Newsletter 4, 2015

As of June 2015 the number of members of our WG reached 304.

The WG Board Members met in London, on May 28th, just before the 52nd ERA-EDTA Congress, to plan future activities.

Activity of our WG at the 52nd ERA-EDTA Congress (May 28th to 31st) was remarkable, in particular during the organized CME course and the Symposia on MBD. Attendance at these meetings was very good, pointing to the high interest in CKD-MDB. Notably, our Symposium “CKD-MBD: Update 2015” had 975 attendees, thus resulting as the 5th most attended session of the Congress (see slide n°16 of the presentation available at:  These results strengthen us in preparing the new CMD courses for 2016 (more news to come in the coming months).

Our WG is represented in the KDIGO committee that is preparing an update of the 2009 guidelines (first results will be presented at ASN by Professor Mary Leonard in San Diego).

The ERA-EDTA council recently updated the rules for WGs (see pdf file “ERA-EDTA Scientific Group Regulations” at:

Current and upcoming activities
The position paper on the use of Cinacalcet in CKD following the results of the Evolve study has been published on Nephrol Dial Transplant (see Literature review).
A review paper, partly narrative and partly systematic in collaboration with Cochrane Group, on the role of Magnesium in renal patients is currently under revision in an important journal.
Contacts are made with the European Society of Pediatric Nephrology in order to develop common specific lines of clinical research in the field of CKD-MBD, spanning both pediatric and adult nephrology. In addition, there are contacts with our colleagues from Japan, that also aim at founding a similar Working Group.
WG Activities:
Our WG was very active during the very successful 52nd ERA-EDTA Congress in London and involved with one CME course and two Symposia.
The CME course “CKD-MBD: an update on Mineral and Bone Disorders in CKD  was held on May 28th, contemporarily with 7 other CME. With 377 active participants and questions raised to eachof the presentations, can be regarded as a success.  The final program included:
To D or not to D in CKD - is VD treatment unavoidable? By David Goldsmith, (London, UK);
The Symposium “CKD-MBD: Update 2015” was held on May 29th and is appointed , with 975 attendees, as the 5th most attended session of the Congress (link ERA-EDTA). The program included:
C The Symposium “Vascular Calcifications: what’s new?” was held on May 30th and was attended by 515 participants. The program was as follows:
Calciphylaxis registry is evolving. The Internet site will soon be available in several languages for local uses. Fundraising activities are ongoing and 2015 is expected to be the starting year for data collection.
As already announced, the WG is planning to develop a bone-biopsy network, joining nephrologists, endocrinologists and pathologists (Coordinator: Pieter Evenepoel). An internet questionnaire is underway to recognize potentially interested Centers. The project aims at increasing collection of bone samples in renal patients to improve knowledge on the role of bone in systemic disease.
Next appointments
The final program of the first CUA-Day meeting is now available ( It will be a CME course, endorsed by ERA-EDTA and will be held on September 21st-22nd 2015, in Leuven (Belgium). Aim of the meeting is to share opinions and try to sum up practical guidelines for this rare but dramatic clinical condition.
The preliminary program of the Third CKD-MBD WG Meeting is available at: It is scheduled on December 5th 2015, in Milan just one day prior the 47th Course on Advances in Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation (another ERA-EDTA sponsored Meeting). Important information are:
  a. Submission of original abstracts from young investigators is encouraged (submission deadline: October 1st, 2015);
  b. Authors of the best three abstracts will be appointed with a certificate from the CKD-MBD WG committee.
  c. For this meeting we have applied for CME credits;
  d. Both oral and poster presentations are possible;
  e. Meet The Expert” Sessions are in the program
CKD-MBD related publications in NDT and CKJ
As a contribution of ERA-EDTA communication team, we are again reporting on the most recent papers published on the journals of our society and dealing with CKD-MBD. The content of this third group of papers is reported in a separate link
Clinical Kidney Journal (CKJ):
The possibility of submitting papers to CKJ free of charge submission fees,
continues up to the end of the year! Run to submit original papers!