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Tuesday, 18 October 2011 10:37

ISN Educational Ambassadors Program results Featured

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Several emerging centers will be welcoming ISN Educational Ambassadors to their institutions next year following a successful application session last May.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 10:01

Outcome ISN GO Fellowship application session Featured

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ISN is happy to announce the results of the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program application session 2011-2.  This time around applications were much higher with 36 candidates applying for the program. 25 of these have now been accepted as ISN Fellows and will begin their fellowship as of next year. To find out who the new ISN Fellows are, CLICK HERE.

This year, high interest came from Africa followed by Latin America and Oceania and South-East Asia. There were also some applications from Southern and Eastern Asia, Eastern and Central Europe as well as Russia.

ISN would like to thank IPNA, APSN, the British Renal Association, CREED, KRUK and ERA-EDTA for sponsoring this ISN GO Fellowship Program application session. Two ISN Fellows have been named after Otsuka and the Salmasi Family for their contribution to nephrology over the years.

The next application deadline for the ISN GO Fellowship Program is December 15, 2011.

To find out more, visit the ISN GO Fellowship Program page.

Monday, 17 October 2011 09:56

A message from the ISN President

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Welcome to the first in my new series of blog posts. I want to take the chance to regularly share with you some important ISN issues and update you on new developments inside and outside ISN.

And I also thought you would be interested to know how the ISN President keeps busy!

IMG_1931 There is really not enough space to describe all the history of kidney research and care in China. In Beijing alone, five short-term ISN visiting scholars and six ISN Fellows have contributed to kidney disease care and research in China.

I was honoured to join an ISN Continuing Medical Education course in Beijing, which focused on clinical trials methodology and clinical research initiatives. Most impressive was the attentiveness of the audience, the enthusiasm of the speakers and the context of this initiative.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 09:58

Kidney disease screening continues in Bangladesh Featured

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KAMPS organized a kidney screening program for garment manufacturers in Dhaka city, Bangladesh on October 3, 2011. KAMPS is a non-profitable voluntary organization led by Professor Samad, an eminent nephrologist in Bangladesh.

The National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) Third International Symposium on Albuminuria - The Prognostic Role of Albuminuria: Impact on Kidney and Cardiovascular Outcomes will be held from November 29 to December 1, 2011 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 08:14

ISN membership – 10 reasons to renew! Featured

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ISN's membership recently hit the 10,000 mark and the Society is very proud of each and every one of its members for contributing to its achievements. Being part of ISN is not just about what you receive as a member but also what you give. Getting involved in the Society’s philanthropic and humanitarian activities influences how kidney disease is diagnosed and treated, and contributes to reducing its impact worldwide.

Promoting diversity has become one of ISN's main priorities recently as it was one of the themes of this year's World Congress of Nephrology. Today, ISN leaders are continuing to emphasize this message by releasing a position statement on diversity.

Find out more and click here to read the full-length version of this document.

The opening of a new regional dialysis unit at the District Hospital of Aluva, in Kochi, Kerala State, India recently coincided with celebrations the state’s biggest festival. Onam is a harvest festival celebrated to welcome the spirit of King Mahabali.

The celebratory meal or onasadya was inaugurated by the Chairman P. Rajeev and Working Chairman Anwar Sadat. In his opening address, Rajeev commended the collective and dedicated efforts of local staff and doctors. He thanked Cochin Shipyard Ltd who funded three dialysis units to treat patients identified by the Palliative Care Cell of General Hospital in western part of the city.

He also announced  the opening of a training centre for staff nurses from next month. The first floor of which will house eight more units to meet the needs of patients on the waiting list. Well-known local film director Siddique was onsite to launch the website and brochure.

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Renal pathology under the microscope

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Mark you calendar! The application deadline for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Educational Ambassador program is May 1st, 2012. Read one of the success stories for this program below and find out how you can get involved in this great initiative, CLICK HERE.

Huong Tran from Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy s Program (EAP) believes that the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program brought Vietnamese nephrologists and pathologists closer and streamlined pathology reporting.

The most rewarding aspect of this course was seeing nephrologists and pathologists share ideas and communicate. They don’t often have the chance to sit down together as they work in separate departments.The role of pathologists is crucial to nephrologists. ISN definitively pushed the boundaries and created interaction and encouraged us to share knowledge – one of the most important aspects of our job.

Moira Finlay, a Principal Specialist and Anatomical Pathologist from the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia brought a very practical point of view to how we work. By visiting the lab, she could directly show us the biopsy techniques she has learnt. We have each picked up different techniques depending on the training we have had. We discovered easier and less time-consuming procedures that will change the way we currently work. In one lab, this made the fi nal results more precise than Silver and Masson staining and gave pathologists more confi dence when classifying the lesion.

Pathologists tend to use complicated jargon while nephrologists focus on understanding the big picture without taking details into account, contributing to a misinterpretation of pathology reports. Moira explained some recurring terms and the best language to use when writing a report. The case by case presentations served as an excellent challenge for participants, putting what they learned into practice and sparking debate.

This program truly differs from the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Continuing Medical Education Program, which we have been involved in for many years. It gives participants more time to learn, talk and challenge different cases with the specialist. They work with local doctors and build long-term professional relationships. Local pathologists now know that they have someone they can turn to for advice in the future. Moreover, the EAP is a starting point for building links with other ISN GO Programs such as the Fellowship Program - opening doors for
more exchanges in the future.

ISN and The Transplant Society (TTS) are partners in Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG). They have combined efforts to combat organ trafficking.

The attached UNOS policy document demonstrates movement in a positive direction.

For more information, visit the DICG website.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:00

Broadening horizons - ISN partnerships

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Much like networking helps professionals advance in their career, building partnerships is helping ISN grow as a Society - raising awareness and educating doctors on a global scale while responding to regional needs.

Today, ISN has established offi cial society affi liations with 75 national and regional societies representing local nephrologists. The Society reaches more than 20,000 nephrology-related professionals.

Recent collaborations are offering educational opportunities to local fellows through the ISN Global Outreach  Programs. These include: the American Society of Nephrology, the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, the Turkish Society of Nephrology, the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology, the Latin American Society of Nephrology, the Renal Association and the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association.

Partnering with ISN means Affi liated Societies can participate in ISN’s mission of advancing nephrology worldwide. With collective membership, they sign up their entire membership base at a reduced rate. They will be the fi rst to be considered when joint events are organized and gain priority when it comes to ISN
endorsing special courses.

These collaborations also extend to related organizations such as the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, International Society of Hypertension, International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis and The Transplantation Society. Formalizing strategic partnerships is helping these societies work with ISN towards common goals by setting up specific projects to promote education in developing countries.

Friday, 09 September 2011 10:00

Deadline 30 September 2011: GO SRC Program Featured

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This month is the deadline to send your application for the next ISN Global Outreach (GO) Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program call for proposals. The deadline has been set for 30 September 2011. There are around 10 places available at entry level. More details can be found here.

If you are interested in applying or for more detailed information about this program, please contact Samantha Rens at the ISN headquarters, e-mail: srens@theisn.org.

We look forward to receiving applications from your region.

Friday, 09 September 2011 08:17

ISN R&P Program deadline: October 1st Featured

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This year, the deadline for applying to the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Reseach and Prevention (R&P) Program is October 1st, 2011.

Newly-elected ISN President takes time out from his ISN duties to talk shop and highlight the challenges ahead. 

Cancer, diabetes, heart and lung disease are the main targets of a new World Health Organization (WHO) campaign launched in 2005 to address the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) does not get a passing mention even though it meets all the criteria of a major public health problem.

Aside from raising awareness with World Kidney Day, ISN is currently working to better position CKD in global health thinking by building official working relations with the WHO. ISN President John Feehally says: “Gaining a position for kidney disease in global health strategies is long. There are many obstacles along the way. However, we remain committed to ensuring that kidney disease patients share the benefits that come with increased awareness and attention to NCDs worldwide. ”

Starting in 2008, ISN put forward its mission and proposed a joint work plan to implement CKD prevention and intervention programs into WHO’s health agenda and build “official relations. ISN has now submitted a final progress report on the 2009-2011 ISN/WHO work plan and a new work plan for 2011-13.

The first part of this work plan was completed this July when William Couser, Marcello Tonelli and Giuseppe Remuzzi  submitted a paper to WHO entitled: “The Contribution of Chronic Kidney Disease to the Global Burden of Major Non-Communicable Diseases.” Remuzzi and Norberto Perico also completed the second part by applying WHO/ISH risk charts to the ISN KDDC data base to study the  association between kidney disease markers and the risk of cardio vascular disease.

In June, ISN leaders contacted the WHO’s Assistant Director General for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health to review and update the status of ISN’s application. On August 2, 2011 ISN was notified that the application was complete and will be reviewed in January 2012.

At the ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2011, leaders continued to voice concern that CKD remains absent from the WHO list of NCDs even though it affects twice the estimated number of the world’s population with diabetes. A senior advisor for public policy was hired to put together a plan of action to position CKD more prominently in the global health agenda, especially at the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs taking place in New York  in September 2011. Joint efforts with the International Federation of Kidney Foundations, European Kidney Health Alliance and leaders of major US renal organizations have also been carried out to get ISN’ a seat at the table for CKD policy planning.

This got the ball rolling for ISN to recruit some 350 ISN ‘advocacy volunteers’ to carry its message to the WHO and lobby for the organization to include CKD in its NCD strategy. So far, these volunteers have cultivated relationships with Health Ministers in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guatemala , India, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, The United States, Uruguay.

To raise further attention, ISN has produced CKD supportive ‘Op-Ed’ articles and an advocacy piece entitled: “Awareness of Kidney  Disease Low Despite Affecting  500 Million People Worldwide and Global Costs Surpassing  $1 Trillion this Decade .” On August 22, 2011, ISN was granted membership in the NCD Alliance “Common Interest Group” – the first renal organization to be included in this group.

ISN is currently looking for a new editor for Kidney International, the official journal of the ISN focusing on the development and consequences of kidney disease. This position is open to ISN members. Deadline for expressions of interest is October 1st, 2011. Full applications will be accepted until October 31, 2011.

Leaders of major US kidney organizations concerned with reducing the burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in America, joined forces last week with their colleagues at the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) in its joint global initiative asking Health Ministers around the world, including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – to help secure the inclusion of kidney disease in the strategies coming from the World Health Organization/United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases being held in New York, 19-20 September 2011.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 09:27

Join the EHEC/HUS symposium this September Featured

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In May this year, Germany was hit by a Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) epidemic posing a big challenge to the medical community and health policymakers alike. The EHEC bacterium O104:H4 proved to be a tenacious and aggressive pathogen, causing haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) in 860 of 3,000 patients affected.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 08:55

ISN News August edition out now! Featured

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ISN_News_August_2011_coverThe latest edition ISN News has now been published and is on its way to you. You can already read the electronic version on the Gateway now.

The Instituto de Nefrología La Paz, Bolivia and the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo, Italy recently took their Sister Renal Center (SRC) partnership to a new level.

The ISN GO Genitourinary Expert Group has just finished collecting worldwide data for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2005 initiative.

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ISN Executive Committee members will meet in Oxford for an intensive 3-day discussion about the future of the ISN.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 09:33

Winner of Renal Pathology mini-sabbatical Featured

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The ISN Renal Pathology Advisory Committee recently sought applications for mini-sabbaticals for nephropathologists from developing countries to travel to a major nephropathology meeting and stay onsite for up to two weeks for further training.

The next ISN update course in nephrology will take place in Dubai from December 9 to 12, 2011 at the InterContinental Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Friday, 24 June 2011 08:26

Success for CKD course in Turkey Featured

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ISN, the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, European Society of Pediatric Nephrology and ERA-EDTA recently supported an ISN Global Outreach Continuous Medical Education course on Chronic Kidney Disease: Epidemiology, prevention and management.

Friday, 24 June 2011 08:18

CME highlights CKD in North Sri Lanka Featured

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web-Fig-4_-SL-HEALTH-MINISTER-2_2In May, ISN leaders participated in the first ISN Continuous Medical Education course in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Association of Nephrology and Transplantation and the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo co-sponsored this event.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:10

WCN 2011: post event material now online Featured

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WCN2011_logo_cmyk_lr_withdateThe 2011 World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver, Canada succeeded in fulfilling its educational mission. Bringing together more than 5000 delegates, 350 speakers and an excellent range of sessions. The ISN was delighted to partner with the Canadian Society of Nephrology to host this leading event within the international renal community.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011 08:39

Visit our stand at ERA-EDTA Featured

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ISN is on the road again this month, joining the exhibition at this year’s European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) Congress. You can visit the ISN exhibition from June 23 to 26, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic (stand 3.C.8).

If you work in any aspect of renal care (pre-dialysis, dialysis or kidney transplant) or in the area of chronic disease management, the 2011 BC Nephrology and Renal Transplant Days conference may be of interest to you. Hosted by the BC Provincial Renal Agency and BC Transplant from October 6 to 7, 2011 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. This two-day event will include up to 500 health care professionals and administrators from across the entire renal care continuum. Delegates from across British Columbia and other parts of Canada and the United States will attend the conference to discuss the latest research, trends, clinical treatment and surgical breakthroughs in renal patient care.

The conference has applied for and expects BC Nephrology Days to be granted accreditation status through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. All health professionals will receive certificates of attendance to submit for continuing education hours.

For more information and to register for the conference, go to www.nephtransplantdays.ca.

ISN is happy to announce that it has renewed its partnership agreement between the Turkish Society of Nephrology (TSN) and the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program, giving new opportunities to fellowship applicants.

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 13:30

ISN Forefronts 2011: accommodation deadlines Featured

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When you register for the upcoming ISN Forefronts Symposium, taking place from September 22 to 25, 2011 in Aarhus, Denmark don’t forget to book your accommodation here.

There are two deadlines depending on the hotel that you choose:

Cabinn Hotel  - June 23, 2011.

Radisson SAS Hotel - August 22, 2011.

This time around, ISN Forefronts focuses on the mechanisms underlying proteinuria, its pathophysiological consequences and potential targets for intervention. For more information, click here

ISN is pleased to offer a limited number of travel grants to young nephrologists (including free registration to the symposium plus three nights of accommodation). Click here for more details on the eligibility criteria and application procedure.

There are two upcoming deadlines to bear in mind when applying for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Programs. We encourage you to generate applications in your region by disseminating the information to your contacts.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:27

ISN Global Outreach awards 2011

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Participants involved in ISN's Global Outreach (GO) Programs were rewarded for their achievements at the recent World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver, Canada. After the very successful GO poster sessions, the awards were handed out and winners had the opportunity to present current projects to GO workshop participants.

The 2011 World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver saw ISN councilors cast their vote for ISN leaders. Giuseppe Remuzzi became President Elect and successor to John Feehally who is looking forward to his new role as ISN President.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:20

ISN launches new website

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ISN is striving to provide a better web-based experience showcasing its efforts in advancing nephrology worldwide and providing a platform for members and non-members to access relevant information. A new and more user-friendly website has now been launched, visit: www.theisn.org.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:17

Prize winners WCN 2011 participant survey

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The winners of the WCN 2011 participant survey were announced at the ISN exhibition stand at the end of the congress.

The survey was conducted amongst the participants to get a better understanding of their awareness of ISN and the value placed on society member services.

In case you missed this information, here is a round-up of the lucky winners below. Many thanks to everyone for filling in this survey and congratulations to the three individuals who have won a pass to one of the three upcoming ISN educational events.

ISN Forefronts – September 22-25, 2011, Aarhus, Denmark: Gisele Vajgel Fernandes, Hospital Das Clinicas Da UFPE, Recife, Brazil.

ISN Nexus Symposium – September 20-23, 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark: Sandra Castelo Meza, Director Clinica Renal Colombiana, Bogota, Colombia.

WCN 2013 - May 31 – June 4, 2013, Hong Kong: Ahmed Malik, St Lukes Medical Center, Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 14:55

ISN Forefronts 2011: register now

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If you haven't registered yet, you can still book your place for the upcoming ISN Forefronts Symposium, taking place from September 22 to 25, 2011 in Aarhus, Denmark. This innovative event will focus on the mechanisms underlying proteinuria, its pathophysiological consequences and potential targets for intervention. For more information, click here.

Key topics include:

• Biology of the glomerulus

• The podocyte: experimental models

• Glomerular filtration barrier

• Signalling pathways in the glomerulus

• Glomerular proteinuria and fibrosis/controversy

• Dynamics of endocytosis

• Biology of the proximal tubule/proteinuria

• Future developments

Travel Grants are available for young nephrologists from emerging countries. ISN is pleased to offer a limited number of travel grants (which includes free registration to the symposium plus three nights of accommodation). Click here for more details on the eligibility criteria and application procedure.

WCN 2011 was an appropriate symbol of ISN’s achievements over the last 50 years. It marked the start of a new ISN presidency and underlined the Society’s continuing educational role. Workshops, international speakers, poster exhibitions and a string of awards emphasized sustainability and diversity – the theme of this congress.

Friday, 22 April 2011 09:58

Japan: crisis and recovery Featured

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This article was published on Kidney International by ISN President, prof. John Feehally, on 6 April 2011


An oft-repeated military adage is that 'no plan survives first contact with the enemy.' How true that must seem now to our Japanese colleagues. For them 'the enemy' was a giant shock and a devastating wave. Within a few moments the most thorough and careful civil defense planning of the Japanese institutions refined over many years was overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of nature's assault on their shores. Those of us watching from afar by television could only imagine how difficult it must have been in reality—so much damage, so much human loss, so much uncertainty, so many needs.

Monday, 04 April 2011 13:37

Renew your ISN membership

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ISN membership renewal season is set to continue until January 31, 2011. Make sure you renew your membership in time to continue receiving the many benefits of ISN membership and help ISN advance kidney care around the world.

As a member, you are eligible to take part in ISN's Global Outreach Programs including the Fellowship, Research and Prevention, Sister Renal Centers, Continuing Medical Education and Educational Ambassadors. You can also actively contribute to ISN's humanitarian outreach programs, benefit from voting rights and become eligible to serve on the ISN committees.

ISN is proud to endorse the 20th International Vicenza Course and has kindly provided five free registration passes for its members by the Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal Transplantation at the St. Bortolo Hospital in Vicenza. Applications are open to young nephrologists (under the age of 37) who are ISN Members. To renew your membership for 2011, click here.

The Division of Nephrology Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital is happy to announce that its latest course will take place from June 6 to 10, 2011 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Early Registration has been set for March 1st, 2011. For more information, click here . The course aims to update attendees on the latest developments in renal medicine by presenting concise and up-to-date information on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of renal diseases.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:28

Vote for ISN Council members

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This year, 11 new Councilors will be elected and the Nominating Committee has put forward three names for each of the 11 vacancies. All information is available online. The ISN Council is the governing body of the Society. The duty of Council members is to supervise ISN’s affairs, set policies and define its rules and regulations. All judicial and executive responsibilities for the Society rest with the Council. All Society members are encouraged to vote as Councilors should reflect the various disciplines and geographic diversities that make up ISN.
Sunday, 06 March 2011 20:07

The Acute Kidney Injury Committee

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The committee is engaged in the development of uniform standards for defining and classifying acute kidney injury (AKI) that can be used in clinical research (trials) in patients with AKI. Consensus standards for diagnosing and classifying (staging) AKI that need to be validated in future studies have been developed. 

The Committee is involved with the organisation of several educational courses and organizes its own Symposia on AKI which is typically held as a satellite symposium to the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN).

Registrations and abstract submissions are now open for ISN Forefronts Symposia 2011. For more information, visit the ISN Forefronts website. Waste no time in registering and don't forget to send through your abstracts before April 11, 2011.

Monday, 21 February 2011 17:14

Nominate candidates for AMGEN award 2011

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ISN is inviting the ISN renal community to send nominations for the AMGEN-sponsored awards to be handed out at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.

Monday, 21 February 2011 17:14

ISN RDRTF reacts to disaster in Japan

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The ISN Renal Disaster Relief Taskforce (RDRTF) has responded to the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday March 11, 2011.

Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:27

Nephropathology workshop material available

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Nephropathology workshop sponsored by ISN Global Outreach Program was held at the Madras Medical Mission Hospital Chennai and Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry on February 11, 2010.

From a local project in Dharan city, the B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences' prevention program now focuses on regional prevention and is developing more kidney research projects in Eastern Nepal - encouraging centers across the country to screen populations.

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