International committee minutes - June 2011
International committee minutes - June 2011
July 25, 2011
International committee minutes - May 2010
August 05, 2010
International committee minutes April 2009
January 17, 2010
The Renal Association International Committee was formed in 2004 with the goal of encouraging RA members to contribute to developing nephrology in medium and low income countries through education, training and research. We work in close partnership with the International Society of Nephrology to further these aims.
Specific Aims of the International Committee
- Raise the international profile of UK nephrologists as teachers and educators in the developing countries.
- Attract more overseas trainees to train in the UK.
- Generate more dynamic and creative links between UK renal units and those in the developing countries.
Raising the Profile
This is one of the current priorities of the Renal Association. A number of important initiatives are sponsored by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and its Commission for the Global Advancement of Nephrology (COMGAN). These include:
The Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program is chaired by Dr Paul Harden. The scheme encourages the pairing of sister centres between Supporting Centres/SC (eg in the UK) and Emerging Centres/EC (in the developing world). The SRC program has 3 levels C to A according to the duration of sistership and the level of activities and achievement. The benefits increase from C to A with support provided by ISN for fellowships, senior scholarships, hand-on training of paramedics and organisation of meetings between the two centres. They also provide travel grants for members of the EC to attend the World Congress of Nephrology, Nexus meetings and the American Society of Nephrology. Other material support includes subscriptions to Kidney International, Nature Clinical Practice Nephrology and the online ISN educational Gateway, leading textbooks in Nephrology and Internal Medicine and educational CDs.
Current UK Sister Center pairs are listed below. The annual deadline for applications is 30 September.
- UK (St Georges and Birmingham) - Ghana (Accra and Kumasi) JOINT
- UK (Leicester) - Nigeria (Abuja)
- UK (Birmingham) - Chile (Santiago)
- UK (Stevenage) - Nigeria (Lagos)
- UK (Oxford) - Russia (Saratov) - Belarus (Minsk) TRIO
- UK (Royal London) - Malawi (Blantyre)
- UK (Sheffield) - Bosnia (Sarajevo)
Two successful pairs have graduated from this programme:
- UK (Cardiff) - China (Nanjing) - 2009
- UK (Oxford) - Belarus (Minsk) - 2011
The ISN Fellowship Program is chaired by Professor David Harris. This scheme provides an opportunity for UK units to host trainees from the developing world for up to 12 months. Since 2002, the UK has hosted 53 ISN fellows based in 15 centers through the generous support of the ISN and Kidney Research UK. There are presently 6 ISN fellows training in the Uk at 6 centres.
The Renal Association has agreed to jointly sponsor a new fellowship with the ISN annually from July 2011. The first RA-ISN Fellows appointed are:
2011 Dr Kah Mean Thong (Malaysia) - University of Sheffield and Sheffield Kidney Institute
2012 Dr Ahmad Nassery (Afghanistan) - Imperial College London and Hammersmith Hospital
There are two annual application deadlines (31 Jan and 31 July). You can also register your interest to host an ISN fellow by recording your unit's interest in order to be included in the ISN fellowship matching program.
Fellows are eligible to apply for membership of the Renal Association at overseas member rates, to attend the annual KRUK Fellows Day and for sponsored places on the Renal Association Advanced Nephrology course.
The ISN COMGAN Research Committee chaired by Professor G Remuzzi has launched the ISN Program for Detection and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease in Developing Countries (KHDC). This program supports collaborative research with emphasis on the detection and management of CKD, hypertension and diabetes in developing countries. Applications for grants up to $20,000 are called for twice a year on the 1st of April and 1st of October.
The ISN COMGAN CME Programme brings essential teaching and training to some 14,000 doctors and health care practitioners in the emerging world annually. The CME committee is chaired by Professor Norbert Lameire and is involved in sponsoring educational nephrology programmes in the developing world.
The ISN Educational Ambassador Scheme
This new scheme seeks to match specific educational needs in developing nations to that of experts from the developed nations who can offer their time and expertise on a voluntary basis. Applications can be made directly to the ISN at any time.
International Committee Membership (2013)
- Professor Albert Ong (Chair)
- Professor Terry Cook
- Dr Indranil Dasgupta (Elected member)
- Professor John Feehally
- Dr Paul Harden
- Dr Diana Liu (SpR rep)
- Professor Steve Sacks
- Dr Kjell Tullus (BAPN rep)
- Professor Neil Turner
- Professor Magdi Yacoub
- Professor Meguid El Nahas (2004-2007)
- Dr Dwomoa Adu (2007-2009)
- Professor Albert Ong (2009-2013)
Opportunities to get Involved
The RA international committee wishes to encourage more UK renal units and nephrologists to become involved internationally through the various ISN programs. Suggestions for wider collaborations between UK units and those in developing countries are welcome.
Contact: Professor Albert Ong, Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Medical Research, University of Sheffield Medical School, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield, S10 2RX, Tel 0114 271 3402, email email@example.com
Minutes and documents
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