney Day team is excited to announce the theme for the upcoming campaign. This time World Kidney Day will be celebrated on March 12, 2015 under the tagline Kidney Health for All.

Mongolia and Canada SRCMark your calendar for the ISN Sister Renal Center Program application deadline on September 15, 2014. If you are interested in applying for this ISN Program, make sure to send your application online before this date. CLICK HERE to find out more.

Thursday, 28 August 2014 11:37

ISN Regional Workshop in Dubai this December Featured


An ISN Program Regional Workshop is taking place on Saturday December 13, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm at the Intercontinental Hotel, Festival City, Dubai United Arab Emirates.

Gaza transplants photos by Craig StennettApplications are now being accepted to join the ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Center Program. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2014.

SLANHISN is pleased to announce that the Sociedad Latino Americana de Nefrologia y Hipertension (SLANH) has agreed to co-sponsor the Educational Ambassadors Program for a total amount of 10,000 USD a year, next to already supporting the ISN Fellowship Program for an amount of 14,000 USD every year.  Eligible candidates must come from Latin America and be a member of SLANH.

Monday, 18 August 2014 13:03

ISN returns to Myanmar for CME


Ward rounds Myanmar JFBecause of previous political restrictions, this was the first ISN visit to Myanmar since the late 1990s when a number of visits were made involving senior ISN leaders (including Clarkson, Dirks, Schrier, Atkins and Kerr). During the restrictions, healthcare spending was severely restricted (1.5% of GDP). There has now been significant change with the arrival of the new government. Healthcare expenditure is growing and it is expected to reach 5% of GDP in the next two to three years.

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