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ISN is dedicated to bringing together nephrologists, improving educational opportunities for doctors from all walks of life. On March 19, 2012, ISN Fellow Anila Abraham from Madras Medical Mission in Chennai gave a superb lecture to nephrology fellows at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

She spoke about the causes of acute kidney injury, describing the geography and social background of India, with a focus on southern India. She also shared the results of an epidemiological study she has been conducting based on 857 biopsies gathered over eight months.

“We are thrilled that we were able to connect nephrologists around the province, our trainees and a pathologist from India and the US in one location,” explains ISN Secretary General Adeera Levin who heads the nephrology division at the University of British Columbia.

Following this seminar,  Agnes Fogo, ISN Councilor and chair of the ISN Pathology Committee, connected through telecast to five different sites around British Columbia. She delivered a lecture about the progression and regression of chronic kidney disease from a pathologist’s perspective. Some 75 people learned about new research into the mechanisms responsible scarring. The meeting gathered a varied group of participants including nephrologists, residents, fellows, dieticians, social workers, nurses and pharmacists.

Abraham and Fogo were in Vancouver for the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting and agreed to take time out from that conference to share their research with the nephrology community in British Columbia.

The New York Times has published a story on a record chain of kidney transplants that took place over four month across 17 hospitals.  More than a decade after the first organ swap in the United States, the transplant world remains disjointed, with competing private registries operating with little government oversight or regulation. The NYT explores how the current system continues to hamper transplantation efforts.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

Brussels, Belgium (January 19, 2012) – The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is happy to announce its successful transition to a stand-alone, self-managed society, which becomes effective January 2012. This comes after three years of collaboration with Interel Association Management, preceded by 6 years with MCI. ISN is a not-for-profit medical society which pursues the worldwide advancement of education, science and patient care in nephrology through its humanitarian and philanthropic mission.

“Sustainability and diversity will remain at the forefront of ISN’s activities and initiatives as a stand-alone society” comments John Feehally, ISN President. Developing sustainable education, training and capacity building programs will continue as one of our main priorities in 2012 so that the exciting growth that we are now seeing in nephrology can continue in many developing countries,” he adds.

ISN hired Interel’s association management group in 2008 to help build and strengthen the Society with a view to set-up its own offices and administrative structure within three to five years. Since 2009, strategic and operational planning has been put in place, a new team recruited, and all essential facilities identified, with the aim of supporting a smooth HR and administrative transition.

Luca Segantini, ISN’s executive director, says, “with ISN as a stand-alone society and a committed team, we are now able to bring our members even closer to those involved in managing ISN’s programs and events, both volunteer leaders and staff. We feel we are well positioned to strengthen ISN operations, which are key to our mission and vision.”

While bringing the bulk of its activities under independent management, ISN has left some key projects under the management of Interel Association Management, namely the event logistics of the ISN Nexus and Forefronts educational events as well as the annual World Kidney Day public awareness campaign. ISN will manage all its activities and programs from its brand new offices in Brussels, Belgium, and Cranford, NJ, USA.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 12:43

ISN announces new KI Editor in Chief

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Detlef portrait 2The ISN Executive Committee is delighted to announce that Detlef Schlondorff has been appointed as the new Editor in Chief of Kidney International (KI), to succeed Qais Al-Awqati in early 2012.
Detlef has had a long association with both ISN and Kidney International, lately as Associate Editor. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and Visiting Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He has exciting plans for KI, and a clear vision for its future.
KI has flourished under Qais, and will go from strength to strength under Detlef. ISN’s flagship is therefore in good hands!

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 13:12

Check out the ISN blog

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ISN is happy to announce the launch of the new ISN Blog. To access the blog straight away, CLICK HERE.

From now on you can stay updated on the latest activities of each of the ISN leaders as they take part in the ISN Global Outreach (GO) Programs or other meetings and events worldwide.

ISN President John Feehally, ISN Secretary General Adeera Levin and ISN GO Continuing Medical Education Program Chair Norbert Lameire have already have started blogging about their recent trips representing ISN in  developing countries and their involvement in raising awareness about kidney disease.

Check out their posts now, start a discussion online and get to know the members of ISN better.

Promoting diversity has become one of ISN’s main priorities recently as it was one of the themes of this year’s World Congress of Nephrology.

Today, ISN leaders are continuing to emphasize this message by releasing a position statement on diversity.

Find out more and click here to read the full-length version of this document.

Monday, 05 September 2011 00:00

One to one with ISN President John Feehally

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Newly-elected ISN President takes time out from his ISN duties to talk shop and highlight the challenges ahead. 

ISN is currently looking for a new editor for Kidney International, the official journal of the ISN focusing on the development and consequences of kidney disease. This position is open to ISN members.

Deadline for expressions of interest is October 1st, 2011. Full applications will be accepted until October 31, 2011.

For more information, read the full job advertissment here or contact Luca Segantini at the ISN Headquarters, e-mail
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ISN Executive Committee members will meet in Oxford for an intensive 3-day discussion about the future of the ISN.

Topics for discussion are:decision_making

  • strategy plan 2012-2015
  • education initiatives
  • membership benefits, categories and fees
  • ISN governance

All members have been asked to give their input to these discussions by responding to some questions during the month of June. We are pleased to say that over 1000 responses have been received, and they will be invaluable in inspiring the decisions and providing the pulse of ISN members needs and wishes.

So, thanks so much for your help, and stay tuned for a report after the retreat is over.

The 2011 World Congress of Nephrology in Vancouver saw ISN councilors cast their vote for ISN leaders. Giuseppe Remuzzi became President Elect and successor to John Feehally who is looking forward to his new role as ISN President.

Feehally is excited about following ISN into the next chapter of its history when it becomes an independently-managed Society next year. He replaces Bernardo Rodríguez-Iturbe, ISN President from 2009 to 2011.

Other new appointments included David Harris as Publications Committee Chair, Gavin Becker and Toshio Miyata as Council Representatives. Roberto Pecoits-Filho will head the Young Nephrologists Committee and Peter Kerr will lead the Oceania South-East Asia Committee.

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