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Future Meetings Committee

Joanne Bargman (Canada)

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Joanne Bargman is a staff nephrologist at the University Health Network and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She received her MD cum laude from the University of Toronto. She was an exchange fellow in Melbourne for her senior medical residency year, and then pursued nephrology training at Stanford University. Her research focused on renal physiology and micropuncture. Upon returning to Toronto, she was recruited to the Toronto Western Hospital where she trained in peritoneal dialysis under Dimitrios Oreopoulos. She has more than 200 invited lectures internationally, on subjects as diverse as peritoneal dialysis, calciphylaxis, and management of glomerulonephritis. Currently she is Director of the Peritoneal Dialysis Unit and co-director of the Combined Renal-Rheumatology Lupus Clinic at the University Health Network. She has won faculty-wide teaching awards, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


  • To solicit bids to organize the ISPD congresses, which are held biannually
  • To develop and publish parameters which will be considered in choosing a site for ISPD congresses and to review these parameters after each congress
  • To recommend to Council two sites for each ISPD congress. Council will then enlist the aid of a professional congress organizer to further assess the bids and a final recommendation will be made to Council at least 3 years in advance of it being held. The final decision in choosing a site for the ISPD congress will be made by council


General Membership:

  • At least one member from ISPD or Executive. If a bid arises from a country of a congress committee member, that member shall resign from the committee and be replaced by Council.
  • A minimum of 4 (including the Chair) representing at least 4 geographic areas including one nurse representative.


  • As appointed by Council

Committee Chair

  • John Burkart, USA

Sub-Committee Members:

  • Judy Bernadini, USA
  • Olof Heimburger, Sweden
  • Ana Figureido, Brazil
  • John Burkart, USA

Future Goals:

  • To enhance the quality of and attendance at the ISPD Congresses



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