Preparation visit to Dubai – October 2022

The ISPD President Prof. Edwina Brown and the ISPD Society Coordinator Miguel Gallardo traveled to Dubai on 17-18 October. They were joined there by the President of the EMAN Dr. Mona AlRukhaimi and Prof Ali Abu Alfa, acting as the heads of the Local Organising Committee for the ISPD Congress 2024, and Mr. Waleed Refaay, from the PCO who will assist us in organizing the best possible congress.

The attendants of the meeting with Dubai’s Mureum of the Future (in the backgroud) which will become a recognisible  landmark for the 2044 ISPD Congress.

The short two-day visit was intense with several meetings with different stakeholders to give a big impulse to the preparations for the ISPD Congress 2024. We visited different locations for the congress and held meetings with the responsible teams of each venue. We were received by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism, whose team welcomed us and offered their support in different aspects of the event preparations.

We also took this opportunity to establish the coordination dynamics between the ISPD, the Local Organising Committee, and the PCO: After the meeting, we have already set the calendar with the main steps for the whole process of organising the congress.

We left Dubai after two days with a more clear vision of what will the ISPD 2024 Congress in Dubai look like. Our first congress in the Middle East will be a milestone for our society and will have a positive impact in that region and bring together many participants from all over the world to learn, connect and cooperate for advancing PD and improving the lives of patients.

Join ISPD Committees 2022-24: Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

The ISPD is looking for motivated members to join the different ISPD Committees and fill in the vacancies left after the ISPD Congress 2022 in Singapore. The term for ISPD members in committees has a duration of 2 years (until the ISPD Congress 2024) and can be extended twice to a maximum of 6 years.

Below you’ll find a list of all the vacancies on each committee, including the geographical locations that are needed, since we strive to have geographical and gender balance on all ISPD teams. We also aim to incorporate nurses and other kidney health professionals (dietitians and nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists, etc) into every committee so if you belong to this category don’t hesitate to apply for the available positions, we need to incorporate your experience and knowledge into our society work.

To apply for one or more of the vacancies, please send an email to admin@ispd.org including a short motivation letter 250-300 words, and your CV. Please note that only ISPD members can be part of the committees. You can join the ISPD now or renew your membership.

The deadline to submit your Expressions of Interest is September 21.

If you know some motivated ISPD members, feel free to encourage them to join the ISPD Committees!

LIST OF VACANCIES PER COMMITTEE

COMMUNICATION COMMITTEE
We are looking for members from Latin America, Europe, and one nurse/kidney health professional (KHP).

EDUCATION COMMITTEE
We are looking for members from North America, and one nurse/KHP.

FUTURE MEETINGS COMMITTEE
We are looking for members from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania; and one nurse/KHP.

INTERNATIONAL LIAISON COMMITTEE
We are looking for one nurse/KHP.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COMMITTEE
We are looking for members from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE
We are looking for members from Asia, Oceania, North America, Africa, and the Middle East.
We are looking for one motivated member from any region to become Deputy Chair.

NURSES COMMITTEE
We are looking for three motivated nurses/KHP to join our committee

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
We are looking for one candidate from Europe to join this committee.

STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES COMMITTEE
We are looking for one motivated member from any region to become Deputy Chair.

To find out what are the tasks of each one of the committees, please visit the Committees section on our website.

ISPD Fellowship Program – Round 2 of 2022 is now open!

The Scholarship and Awards Committee will receive applications for the second round of ISPD Fellowships until 30 September 2022.

The ISPD Council provides funds for 12 nephrologists and nurses to travel abroad every year, to get the best training available at one of the Reference Centers that have joined our program. Each ISPD Fellow will be receiving up to $5000 USD to cover the costs associated with their stay. We aim to select 6 candidates in this round of applications.

Find more information on the ISPD Fellowships application page, including eligibility, detailed instructions on how to apply, and the links to download the application form.

Please share this information with other colleagues who may be eligible. Please note that it is not necessary to be an ISPD member to apply for the ISPD Fellowship. ISPD Fellows receive a 1-year complimentary ISPD membership.

If your hospital would like to be included in the List of Reference ISPD Fellowship Centers, please contact our office at admin@ispd.org.

ISPD Fellowship Program – Round 1 of 2022 is now open!

The Scholarship and Awards Committee will receive applications for the second round of ISPD Fellowships until 31 March 2022.

The ISPD Council provides funds for 12 nephrologists and nurses to travel abroad every year, to get the best training available at one of the Reference Centers that have joined our program. Each ISPD Fellow will be receiving up to $5000 USD to cover the costs associated with their stay. We aim to select 6 candidates in this round of applications.

Find more information on the ISPD Fellowships application page, including eligibility, detailed instructions on how to apply, and the links to download the application form.

Please share this information with other colleagues who may be eligible. Please note that it is not necessary to be an ISPD member to apply for the ISPD Fellowship. ISPD Fellows receive a 1-year complimentary ISPD membership.

If your hospital would like to be included in the List of Reference ISPD Fellowship Centers, please contact our office at admin@ispd.org.

Call for nominations: John Maher Award and Oreopoulos Award 2022

The International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) invites all its members to submit nominations for the 2022 ISPD John Maher Award and ISPD Oreopoulos Award.

The John Maher Award is awarded every two years at the ISPD Congress to recognise young individuals who have contributed substantially to the field of peritoneal dialysis. Candidates must be younger than 45 years old and have demonstrated expertise in the scientific, medical, or nursing aspects of PD.
More information about the John Maher Award.

The Oreopoulos Award is awarded at the ISPD Congress to honour the lifetime PD achievements (in terms of delivering care to patients, research, teaching, and/or advocacy) of one of its members.
More information about the Oreopoulos Award.

How to submit your nominations

If you want to nominate someone for these ISPD awards, please send an email with your nomination(s)l to the ISPD secretariat (admin@ispd.org) following the instructions above. The deadline for nominations is 21 March 2022.
Please remember that self-nominations are not allowed.

ISPD President’s message: looking into 2022 with optimism

Click here to read more.

If you haven’t renewed your ISPD membership for 2022 yet, you can do it here to continue enjoying the benefits.

5 years of Saving Young Lives

The Saving Young Lives program is a partnership between ISPD, EuroPD, IPNA, and ISN which aims to develop sustainable programs in LMIC’s to treat acute kidney injury in children and adults using acute PD. The program started in 2012 and to date has trained over 470 doctors and nurses in 26 countries on how to manage critically ill patients, manage AKI, and how to insert PD catheters at the bedside.

A database has been maintained for SYL sites to record outcomes and although many have not been able to collect data due to resource constraints, results show over 500 patients treated, many with makeshift catheters and locally mixed fluids, and despite late presentation and resource limitations, they have a 61% survival to discharge with the recovery of kidney function.

The majority of SYL training has focussed on countries in Africa; however in 2019 educational courses were expanded to include India, Bhutan, and Myanmar. The COVID pandemic has severely curtailed hands-on training (a key feature of the SYL program); since then, it has adapted to a virtual platform with online workshops training delegates in PD for AKI and PD access. Previous delegates have been included in these courses which have presented small group discussions facilitated by SYL committee members and advisors, which allowed mentoring to continue, a key requirement for the sustainability of the program.

The SYL program is hoping that the opening of travel restrictions will allow for exponential growth of the program, with the focus over the next 5 years on expansion into Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. In October 2021 the SYL team embarked on the first Latin American workshop, in conjunction with ALANEPE, which was attended by 240 pediatric nephrologists from the region.

This will be followed up with a hands-on training session in Bogota, Columbia in mid-2022. There will also be a high-level strategic meeting hosted by SYL at the ISPD meeting in Singapore, which will bring together key nephrologists from South and Southeast Asia to identify key sites and develop partnerships, in order to roll out training courses in the region. This will also be followed by a hands-on session for potential champions to attend.

SYL is completely run by volunteers and the steering committee wishes to thank all the advisors and trainers who have continued to give up their valuable time to assist with training and mentoring of all our centers.

Brett Cullis is the Chairperson of the SYL Steering Committee.

ISPD Call for Research Proposals now open!

The International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) welcomes research proposals that are of importance to the international peritoneal dialysis community. The study should require international collaboration.

Submission Deadline
31 January 2022

Eligibility Criteria
Members and non-members of the ISPD may submit proposals.
Proposals should require international collaboration and focus on problems that are relevant to PD on an international level.

How to Prepare your Application
Please read the application guidelines carefully, available here:
APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Applicants are encouraged to discuss the proposal informally with Dr Thyago Proenca De Moraes, Chair of the ISPD International Studies Committee, by emailing admin@ispd.org before finalising and submitting the application.

Finalised applications should be submitted to admin@ispd.org by January 31st 2022.

Funding
Small grants (typically up to $10,000 USD) may be awarded at the discretion of the ISPD Council to help enable these projects.

PD Exercise and Physical Activity Clinician Survey

The research project: “International Peritoneal Dialysis Exercise Practices and Perceptions (IPEP)” was selected for endorsement and financial support by the ISPD in 2021’s Call for research projects.

You can contribute to this project by completing the Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Exercise and Physical Activity Clinician Survey: This is the first worldwide survey exploring clinician’s PD exercise and physical activity practices and perceptions in order to inform PD exercise recommendations.

The survey was approved by the University of South Australia Human Research Ethics Committee, and it consists of only 13 questions taking only 8 minutes.

The survey is available in several languages:
English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DPQDVD9
Spanish (Español) – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DPRLXCY
Portuguese (Português) – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3ZKV8CX
Thai (ไทย)  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YL3HSV8

ISPD Fellowship Program – 2021 call is open

The ISPD is pleased to announce the 2021 call for applications to the ISPD Fellowship Program. The deadline to submit applications is 30th September, 2022.

This year, because of travel restrictions due to COVID-19, we decided to make one single call for applications in September, for fellowships set to start in 2022. This means, the ISPD Scholarship and Awards Committee will be selecting up to 12 applicants for an ISPD Fellowship.

Click here to view full details about the program, the eligibility, and the application process; including how the ISPD Fellowship Program will adapt to the COVID-19.

Since the call for applications is open to both members and non-members of our society, we invite you to share this information with your colleagues.

Do you want to know how this experience can be? Read this article about two ISPD fellows from Nigeria getting trained in Colorado.

For any questions, please contact our Society Coordinator admin@ispd.org