ERA-EDTA Working Groups (

In 2019, there were eight active ERA-EDTA Working Groups:

CKD – MBD on chronic kidney diseases and metabolic bone diseases;
DESCARTES on transplantation;
DIABESITY which aims at creating and disseminating knowledge on the nephrological impact of Diabetes and Obesity
EUDIAL on hemodialysis and related techniques;
EURECA-m which deals with the link between chronic kidney diseases and cardiovascular diseases;
ERN (European Renal Nutrition) that aims at conducting research on the impact of lifestyle, diet, nutrient homeostasis and protein-energy wasting (PEW) management on chronic kidney disease outcomes;
Immunonephrology that is active in the field of immune system dysregulation;
WGIKD focuses on rare and inherited kidney disorders

Very relevant and valuable studies have been carried out by the ERA-EDTA Working Groups and these have helped raise ERA-EDTA's visibility not only in Europe but worldwide.

Starting from 2019, Working Groups have been asked to suggest scientific projects that could be supported through a Long Term Fellowship for a young researcher (selected by the SAB and the ERA-EDTA Council following a specific call). The following projects have been granted this opportunity in 2019.

- The failing renal graft an ERA-EDTA initiated randomized trial (by DESCARTES in collaboration with EUDIAL and IWG)

- Identification of prognostic factors for patients with ANCA associated vasculitis (by IWG in collaboration with DESCARTES)

- Dietary intake and adherence to dietary recommendations in European dialysis patients: the diet-HD study (by ERN)

- Concerted Action in Renal Osteosdystrophy (CAiRO) (by CKD-MBD)

Working Groups also help disseminate education by organising educational events that are extremely helpful for doctors’ daily practice. More details in the ‘ERA-EDTA CME Courses section of this annual report.

The ERA-EDTA Working Groups helped create the scientific programme of the
first Scientific and Educational Interaction Day (SEID) held on October 25-26, 2019 in Vienna (Austria): an exciting meeting which boasted educational lectures focused on systemic diseases that affect the kidney (ANCA-associated vasculitis, lupus nephritis, anti-GBM disease), ethical aspects of using genetic results in clinical daily practice and its implications that stimulated discussions on patients and nephrologists’ considerations on the choice among hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and transplantation. The Vienna meeting was also an opportunity for Working Groups and scientific boards to meet and discuss the future of the ERA-EDTA committees. This ‘Brainstorming meeting’ (upon invitation), which consisted in three thematic sessions (Education, EU funding and Clinical Trials) running in parallel, raised a number of important points that will surely have an impact on the new vision of Working Groups which will be implemented in 2020.