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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.

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.

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.

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.

With the amount of people needing dialysis set to double by 2030, the need for a cost-effective system has never been greater. Once market ready, this innovation could change access to treatment transforming dialysis practices in rural and remote settings and developing countries.

September's issue of Kidney international (KI) will feature an important article from Ziyad Al-Aly and colleagues, which uses Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data to show, in just one generation since 1990, an almost doubling of the incidence, prevalence and mortality of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and a more than 60% increase in disability-adjusted life years, driven by population growth, aging, access to and quality of health care, and in some populations diabetes.

Friday, 06 July 2018 14:31

Taking action on ESKD Featured

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The second Global Kidney Health Summit in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates delved into the pressing issues surrounding end-stage kidney disease (ESKD).

We joined the Danone Nutricia Hydration congress in Évians-les-Bains, France, in support of our longest-standing corporate member. We have been working with Danone Nutricia since our 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

group pic north asia workshopOn December 9, 2017, the ISN North and East Asia regional workshop was held during the second International Congress of Chinese Nephrologists (ICCN) and the Taiwan Society of Nephrology's (TSN) annual meeting.

Friday, 29 December 2017 16:03

ISN-EMAN Update Congress in Nephrology Featured

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Closing RemarksISN was well represented at the ISN-EMAN Update Congress in Nephrology, held in Dubai from December 13 to 16, 2017. The organisation was flawless, under the leadership of Mona Al-Rukhaimi, Congress President, President of the Emirates Medical Association Nephrology Society (EMAN) and previous Chair of the ISN Middle East Regional Board and Executive Committee member (2015-17).

ISN took part in the 14th Bangladesh Renal Association (BRA) meeting, organized in Dhaka from December 11 to 12, 2017. Representatives from the ISN included ISN President-Elect Vivekanand Jha and ISN President David Harris. Dr. M. Muhibur Chowdhury, Vice President of BRA, and Harun-Ur-Rashid, Vice President of BRA were present as both are members of the Organizing committee and sit on the ISN Council.

Every year, 72 doctors from around the world spend 12 weeks in East Africa on the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene course run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The key lessons for the students are the role of early detection and prevention of kidney disease rather than how to run a dialysis unit.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is an increasingly significant yet underdiagnosed problem in pediatric care.

Thursday, 14 December 2017 14:57

Introducing the ISN Ethical Dialysis Taskforce Featured

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ICD WHO lrAs part of the end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) focus, the ISN Ethical Dialysis Taskforce will publish reviews and position statements on ethical dialysis over the next few years.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 12:28

KI Reports: Heat stress and kidney health Featured

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One of this month’s most downloaded reports from Kidney International (KI) Reports is contributed by Fabiana Nerbass, winner of the ISN-H4KH New Investigator grant.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 12:15

Join the ISN Mentorship program Featured

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Looking for some guidance in a specific area related to research or clinical nephrology?

Benefit from ISN’s Mentorship Program! Let us help you find the right mentor according to your needs. Find out more online and sign up as a mentee to start your three-year productive relationship.

Read more HERE.

Friday, 24 November 2017 17:20

ISN at the WHO in Geneva Featured

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WHO session oneLast week, we joined the World Health Organization (WHO) executive board meeting to comment on its 2019-2023 general program of work (GPW). Member States, international NGOs and non-state actors in official relations with WHO shared their views.

Kirill blog photo oneParticipants involved in the the ISN Sister Renal Center Program partnership between the Belarus Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, in Minsk and the University Hospital of Charite in Berlin, Germany recently gathered for their first virtual conference.

Sunday, 12 November 2017 17:20

Sister center partners meet in Guatemala Featured

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The Washington University (WU) School of Medicine in St-Louis recently took part in the First Annual Update in Nephrology: Leading the Battle against Chronic Kidney Disease in Guatemala City.

This ISN Sister Renal Center partnership, including researchers, residents, fellows and staff from WU and the IGSS hospital system and Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City, has been working to study MesoAmerican Nephropathy.

Read more HERE. This article is provided courtesy of the Washington University (WU) School of Medicine in St-Louis.

As a growing national society, it is a challenge to generate new members and retain them, promote activities and build a voice while raising awareness about the cause of patients with kidney disease. Bringing in some support by joining a global nephrology community will effectively strengthen your position as a Society.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:03

Ready for the renal physiology challenge? Featured

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In the run up to the ANZSN webinar on October 24, 2017, test your knowledge of renal tubular physiology by taking part in a short quiz.

Monday, 16 October 2017 15:53

Great news from SWC 2017 graduate in Nepal Featured

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Congratulations to Dr Kirshna Agarwal from Nepal, one of the 2017 ISN Scientific Writing Course (SWC) graduates.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:25

The value of collaboration: ISN at BANTAO congress 2017 Featured

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Team photo BANTAOIt was inspiring to see colleagues from the region working together at the 13th Balkan Cities Association of Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs (BANTAO) conference, held this month in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:24

Tackling Kenya’s ESKD challenge together Featured

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The 14th Annual Scientific Conference of the Kenya Renal Association was my chance to dive further into the issue of End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) and talk about ways of improving global access to integrated ESKD.

Between 2.3 and 7.1 million people die annually from End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) due to a lack of access to dialysis. As a high-income country with expertise in peritoneal dialysis (PD), Hong Kong has a lot of practical experience to offer its neighboring low- and middle-income countries in tackling this growing issue.

irmaOn September 6, 2017 hurricane Irma’s eye passed over Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Tortola, the three most populated islands within the British Virgin Islands (BVI), affecting approximately 30,000 people, of which there are 55 dialysis patients. The nearest British territory, 100 miles to the East, was similarly affected. In the US Virgin Islands (USVI), immediately to the West of the BVI, the islands of St. Thomas and St. John were similarly affected.

Professor Robin Anthony Jeffrey Eady MBE, was a British dermatologist and the world's longest surviving kidney patient after receiving dialysis from the 1960s.

This recent commentary featured in The Lancet Diabetes Endocrinal 2017 focuses on the need for coordinated efforts and a large international database of patients with diabetes and nephropathy.

It was recently reported on Ghana web news that First Sky Group of Companies has donated two million Ghana Cedis to Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, so more patients with acute kidney disease can get free treatment across the country.

Monday, 12 June 2017 16:26

ISN Scientific Writing Course 2017 Featured

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There is nothing new about the disparity that exists regarding specific health needs and clinical challenges in the developed and resource limited nations. Are medical advances that emerge in clinical research from the developed nations truly relevant and applicable to the rest of the world?

ISN and the Japanese Society of Nephrology (JSN) signed a declaration of collaboration at the 60th JSN Congress in Sendai, Japan. The two nephrology societies will collaborate to advance knowledge of kidney diseases through research, and to improve awareness, diagnosis and management to eliminate kidney diseases worldwide.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:07

Watch ISN Program video testimony from Nepal Featured

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Former ISN Fellow Dibya Singh Shah tells us how ISN Programs have helped develop nephrology services and a successful transplant program in Nepal.

During the ISN World Congress of Nephrology, from the Genius Bar at the ISN exhibition booth, a specially-assigned Social Media Task helped us to livestream some 80 congress sessions on social media. Showing great enthusiasm and a true passion for nephrology, they made highlights from the congress available to those unable to join us in Mexico City.

The first ISN Policy Forum welcomed more than 200 participants representing over seven Latin American governments, policy makers, nephrologists, researchers, patients and other relevant stakeholders. They committed to the Conclusions of Mexico City, a 12-point set of measurable actions to curb the burden of kidney disease worldwide, specifically focusing on Latin America.

Monday, 03 April 2017 09:02

Joining the Philippines Society of Nephrology Featured

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I have just returned from the 37th Annual Convention of the Philippines Society of Nephrology (PSN) which was held in Manila from March 29th to April 1, 2017. The theme of the meeting was Translational Nephrology: research outcomes to clinical application.

Monday, 27 March 2017 16:06

My visit to the AFRAN congress Featured

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ISN was very well represented at the 14th Congress of AFRAN which was held recently in Yaounde, Cameroon. The President, President-Elect and two Past ISN Presidents were onsite, as were many other members of the ISN family.

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