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Monday, 18 August 2014 13:03

ISN returns to Myanmar for CME

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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.

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:16

KI impact factor grows in 2013 Featured

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KI journal cover Jan 2013Congratulations to Detlef Schlondorff and his team at Kidney International (KI) for the continued success of ISN’s flagship journal.  The 2013 impact factor for Kidney International has risen by almost 10% on last year to 8.520. 

My interview with Headquarters magazine, a publication featuring large meeting organizers and associations, was recently published. It contains a lot of facts and praise about how ISN is structured and about the staff that makes our programs tick, so I thought you would be interested.

Here is the link to the magazine, the interview is on page 7.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:27

The evolving ISN structure: form follows function Featured

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ISN is a global organization with many ‘moving parts’, and has organically grown over the last 50 years. With the changing needs of the nephrology community, technical and economic advances around the world, ISN has recognized the importance of improving our ability to hear the advice, concerns and opportunities from all regions of the world.

Monday, 14 April 2014 09:32

My World Kidney Day in Spain Featured

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David WKD 2014This year's World Kidney Day was an incredible experience for me in many ways. It was the first time that it meant so much because I was selected as a champion of the event and asked to write a chronicle about what the day meant here in Spain.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:18

Meet ISN Education Editor Tushar Vachharajani Featured

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In between clicks, I sat down with ISN News to talk about the great pool of resources that ISN Education has become and looked at what is coming up for the future. The full interview is also available in the February 2014 edition of ISN News, CLICK HERE.

Monday, 24 March 2014 12:42

ISN - 'big daddy' for children and kidneys Featured

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Arpana IyengarIt all began with a bang in Bangalore, thanks to ISN. The Children’s Kidney Care Center at St John’s Medical College Hospital became sister center to Montreal Children’s Hospital, Canada. The vision was in place, the mission ready, borders to cross and boundaries to erase. Today, the partnership reflects the glory and pride of a far-fetched dream that turned into reality for children and their kidneys.

A successful World Kidney Day screening event was held at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania.

Monday, 10 March 2014 10:56

Steps towards better renal care in India Featured

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Remuzzi india webMy latest trip as ISN President took me to India, where I visited nephrology renal centers in Bangalore and Chennai. I discovered more about local facilities and progress being made to improve care - especially in pediatrics.


Monday, 03 March 2014 09:11

Chronic Kidney Disease in Tanzania Featured

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Photo StaniferThanks in large part to an ISN Research and Prevention grant, we are learning about many important aspects of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Tanzania.

Friday, 21 February 2014 12:37

The importance of being a champion Featured

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ISNblogWhen the World Kidney Day team contacted me a few months ago, I was stunned. They wanted me to be a World Kidney Day champion! As a Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patient I understood the importance of the task very well, and when the ISN Blog asked me to write something I knew perfectly what I wanted to tell.

Monday, 16 December 2013 10:22

Syria - nephrology in crisis Featured

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I was recently adjourned by John Feehally - who had a mail exchange with fellow nephrologists from Syria - about the desperate and tragic situation in the country. We have all seen the news broadcasts that describe the terrible consequences of a war that does not seem to come to an end.

Monday, 25 November 2013 10:21

Another kind of life sentence

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Yesterday I was asked to consult on a young boy of 20 who has chronic kidney disease and has been on hemodialysis for a few months. Why do I tell this, you may wonder? The point is that this guy is in jail, and I went to visit him there, Regina Coeli, an old prison in Rome.

CJASNThe role of peritoneal dialysis (PD) to treat patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) is currently being re-examined. This has occurred for several reasons.

Ronco blog webThe first world treatment of multiple organ failure in a neonatal patient of 3 Kg was carried out in Vicenza Italy, with an innovative equipment called CARPEDIEM (Cardio Renal Pediatric Dialysis Emergency machine).

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:14

WHO Action plan 2013-2020 Featured

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ISN generic image 3The UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda recently released its report (CLICK HERE), which identifies reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as priority.

Adeera CSN webAt the request of Zhihong Liu, President of the Chinese Society of Nephrology (CSN), I was invited to give the opening plenary lecture at the CSN, held in Fuzhou, China.

I also gave a introduction about ISN, including our focus program, 0 by 25, at the start of the session.

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:13

Tackling CKD in South America Featured

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cKDRC without numbersLast week I went to South America, and I was in Bolivia and Chile. In Santiago, I met Luis Fernando Michea, at the Chronic Kidney Disease Research Center (CKDRC).

ISN FF ISN AdI had the great honor to participate, as one of the invited speakers, in the recent ISN Forefronts meeting on “Stem Cells and Kidney Regeneration” which was held September 12–15,2013 in beautiful Florence, Italy.

 

Seth Johnson rewarding nurses after a training in GhanaThis summer, the Saving Young Lives project organized its first training session in Ghana, both in the centers of Accra and Kumasi.

 

ISN FF ISN AdThis was a well-organized outstanding meeting on a timely topic: The role of stem cells and kidney regeneration. Virtually all invited speakers were carefully selected outstanding scientists from all over the world, who represented a well balanced cross-section of the field.

 

ISN FF ISN AdA remarkable ISN Forefronts Symposium entitled, “Stem Cells and Kidney Regeneration”, was held in Florence, Italy, from September 12 to 15, 2013.  The speakers were assembled worldwide from laboratories and clinics in the forefront of research extending from very basic investigations to clinical trials.

 

ISN FF ISN AdFlorence was the venue for the most recent ISN Forefronts Symposium which focussed on Stem Cells and Kidney Regeneration. Organized by Professors Paola Romagnani and Benjamin Humphreys, leaders in the field from both Italy and the US, the meeting opened with seminal presentations about the processes of reprogramming and regeneration across all species as well as an illustration of the specialized behavior of tissue stem cells in the context of the skeletal muscle.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 08:50

ISN Forefronts Florence - success all round! Featured

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ISN FF ISN AdThis must have been the fourth time that I attended the ISN Forefronts Meeting. Once again, this focused meeting on Stem Cells and Kidney Regeneration thrilled its participants with cutting edge science.

Monday, 16 September 2013 08:22

Visiting the Peking University First Hospital Featured

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Dr.Remuzzi blogDuring my recent trip to China, I had the opportunity to visit the Renal Division of the Peking University First Hospital, in Beijing which is headed by Prof. Haiyan Wang.

 

renal pathologyISN is partnering with ANIO (American Nephrologists of Indian Origin) and other nephrologists of the Indian diaspora to develop projects which will help to create step changes in Indian nephrology through training, education, and capacity building.

From April 12 to 14, 2013, I was in Doha, Qatar, taking part in a meeting of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Declaration of Istanbul (DOI), and the Doha Donation Accord. I co-chaired this meeting with Jeremy Chapman, representing the ISN and The Transplant Society respectively.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 09:22

BTS/RA congress in UK and CME in Egypt Featured

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JF  local organising team CME Aswan Mar 2013The weather contrasts continue to challenge me as I decide what I need in the suitcase for the next trip. The UK Renal Association meeting on the wintry south coast of England, and then a CME in Upper Egypt, complete with two incredibly hot (for a Brit) days and a sandstorm!

ISN President John Feehally talking about the Saving Young Lives ProjectAnother of those temperature changes which I have got used to as ISN President. It was 3C° when I left home in England and 30 degrees warmer when I  arrived in Accra, Ghana  for the biennial  AFRAN (African Association of Nephrology) Congress, February 20-23, 2013.

Monday, 25 February 2013 10:27

Visiting the Madras Medical College in India Featured

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Group photo with local doctors.I recently returned from an inspiring  trip to India. The complexity of medicine presented to me at the Madras Medical College was highly challenging and the fellows were outstanding. Articulate and knowledgeable and a credit to the Indian training systems.

Monday, 25 February 2013 10:10

Raising Awareness of AKI: A Call to Arms Featured

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Ravi MehtaWorldwide, acute kidney injury (AKI) is now well recognized to be associated with poor patient outcomes including mortality, development of chronic kidney disease and increased resource utilization. While this knowledge has generated considerable interest and led to significant advances in defining the pathophysiology and underlying mechanisms, there is still considerable lack of understanding of the condition among physicians, allied personnel and the lay public.

Monday, 21 January 2013 10:21

On the road again - ESRD in Taiwan Featured

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Learning about the history of Taiwanese nephrologyThe holiday season is over, and my travelling schedule is back in full swing. I am just back from my first port of call for 2013 - Taiwan. And it was my first visit there - a memorable trip, thanks to a very warm welcome from ISN Councillor, Chih-Wei Yang, and his colleagues.

Monday, 17 December 2012 15:21

The ISN President’s end of year message 2012 Featured

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There is a danger that as ISN President I will dash from one event, conference call or airport to another without taking time to draw breath and reflect on what is happening in and around ISN, celebrate the achievements and better define challenges.

ISN in India webOne of the often ignored challenges facing the ISN President is ‘climate change’!  I left the UK last week in midwinter – a sprinkling of snow, and temperatures of 5C°. And the next day arrived in Ahmedabad for the annual congress of the ‘other ISN’ – the Indian Society of Nephrology. It was midwinter there as well ….  25C°,  perfect blue skies, warm enough for dinner to be served outside  in the evenings!

Monday, 19 November 2012 10:20

New ISN Pioneer awards Featured

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As always, most of my free time at ASN Renal Week in San Diego was consumed by ISN Committee meetings. The most rewarding for me were the discussions by the GO Core Committee around selecting recipients of the new ISN Pioneer Awards. The Pioneer Awards are a bit different from the usual awards that go to people who have done the best or most of something.

These awards are designed to honor previously unrecognized, or under-recognized, individuals who have made pioneering contributions to the development of nephrology in their respective countries or regions in the developing world, but who were not visible internationally. Identification of such individuals has required considerable beating of the bushes and input from our regional committees who know their local nephrology pioneers in a way that we as ISN leaders cannot.

Many have been nominated for the awards and one recipient will be selected for each region to be honored at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) in Hong Kong. Their stories, as might be anticipated, are quite moving portraits of a generation of dedicated people who often overcame considerable obstacles to make renal care or training available in places where none existed before. The inaugural Pioneer Award recipients will be honored and their stories capsulized on individual posters that will be displayed in a "GO Gallery" at WCN. I know everyone who takes the time to visit the display will find these people and their stories a particularly inspirational part of the overall WCN experience.

Monday, 19 November 2012 09:46

APSN partners with ISN GO Featured

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For several years the Asian Pacific Society of nephrology (APSN) has partnered with ISN to offer ISN-APSN Fellowships. The Executive Committee of APSN recognizes the importance of other programs within ISN Global Outreach Programs (GO) and so has offered to partner with ISN from 2013 in its other GO programs as well: CME, Education Ambassador, Research & Prevention, Sister Renal Centre. These sorts of partnerships make sense because the mission of ISN and APSN (and other regional societies) are closely aligned, unnecessary duplication can be avoided and valuable resources can be stretched further. It is a good model for other regional and national societies to consider!

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 02:00

Kidney Failure in Kenya

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This article made me sit up and pay attention:
“As of today, there is more than one million Kenyans who suffer from kidney disease. There are less than 100 working dialysis machines in the country. Most of the patients in Kenya with end-stage kidney failure either do not have access to a dialysis clinic or they cannot afford to go to the very few available dialysis clinics (which are less than 10) since they are very expensive.
The most affected are those in remote areas and smaller towns all over Kenya. The main causes of kidney disease in Kenya are mainly hypertension and diabetes. Kenya also suffers from acute shortage of kidney specialists with one nephrologist catering for a 100,000 people. There is urgent need to train more kidney specialists and renal nurses to cater for the increasing number of patients in the country.”
 
*** Re-posted by kind permission of The Kidney Doctor ***
Monday, 15 October 2012 11:51

Sister Renal Center success in Russia and Belarus Featured

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Just back from a great trip seeing GO in action in Russia and Belarus. And in particular seeing the power of the Sister Renal Center program.

First to Minsk in Belarus, whose Sister Center link with Oxford, UK has now ‘graduated’ from the Sister Center program. The Sister Center development has been a key factor in transforming kidney care in Belarus over the last few years with more dialysis facilities and a very rapid growth in transplantation. But make no mistake though ISN can facilitate many things, it is the fine leadership of Aleh Kalachyk in Minsk and Paul Harden in Oxford which is at the heart of the success.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:40

Chinese nephrology today Featured

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Remuzzi and Cheng webThere is no doubt that in the past few decades Chinese nephrology has made impressive advances regarding know-how, infrastructures, education and training for young doctors caring for patients with kidney disease as well as in clinical and experimental research.

These achievements reveal the ability of Chinese nephrologists to address, at different levels, the issue of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in China with the same instruments currently adopted in Japan, Europe and USA. This is a relevant problem for China’s health system since the country is experiencing a huge CKD transition, with unprecedented social and environmental change.

It is just over a year ago that the United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) was convened in New York (September 19-20, 2011). This came at the end of an intense period of ISN activity – many ISN members finding opportunities to influence their health ministers to ask for an increased emphasis at that meeting on the importance of kidney disease as a major NCD.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:03

Back from a great visit to South East Asia! Featured

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Web ISN delegation welcomed to Mittephab Hospital Vientiane LaosI will admit that August was rather quiet for me – as always plenty of ISN business to keep me on my toes from my office at home, but four whole weeks without getting into a plane! But now things are in full swing.

Dr Lameire webAn ISN leadership team began a trip to South East Asia by conducting the first ISN GO Oceania/South East Asia (OSEA) Regional Workshop on September 11, 2012, held in conjunction with the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

Monday, 03 September 2012 08:49

Reminiscing on the success of the Nanjing Forum Featured

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2012-Nanjing Forum webAs I participated again in the ISN GO CME portion of the "Forefronts in Glomerular Disease - Nanjing Forum" meeting in Nanjing on August 25, I could not help being reminded of the first such event. It was called the "International Workshop on Renal Diseases" held at Jinling Hospital and Nanjing University in June 1988.

At that time, several ISN leaders including Robert Schrier from the US, Stuart Cameron from the UK and Priscilla Kincaid-Smith and Robert Atkins from Australia went to Nanjing at the invitation of the late Lei Chi Li, later an ISN Councilor and Honorary Member, who had personally organized the first ever nephrology meeting held in China with international speakers presenting in English. The enormity of that task was brought home the next year when the events in Tiananmen square in Beijing led to cancellation or postponement of follow up renal meetings in China.

But the seeds have been sown, and the Nanjing Forum has been held and supported by ISN almost every year since. The forum is unique among ISN CME events for reasons beyond its historical distinction of being the first ever international nephrology meeting in a modernizing China. It has always presented state-of-the-art renal science. This year it focused on newer aspects of podocyte function and systems biology mixed with clinical presentations and local speakers. The audience of 500-600 Chinese registrants also exceeds that of most CMEs and rivals an ISN Nexus or Forefronts meeting.

The high quality of the Nanjing meeting (now organized by ISN Councillor Zhi-Hong Liu, Director of the Research Institute for Nephrology at Jinling hospital) parallels the incredible growth of China itself over the past 20 years and the accompanying emergence of world class nephrology clinical care and research in Nanjing as well as in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other large cities.

Over 20 years of ISN CME, fellowship and Sister Renal Center support for the Nanjing programs, along with the visionary leadership of individuals like Lei Chi Li and Zhi-Hong Liu, have been essential to making this program the center of excellence it is today. The challenge for the future will be using the Nanjing model to extend these same programs to more rural and much less developed renal centers in China.

Monday, 06 August 2012 14:07

Bob Schrier comments on ISN Fellowships Featured

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Schrier and Imed webI recently read the article by Harris et al. in Kidney International about the impact of the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program. The training of 545 nephrologists from 83 developing countries is quite remarkable. I was on the ISN Executive Committee as Treasurer when this program was launched and the goals of this Fellowship program have been more than realized.

On a recent trip to the Baltic countries, I again realized how important the ISN Fellowship Program was. The President of the Estonia nephrology program, Professor Mai Ots Rosenburg, is a former ISN fellow. She has played a major role in developing nephrology in Estonia. Another former ISN fellow, Dr. Marius Miglinas, is Chief of Nephrology in Vilnius, Lithuania and has been an important force in the development of nephrology in that country. Dr. Harris’ excellent review of the many such successes of the ISN Fellowship program is inspirational.

Japan is the country with the third largest ISN membership, and the Japanese Society of Nephrology (JSN), through the efforts and commitment of its leaders, has over recent years become a strong and supportive affiliated society of ISN.

Sunday, 03 June 2012 16:06

Beautiful Paris

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I arrived in Paris on 24th May for the ERA-EDTA Congress just as summer began –warm sunshine and blue skies.  However I saw very little of this beautiful city because I spent most of the 3 days I was there in meeting rooms – such is the life of the ISN President! And I only managed to get to one scientific session of the congress – the one in which I was speaking. Sally in the ISN office is always asking me for photos to post with my blog – but none this time - pictures of the inside of meeting rooms are not very interesting!

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:23

Monthly update from CSN Featured

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The Canadian Society of Nephrology met in St John’s Newfoundland, for our first meeting after the WCN 2011 (April 25 to 28, 2012). The membership was thankful to the ISN for the opportunity to host the WCN in Vancouver as well as showcase Canadian hospitality and science.

 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:23

ISN at SLANH 2012 Featured

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I am just on my way home from Colombia where SLANH (Sociedad Latinoamericana de Nefrología e Hipertensión) held its biennial Congress – just over a thousand nephrologists from all over Latin America were registered. Even the locals thought it was hot, 35 degrees and humid. How did we ever function without air conditioning?

THE WORLD BANK on Tuesday selected as its next president Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American global health expert and president of Dartmouth College.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 10:24

ISN Global Outreach Postings Featured

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As part of its evolving online education strategy and to support its members in the developing world, ISN has developed a new feature on its website called “Global Outreach Postings”. ISN members from emerging countries are invited to submit manuscripts for review and, if suitable, publication on ISN’s website.

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