Pre-Congress Program

WCN’22 pre-congress courses

Pre-congress courses are a highly-anticipated feature of the ISN World Congress.

The pre-congress program offers in-depth courses that investigate specific topics and encourage participation through interactive platforms, case presentations, and live Q&A sessions.

The 2022 courses ensure a return of popular topics as well as some exciting new ones:

  • Interventional Nephrology Course 
  • Renal Pathology Course 
  • NEW! – Advocacy and Policy Course – New Skills for the Modern Nephrologist
  • NEW! – Acid-Base and Electrolytes Course – A Chance to Revisit
  • Epidemiology Course
  • Nephrology Annual Review Course 
  • Nursing, Nutrition and Allied Health Professionals Symposium

The Acid-Base and Electrolytes course reviews new developments in the pathophysiology and treatment of hyponatremia, potassium disorders, and acid-base disorders.  Participants can expect cutting edge talks on the distal tubular potassium switch, on new developments in hyperaldosteronism, on the pathophysiology of hyponatremia and osmotic demyelination, and on the role of pendrin in metabolic alkalosis.  In addition, a special four-talk symposium, “SGLT2 Inhibition From the Bench to Clinic: All That You Need to Know”, will review the renal physiology of SGLT2 inhibition, the clinical trials data, practical aspects of utilization in the clinic, and the physiological complications of SGLT2 inhibitors.

The Interactive Advocacy & Policy Course covers the principles and practicalities of designing and conducting effective advocacy campaigns. Led and taught by internationally renowned kidney health advocates, the course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and techniques to conduct effective advocacy at all levels.

The course, divided into three sessions, will explore real-life examples of advocacy successes in different countries and provide training on how to generate/gather evidence to support advocacy and policy development, how to design and implement an advocacy plan, and how to engage with politicians, policy makers and journalists. Participants will also have the chance to gain hands-on experience by analyzing two case studies and designing their own advocacy strategy under the guidance of our experts.

As an introduction to advocacy work, this course is designed for anyone who is interested in advocating for kidney health. No previous advocacy experience is required to take the course.

This course in observational study designs will provide an overview of the most salient approaches used in clinical nephrology research today. It will enhance the course participants’ skills in the critical appraisal of the published medical literature.  Both traditional and more novel study designs, along with approaches to their statistical analysis, will be highlighted.  In addition, presentations will focus on control of confounding, the implementation of studies of the development and evaluation of diagnostic tests, epidemiological investigation using “big” data, and the principles underlying pharmacoepidemiological studies. Course participants be exposed to illustrative examples from the published nephrology literature.

The Interventional Nephrology Course is designed for physicians and associate health providers and offers a unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals and update on the dialysis access care. This course covers dialysis access care during COVID-19 pandemic, tips for improving PD catheter outcome, point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS), ultrasound-guided procedures, and update on vascular access care. POCUS has emerged as an essential tool for bedside diagnostic evaluation in clinical practice. The session will discuss the use of POCUS in the evaluation of kidney, bladder, vascular access, and volume status in CKD patients. The session of ultrasound-guided procedures will discuss HD and PD catheter placement, kidney biopsy, AV access cannulation, and PTA. The session of update on vascular access care will discuss the management of stuck catheter, dysfunctional catheter, high flow fistula, and early fistula failure. World experts will be present for live Q&A for each topic.

The Nephrology Annual Review Course this year will discuss the current issues in nephrology. This course has three sessions : Advances in Glomerulonephritis Therapy , Lessons Learned from Covid-19 and Overview in Chronic Kidney Disease/ Kidney Failure. The first session will discuss on the latest development in the management of lupus nephritis, ANCA vasculitis and childhood nephrotic syndrome by the experts in these fields. Second session will highlight the impact of Covid-19 infection on critical care nephrology , dialysis patients and transplant recipients. Finally , the last session will elaborate on the impact of malnutrition in our patients, the importance of CKD of unknown aetiology and the challenges of managing CKD in developing counties. 

The Nursing, Nutrition and Allied Health Professionals Symposium’s focus will be on integrated interprofessional care models which is the ideal paradigm for all kidney health professionals and patient partners. The Symposium program covers topics that matter, ranging from design, implementation, evaluation to quality improvement with presenters bringing in interprofessional skills and diversity of practice across the Globe. Learn how the diverse professional roles in collaboration with patients and families can contribute to optimal patient centered care outcomes.

Renal biopsy examination plays an important role in the diagnosis and management of medical renal diseases, providing prognostic information as well as aid in therapeutic decision making. The renal pathology course offers an in-depth update of the various kidney lesions commonly encountered along with potential utility of ancillary techniques. This course also describes recent insights into the pathophysiologic aspects of diseases and recommendations for further molecular and genetic studies, where necessary.
A range of the glomerular and tubulointerstitial lesions of the kidney will be discussed along with problematic areas in transplant pathology. Additionally, a symposium dedicated to developments in diagnostic techniques in renal pathology, as well as a case seminar showing distinctive renal biopsy findings, that are instructive towards a definitive diagnosis. The speakers are renal pathologists and nephrologists from around the world who are recognized leaders in their field.

Pre-recorded presentations will be available on demand as of 21 February, followed by live CPC and Q&A sessions on 24 February. Delegates are strongly recommended to view the pre-recorded didactic sessions before participating in the live sessions on Thursday, 24 February. While watching the pre-recorded didactic sessions delegates are able to submit questions via a chat box. Speakers will receive these questions before LIVE sessions on Thursday 24 February.