Launching the process to elect next ISPD leaders

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Prof Joanne Bargman is starting the process to elect the next team of ISPD Officers, Council Members, Chapter and Committee Chairs/Members.

The positions that will be open for election (with terms) are:

  • President Elect (2 years)
  • Secretary (2 years)
  • Treasurer (2 years)
  • Oceania Region Representative (4 years)
  • Nurse Representative (4 years)
  • (2x) Asia Region Representatives (4 years)
  • Eastern Europe Region Representative (4 years)
  • Western Europe Region Representative (4 years)
  • North America Region Representative (4 years)

If any ISPD member wishes to present their candidature, and/or nominate someone else for one of the positions, please kindly send an email to Prof Joanne Bargman (through the ISPD Secretariat) before August 4 2019. Elections will take place in the first quarter of 2020.

Increasing the voice of nurses in our Society

The Nursing Liaison Committee (NLC) is now chaired by Ms Helen Hurst and has been in regular contact via teleconferencing to make plans and develop a strategy for the nurse liaison committee. Three of the members are now on the Programme Committee for ISPD 2020 and are looking forward to help deliver an exciting programme. The group regular produce replies as a collaborative to ‘ask the expert questions’ posed on the ISPD website. We have been allocated funding to use within the committee to support nurses to attend conferences and in particular to attend the Council meetings. The committee are contacted regularly by International nurses for advice and signposting, the group can offer support to nurses globally with an interest in PD. Members of the committee are also actively involved in many other initiatives connected to ISPD including guideline development and publications.

We are keen to work more closely with the other committees and will endeavour to contribute to ISPD over the coming years to acknowledge and grow the nursing voice within the ISPD Council.

ISPD-supported Projects: TEACH-PD (Update)

A Targeted Education ApproaCH to improve Peritoneal Dialysis outcomes
Co-Principal Investigators: Professor Josephine Chow & Professor Neil Boudville

The TEACH-PD training curriculum and teaching materials were developed by a core group of renal nurses from the HOME Network, nephrologists, educationalists and consumer representatives in line with the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) guidelines, using modern adult learning principles, which have been shown to enhance effectiveness of learning.

In 2018, a feasibility study was conducted with the explicit aim to evaluate acceptability and usability of the TEACH-PD training modules developed for PD trainers and patients in a real clinical setting. The results of the feasibility study have allowed for further refinement of this PD training intervention in preparation for a full-scale trial. The effect of the refined PD training intervention on the primary efficacy end point of PD-related infection will be evaluated in a full-scale, cluster-randomised controlled trial (CRCT) in Australia and New Zealand, which commenced in March 2019.

The ISPD grant has provided an important support in enabling trial initiation and as a leverage to secure other funding opportunities. In March 2019, TEACH-PD was successful in the Australian Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) round on Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Clinical Need Clinical Trials Program and received $2,38M. This is in addition to the ~$500,000 the team has already raised through Queensland government and industry.  On 28 June 2019, TEACH-PD was also successful in the Health Research Council of New Zealand of $1,43M over a 5 year grant.

New Committee to improve ISPD Communication

The newly established Communication and Media Committee (CMC) of the ISPD, chaired by Dr. KS Nayak, is responsible for communicating the activities of the Society and educational issues regarding peritoneal dialysis to the members of ISPD, PD community, medical professionals related to PD, patients on dialysis and their families, and the general public.

The Committee will maximize and optimize the appropriate usage of online platforms such as the website and our newsletters, social media to disseminate information to support the objectives, goals and initiatives of the Society. Some of the developing initiatives through the CMC include:

  • ISPD Newsletter: Yeoungjee Cho as Editor with Mayoor Prabhu as Deputy Editor  will work in close co-ordination with the Chair(Nayak) and the Secretariat (Miguel) and solicit inputs from all members who literally come from every major region/continent of the world.
  • NephJC Collaboration: NephJC is an extremely active and popular nephrology journal club that uses Twitter to discuss the research, guidelines, and editorials that drive nephrology. Nikhil Shah has been nominated by them to represent them in the CMC- ISPD.
  • ISPD Website: The CMC is devising strategies in how it can contribute towards increasing the ‘hits’ the ISPD website gets and help the Secretariat in its maintenance.
  • Upcoming Meetings: The CMC-ISPD shortly plans to co-ordinate with the Organising Committees of the upcoming Conferences of the ISPD in disseminating awareness before and during the event. Particular emphasis will be on the Joint ISPD-EuroPD 2020 Congress, Glasgow, where the Committee plans to closely with the Congress in popularising it in the local media (press and electronic), the nephrology community to maximise attendance. The Conference coverage of scientific and other activities will be planned using various Social Media platforms.

APCM-ISPD Nagoya – Sept. 2019: Registration and program

The 9th Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (APCM-ISPD 2019) will be held at the Nagoya Congress Center in Japan from September 5 to 7, 2019. The conference theme will be “Peritoneal Dialysis: Recent Advances and Enhancing knowledge.”

The aims for this conference are both to convey the latest discoveries as efficiently as possible and to increase the number of educational sessions to reaffirm and discuss actual practice. In addition to lectures, the training sessions will also include opportunities for discussion in the form of case conferences, and we hope to incorporate the use of answer pads to make them interactive. As Japan’s population continues to age, we also hope to advance the debate on building support systems, including assisted PD.

Nagoya, which is located in central Japan, has excellent domestic and international transportation links. There are direct flights from many Asian cities, as well as from Narita and Haneda airports in Tokyo and Osaka’s Kansai Airport. The city can also be reached from Tokyo and Osaka in a short time by the Shinkansen bullet train. There are numerous tourist attractions in the area, and Kyoto, Japan’s best-known tourist destination, is only approximately 30 minutes away by Shinkansen.

The APCM-ISPD 2019 Organizing Committee, led by Professor Yasuhiko Ito, the Congress President, has put every effort into organizing a conference that will be fulfilling for all who attend. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

Guidelines on “Creating and Maintaining Optimal Peritoneal Dialysis Access in the Adult Patient” available in French

The ISPD is grateful to Max Dratwa and Christian Verger for translating the 2019 ISPD access guideline: Creating and Maintaining Optimal Peritoneal Dialysis Access in the Adult Patient into French, on behalf of the Registre de dialyse péritonéale de langue Française (RDPLF).

All ISPD guidelines available HERE.

Updated Guidelines on “Creating and Maintaining Optimal Peritoneal Dialysis Access in the Adult Patient”


The May/June issue of PDI will include the updated guidelines on “Creating and Maintaining Optimal Peritoneal Dialysis Access in the Adult Patient”. But you can already access them on the Guidelines section of our website. These updated guidelines have the potential to change practice in your center, according to one of the authors, Dr Frank J.M.F. Dor.

This guidelines are created by the Standards and Guidelines Committee of our society. Special thanks to the leaders of the committee, Dr Edwina A. Brown and Dr Javier de Arteaga, and to the authors John H. Crabtree, Badri M. Shrestha, Kai-Ming Chow, Ana E. Figueiredo, Johan V. Povlsen, Martin Wilkie, Ahmed Abdel-Aal, Brett Cullis, Bak-Leong Goh, Victoria R. Briggs, Edwina A. Brown, and Frank J.M.F. Dor.

ISPD Fellowship Program – Round 1 of 2019 – Deadline extended!

The ISPD announces an extension of the deadline for the first round of the ISPD Fellowship Program for 2019.

The new deadline to submit applications is 15th April, 2019.

Main points of the programme:

  • Support for international mobility for PD training up to $5000 USD.
  • Free ISPD membership (Trainee/Fellow) for one year, including subscription to the ISPD journal Peritoneal Dialysis International.
  • Pick a destination from our List of PD Reference Centers, or select one of your own choice.
  • Two fellowships earmarked for a doctor and nurse team to train in acute PD under the guidance of the Saving Young Lives program.
  • Open to both ISPD members and not members as well. Share this information with anyone that can be interested!

Click here to view full details about the program, the eligibility, and the application process.

Interested in Hosting the Next Joint ISPD/EuroPD Congress in Europe in 2020?

While getting everything in place for our next Joint Congress ISPD-EuroPD 2020, ISPD has started the preparations to organise its next ISPD Congress on 2022.

We are now accepting proposals from cities who can accommodate around 2000 delegates, a mid-size exhibition and poster area (minimum 1600 m²), and offering a wide variety of hotel accommodation on the doorstep, with excellent international transport links.

We welcome proposals from every region of the world with the exception of Europe.

RfP timeline:

  • Bid deadline: 1st June 2019
  • Notification of Shortlisted Candidates: Friday 6th September 2019
  • Site Visits Conducted: October 2019
  • Announcement of 2022 Congress Venue: November/December 2019

To receive the detailed Request for Proposals (RfP), please contact the 2022 Congress Organisers:

Margaret Sherry
Managing Director, In Conference Ltd

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
15 January 2019

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:

Applicants are encouraged to discuss the proposal informally with Dr Thyago Proenca De Moraes, Chair of the ISPD International Studies Committee, by emailing before making their submission.

Finalised applications should be submitted to by January 15th 2019.

Small grants ($5,000 to $10,000 USD) may be awarded at the discretion of the ISPD Council to help enable these projects.