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ISN Programs

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) has assembled a committed group of volunteers dedicated to building health equality worldwide. By making the knowledge and experience of the developed world accessible to kidney doctors and other specialists in emerging countries, it is improving kidney care and prevention strategies around the globe.


Arguably one of the largest medical specialty outreach programs in the world, the ISN Programs offer a broad range of educational and training activities to the developing nephrology community. Many of these take place onsite and respond to local needs.

CLICK HERE to view a map of the ISN Programs.

The ISN Programs are committed to the following principles that govern its activities throughout the developing world and specifically in countries and regions most in need of better renal care. Through these programs, ISN has contributed to the decrease in frequency and impact of kidney disease around the globe.

  • The prevention and regression of chronic renal diseaseRSharma_in_Nepal
  • Improving provision of clinical renal care worldwide
  • Improving education of nephrologists, primary care physicians and other health professionals
  • Raising public awareness about kidney disease, particularly in the context of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • Providing training that focuses on the areas of epidemiology, clinical pharmacology and clinical trials
  • Initiating and supporting research projects to demonstrate efficacy of early screening for renal disease
  • Sharing ISN Program experience with medical leaders in related disciplines around the world


 Application Deadlines

Fellowship Program 

June 15 and December 15 each year
Sister Renal Centers Program September 15 each year
Clinical Research & Prevention Program April 1 and October 1 each year
Educational Ambassadors Program

May 1 and October 1each year (for institutions in emerging countries)

All year long for volunteers to become ISN Educational Ambassadors

CME Program all year long



Organization and Structure
Under the leadership of its Chairman, the ISN structure includes five core programs, eight regional committees and the CKHDP committee. This well-designed organization increases interaction and collaboration between the different programs, maximizing efficiency and sustainability throughout all the activities. 

The organizational structure, illustrated below, is designed to increase synergies, collaboration, help develop appropriate strategies for sustainable development, and apply them in a holistic approach.  For more information on a specific ISN committee, please visit their dedicated webpage.

John Feehally
 Clinical R&P Committee
Marcello Tonelli
Fellowship Commitee
David Harris 
SRC Program
Paul Harden 
CME Program
Frederic Finkelstein
 Educational Ambassadors Program
Sarala Naicker


Regional Committees:
Africa Committee (chaired by Mohammed Benghanem Gharbi, Morocco)
Latin America Committee (chaired by Ezequiel Bellorin, Font Venezuela)
Eastern & Central Europe Committee (chaired by Laszlo Rosivall, Hungary)
Russia & CIS Committee (chaired by Elena Zakharova, Russia)
Middles East Committee (chaired by Mona Naser Alrukhaimi , UAE)
South Asia Committee (chaired by Vivekanand Jha, India)
Oceania & South East Asia Committee (chaired by Peter Kerr , Australia)
East Asia Committee (chaired by Ming Hui Zhao, China)



Topical Committee:
Committee for Kidney Health in Disadvantaged Population
Chaired by Guillermo Garcia Garcia, Mexico

 If you would like to help ISN in its mission of reducing the incidence and impact of kidney disease around the world please make a donation today.

Ad-Hoc Programs

The ISN Programs provide access to ad-hoc programs such as the Tanzania Access to Care Pilot Initiative launched in 2006. This program focuses on saving children and women of childbearing age with Acute Renal Failure using Peritoneal Dialysis. More information on this project is available under the Africa Committee Section of the Gateway.

Chronic Renal Disease in Morocco: Early Detection and Intervention Program
The ISN Programs, the WHO and the Moroccan Ministry of Health have agreed to jointly support this program which consists of a study covering the measurement of prevalence of renal disease in a rural and an urban area. After the initial screening phase, a treatment phase will be carried out in order to follow up on the subjects who tested positive. More information on this project is available under the Africa Committee Section of the Gateway

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