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No 100, March 2017

Prof. Mustafa Arici

A Milestone in ERA-EDTA Flash: the 100th issue

by Prof. Mustafa Arici (Editor-in-Chief of ERA-EDTA Flash)


Dear Respected Readers of ERA-EDTA Flash,


We are happy and proud to announce the 100th issue of the ERA-EDTA Flash, the Association’s official electronic newsletter! The first ‘Follow Us Flash’ (this was the former name) issue was released in May 2013 and 4 years later here we are, celebrating its 100th issue. Since the very beginning, this electronic newsletter aimed at becoming a ‘doorstep’ to the ERA-EDTA world as well as to the European Nephrology. Every two weeks we have been working to share news and novelties of our Society with our readers and the appreciation of this newsletter by our readership is indeed the greatest achievement.

An e-survey was recently sent in order to receive the feedback of ERA-EDTA readers and collect potential suggestions. Over the 45% of the users rated ERA-EDTA Flash as ‘good’ and over the 32% as ‘excellent’!

Click here to see the e-survey’s results.

Prof. Andrzej  Wiecek

From “Follow Us” through “Follow Us Flash”  to  “ERA-EDTA Flash” - from my perspective

by Prof. Andrzej  Wiecek (President of the ERA-EDTA)


When I started my term as the ERA-EDTA Secretary-Treasurer in 2011, and thus became the Editor of the ERA-EDTA newsletter called “Follow Us”, I thought that there was a need for its restructuring and also to have more frequent editions in order to improve the communication with the ERA-EDTA members, especially since the various activities of our Association were continuously growing. My proposal was presented during the ERA-EDTA Council meeting in March 2012. Linked to this proposal, during the same Council meeting a new initiative was also proposed, namely to launch an electronic version of our newsletter which was then called “Follow Us Flash”. The idea was to send to all ERA-EDTA members brief updates on Society activities with 3-4 topics on regular basis (every two weeks) and hyperlinks to “read more” sections. 

Prof. Mehmet Surku Sever

An Interview with Prof. Mehmet Surku Sever

(Former Editor-in-Chief of Follow Us Flash)


When were you appointed to the Editorship of Follow Us Flash (FUF)?
In June 2013, I was asked by the ERA-EDTA Council to take over editorship of FUF from Prof. Wiecek. The idea was to create a new ERA-EDTA electronic newsletter with a more dynamic and “easy-to-reach” format compared to the already existing printed newsletter (Follow Us).
What were your achievements during your Editorship?
Firstly, I aimed at reaching a wider readership. The first 5 issues of FUF were sent to ERA-EDTA members only. Following the ERA-EDTA Council’s approval, we added NDT Educational subscribers, the ERA-EDTA Working Groups’ contacts and the participants of the last 3 ERA-EDTA Congresses to those receiving FUF. The number of readers eventually climbed from 6130 to 27.000 and the number of colleagues reading the full version increased from 1875 to 5431 by October 2013. As per the contents, I aimed at providing more information on new initiatives and successful ongoing activities of ERA-EDTA as well as giving news from the Council and making announcements of the Working Groups’ achievements. In short, I aimed at a more efficient use of FUF as the ‘voice’ of ERA-EDTA.

ndt and ckj articles

Just published online! Read the latest NDT and CKJ articles


Antibody-mediated rejection: Is a differentiated therapeutic approach needed?
In this study, pre-transplant sera from 174 patients receiving a crossmatch-negative kidney transplant were retrospectively analyzed for DSA using Luminex technology. 61/174 patients had pre-transplant DSA and a strong correlation was found between the presence of DSA against class I and II HLA and DSA MFI greater than 10 000. Both DSA patterns independently predicted an increased risk of early antibody-mediated rejection (AMR). In contrast, the majority of DSA-positive patients had favorable outcomes despite non-depleting antibody induction. The authors conclude that these results call for a differentiated therapeutic approach in this patient population.


Digital pathology brings along new opportunities and challenges
The introduction of digital pathology to nephrology provides a platform for the development of new methodologies and protocols for visual, morphometric and computer-aided assessment of renal biopsies. For nephropathology, this can mean a great leap forward. But as the authors of this review published in CKJ pointed out, the discipline has to be made fit for the future first: a broad international standardization of renal biopsy assessment is needed which involves standardization of every step in pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic phases as well as of data recording and reporting. Find out what other challenges have to be accepted here.

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