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This space is dedicated to the activities of ISN Leaders and Committee Members. Follow them and find out how they are supporting local medical communities in developing countries. From sharing their knowledge, providing guidance to training other nephrologists, you can find out how they are making a difference and helping advance kidney care and research worldwide.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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