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No 111, August 2017


The second NDT-Educational Summary Report of the 54th ERA-EDTA Congress is now available on ENP!

The second NDT-Educational Summary Report of 54th ERA-EDTA Congress (Madrid, Spain) based on Prof. Johannes E. F. Mann's presentation “Update on endothelin and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists” is now online! Click here to read it.


DESCARTES for the care of renal transplant patients

DESCARTES (Developing Education Science and CAre for Renal Transplantation in European States) Working Group was created (in 2012) with the specific scope of contributing, through education and research, to the improvement of the care of renal transplant patients.

The Working Group boasts several papers among which the recently published position statement ‘Long-term risks of kidney living donation: review and position paper by the ERA-EDTA DESCARTES working group’ published in NDT.

"How can I improve the outcomes of kidney transplantation in my centre?" is the question that will be posed at the upcoming DESCARTES CME course that will be held in Antwerp (Belgium) on October 13, 2017. The meeting will be providing participants with up-to-dated knowledge that will surely impact their clinical practice. The symposium consists of three sections and will also include interactive ones in which experts will discuss cases prepared by the attendees on the 3 following topics: 1. What do I see in this kidney transplant biopsy? 2. Should I forbid this HLA antigen or transplant this patient across a DSA? 3. Is this person a suitable living kidney donor?

A call for abstracts on kidney transplantation was also launched at the occasion of the CME. Submission must be done by email by September 15, 2017, see the link below.


Info on the CME program, abstracts and travel grant opportunities is available here

NDT and CKJ articles

Just published online! Read the latest NDT and CKJ articles

Mediterranean Diet for CKD patients? Yes, but…

The Mediterranean diet has been associated with reduced cardiovascular disease incidence in the general population. But what about kidney patients? The effects of the diet are known to be a low glycaemic index/load as well as reduced oxidative stress and a decreased dietary acid load. Besides, in the Mediterranean diet natural foods are favored over processed foods, which means that the intake of phosphate and sodium is also lower. But there are some pitfalls that CKD patients should know of. In the Mediterranean diet potassium intake is higher than in other diets and studies show heterogeneous results, if this might be harmful for patients or not. In this paper by the European Renal Nutrition Working Group (ERN) the pros and cons are discussed.

Percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty (PTRA) turned on kidney function in patients with ARAS

This retrospective analysis published in CKJ was performed to evaluate the effect of percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty (PTRA) on split renal function in patients with unilateral atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (ARAS). The effect was quite surprising: PTRA significantly improved eGFR in stenotic kidneys and decreased filtration in contralateral, non-stenotic kidneys. The authors of the study argue that PTRA has potentially beneficial effects, but they may not be apparent, if only total renal function is taken into account. As they conclude, the clinical significance of these findings needs to be evaluated further.


ComIA Clinical Fellowships

New educational and training opportunities in Europe are available for investigators and clinicians living in developing countries outside of the ERA-EDTA geographical area.

Should you be interested in submitting an application for ComIA Clinical Short Term Fellowships (<3 months), read the ComIA Fellowship Programme rules and fill in the online application form.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2017. More information can be found at the ComIA section of the ERA-EDTA website.

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