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)

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)

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

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.

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:







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.




May 1

Fellowship Program
Clinical Research Program

October 1

Fellowship Program
Sister Renal Centers Program
Sister Transplant Centers Program

All year long

Educational Ambassadors Program
Continuing Medical Education Program


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

ISN Clinical Research Program

ISN Educational Ambassadors

ISN CME Program