World Congress of Nephrology

World Congress of Nephrology


ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2013
May 31 – June 4, 2013
Hong Kong

The next ISN World Congress of Nephrology will be held in Hong Kong from May 31 – June 4, 2013. The Congress is hosted by the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology in partnership with the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology.

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Most Recent
ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2011
April 8 – 12, 2011
Vancouver, Canada

The most recent ISN World Congress of Nephrology was held in partnership with the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) in Vancouver, Canada on April 8 – 12, 2011. The theme of the event was “sustainability and diversity” with a high-quality program reflecting how renal science and healthcare must be tailored to the unique and diverse needs of patients and clinicians worldwide.

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Sessions Online

Experience ISN’s World Congress of Nephrology 2011 Sessions Online

    • Comprehensive digital library of presentations
    • 150 hours of fully-synchronized content with presenter slides and audio
    • Powerful search and navigation capabilities
    • Includes online access, a DVD-ROM set and downloadable MP3s

Order WCN Sessions Online HERE (For a limited time, order for $500, that’s a $300 savings off the regular price. Enter promotion code WCNWebAd. This special offer expires August 31, 2011 so order now.

Read up on the outcome of WCN 2011

Post-event material is available to download including the two editions of WCN 2011 Congress distributed during the event.

You can also read extra contributions from session participants below.

Epithelial amino acid transport – Stefan Br?er, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Dialysis in acute kidney failure – Ravindra L. Mehta, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, University of California San Diego, USA

Cardiovascular surgery patients with high uric acid levels have a high risk for postoperative AKI – Ahsan Ejaz, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Transplantation, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Drug nephrotoxicity – Robert Walker, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Hypertension in African Americans – Adebowale Adeyemo, National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, USA

International AKI Registry – Jos?e Bouchard and Ravindra L. Mehta, Universit? de Montr?al, Canada and University of California, San Diego, USA

Long-term consequences of preeclampsia – Michelle Hladunewich, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, Canada

The LeuT family – Ernest M. Wright, Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles,USA


pdf_icon WCN 2011 Congress News, first edition, Saturday April 9, 2011.


pdf_icon WCN 2011 Congress News, second edition, Monday April 11, 2011.

Find out about this year’s awards

Roundup of WCN awards 2011

2011 ISN Global Outreach awards

ISN Young Nephrologist Committee awards

About ISN’s World Congress of Nephrology

ISN’s biennial World Congresses of Nephrology (WCN) are premiere educational events in nephrology that rotate between  continents and are organized in collaboration with local and regional nephrology societies.  The congress is targeted to the international nephrology community as well as other healthcare professionals involved in multidisciplinary nephrology care; thus enabling professionals from all parts of the world to exchange views on a wide variety of topics affecting nephrology and those suffering from kidney disease around the world.

The main objectives of the World Congresses of Nephrology are to:

  • Advance the education of physicians and other professionals in the care of patients with renal disease.
  • Support the development of clinical research.
  • Facilitate the delivery of high-quality healthcare to patients with kidney disease.
    Provide a forum to present new ideas and treatments for kidney disease.
  • Enable scientists and physicians to interchange experiences and formulate new medical strategies. 
  • Address global and ethical dilemmas facing the specialty

By bringing together practicing physicians, academics, scientists, international health authorities and clinical researchers, each Congress offers a unique global forum for a free exchange of science and medical strategy. 

Past World Congresses of Nephrology

Since the Society’ foundation in 1960, 21 World Congresses of Nephrology have successfully been hosted in several countries. Please see the full listing below.


Past ISN World Congresses of Nephrology

(21st International) 6th WCN (with CSN)
Vancouver, Canada
2011 (April 8-12)

5,000 participants

(20th International) 5nd WCN (with ERA/EDTA)      
Milan, Italy
2009 (May 22-26)     > 10,000 participants    

(19th International) 4th WCN (with SLANH and SBN)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2007 (April 21-25) 6,200 participants
(18th International) 3rd WCN (with APSN and SSN)
2005 (June 26-30) 4,000 participants
(17th International) 2nd WCN (with ERA/EDTA)
Berlin, Germany
2003 (June 8-12) 8,600 participants
(16th International) 1st WCN (with ASN)
San Francisco, CA/USA
2001 (October 12-17) 7,365 participants
15th International Congress
Buenos Aires, Argentina
1999 ( May 7-9) 3,120 participants
14th International Congress
Sydney, Australia
1997 (May 25-29) 4,500 participants
13th International Congress
Madrid, Spain
1995 (July 2-6) 5,146 participants
12th International Congress
Jerusalem, Israel
1993 (June 13-18) 3,120 participants
11th International Congress
Tokyo, Japan
1990 (July 15-20) 3,500 participants
10th International Congress
London, UK
1987 (July 26-31) 3,150 participants
9th International Congress
Los Angeles, CA/USA
1984 (June 11-16) 2,780 participants
8th International Congress
Athens, Greece
1981 (June 7-12) 3,000 participants
7th International Congress
Montreal, Canada
1978 (June 23-28) 3,700 participants
6th International Congress
Florence, Italy
1975 (June 8-12) 2,735 participants
5th International Congress
Mexico City, Mexico
1972 (October 8-13) 2,650 participants
4th International Congress
Stockholm, Sweden
1969 (June 22-27) 1,900 participants
3rd International Congress
Washington, DC/USA
1966 (Sept. 25-30) 2,500 participants
2nd International Congress
Prague, Czech Republic
1963 (Sept. 26-30) 900 participants
1st International Congress
Geneva & Evian, Switzerland
1960 (Sept. 1-4) 400 participants


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