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The ISN Academy: Broadcasting Timely and Increased Education Worldwide in 2020

As COVID-19 continued to impact the way we share knowledge, the ISN Academy went into high gear to connect ISN members around the world, providing a timely platform to share education, science, and resources.

The Academy immediately and consistently provided ISN members and the public with information, guidelines, and resources on COVID-19. Academy users rose from 598 users per month in 2019 to over 1,900 users per month in 2020.

The ISN Academy launched the first ISN Global Kidney Care Podcast (GKCP) in May, covering science, stories, and experiences impacting nephrologists and kidney healthcare professionals worldwide. Initially, the podcasts focused on recording those working at the frontline of the novel coronavirus. The GKCP is open access and available via numerous podcast platforms.

In October, the ISN Academy Announced a New Case-Series: Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS). Using patient-centered approaches, the ISN collaborated on the case-series with the Society of Point of Care Ultrasound (SPOCUS) to educate on this important topic.

Autumn delivered a series of outstanding webinars and an online mini-conference: In October, the Academy broadcasted ‘COVID-19 and the Kidneys in the Middle East Countries,’ from the ISN Middle East Regional Board, outlining the epidemiology of the coronavirus in kidney patients in the Middle East Countries, COVID-19 in dialysis and kidney transplant patients, and acute kidney complications of COVID-19. Add the 2 webinars from the E-C Eur RB.

The ethics in kidney care series was inaugurated in November as a joint initiative from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN); the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA); and the ISN.

The series, addressing ten broad areas of ethical concern identified as priority challenges requiring collaborative action, will serve to build on the joint ASN/ERA-EDTA/ISN publication, “Ethical challenges in nephrology: a call to action.”

The ISN-ACT Clinical Trials Toolkit Webinar: A Guide for Clinical Research focused on how the trails was designed, provided an overview of contents, and highlighted how it can support researchers to carry out clinical research projects.

In November, the ISN Academy presented the Interventional Nephrology Case Series to coincide with the ISN consensus document “International Society of Nephrology’s initiative on interventional nephrology minimum training and program-building standards in resource-limited countries,” outlining the minimum standards needed to practice interventional nephrology in low-resource settings without compromising safety and quality of care.

The ISN Academy appreciates the ongoing support and collaboration of various partners:

Scientific Content Partners:

KDIGO    ISE    Cochrane   Chinese Society of Nephrology   SFNDT IPNA TTS

ISN Academy Corporate Supporters:


The ISN Academy looks forward to keeping the ISN nephrology community connected and informed in 2021.

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