Global Outreach

This month is the deadline to send your application for the next ISN Global Outreach (GO) Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program call for proposals. The deadline has been set for 30 September 2011. There are around 10 places available at entry level. More details can be found here.

If you are interested in applying or for more detailed information about this program, please contact Samantha Rens at the ISN headquarters, e-mail:
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We look forward to receiving applications from your region.

This year, the deadline for applying to the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Reseach and Prevention (R&P) Program is October 1st, 2011.
In the context of its call for proposals on “Noncommunicable chronic disease prevention programs in developing countries”, the R&P committee can provide seed funding (up to 15,000 USD) for a number of projects awarded on a competitive basis in two rounds every year. Find out more here.

For further information, contact Antoinette Van Engelen at the Mario Negri Institute, e-mail:
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Friday, 09 September 2011 08:04

30 September 2011: deadline ISN GO SRC Program

Written by Sally Horspool

This month is the last chance to apply for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Sister Renal Center Program. The deadline has been set for September 30, 2011. Find out more here.

The ISN SRC Program aims at enhancing the practice of nephrology in the developing world by linking emerging renal units with established centers of excellence in the developed world. It nurtures a partnership between two centers by supplying a framework and several benefits which depend on the level status within the program.

The benefits are all products of synergized efforts between all other ISN GO Programs, activities and overall strategies (fellowships, trainings, journal subscriptions, travel grants…). There are around 10 available places at the entry level.

For more information, please contact Samantha Rens at the ISN Headquarters, e-mail:
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The Instituto de Nefrología La Paz, Bolivia and the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo, Italy recently took their Sister Renal Center (SRC) partnership to a new level.

In the coming months, La Paz Institute hopes to finish setting up the infrastructure and laboratory equipment for a prevention unit in the rural district of Caranavi, in western Bolivia. This will help reach more early stage renal disease patients, giving them the treatment they need faster.

The ISN Global Outreach (GO) SRC Program prides itself in pairing emerging renal centers with centers of excellence in the developed world so they can share expertise. On World Kidney Day, the SRC pair launched a renal prevention program in western and central Bolivia. Several training courses were conducted to introduce the prevention program to local nephrologists, nurses and clinical laboratory staff.

In March 2011, three Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis units (CAPD) were opened in the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. With support from the Mario Negri Institute, the Bolivian center is planning a telemedicine program to monitor these units in real time, constantly improving dialysis opportunities for many kidney disease patients.

Two Continuous Medical Education courses will be organized through this SRC partnership in the second half of this year.

The International Seminar of Nephrology will be organized from August 24 to 26, 2011 at Univalle University School of Medicine in La Paz, Bolivia. The International Course of Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal Transplantation will also take place in the same location from October 26 to 28,2011, coordinated by ISN, the Bolivian Society of Nephrology and the Bolivian Society of Organ Transplantation. It will focus on academic issues, prevention and early detection, and alternatives to immunosuppressive therapies and dialysis in developing countries.

The ISN GO Genitourinary Expert Group has just finished collecting worldwide data for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2005 initiative.

The major task was to systematicaly review published literature on specific causes of genitourinary disease identified by the GBD 2005 Core Team Leaders in Seattle. This was carried out by members of the ISN GO Research & Prevention Committee mainly based at the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo, Italy, including ISN Fellows in training at the institute.

Moreover, unpublished epidemiologic data retrieved from national and regional registries were also added to the study focusing on the incidence and prevalence of patients with End-Stage Renal Disease and renal replacement therapy. This was carried out by teams at the Mario Negri Institute in collaboration with chairs of ISN GO Regional Committees, and the GBD 2005 group.

In addition, information about Chronic Kidney Disease and risk factors derived from the ISN Kidney Disease Data Center (KDDC)  was provided to the GBD Core Team group. They will now start modelling this information according to different DISMOD models. The analysis will be ready by the end of August 2011.

In 2008, the GBD consortium offered the ISN GO Research & Prevention Committee to lead the team of experts on genitourinary diseases and collect data on the distinct genitourinary diseases burden. This group set out to develop detailed estimates of key epidemiological parameters (incidence, prevalence, duration, remission rates and case fatality rates) for the 20 regions included in GBD 2005, by sex,  age groups, for selected major genitourinary diseases and their sequelae.

The original Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD 1990 Study) was commissioned by the World Bank in 1991 to provide a comprehensive assessment of the burden of 107 diseases and injuries and 10 selected risk factors for the world and eight major regions in 1990.

Friday, 24 June 2011 08:26

Success for CKD course in Turkey

Written by Sally Horspool

Participants CME Istanbul

ISN, the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, European Society of Pediatric Nephrology and ERA-EDTA recently supported an ISN Global Outreach Continuous Medical Education course on Chronic Kidney Disease: Epidemiology, prevention and management.

Adult and pediatric nephrology fellows as well as young nephrologists took part in this meeting designed to enhance their knowledge and skills to optimize and improve clinical practice and patient care.

Internationally-recognized experts from the US, Europe and Turkey organized lectures several interactive sessions, helping participants solve different clinical problems under the supervision of experts in the field. The course received accreditation from the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Turkish Medical Association.

Friday, 24 June 2011 08:18

CME highlights CKD in North Sri Lanka

Written by Sally Horspool

web-Fig-4_-SL-HEALTH-MINISTER-2_2In May, ISN leaders participated in the first ISN Continuous Medical Education course in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Association of Nephrology and Transplantation and the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo co-sponsored this event.

For several years, ISN has looked into Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in North Sri Lanka. The course focused on how CKD is being investigated by local epidemiologists, the effects of snake bite poisoning and World Kidney Day 2012 activities.

Delegates met with local World Health Organization (WHO) representatives in Sri Lanka and the country’s Health Minister. He wants to advocate for a stronger visibility of kidney disease on the WHO agenda at the upcoming Global Health Assembly and accepted a letter endorsing ISN’s application for a working relationship with WHO.

ISN is happy to announce that it has renewed its partnership agreement between the Turkish Society of Nephrology (TSN) and the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Fellowship Program, giving new opportunities to fellowship applicants.

From now on, fellows set to receive a TSN grant who are preparing for their training abroad can seek further support from the ISN. They can apply for the ISN GO Fellowship Program according to the program’s guidelines and selection procedures. Provided they are accepted, they will receive an additional USD 2,000 to 6,000 from the ISN, depending on the cost of living in their host city. 

Applications will be evaluated competitively by the ISN Fellowship Committee along with all other applications for ISN Fellowships. Candidates can apply during both application rounds. Each year, deadlines for applications are set for December 15 and June 15.

Once they have completed their training and returned to Turkey, ISN-TSN Fellows will need to submit an end-of-training form to the ISN and TSN, and will receive the same end-of-training benefits as ISN Fellows.

The next application round for the ISN GO Fellowship Program closes on June 15, 2011.

There are two upcoming deadlines to bear in mind when applying for the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Programs. We encourage you to generate applications in your region by disseminating the information to your contacts.

All application forms for these programs can be downloaded online in the relevant program sections or can be obtained by contacting Sophie Dupuis (e-mail:
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) at the ISN headquarters.

The Educational Ambassador Program: extended deadline – May 31, 2011.

Centers in the developing world can request an expert to join them onsite for very specific training or initiate and develop community based research and screening programs. For more information, click here.

ISN GO Fellowship Program: June 15, 2011.

Relevant and contemporary nephrological training for physicians from emerging countries to improve the standards of nephrological practice in the Fellow’s home countries upon their return. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:27

ISN Global Outreach awards 2011

Written by Jesper Lillelund

Participants involved in ISN’s Global Outreach (GO) Programs were rewarded for their achievements at the recent World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver, Canada. After the very successful GO poster sessions, the awards were handed out and winners had the opportunity to present current projects to GO workshop participants.

Some 30 applications were handed in for the Fellowship posters session, around 20 candidates sent abstracts for the Research and Prevention awards and three SRC pairs applied for the Schrier prize.

The winners were as follows:

Fellowship award:

  • 1st prize: Imed Helal (Tunisia), trained at the University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
  • 2nd prize: Yang Li (Beijing, China) trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3rd prize: Etienne Macedo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) trained at University of California

Research and Prevention award:

  • Laura Solà (Uruguay)
  • Sanjib Sharma (Nepal)

Schrier award for the ISN GO SRC Program:

  • Belarus (Minsk) – UK (Oxford)
  • China (Beijing) – USA (Brown University – Rhode Island)

For more information on the ISN GO Programs, click here.

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