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I would like to introduce everyone to a free online patient education resource that has now been translated into 20 languages and has over 20 million hits -

A revised and updated English version, edited by Edgar Lerma, has now been digitized and is ready to be released.

This blog post is provided by the Saving Young Lives Initiative following the team's recent visit to Senegal.

 In December 2015, the Senegalese Society of Nephrology held its first course on dialysis in West Africa. More than 300 delegates attended this highly successful conference.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:59

CKDu in Sri Lanka's population Featured


On December 16, 2015, Georgi Abraham and I had the honor of being invited to discussions with Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, the country’s Minister of Health as well as the leadership of the Sri Lankan Society of Nephrology.

This blog post is provided by Kirill Komissarov at the Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education in Minsk, Belarus.

Fellows from the Charite Clinic University Clinic in Berlin, Germany spent a month with two fellows from the Minsk center thanks to an ISN Sister Renal Center partnership. Local medical professionals Aliaksandra Hashchuk is an intensivist and Volha Dybava is a nephrologist.

ISHD opening ceremonyThe 9th International Congress of the International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) was held from September 13 to 16, 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 10:26

Kidney International Reports announcement Featured


It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch of ISN’s new Journal: Kidney International Reports (KI Reports). KI Reports is designed to be a sister journal of Kidney International published in open access format.

20150815140944 A26U1036The global growth of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients has resulted in an increasing number surviving on renal replacement therapy. Hemodialysis remains a predominant form of renal replacement therapy. Providing optimal dialysis vascular access care remains a challenging task.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 16:38

CKD: has implications well beyond the risk of dialysis Featured


Kidney disease does affect 1:10 adults. It is defined as: “abnormalities of kidney structure and/or function present for greater than three months, with implications for health.”

onconephrology webCancer is one of the leading causes of death and is rapidly becoming a global pandemic. Cancer patients with kidney disease have a worse prognosis with higher mortality and morbidity.

Monday, 20 July 2015 09:51

Meet our new ISN councillor from Turkey Featured


Last March during the World Congress of Nephrology in South Africa, you voted for the new members of the ISN Council, ISN’s governing body.

Monday, 18 May 2015 09:49

ISN–ASDIN Educational Partnership Featured


ASDINISN and the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN) have entered into an educational partnership agreement to promote and improve the understanding and management of clinical issues concerning dialysis access care.

science blog 2A couple of weeks ago, when a mail inviting me to contribute to the ISN blog landed in my inbox, I instinctively hit the delete button. After all, is my life not already too busy? There are grant applications and manuscripts to write and review, PhD theses to pore over, classes to take, presentations and question papers to prepare, patients to see, manage an office, lab meetings to supervise, research consortia to manage, and meetings to go to. And after all, how useful is a blog compared to these very important activities?


Even though the mail was out of my sight but not completely out of my mind. My conscience was jolted further when my son, a master’s student, sent me a link to this story.

kidneyISN leaders Giuseppe Remuzzi, Guillermo Garcia Garcia and Motoko Yanagita have got involved in translating valuable educational material into Italian, Spanish and Japanese. This resource was released on World Kidney Day 2015 to show support for the overall theme for this year’s campaign: Kidney Health for All.

Adib pioneerMembers of our unit at Westmead Hospital, Sydney (Australia) have just returned from a four day-day visit to the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) in Karachi (India).

Monday, 27 April 2015 11:00

ISN Sponsored AKI Symposium in Malawi Featured


Team photo Malawi symposiumAt the end of March this year, following on from the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) in Cape Town, we held an Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) symposium in Blantyre, Malawi. This was attended by 100 delegates (nurses, clinical officers and doctors) who work in hospitals and health centers around the Central and Southern region of Malawi.

photo Bernadette and John webThe 10th Conference on Kidney Disease in Disadvantaged Populations was held from March 17 to 18, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa as a satellite symposium following the ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2015. As part of the symposium, a moderated panel discussion on research development for young investigators working in low-resource, global health settings was held on March 17, 2015.

STOP is an acronym for Stop the Obesity Pandemic. Obesity seems to be an independent risk factor in onset and progression of CKD. Furthermore it should be considered the most important root cause of CKD.

Monday, 06 April 2015 09:34



We provide evidence based information to educate general population regarding the beneficial effect of exercise on the following the onset of CKD and slowing its progression, the effect on quality of life and co-morbid conditions in patients with kidney disease and decreased mortality in different stages of kidney disease.

STOP is an acronym for Stop the Obesity Pandemic Metabolic Syndrome, a condition resulting from energy imbalance is a very common public health problem.

Stop Kidney Disease Initiative intends to help prevent Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in people. Addressing lifestyle behaviors like exercise and diet to combat obesity, diabetes mellitus and hypertension should help prevent kidney disease in majority of patients.

The recently concluded World Congress of Nephrology in Cape Town was by all accounts a resounding success. The opening ceremony was fabulous with great interactive entertainment and fantastic inspiring addressees by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Editor of the Lancet Richard Horton.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:15

Kidney disease in Uganda Featured


2014 PG343The developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa are under threat by an emerging epidemic of kidney disease. Populations are no longer solely affected by ‘diseases of poverty’ such as HIV/TB/malaria but also ‘diseases of affluence’ such as diabetes and hypertension.

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.

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.

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

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.

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:16

KI impact factor grows in 2013 Featured


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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



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.

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