Awards

Honorary Distinguished Life Members

Kenzo Oshima
Priscilla Kincaid-Smith
Kirpal Chugh
Visith Sitprija

Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Award

2005        Keng Thy WOO (Singapore)
2008        Kiyoshi KUROKAWA (Japan)
2010        Kar Neng LAI (Hong Kong)
2014        Sei SASAKI (Japan)
2016        Stephen HOLDSWORTH (Australia)
2020        Philip K T LI (Hong Kong)
2021        David JOHNSON (Australia)
2024        Der Cherng TARNG (Taiwan)

Kenzo Oshima Award

2005        Gavin BECKER (Australia)
2008        Robert C ATKINS (Australia)
2010        Hideto SAKAI (Japan)
2014        Daniel T M CHAN (Hong Kong)
2016        K S CHUGH (India)
2018        Visith SITPRIJA (Thailand)
2020        Jeremy CHAPMAN (Australia)
2023        David HARRIS (Australia)

Kirpal Chugh Award

2021        Ghazali AHMAD (Malaysia)
2024        Vivekanand JHA (India)

Haiyan Wang Lecturers

2018         Ming Hui ZHAO (China)
2020         Yasuhiko TOMINO (Japan)
2021         Carol POLLOCK (Australia)
2023         Somchai Eiam ONG (Thailand)

Ross Bailey Lecturers

2005        Kyoshi KUROKAWA (Japan)
2008        David HARRIS (Australia)
2010        Kar Neng LAI (Hong Kong)
2014        Suhnggwon KIM (Korea)

Excellence in Basic Science Award

2023        Ming LI (China)

 

APSN-ISN Nephrology Fellowship Program

The ISN Announces New Sister Renal Centers Program Partnerships and Celebrates Upgraded and Graduated Pairs: Thank You to Our SRC Supporters!

The ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRC) Program Committee is pleased to announce that 11 new partnerships have been accepted into the ISN Sister Renal Centers (SRC) Program.

Learn more about active partnerships in the ISN SRC Program and explore an interactive map here.

These newly formed partnerships were selected based on the emerging center's local kidney health needs and the potential to develop kidney care capacity and services for people with kidney diseases in the region.

In addition, several partnerships have successfully upgraded within the program: four pairs to Level A and six pairs to Level B. Seven partnerships will graduate from the program in 2024, having completed six years or more of productive collaboration.

The ISN warmly commends these partnerships for their contribution to building capacity and enhancing kidney care services in low-resource settings.

The ISN would like to thank the SRC Committee, especially Chair Dr. Chih-Wei Yang and Deputy Chair Dr. Rukshana Shroff, for their excellent leadership in this program.

We also thank our partners below for their valued, continued support. In 2024, six SRC partnerships are jointly supported by the ISN and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology, four jointly by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, and one jointly by the Indian Society of Nephrology.


ISN and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) have joined forces and built on their common expertise – bridging the gaps that exist in providing valuable care for kidney disease patients across Asia Pacific, including much of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

Each year, they co-fund several programs to increase capacity in this region.
 

ISN-APSN fellowships offer physicians from disadvantaged parts of the Asia Pacific the chance to train in centers of excellence.

‘I will do my best to develop nephrology in my country.'

"I look for the support of a more experienced mentor and I can find that through the ISN Fellowship program," Nergui Mandkhai, Nephrology Department at the Second General Hospital in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), hosted by the Peking University First Hospital, China.

'We plan to establish a center of excellence in interventional nephrology.'

"In Pakistan, we lack specialized centers to train fellows in the field of interventional nephrology," Riaz Muhammad Mohsin, Fatima Memorial Hospital (Pakistan), hosted by the Peking University First Hospital, China.

"A Lasting Legacy of Improved Nephrology Services in the Southern Philippines": An ISN-APSN Sister Renal Centers Pair Graduates the Program


Staff from the SPMC visit the SGH Transplant Center

The ISN and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN) collaborated to support a Sister Renal Centers (SRC) partnership between the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City, Philippines, and the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) in Singapore over seven years.

From modest beginnings to a flourishing center of reference

According to ISN SRC liaison officers Dr. Franklin Guillano and Dr. Jason Choo, the SRC Program has significantly impacted the SPMC. At the outset of the collaboration, the SPMC did not have a renal pathology laboratory, and no kidney biopsies were conducted. Since then, a renal pathology lab has been established with support from the SGH, leading to an increase in kidney biopsies to an average of 25 per month.


Staff from the SPMC receive hands-on nephrology training at the SGH

Ongoing staff training accommodates this increase. Previously, the Mindanao region lacked qualified nephrologists, leaving many areas without essential kidney care services. The SPMC now runs a nephrology fellowship training program that produces ten graduates annually, improving access and outcomes in underserved areas. Since 2022, two fellows-in-training have attended the center in Singapore every month, a practice that is planned to continue.

The first Interventional Nephrology Center in Mindanao is nearing completion with support from the SRC Program. It performs an average of 80 interventional procedures each month, dramatically improving access for dialysis patients in the region and reducing travel and other expenses for patients requiring specialized kidney care.

In addition, the program has fostered collaboration and knowledge-sharing among healthcare professionals in the region, driving continuous improvement and development in local kidney care services.

Building on Success: Expanding kidney care capacity in the regionv

The SPMC has met and exceeded the objectives set out at the program’s start. Dr. Guillano comments, "The program has laid a foundation for enhanced patient care and professional development in Mindanao, leaving a lasting legacy of improved nephrology services in the Southern Philippines."

The two centers plan to form a collaborative trio with the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC), 60 km north of the SPMC in Tagum City. The DRMC is an 800-bed hospital offering internal medicine training but no specialized kidney care services.


An SPMC Nephrology Fellow receives one-to-one training at the
SGH from Dr. Manish Kaushik

The collaboration intends to enhance the DRMC’s hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis programs, fortify kidney transplant and deceased organ donation initiatives, and upgrade general nephrology services, introducing new renal pathology and interventional nephrology services.

Dr. Guillano concluded, "The ISN's support in funding, program structure, administration, and finance has been exemplary. This support has enabled the successful implementation of our projects and contributed to the overall improvement and development of nephrology services in our institution and the broader community we serve."

With input from APSN, ISN matches institutions in low- and middle-income countries with centers of excellence, guiding and lending vital educational support to teams of doctors across Asia Pacific.

Offering a sustainable and competitive training scheme, the program prides itself on creating self-sufficient teams of experts. Graduated centers can use their new experience and knowledge and their cultural and linguistic know-how to train staff at other centers in their region, helping them set up vital treatment or care services.

‘We are the biggest kidney transplantation and peritoneal dialysis center in Vietnam.'

Westmead Hospital (Australia) supported Cho Ray Hospital (Vietnam) in becoming a renal center of excellence. The center deals with many difficult referral cases from different hospitals from southern Vietnam and is considered as the most effective Organ Allocation Unit.

It is proud to achieve 60% patient remission rates thanks to a strong collaboration between the nephrology, pathology and HD departments.

Each year, ISN and APSN co-fund up to two specially-selected research study projects in low- and middle-income countries. These focus on acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, screening and intervention as well as specific local needs.

Between 2014 and 2018, it has poured 47,000 USD into the upcoming and ongoing studies:

  • 2018: Nepal (Dharan) – CKD & TBC in Nepal, led by Ananda Chapagain
  • 2017: Sri Lanka (Saliyapura) – Screening of CINAC among adolescents, led by Channa Jayasumana
  • 2015: Thailand (Bangkok) – AKI epidemiology in Southeast Asia, led by Nattachai Srisawat
  • 2014: China (Beijing) – The incidence and mortality of acute kidney injury in China: A nationwide multi-center retrospective survey, led by Li Yang
  • 2014: India (Pondicherry) – Comparison of clinical characteristics etiology and the clinical outcomes between the patients' community acquired and hospital acquired AKI, led by Sreejith Parameswaran.
     

By assigning international faculty to share specific hands-on skills at regional courses and give lecture at local meetings, ISN and APSN support essential teaching and training across medical communities.

This partnership co-founded the 11th International Congress of the International Society for Hemodialysis and organized by The Nephrology Society of Thailand.

Thailand's Minister of Public opened the meeting to some one thousand guests. Lectures focused on hemodialysis, vascular access, CKD-MBD, infection, cardiovascular complications, and renal replacement therapy.

APSN lends its support to Nepal's pilot training center, helping local doctors provide better services to detect the signs of acute kidney injury in patients affected by the disease. Based on the results of the 0by25 pilot feasibility study, the Kidney Care Network implements sustainable and integrated kidney care services in low-resource settings.

Pilot training sites are now located in Bolivia, Brazil, Malawi, South Africa and Nepal.


For more information about the fellowship application, please visit the ISN website: https://www.theisn.org/in-action/grants/fellowship/#general-fellowship
 

2024

  • Philippines - Singapore: Graduation
    • Emerging Center: Southern Philippines Medical Center, Contact: Dr. Franklin Guillano
    • Supporting Center: Singapore General Hospital, Contact: Dr. Jason Choo Chon Jun

SPMC Nephrology Fellow with Hons on Training in LJ Catheter Insertion

SPMC Nephrology Fellows with SGH Staff

SPMC Nephrology Fellow with One-on-One Session with Dr. Manish Kaushik of SGH

  • Philippines - Singapore 1: Level A, second year: funding 12000 USD, 6000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippines, Contact: Dr. Glenda Eleanor Pinga-Pamugas and Dr. Marichel Pile-Coronel
    • Supporting Center: Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, Contact: Dr. Yeo See Cheng

TTSH and NKTI's presented collaborative research on an epidemiological study on glomerulonephritis, combining data from Singapore and the Philippines

The faculties of renal medicine of TTSH and NKTI at "The GN Masterclass"

Focus group discussion on glomerulonephritis cases between two teams

  • Indonesia - Malaysia: Level B, first year; funding 10000 USD, 5000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: Hospital Dr Mohammad Hoesin, Palembang, Indonesia, Contact: Dr. Novadian Suhaimi
    • Supporting Center: Hospital Tuanku Ja'afar, Seremban, Malaysia, Contact: Dr. Lily Mushahar

PD catheter insertion team from Hospital Dr Mohammad Hoesin, Palembang

  • Indonesia - Malaysia 3: Level C, first year; funding 2000 USD, 1000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: Dr. M Djamil General Hospital Padang-West Sumatra, Contact: Dr. Drajad Priyono
    • Supporting Center: Tuanku Jafa'ar Hospital, Malaysia, Contact: Dr. Lily Mushahar

  • Myanmar - Singapore 1: Level C, first year; funding 2000 USD, 1000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: Pun Hlaing Hospital, Myanmar, Contact: Prof Khin Maung Maung Than
    • Supporting Center: National University Hospital Singapore, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, Contact: Prof. Vathsala Anantharaman

  • Philippines - Singapore: Level C, first year; funding 2000 USD, 1000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: Davao Regional Medical Center, Philippines, Contact: Dr. Trisha Manalaysay
    • Supporting Center: Southern Philippines Medical Center, Philippines, Contact: Dr. Franklin Guillano
    • Mentoring Center: Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, Contact: Dr. Jason Choo Chon Jun

  • Indonesia - Malaysia 2: Level C, second year, funding 2000 USD, 1000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: Sardjito General Hospital, Indonesia, Contact: Dr. Metalia Puspitasari
    • Supporting Center: Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Malaysia, Contact: Dr. Sunita Bavanandan

Visit of staff from Kuala Lumpur Hospital to Sardjito General Hospital in 2023

2023

  • Philippines - Singapore: Level A, second year, funding 12000 USD, 6000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: Southern Philippines Medical Center, Contact: Dr. Franklin Guillano
    • Supporting Center: Singapore General Hospital, Contact: Dr. Jason Choo Chon Jun

Masterclass in Interventional Nephrology by SGH Team at SPMC

Dr. Franklin Guillano (SPMC) and Dr. Emmanuel Del Fierro (SPMC) on Endovascular Procedure for AVF/AVG

SPMC Nephrology Fellows with SGH Renal Department

  • Philippines - Singapore 1: Level A, second year: funding 12000 USD, 6000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippines, Contact: Dr. Glenda Eleanor Pinga-Pamugas and Dr. Marichel Pile-Coronel
    • Supporting Center: Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, Contact: Dr. Yeo See Cheng

  • Indonesia - Malaysia: Level C, first year; funding 2000 USD, 1000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: Hospital Dr Mohammad Hoesin, Palembang, Indonesia, Contact: Dr. Novadian Suhaimi
    • Supporting Center: Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban, Malaysia, Contact: Dr. Lily Mushahar

2022

  • Philippines - Singapore: Level A, first year, funding 12000 USD, 6000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: Southern Philippines Medical Center, Contact: Dr. Franklin Guillano
    • Supporting Center: Singapore General Hospital, Contact: Dr. Jason Choo Chon Jun

Visit of SPMC Team to SGH Renal Critical Care Unit

Hands-on Training in Interventional Nephrology

Initial Strategic Planning for the Establishment of SPMC Nephrology Fellowship Training

  • Philippines - Singapore 1: Level B, second year: funding 10000 USD, 5000 USD contribution by APSN
    • Emerging Center: National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippines, Contact: Dr. Glenda Eleanor Pinga-Pamugas and Dr. Marichel Pile-Coronel
    • Supporting Center: Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, Contact: Dr. Yeo See Cheng

The GN Masterclass – one-day workshop on lomerulonephritis held by both institutions

Weeklong observership by 4 doctors from NKTI to TTSH

 

 

 

ISN Regional Training Centers

The ISN has selected 21 ISN Regional Training Centers to provide in-depth specialized training to improve patient care in different regions of the world. Their approval is for a period of 5 years (2021-2026).

These centers were selected by the ISN Core Programs Committee as institutions of excellence in low and middle-income countries to:

  • Hosting fellows (ISN provides up to 12 months of financial support to fellows).
  • Holding educational meetings and workshops on regionally relevant topics.
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise via the ISN Educational Ambassadors or Continuing Medical Education Programs.
  • Supporting emerging centers from low resource areas through the Sister Centers Programs.
  • Contributing to the ISN Academy – either by developing educational materials or contributing to webinars.
  • Developing and engaging in advocacy activities and collaborations with local and regional authorities.

Below is an overview of the various application deadlines for the ISN Programs.

Date

Program

Contact

May 1

Fellowship Program
Clinical Research Program

fellowship@theisn.org
crp@theisn.org

October 1

Fellowship Program
Sister Renal Centers Program
Sister Transplant Centers Program

fellowship@theisn.org
src@theisn.org
stc@theisn.org

All year long

Educational Ambassadors Program
Continuing Medical Education Program

eap@theisn.org
cme@theisn.org

 

ISN Global Outreach Programs

The ISN Fellowship Program provides relevant and contemporary nephrological training to physicians from emerging countries, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards in the Fellows’ home countries upon their return.In 2013 the APSN linked to these programs to provide combined funding.

Please click on the ISN logo to enter the ISN website to keep up to date with these programs.

ISN Sister Renal centres

http://www.theisn.org/src

ISN Clinical Research Program

https://www.theisn.org/in-action/grants/isn-clinical-research/

ISN Educational Ambassadors

https://www.theisn.org/in-action/grants/educational-ambassadors/

ISN CME Program

http://www.theisn.org/cme

 

 

 

 

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