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Announcing the ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2019

ISN World Congress of Nephrology 2019 highlights glomerulonephritis and integrated end-stage kidney disease

International Society of Nephrology

Brussels, February 14, 2019 - The upcoming ISN World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) will focus on the issues of glomerulonephritis and integrated end-stage kidney disease. Plenary sessions and forum discussions will also focus on topics relevant to nephrology around the world and across Asia Pacific. Organized by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), co-hosted by the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology and the Australian New Zealand Society of Nephrology, the meeting will take place in Melbourne, Australia from April 12 to 15, 2019.

'850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have some form of kidney disease. In 2010, 2.6 million people with end-stage kidney disease or 'kidney failure' received dialysis or transplantation worldwide, a number that it is projected to increase to 5.4 million by 2030. Up to three times that number died because they didn't have access to dialysis,' says ISN President David Harris.

In addition to providing cutting-edge scientific sessions, the congress will also host the second ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum on April 12, 2019. This forum will gather international and regional decision makers, health care professionals, including nephrologists, healthcare workers, surgeons, and primary care physicians, researchers, non-governmental organizations, patients and health advocates, with the aim to review the challenges of kidney care in the Oceania and South East Asia region.

Building on the findings of the first Policy Forum, they will review and discuss policy-related solutions on a regional level and address the issue of equitable access to kidney care, including the prevention, detection and management of kidney disease.

Crucially, at the forum, ISN will ask stakeholders interested in addressing the growing burden of kidney disease to pledge their commitment to kidney health by supporting ISN's 12 Recommendations to Global Kidney Health. This will provide a strong basis for developing comprehensive national kidney care strategies.

Furthermore, a session on April 14, 2019 will report on the outcome of the second ISN Global Kidney Health Atlas, a survey that aims to specifically define the current global status of end-stage kidney disease care structures and organization.

'We are excited to partner with the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology and the Australian New Zealand Society of Nephrology for this 25th edition of the ISN World Congress of Nephrology, to explore and understand the critical importance and impact of all aspects of kidney disease, globally as well as issues across the Asia Pacific region,' says ISN President-Elect Vivekanand Jha.


The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is a philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing worldwide kidney health. ISN sets out to achieve its mission by bridging the gaps of available care through advocacy and collaborations with global partners, building capacity for healthcare professionals via granting programs, education and research and connecting the global nephrology community to develop a stronger understanding of the management of kidney disease

The Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) aims to promote and encourage the advancement of scientific knowledge and research in all aspects of nephrology, and to promote the exchange and dissemination of this knowledge in the Asian-Pacific area. All major regional national societies of nephrology are either sponsoring societies or affiliated societies of APSN. It has close links with the ISN. The APSN aims to cater specifically for the needs of the nephrology community throughout the region, especially fostering the development of high-quality nephrology in the less well-developed countries of the region.

Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) sets out to understand the causes of kidney disease and associated disorders and to better prevent, diagnose, and treat kidney and related diseases in Australia, New Zealand and across the region by:

  • Supporting kidney research across the full spectrum of basic science, clinical, health services and population health research
  • Providing education for physicians, trainees, scientists and allied health practitioners to ensure the highest professional standards in the practice of nephrology
  • Promoting high-quality care for all people with, or at risk of, kidney disease and their families and carers through education, advocacy and evidence-based practice.

The World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) 2019 is an International Society of Nephrology (ISN) event hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN). WCN 2019 will focus on glomerulonephritis, and on integrated end-stage kidney disease, and covers all topics relevant to global and Asia Pacific nephrology. The program explores in detail the scientific and clinical aspects of these topics. Hands-on courses, before the scientific program begins offer access to international medical expertise in kidney care and research, from bench to bedside. Held every year, WCN is a premiere educational event targeted at the international nephrology community and healthcare professionals involved in multidisciplinary nephrology care.

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