60 Years of history

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) was founded in 1960 by Professor Jean Hamburger, the ISN’s first President, at the 1st International Congress of Nephrology held in Geneva and Evian, Switzerland.

From the outset, the ISN focused on advancing worldwide education, science, and patient care in nephrology. The society has grown to become a leading international community with 8,500 members from across the globe.

Today, the ISN continues to offer access to the latest knowledge and best-practices to a global community through education, grants, research, and advocacy to advance its vision of a future where all people have equitable access to sustainable kidney health.

2011-2020 – A unique role  in global nephrology

The International Society of Nephrology 2011-2020

As part of ISN’s 60th anniversary celebration, John Feehally has written an account of ISN’s most recent decade, 2011-2020.  An exciting decade for ISN in which there has been a major expansion in the range and impact of its many activities around the world in education and training, research, and advocacy.  A decade in which ISN has faced and overcome significant challenges, and has enhanced its unique role as the leading professional organisation in global nephrology.

The International Society of Nephrology advances kidney health worldwide.

Our overarching purpose is to tackle the global burden of acute kidney injury (AKI), chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). We build capacity with healthcare professionals via granting programs, education and research. We bridge gaps in global kidney care, engaging in a collaborative effort with global partners to improve kidney disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. By connecting communities, we develop a stronger understanding of how to manage kidney disease.

Current edition

Past editions

David HarrisAustralia2017-2019
Adeera LevinCanada2015-2017
Giuseppe RemuzziItaly2013 - 2015
John FeehallyUnited Kingdom2011 - 2013
Bernardo Rodriguez-IturbeVenezuela2009 - 2011
Eberhard RitzGermany2007 - 2009
William CouserUSA2005 - 2007
Jan WeeningThe Netherlands2003 - 2005
Robert C. AtkinsAustralia2001 - 2003
Thomas E. AndreoliUSA1999 - 2001
Kiyoshi KurokawaJapan1997 - 1999
Robert W. SchrierUSA1995 - 1997
J. Stewart CameronUnited Kingdom1993 - 1995
Roscoe R. RobinsonUSA1990 - 1993
Klaus ThurauGermany1987 - 1990
Donald W. SeldinUSA1984 - 1987
Gabriel RichetFrance1981 - 1984
George E. SchreinerUSA1978 - 1981
Nils AlwallSweden1975 - 1978
Priscilla S. Kincaid-SmithAustralia1972 - 1975
Hugh E. de WardenerUnited Kingdom1969 - 1972
John P. MerrillUSA1966 - 1969
Claus BrunDenmark1963 - 1966
Jean HamburgerFrance1960 - 1963


Discover the ISN’s work of advancing kidney health worldwide over the last six decades

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Milestones in Nephrology

ISN is pleased to announce a monthly series, “Milestones in Nephrology”, from the editorial team of Kidney International (KI).

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Breakthrough Discoveries

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the ISN, the ISN Research Working Group (RWG), publishes a monthly series, “Breakthrough Discoveries”.

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