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Prevention of Renal Diseases in the Emerging World:

Toward Global Health Equity

March, 16-18 2004

Bellagio Study and Conference Center

Lake Como, Italy

From March 16-18 , the International Society of Nephrology organized a pioneering Conference on the

Prevention of Renal Diseases

in the Emerging World: Toward Global Health Equity in the seclusion of the Rockefeller Foundation?s Bellagio Study and Conference Center.

The meeting was designed as an intensive three day interaction between 21 specialists from 14 countries around the world, combining scientific and health care expertise, extending from nephrology and diabetology to primary health care, epidemiology, pharmacology, and WHO administration.

The key purpose of the meeting was to reach a consensus on the clinical strategies needed to prevent the progression to renal failure in developing countries


The participants reviewed new data and recently obtained insights into chronic renal disease (CKD) and its pathogenetic role in the development of ischemic vascular injury; in particular, in relation to hypertensive and diabetes-related systemic cardiovascular disease.

Epidemiological analyses were presented covering all continents. These highlighted two great challenges – the growing worldwide inequality in provision of renal replacement therapy (RRT) for the millions of patients with end stage renal disease, and the urgent need for the detection and effective management of chronic kidney disease in order to avert a global threat of pandemic vascular disease. 

The need to design programs for early detection – made possible by urinary albumin screening in populations at risk, followed by effective treatment in a clinical research setting – was one of the main outcomes of the ISN Bellagio Conference.

View the in-depth presentations from the 21 specialists



More information about this strategic ISN prevention conference will be featured in the May issue of the Society?s quarterly newsletter,

ISN news

.  Furthermore, ISN will publish a formal report of the key outcomes, as well as publications in scientific media, in order to disseminate the conclusions and recommendations as widely as possible.


The Conference was prepared by John H. Dirks (Canada) and Giuseppe Remuzzi (Italy) with the assistance of ISN and Rockefeller Staff.

The International Society of Nephrology and its

Commission for Global Advancement of Nephrology (COMGAN)

gratefully acknowledge the support of:

The Rockefeller Foundation





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