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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.

Our own epidemiological research, and that of others in Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA), demonstrates that the majority of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) seen at tertiary centers is severe (i.e. Stage 3 AKI).

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:26

Saving Young Lives in Cameroon Featured

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I just returned from the AFRAN/AFPNA Congress that took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon last week. I was proud to be part of this amazing event gathering more than 300 delegates at Africa’s not-to-missed biennial nephrology meeting. It showed the importance of gathering our developing nephrology communities in Africa, to exchange valuable knowledge, experience and science amongst fellow colleagues.

Saturday, 18 March 2017 16:25

ISN SRC Egypt and UK celebrate World Kidney Day Featured

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I would like to thank ISN, National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Egyptian Society of Nephrology (ESNT) and Egyptian NKF for their support on World Kidney Day 2017. We are proud that our Sister Renal Center partnership took part in the Egyptian World Kidney Day celebrations, conducted in Damanhour and Menoufia in collaboration with the ESNT, the Egyptian NKF and the ISN Sister Renal Center program.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:02

World Kidney Day 2017 - obesity and kidney disease Featured

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March 9, 2017 is World Kidney Day. This campaign puts the accent on the important role that obesity plays in the development and progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

Monday, 27 February 2017 17:03

March is National Kidney Month Featured

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In 2017, the theme of the World Kidney Day is ‘Obesity and Kidney Disease - Healthy Lifestyle and Healthy Kidneys.’ Since 2015, I have written several articles during the month of March, highlighting the link between obesity and Kidney disease. I have also discussed several preventive steps that could be taken to avoid Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and subsequent dialysis. CKD, one of the fastest growing chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD) in the last two decades, is now the 13th leading cause of death worldwide, killing more than a million people annually. It has become one of the top reasons for deaths even in several developing countries.

I would like to share some pictures taken in Pondicherry when I attended the 37th Annual Conference of the Southern Chapter of the Indian Society of Nephrology, endorsed and sponsored by ISN.

I had the privilege of attending the Summit of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism in Vatican City, which was held in Vatican City on February 7 and 8, 2017.

As a member of the ISN South Asia Regional Board and the organizing chairman of the symposium, I attended the ISN endorsed symposium on acid base and electrolyte disorders held at the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences on January 21, 2017. We welcomed speakers from ISN including Dr Gopalakrishnan, Dr Fernando and Dr Parameshwaran who gave valuable input to the program.

After the first ever chronic kidney disease (CKD) weekend held this month in Thailand with support from the Nephrology Society of Thailand (NST), this meeting gathered students, residents, nurses and nephrologists, including researchers and members of the Ministry of Public Health people, to discuss and review the current state of CKD, and best practices.

ISN President Adeera Levin and Executive Council Member Masaomi Nangaku recently traveled to Thailand to meet with local nephrologists and government officers from the country’s Ministry of Public Health. The main highlight of the visit was going to Chitralada Palace for an audience with H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, presenting the Her Royal Highness with an ISN Special Recognition Award for her extraordinary contributions to caring for CKD patients. 

Georgi Abraham, a long-standing member of ISN who is currently part of the ISN South Asia Regional Board has received an award from Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

The Charak Memorial Hospital in Nepal is building further ties with the Royal London Hospital thanks to ISN Fellow Klara Paudel. The UK team will give clinical advice and provide training to set up a peritoneal dialysis (PD) program, among many more activities.

As a young pathologist working at Madras Medical Mission Hospital in Chennai and  through her ties with ISN ANIO Programs, Priyanka Koshy got the opportunity to gain further training at the University of Vanderbilt.

Nephrologists from the ISN Sister Renal Center partnership between the Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education in Minsk, Belarus and the Charite Clinic in Berlin, Germany brought their experience and knowledge of modern nephrology to this yearly gathering.

OhsumiAutophagy has been shown to be an essential mechanism by which cells remove defective molecular and cell organelle components, thereby renewing themselves constantly and especially after cell injury.

As part of the East African Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (EADTMH), we are currently part of a group investigating the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Muheza District of northeastern Tanzania, and looking into the health system’s preparedness for their management.

Monday, 12 September 2016 09:44

ISN heads to Copenhagen for WHO Regional Committee Featured

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whoISN will attend the 66th session of World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Europe, taking place in Copenhagen as of September 12, 2016.

Avatar 2016 Tushar blogAVATAR 2016 is an event that exemplifies the renal vascular access armamentarium. It was held in New Delhi from July 23 to 24, 2016 and was the 5th annual event for the Association of Vascular Access & inTerventionAl Renal Physicians (AVATAR)

Recent ISN efforts to better position kidney disease on the global health agenda paid off recently as kidney disease was mentioned in the resolution stemming from the recent United Nations High Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 17:09

SAMA Renal Review & Update Course, 2016 Featured

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The SAMA Renal Review and Update course took place recently. Every year, this ISN endorsed meeting sets out to enhance renal education and training in Sudan.

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 10:18

The snake bite effect on Myanmar’s renal patients Featured

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As a recent guest of Professor Khin Maung Htay at Yangon’s Thingangyun San Pya Hospital and Yangon Specialist Hospital, I was exposed to how snake bites are a major health concern in Myanmar, especially for kidney patients.

ISN was extremely pleased to have funded the first training for principal investigators and project managers from clusters in Bolivia, Malawi, Nepal and Tanzania, taking part in the 0by25 Pilot Feasibility Project. This took place at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) facilities from July 16 to 19, 2016.

Monday, 27 June 2016 17:26

Educational site visit to Cambodia Featured

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Bernadette Thomas travelled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for an educational site visit and evaluated the possibility of carrying out an acute kidney injury incidence study. This blog post details the outcome of her trip.

Medical Students who are at the end of their medical training assembled for two teaching sessions over two consecutive days. Day one involved a two-hour lecture on the utility of urine microscopy for evaluating and constructing a differential for acute and chronic kidney disease.

This blog post is provided by Paula Orlandi, Naohiko Fujii, Lisa Nessel, Harold I. Feldman.

The International Network for Chronic Kidney Disease Cohort Studies (iNET-CKD) links chronic kidney disease (CKD) cohorts from all over the world to promote research on this rapidly growing public health issue. It is supported by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and currently comprises of 14 cohort studies, representing patients from more than 20 developed and developing countries. New cohort study members continue to join the network.

This blog post is provided by Elwaleed Elhassan from Wayne State University School of Medicine and Secretary General of the Sundanese American Medical Association (SAMA).

Sudan is the third largest country in Africa, with a population of about 30 million. There is no national renal registry but end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is estimated to affect 5,400 new cases per year.

In collaboration with ISN’s Dialysis Committee, ISN Education is launching a new series of webinars focused on prominent themes in dialysis in 2016 and 2017.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:57

New KI editor in 2017 Featured

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Detlef Schlondorff announced recently that he will be stepping down as Editor of Kidney International from the end of 2017. Under his leadership ISN’s flagship journal has continued to grow in impact and in appeal to its global readership.

Thursday, 19 May 2016 09:53

CKDu in Sri Lanka Featured

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Adeera Levin, Marcello Tonelli and David Harris represented ISN at a three-day workshop sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), which took place in April in Colombo and focused on the epidemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu). This is afflicting a large number of agricultural workers in Sri Lanka, particularly in the North and Central provinces.

Blantyre renal hospital 1A study undertaken during 2015 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), Blantyre, Malawi demonstrated that 20% of general medical admissions over a three-month period had evidence of kidney disease. Outcome (hospital mortality) in these patients was significantly worse than those with normal renal function.

dialysisA dialysis patient referred me to this article from The Atlantic. Published in 2010 but still worth reading. The ISN is all about closing gaps in the provision of kidney care worldwide, but when we think of "gaps", we tend to think of emerging countries, places in Africa or the poorest parts of Asia and Latin America. However, as the article recounts, there are significant gaps in the provision of dialysis even in the United States. Please do read this excellent story, which includes words from ISN past president, dr. Giuseppe Remuzzi, among others.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/12/-god-help-you-youre-on-dialysis/308308/

Having returned from spending a month working with the renal team Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, I wanted to blog about what nephrologists and nephrology researchers are up against in the country. I had the pleasure of working with a dedicated team of people on a current research study focusing on children suffering from acute kidney injury in Malawi.

KI reportsKidney International Reports, an official journal of the International Society of Nephrology, is a peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted to the publication of leading research and developments related to kidney disease.

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