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No 114, October 2017


A new NDT-Educational Summary Report of the 54th ERA-EDTA Congress and new COMPACT RENAL materials are now accessible through ENP.

A new NDT-Educational Summary Report of the 54th ERA-EDTA Congress (Madrid, Spain) based on Prof. Carlo Basile’s presentation “Starting hemodialysis – incremental approach” is now online. Click here to read it.

Expert Round Table: Hyperkalaemia Management of the Cardio-Renal Patient

COMPACT RENAL, an educational online platform by the ERA-EDTA Industry partner and sponsor Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma, offers a wide variety of educational materials: among these the recently published video showing an expert panel discussion on the challenges faced by physicians when treating patients with both CKD & heart failure. The multi-specialty panel of Nephrologists and Cardiologist discusses the need for greater collaboration between specialties when treating cardio-renal patients. The panel also addresses how to balance the benefits of RAASi therapy with managing the risks associated with hyperkalaemia.


Get ready for the European Certificate Examination in Nephrology 2018!

UEMS Renal Section and Boards, and the ERA-EDTA Council are pleased to announce the European Certificate Examination in Nephrology to be held on February 28, 2018. The aim of this exciting development is to further harmonisation of training in nephrology across Europe.

Registration through a dedicated portal is available from November 8 to December 6, 2017.

NDT and CKJ articles

Just published online! Read the latest NDT and CKJ articles

Donations from older living donors provide excellent graft outcomes in pediatric recipient

A study published in NDT gives great relief to all parents or grandparents who want to donate a kidney to their child/grandchild. There have been doubts about the effectiveness of transplanting an old donor organ to a young recipient. In this study 4,686 kidney transplantations performed in 13 countries in 1990–2013 were extracted from the ESPN/ERA-EDTA Registry and analyzed. It showed that the risk of graft failure in older living donors (50–75 years old) was similar to that of younger living donors.

Besides, when it comes to deceased donor renal transplantation, the age of the donor had little effect on graft failure in adolescent recipients (12–19 years). Younger recipients (0-11 years) even seemed to benefit of deceased donor kidneys over the age of 5 years.

Less than 20% of patients achieved KDIGO CKD-MBD targets

This prospective, multicenter, epidemiological observational study conducted with nephrologists in France aimed to estimate the percentage of CKD patients achieving the three “Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes” (KDIGO) targets, serum phosphate, calcium and PTH. The results were surprising – and disappointing. Less than 20% of patients achieved all three KDIGO CKD-MBD targets in this French study, which had previously been published in NDT. But there might be light at the end of the tunnel: First of all, the analysed data was collected before the introduction of the KDIGO CKD-MBD guidelines in August 2009. Meanwhile, the target ranges are well-known and widely recognized. The study found out that the proportion of patients achieving all target levels, though still low in general, had been growing from 11% to 16% until year 2 (but remained stable afterwards). Besides, the proportion of patients with controlled calcium and phosphate levels had been continuously increasing – leaving PTH to be the “problem child”.


ASN/ERA-EDTA/ISN Global Nephrology Workforce Survey

ASN, ERA-EDTA, and ISN Launch Collaborative Effort to Examine Global Nephrology Workforce

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) have launched a global nephrology workforce research project to determine what a nephrologist is across the world. Comparing realities across the Global Nephrology Workforce Survey distributed to 260 leaders of national nephrology organizations and medical societies in 167 countries.

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