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Education & Courses 

We are pleased to announce that five innovative high level education courses will be held just prior the congress (on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April, 2019). Please see here below.

Please note that registration to these courses is not included in the basic WCN registration fee. Please check here for further details.

We are happy to announce that both pre-congress courses and WCN itself have been accredited with CME points by European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). Please click on courses below to see points.


Select one of five innovative high level education courses below to see more information:

Observational and Interventional Research Study Design in Nephrology Course (6 hours)

Date: April 12, 2019

Time: 08:30 - 16:00

Total educational time: 6 hours

Total CME points: 6 points

About the course: This course in observational and interventional (randomized clinical trials) clinical study designs will provide an overview of the most salient approaches used in clinical nephrology research today. It will enhance the course participants’ skills in the critical appraisal of the published medical literature.  Both traditional and more novel study designs, along with approaches to their statistical analysis, will be highlighted.  Presentations will include examples from the published nephrology literature. In addition, presentations will focus on the implementation of studies of the development and evaluation of diagnostic tests as well as the economic analysis of various healthcare strategies and interventions.

Please see the course program here.

This is a joint course: A partnership of ISN-ACT and ISN iNET-CKD.

Interventional Nephrology Course (6.5 hours + Online learning)

Date: Available on both April 11, 2019 and April 12, 2019

Time: 08:00 - 16:00

Educational time on-site: 6.5 hours

Please note: This is a hybrid course. The online aspect of this course is required to be completed approximately 3 months prior to the congress. It is a one-day course held on both Thursday and Friday - Exactly the same but for 2 different groups of delegates. Start and end time may slightly vary between 11 and 12 April but the course length is exactly the same.

Total CME points: 6 points (for each day)

About the course: The Interventional Nephrology Course will provide an ideal opportunity to perform procedures on simulation models and update your knowledge on the management of hemodialysis vascular access and peritoneal dialysis catheter care. This year the course is offered as a hybrid program with on-demand online didactic sessions on ISN Academy along with an onsite 1-day course at the Congress. The online sessions will focus on the fundamentals and challenges faced by multi-disciplinary team of providers in improving dialysis access care. The onsite program will focus mainly on simulation based learning of procedures like CVC and PD catheter placement, kidney biopsy and point of care ultrasonography for nephrologists. The speakers are internationally known experts in the field.

Please see the onsite program here and online program here.

This is a joint course: A partnership of Australia and New Zealand Society for Interventional Nephrology (ANZSIN) 

Nephrology Biennial Review Course (10 hours)

Day 1
Day 2
Date: April 11, 2019 Date: April 12, 2019 
Time: 10:00 - 17:30 (6 hours) Time: 11:00 - 16:00 (4 hours)


Total educational time: 10 hours

Please note: This is a 2 day course. Both days are compulsory to attend to complete the course.

Total CME points: 10 points

About the course: The Nephrology Biennial Review Course is a highly anticipated and well attended pre-congress course that will provide an overview of evidence-based medicine in Nephrology in the past 2 years. The course will cover various aspects of nephrology divided into five subtopics- glomerulonephritis, diabetic kidney disease, end stage kidney disease, chronic kidney disease/acute kidney injury and transplantation, spread over two days, focusing on hot topics that are likely to have impact on clinical practice. Its target audience are nephrologists, clinicians, fellows and trainees from all over the world. Speakers consist of a mixture of clinicians, researchers and trialists who are experts in their field, with a strong emphasis on translational medicine useful in day-to-day clinical practice. At the end of the course, participants are expected to have 1) A snapshot update on the most recent published literature in nephrology, 2) Enhanced knowledge and understanding in various aspects of nephrology, and 3) An update on evidence-based research.
Please see the course program here.

Renal Nutrition, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Symposium (6 hours)

Date: April 12, 2019

Time: 08:30 - 16:00

Total educational time: 6 hours

Total CME points: 2 points

About the course: This 1-day symposium provides a unique opportunity for clinicians, nurses, dieticians, other allied health professionals, epidemiologists and scientists to interact and cross-exchange various aspects in managing patients with kidney disease. It aims to further the understanding of various challenges facing the multi-disciplinary nephrology care team and identify ways to overcome some of these challenges. The speakers are all internationally leading nurses, nephrologists, gerontologists, dieticians, exercise professionals, palliative care experts and scientists.

The symposium specifically deals with exercise in kidney disease, nutritional challenges such as low protein diets, eating on dialysis, changing nutritional behavior through telehealth and managing the obese but protein-energy wasted kidney patients. The symposium highlights a specific nursing session dealing with challenges such as intradialytic hypotension, increasing home therapies, renal supportive care and global nephrology nursing. This symposium will be of particular relevance and interests to patient-centered nephrology healthcare professionals who are committed to improving the lives of people with kidney disease.

Please see the course program here.

This is a joint symposium: A partnership of ISN Renal Health Professionals Working Group (ISN RHP WG) and International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism (ISRNM)

Renal Pathology Course (8 hours)

Day 1 Day 2
 Date: April 11, 2019 Date: April 12, 2019
 Time: 10:00 - 17:30 (6 hours) Time: 8:30 - 10:30 (2 hours)


Total educational time: 8 hours

Please note: This is a 2 day course. Both days are compulsory to attend to complete the course.

Total CME points: 8 points

About the course: The Renal Pathology Course is an opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of the role of renal biopsy in the management of patients with renal disease. The course describes recent insights into the pathogenesis of renal diseases together with important updates in the diagnosis and classification of renal and transplant pathology. The spectrum of glomerular and tubulointerstitial diseases will be considered with a focus on the practical clinical applications of the renal biopsy.  In addition, there is a symposium dedicated to case conferences, to provide delegates with a masterclass in the diagnostic process. The speakers are clinical pathologists and nephrologists from around the world who are recognized leaders in their field.

Please see the course program here.



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For more information, please contact:

Shira Strachova

Meetings & Events Manager

[email protected]