ISPD Fellowship Program – Round 1 of 2024 is open!

The Scholarship and Awards Committee will receive applications for the first round of ISPD Fellowships of 2024 until 31 March 2024.

The ISPD 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 after the completion of their fellowship.

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 2024

The International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) invites all its members to submit nominations for the 2024 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) to the ISPD secretariat (admin@ispd.org) following the instructions above. The deadline for nominations is 15 March 2024.
Please keep in mind that self-nominations are not allowed.

ISPD President’s New Year message 2024

Dear ISPD colleagues and friends

Most importantly, I want to take this opportunity to extend good wishes to you all for the New Year and hope that you have had some time to relax and celebrate with families and friends. For me, this quieter period has been an opportunity to reboot after what has been a very busy 2023 for ISPD in anticipation of an even busier 2024 culminating in the ISPD 2024 meeting and 40th anniversary celebration in Dubai September 26th – 29th.

Last year, I wrote about the pleasure of emerging from the strictures of the Covid pandemic with in-person meetings and networking. 2023 has certainly seen the fruition of this with ISPD symposia and lectures at AFRAN (February), WCN (April), KSN (April), SLANH (May), ERA (June). In September, there was the successful ISPD Asia-Pacific Chapter meeting in Delhi. We did learn, though, during the pandemic that with the vastly improved videoconferencing that is now available, it is possible to communicate and have successful conference events. We have continued to use this technology for hybrid Council meetings, successful webinars and much of the working of the society.

Rather than giving a list of activities, I would like to reflect on how these build on the mission statement of ISPD to increase the global uptake, promote quality practice, and achieve optimal outcomes of peritoneal dialysis through enhanced advocacy, research, and education,
in order to improve the health and well-being of people living with end-stage kidney disease or suffering from acute kidney injury. It is through the hard work of committees and chapters that we achieve these aims. The Education Committee and International Liaison Committee work together to deliver targeted webinars to countries developing PD programmes; in 2023, a series targeted webinars were delivered to Indonesia and to Senegal. International webinars have also been delivered in conjunction with other societies: ISN, SFNDT, IPNA.

After the lull of the Covid era, ISPD is again supporting individuals (medics and nurses) to spend time in other units to gain experience in PD, usually for up to 3 months and usually for up to 6 people every 6 months. Again, there have been innovations. We used one of the fellowships to support 6 trainees in Latin America to spend 2 weeks at a PD unit and then attend the SLANH meeting in May in Argentina where there was an ISPD symposium and other PD sessions. ISPD also continues to support Saving Young Lives in enabling PD for AKI in many regions. I personally witnessed an extremely popular PD catheter insertion event in Cairo during the AFRAN meeting in February.

ISPD guidelines and position statements are the backbone of delivering high quality PD. 2023 saw the publication of the updated Catheter Infection-Related Recommendations. Currently there are 3 working groups putting together recommendations for assisted PD, nutrition in PD and definitions of time on PD.  

Our journal, Peritoneal Dialysis International continues to flourish under the editorship of Jeff Perl and his editorial team. Its reach is extended beyond ISPD membership by academic access for SAGE at many libraries. As with most medical journals, readership is now mostly on-line so with the renewal of the SAGE contract, we shall no longer have a print version. On-line means access to early publication and visual abstracts. Podcasts focusing on individual papers or themes are also a regular feature.

The remaining part of the mission statement is advocacy. This depends on you, the membership, promoting the value of PD for people requiring dialysis. For ISPD to extend advocacy, we need therefore to build up our membership. To this end, we have developed an Associate Membership for nurses so that we become a much broader and more diverse organisation which more truly represents healthcare teams supporting people on PD. This will start now – January 2024. We have also introduced new categories of corporate membership to enable companies new to PD or developing PD related devices or products to engage with the PD community.

Despite all these activities, PD remains underutilised in many countries. ISPD has therefore joined with ISN to form the International Home Dialysis Consortium (IHDC) which will focus on how to increase equity of access to PD in the region where each meeting is held. The meeting output will be based on the deliberations of workgroups focusing on empowering patients, education, political advocacy and workforce needs. The first meeting will be in Buenos Aires in conjunction with WCN 24. Other ISPD advocacy work in 2024 includes support of developing PD in Senegal as a blueprint for PD in sub-Saharan Africa. To this end, there will be a team (medical and nursing) from Caen (France) visiting in March to provide local workshops and training. ISPD is also supporting the Pakistan Society of Nephrology meeting to facilitate discussions about PD growth.

All this activity needs administrative support. More types of membership, more activities mean more financial activity so we are now engaging with professional bookkeeping to lessen the workload for the Treasurer. We also realise that we cannot continue with a single person coordinating everything and we are actively seeking a second person to support Miguel Gallardo.

2024 is going to be a busy year for ISPD – not just with continuation of programmes and plans already mentioned, but also supporting the recently advertised call for research proposals, developing plans for the 40th anniversary and most importantly ensuring that the ISPD 2024 Congress in Dubai is a success. This is also the election year so the opportunity for members to become involved with the society and therefore have direct input into its activities, both by standing for posts and by electing people into these posts.

I would like to thank the other members of the Executive – Raj Mehrotra (President-Elect), Adrian Liew (Secretary) and Anjali Saxena (Treasurer) for all their hard work during the year, Committee chairs and Chapter leads for enabling and delivering events, only some of which I have mentioned in this letter. And above all, I want to thank Miguel who holds everything together.

Best wishes to you all for 2024. May it be an exciting year for the ISPD mission. I hope to meet many of you in Dubai in September

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Edwina Brown
ISPD President

 

ISPD 2024 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.

Eligibility Criteria
Members and non-members of the ISPD may submit proposals.

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

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

Submission Deadlines
Applicants are encouraged to discuss the proposal informally with the ISPD International Studies Committee before finalising and submitting the application. For that, please contact us by email admin@ispd.org before January 31st, 2024 with a brief research summary and a few available time slots to meet, and the ISC Chair Team (Dr. Thyago Proença de Moraes, Dr Mark Lambie, and Dr YeoungJee Cho) will contact you back with a meeting time.

Finalised applications should be submitted to admin@ispd.org by February 15th 2024.

ISPD Fellowship Program – Round 2 of 2023 is open!

The Scholarship and Awards Committee will receive applications for the second round of ISPD Fellowships until 30 September 2023.

The ISPD 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 after the completion of their fellowship.

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

Host the next ISPD meeting in 2026

While the preparations for the ISPD 2024 Dubai Congress are progressing swiftly, we are starting the process to select our host venue for 2026.

We invite our members to consider working together with the ISPD to bring the latest advances in PD to their home country and region. The only rotation condition is that the country has to be outside Europe, and the city should not have hosted any major adult nephrology event in the five years prior to the date of the event.

The ISPD has released the RPF (Request for Proposals) for the upcoming ISPD Congress in 2026. It contains all the necessary information to prepare your bid for becoming the host of our next ISPD congress after Dubai 2024.

We are looking to receive bids from national or regional societies in the field of Nephrology (or Peritoneal Dialysis). Alternatively, bids coming from conference centers or convention bureaus are welcome as well, under the condition that they have secured the committed involvement of their relevant national society.

Anyone interested in putting forward a bid should email our Secretariat as soon as possible. We will be able to assist you during the whole process.

We aim to announce the host of our 2026 Congress by the end of this year, therefore we are expecting to receive proposals by the end of August 2023. You can find all the deadlines in the RFP document.

ISPD presence in the AFRAN’23 meeting in Egypt

The ISPD team present at the AFRAN meeting in Cairo (composed of ISPD President Prof. Edwina Brown, Prof. Fred Finkelstein, Middle East Chapter chair and ISPD Dubai 2024 Congress co-Chair Prof Ali Abu-Alfa, Renal Nurse Dr. Grace Ngaruiya, and Saving Young Lives-SYL Chairperson Dr. Brett Cullis) witnessed the growing enthusiasm among African nephrologists for expanding access to PD in different parts of Africa. Through networking with local nephrologists, industry representatives, and some national societies, they also learned about the barriers to PD in the continent and how to break these down. The ISPD symposium and the joint ISN-ISPD Policy Forum were a space to share expertise and to exchange views on the way to push forward, and hopefully to inspire the participants to persevere in their efforts to grow PD in their hard circumstances.

At the same time, the ISPD team was inspired by the enthusiasm of the young nephrologists who participated in the PD catheter insertion training session arranged by Saving Young Lives, under the leadership of Brett Cullis, and supported locally by Rasha Darwish. Rasha is determined to get PD restarted in Egypt, no matter what it takes. As an example, she contacted several butchers until she got all the pig bellies necessary for the models for catheter insertion – not an easy task in a Muslim country! The number of attendees at the SYL workshop surpassed all expectations with over 50 people crowded round watching the first demonstration and then enjoying the opportunity of having a try individually.

The positive energy from the AFRAN participants bodes well for the growth of PD in Africa, and the insight that the ISPD got from participating in this event will enable our society to better assist these PD enthusiasts in Africa to have an impact in their countries, mostly through initiatives from the Education Committee, the International Liaison Committee, and the Scholarships and Awards Committee.

ISPD President’s New Year message 2023

Dear ISPD friends and colleagues

Although it is just over 4 months since I became the ISPD president, a lot has already happened.  But before updating you all, I want to take this opportunity to extend good wishes to you all for the New Year and hope that you had some time to relax and celebrate with families and friends.  2022 has certainly been a rollercoaster year starting with continuing pandemic restrictions, but as these eased we have had the excitement associated with return of travel, in person meetings and the pleasure of getting together again with friends and colleagues.  The very successful ISPD meeting in Singapore in August 2022 demonstrated the value of being together in comparison to seeing each other in square boxes on screens.

As a society, we have learnt a lot from the Covid experience.  For some of us, it resulted in harder work with PD at long last being recognised as a successful dialysis modality for AKI even in ITU’s in high income countries, and for many PD units, there has been an increase in the number of patients starting PD with the rather belated realisation from doubting colleagues that there are many advantages of dialysis at home.  But it is not just in the clinical arena that things have changed.  The increased use of digital technologies during Covid has changed the way that we as a society communicate with each other and deliver education.  Looking forward into 2023, this will continue to evolve with an active webinar education programme with the opportunity of targeting to the needs of individual countries.  With the use of now well-established video-conferencing, committees can be much more active than in previous years.  And for Council meetings we are investing in technology to enable hybrid meetings so that many more members can attend.   We are also undertaking a review of how we use social media to enhance society activities.

In my first letter on becoming President, I stated that I wanted to broaden Committee membership and involve new people, develop greater nurse involvement and develop activities that support increased growth of PD globally.  I am delighted to report that we had many applications for committee membership and some people were disappointed  – but now knowing who they are, we hope to involve them in other activities.  I am particularly pleased to say that we now have our first Committee Chair who is a nurse and will therefore sit on Council, and a nurse deputy-chair who will join Council in 2026 on becoming a committee chair.  This is in addition to the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Nursing Liaison Committee.  The aim of increasing PD growth globally is being supported by the development of the International Home Dialysis Consortium in collaboration with the ISN.  The aim is to have a launch meeting at WCN 2024 with plans being developed for this at a meeting in Bangkok during WCN 2023.  ISPD is also being asked to develop symposia, contribute speakers and/or policy forums at several meetings including: AFRAN (February), WCN (March), Korea (April), SLANH (May), ERA (June), EuroPD (November).

Finally, I would like us all to think about why and what is the value of being a member of ISPD.  For many, it is to have access to Peritoneal Dialysis International.  This continues to flourish and develop with Jeff Perl as editor who has started some fantastic education initiatives, is involving younger PD colleagues as well as publishing excellent research contributions.  Many PD team members, though, are not so interested in PDI access – they can get it through university libraries, from colleagues or are not research minded.  Being a member, one can become involved in committees and work groups including those involved with writing and updating guidelines.  But I would also like to see ISPD becoming a club that PD professionals (nurses, doctors, dieticians, industry partners and others) want to belong to and get support from.  We therefore need to look at different types of membership and communication tools to achieve this.  With the development of group memberships and different rates of fees, we now have over 1000 members.  I am hoping for many more by the end of my time as president.

The next time we meet as a society is in Dubai in September 2024 when we shall also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the formation of ISPD.  Before then, the North American Chapter will be meeting during the Annual Dialysis Congress in March and the Asian-Pacific chapter will be holding its own meeting in Delhi in September.

With best wishes to you all for 2023 – and hoping that there are many opportunities for us as PD colleagues to get together and promote the vision of ISPD: “A future in which PD is freely available and equitably accessible worldwide as a reliable, affordable, sustainable and life-saving option for patients with acute kidney injury or end stage kidney disease.”

Best wishes

Edwina Brown
ISPD President

Support to Sri Lanka PD nurses – an ISPD success story

Because of the existing links between the Imperial College Renal and Transplant Centre and Sri Lanka, I was asked whether I could help with nurse training for the expanding Sri Lankan PD programme.  In January 2020, the ISPD funded my travel to spend 10 days delivering workshops in PD centres and then help with interactive workshops at a multiprofessional national meeting on PD in Kandy which was supported by ISPD, ISN, and Sri Lankan Society of Nephrology. This was attended by 85 multi-professional delegates (nephrologists, nephrology trainees, medical officers, and PD nurses). For this visit, I developed an interactive PD education program for nurses held as two-day workshops in 3 major units – Kandy, Anuradhapura, and Colombo. Over 100 nurses attended these sessions not only from the main units but also from other small PD units and units that would like to start PD. Generally, in Sri Lanka, although the nurses in the main units were trained to perform PD, they were still experiencing many complications such as exit site infections, draining issues, and poor patient compliance. Therefore, the sessions focused on PD-related complications, challenging PD cases, technique-related complications, and moreover quality improvement efforts to grow PD in remote areas with resource scarcity.

I strongly believe that this visit was helpful in empowering nurses with more knowledge and skills to reaffirm and improve their actual practice. Since then, I have remained in contact with some of the nurses I have met, answered questions about practice and I think has helped support the start of new PD units.  PD nurses play a crucial role in educating patients and keeping them safe and improving the outcomes of PD programmes in general.  It has been particularly rewarding helping PD develop, and therefore patients gain access to dialysis, in a country with limited dialysis resources.

Titus Chelapurath
PD nurse
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Hammersmith Hospital
London
W12 0HS

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.