Here the program of the 24th Budapest Nephrology School organized by the Hungarian Kidney Foundation coming 26-31 August 2017.

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Since World Kidney Day 2016, The Lancet Kidney Campaign has published monthly updates on issues relating to renal care, attracting the attention of global policy makers. We hope you enjoy reading them and will share these latest reads. One of the latest articles focuses on innovation and research discussed at the 54th European Renal Association — European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) Congress in Madrid. The second update considers recent news in India regarding the Union Government's proposed a plan to fund dialysis treatment.

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The theme of World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2017 - 14 November - is Women and Diabetes, with the slogan


Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.

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How to set up PD centres: the Chinese perspective

Xueqing Yu
Department of Nephrology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

As a developing country with a population of 1.3 billion, China is resource-limited regarding healthcare, particularly in rural and remote areas. The growing prevalence of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) nationwide in such a context highlights the need for peritoneal dialysis (PD) to promote this home-based and economical therapy [1].

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The 2017 European Kidney Forum took place on the 11th of April in Brussels, hosted by the MEP Group for Kidney Health. This year’s edition focused on the second cluster of EKHA recommendations on sustainable kidney care: Patient Choice of Treatment.

Click here for the European Kidney Forum 2017 outcome report.

A short summary video of the event is available on the EKHA

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13th May 2017, the CKDu core group meeting was organised by Tamilnad Kidney Research Foundation (TANKER) Foundation with technical support from Indian Council of Medical Research. The main discussion was on coming to a consensus about the definition of CKDu and the priority areas for research to take forward the cause of CKDu.

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Unravelling the clues behind a mysterious form of kidney disease

Doctors and researchers are struggling to understand the growing incidence and, so far unexplained, causes of chronic kidney disease in certain agricultural populations of Sri Lanka, South India and Latin America. Read this latest Lancet Kidney Campaign update.

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UPDATE on Mexico Global Kidney Policy Forum

Conclusions from the first ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum

Read this latest Lancet Kidney Update that recounts the first ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum held on April 21, 2017. The resulting Conclusions of Mexico City are a 12-point set of measurable actions designed to curb the burden of kidney disease worldwide, with specific focus on Latin America.

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The case of neonatal acute kidney injury: Don't forget the babies!

David J. Askenazi
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, USA
Jennifer R. Charlton
University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Ronnie Guillet
MD, Golisano Children’s Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA

Extraordinary advances in neonatal care have markedly reduced the mortality of infants hospitalized in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). In the last few years, more publications, presentations and workshops have focused on kidney health in the NICU and its potential long-term renal health implications. Multiple single center reports suggest that neonatal acute kidney injury (AKI) is common and portends poor outcomes. These data are consistent with publications in adults and children suggesting that critically-ill patients do not just die from AKI, rather, AKI and fluid overload directly impact outcomes.1 Neonatal AKI is not only associated with increased mortality and length of stay,2 there is expanding evidence that NICU graduates are at risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

CKD affects millions of children and adults across the world and, like many adulthood diseases, may have its origins in early life. NICU graduates are at risk of developing CKD. Yet, the magnitude, underlying risk factors, and pathophysiology of the problem have not been fully elucidated. Existing studies suggest CKD in NICU survivors may be due to antenatal factors and postnatal exposures. Because glomerulogenesis continues into 34-36 weeks of post-conception, premature delivery disrupts nephrogenesis, leaving premature infants ‘primed’ for AKI and CKD.3 Previously, it was assumed that after an episode of AKI the kidney would recover kidney function completely. However, recent data from animals, children and adults with AKI suggest that survivors are indeed at risk of developing CKD.4 The full impact of AKI events during the first weeks of life on long-term kidney and health outcomes is not yet known.

Given the current state of AKI knowledge and the unique conditions of the neonate in the ICU, multiple questions about neonatal kidney health remain unanswered. Which neonates are at most risk of AKI and CKD? How do we improve our ability to recognize neonatal AKI earlier in the disease process? What clinical risk factors, nutritional, genetic, and environmental factors determine kidney health and/or disease? How do we recognize and prevent fluid overload in critically-ill neonates? What interventions can be used to prevent AKI and CKD and the consequences of failed organ function? What is the role of renal support devices in the care of critically-ill neonates with multi-organ failure? How is neonatal AKI different in those born in developed vs underdeveloped countries?

To answer these questions, several exciting initiatives are underway which promise to improve our understanding of neonatal AKI and enhance our ability to care for neonates with AKI. Groups such as the Neonatal Kidney Collaborative (neonatologists and pediatric nephrologists dedicated to improving neonatal kidney health) have formed and are conducting research on large international multi-center cohort studies. The NKC recently completed a 24-center multi-institutional study called Assessment of Worldwide Acute Kidney Epidemiology in Neonates (AWAKEN)5. Data from over 2000 sick neonates (born in 4 countries, across 24 centers) will allow investigators to understand the magnitude of the problem and have ample power to test whether AKI indeed portends poor outcomes after controlling for potential confounding variables. New devices, specifically designed to provide renal support therapy for neonates, have been developed and are currently being tested. These devices promise to enhance the ability to provide safe and reliable care to even the smallest infants. These advances will help improve the clinician’s ability to prevent, treat, support and prognosticate outcomes in vulnerable neonates at risk of kidney disease.


  1. Kaddourah A, Basu RK, Bagshaw SM, Goldstein SL, AWARE Investigators. Epidemiology of Acute Kidney Injury in Critically Ill Children and Young Adults. N.Engl.J.Med. 2017;376:11-20

  2. Selewski DT, Charlton JR, Jetton JG, Guillet R, Mhanna MJ, Askenazi DJ, et al. Neonatal Acute Kidney Injury. Pediatrics 2015;136:e463-73

  3. Carmody JB, Charlton JR. Short-term gestation, long-term risk: prematurity and chronic kidney disease. Pediatrics 2013;131:1168-79

  4. Chawla LS, Kimmel PL. Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease: an integrated clinical syndrome. Kidney Int. 2012;82:516-24

  5. Jetton JG, Guillet R, Askenazi DJ, Dill L, Jacobs J, Kent AL, et al. Assessment of Worldwide Acute Kidney Injury Epidemiology in Neonates: Design of a Retrospective Cohort Study. Front.Pediatr. 2016;4:6



Research released today in light of World Kidney Day 2017 has revealed that that 55% of people in the UK with the most common risk factors for kidney disease (vascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes) said they do not consider themselves to be at risk of kidney disease,

Read more on news page: New survey finds 55% of people in UK at greatest risk of kidney disease are unaware of the risk they face.

 ‘Kidney’ was the word on thousands of lips on 9 March this year. Fundraisers and volunteers all around the UK took to the streets, hospitals and the airwaves to raise awareness of kidney disease and drum up support for the kidney cause as part of World Kidney Day. 

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13th Congress of The Arab Society of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation &
35th Annual Congress of The Egyptian Society of Nephrology and Transplantation

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Celebrate World Kidney Day and GET MOVING!
On March 9, 2017, we invite everyone to get up and get moving to celebrate their kidneys.
“#move4kidneys” is a symbolic gesture to remember that kidneys are vital organs and that they should be taken care of. This action urges everyone around the globe, from all cultures and ages, to keep fit and active.

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World Kidney Day (WKD) is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).

Since the first campaign over eleven years ago, World Kidney Day (WKD) has turned into a global phenomenon. On March 9, 2017, medical professionals, government officials, the general public, celebrities and patients will take action locally. Past World Kidney Days have seen more than 600 events in well over 90 countries participating in the World Kidney Day celebrations!

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World Kidney Day (WKD) is an annual global awareness and education event, held on the second Thursday in March. Every year, countless local, national and international events are organised by kidney charities, healthcare professionals, patient groups and individuals who want to make a difference.

The 2017 theme is ‘Kidney Disease and Obesity'.


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On June 8th, three main Dutch health insurance companies; Zilveren Kruis, Menzis & CZ, signed a contract to participate for €6,8 million in the initiative of the Dutch Kidney Foundation (DKF) to develop a portable artificial kidney (PAK). The PAK will be designed as a compact haemodialysis machine suitable for daily and nocturnal dialysis outside of hospital. It should give patients more freedom to dialyse anywhere and anytime to like. Our motto is ‘the dialysis treatment should be compliant to the patient and not the other way around’. The investment of the companies will make it possible to build a prototype which should be ready for clinical testing by the end of 2017.

Cooperation of three insurance companies is unique and also will be a great help to prepare the integration of the portable artificial in the insurance packages.

We expect that with a PAK, the therapy can be up to 40% cheaper (depending on the degree of self-sufficiency). The PAK will lower the barrier to self-dialysis, because the machine is less intrusive and more flexible in use.