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No 107, July 2017


Coming soon on ENP: An Interactive Educational Programme on Hyperkalaemia

High-quality peer-reviewed learning modules, produced and funded by AstraZeneca and specifically created to support the nephrology community and improve awareness of this life-threating condition, will soon be available on ENP.

The first module will aim at exploring the prevalence of hyperkalaemia in different patient populations. Other highly relevant topics will also be discussed, including the relationship between the disease severity and the incidence of hyperkalaemia or the link between life-saving RAAS therapy and the elevated incidence of hyperkalaemia.

Read the full text on ENP here.


CKD-MBD Working Group: science, publications and education

Since its creation (2013), the CKD-MBD Working Group contributed in the distribution of knowledge in the field of Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder under the auspices of the ERA-EDTA. Many publications appeared in several medical journals. Most recently KDIGO published its updated guideline on CKD-MBD that includes the participation of some CKD-MBD Board and ERA-EDTA members.

CKD-MBD is also very active in education. In the last two years the group organized two thematic annual meetings: “The Calciphylaxis Day” in 2015 and the “The Bone Day” in 2016.

On September 8, 2017, the group will organize the “The PTH day” in Paris (France).

The scientific program has been meticulously prepared by the three local organisers Dr. Pablo Urena-Torres, Prof. Martine Cohen-Solal, Prof. Ziad Massy. A call for abstract was also announced in relation to this CME.

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ndt and ckj articles

Just published online! Read the latest NDT and CKJ articles

It is not all about proteinuria! Other pathways can lead to ESRD

Many CKD prevention programs focus on proteinuria. But in type 2 diabetes, for example, non-proteinuric diabetic kidney disease is more frequent than the proteinuric one. Similarly, proteinuria is most often inconspicuous or absent in the most frequent causes of ESKD, i.e. hypertension-related chronic kidney disease (CKD), as well as in progressive cystic diseases and in pyelonephritis/tubulo-interstitial diseases. As Davide Bolignano and Carmine Zoccali, authors of this study published in NDT, conclude further research efforts are needed to develop treatment strategies that may help those patients who eventually develop ESKD via mechanistic pathways other than proteinuria.

Coronary heart disease – who of your CKD patients is at risk?

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the primary cause of death in individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), but current equations for assessing coronary risk have low accuracy. In this study, recently published in CKJ, an evaluation of the association between a genetic risk score (GRS) and coronary events in the CKD population was performed. The aim was to determine whether the addition of the GRS to coronary risk prediction functions improves the estimation of coronary risk in CKD patients. 632 CKD patients were analyzed with a follow-up of 7 years. The GRS was independently associated with the risk of CHD, especially in stages 4 and 5 CKD, and kidney transplant patients. A coronary risk prediction function that incorporated chronic kidney disease (CKD) disease state, age, sex and the GRS had significantly greater predictive capacity. Thus, CKD patients with a high risk of coronary events can be stratified more accurately and treated before events.


Madrid: facts and figures!

The 54th ERA-EDTA congress, under the presidency of Prof. Jorge Cannata Andía and Prof. Andrzej Wiecek, was highly successful. Altogether, 9,414 people attended the congress and 1,906 abstracts were accepted and published.

Click here and have a look at the Congress figures!

ERA-EDTA has created an electronic congress feedback questionnaire.  We are very grateful to all those who have replied to our survey and especially to those who sent their suggestions and constructive criticisms: these are extremely important to us and we will do our very best to address all of them!

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