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About committees

Committees are composed of active IPNA council members.

A list of committees and committee chairs is available below with the brief job description for each committee.

Committees report on their missions and activities on regular basis at least twice a year, and meet face to face at the time of IPNA congresses and workshops.

The current structure of the IPNA committees is following:

IPNA Standing Committees

IPNA Executive Committee
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IPNA Executive Committee

Chair

Franz Schaefer

Members

Franz Schaefer, John Mahan, Hui Kim Yap, Fiona Mackie, Jodi Smith, Koichi Nakanishi, Melvin Bonilla, Fiona Mackie, Dieter Haffner, Arvind Bagga, Hesham Safouh

Best practices & standards
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Best practices & standards

The Best Practices & Standards Committee defines priorities for IPNA guidelines and priorities of standards for specific care in children. The Registry is the co-opted committee.

The Registry initiative establishes a global, population-based registry for children undergoing chronic RRT.

Chair

Pankaj Hari

Members

Olivia Boyer, Laura Alconcher, Dieter Haffner, Jun Oh, Christoph Licht, Khalid AlHasan, Ali Duzova, Giovanni Montini, Koichi Nakanishi, Arvind Bagga, Melvin Bonilla, Franz Schaefer, Hesham Safouh, Hui-Kim Yap, Aihua Zhang

Volunteers

Paula Coccia, Susan Samuel

Co-chair

TBA

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Communication
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Communication

The Communication Committee works to improve the IPNA external presence and gives as much information as possible on the situation of Pediatric Nephrology worldwide by providing links, announcements, articles and forum of exchange for the members of the society. The communication committee covers IPNA social media, website, newsletter and other ad hoc projects.

Chair

Don Batisky

Members

Jodi Smith

Volunteers

Sudha Mannemuddhu, Juan Kupferman, Abdul Qader, Swasti Chaturvedi, Michal Malina, Shweta Shah

Fellowship
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Fellowship

IPNA has an established fellowship program to provide pediatricians who work far from a pediatric nephrology-training center with training in order to disseminate knowledge of pediatric nephrology to different regions around the world. The Fellowship Committee provides clinical fellowship for physicians coming from emerging countries.

Chair

Mary Leonard

Members

Hui-Kim Yap, Mignon McCulloch, Risky Prasetyo, Jodi Smith, Bashir Admani, Florencio McCarthy, Sampson Antwi, Francis Lalya, Risky Prasetyo, Jeffrey Fadrowski

Volunteers

Isaac Ocheke, Grace Pan, Jyoti Sharma, Ramon Exeni

Co-chair

Bresolin Nilzete Liberato

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Sisters Centers Committee
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Sisters Centers Committee

The remit of the Sister Centers Committee is to identify “mentor centres” in well-resourced regions to establish renal units on a 1 to 1 basis (with priority to centres from Emerging Countries and preference to support previously trained IPNA/ISN fellows) and supervise the whole programme.

The aim of this programme is to assist in improving:

Clinical training of staff (medical, nursing and allied health staff) involved in caring for children with kidney disease
Developing and upgrading services for children with kidney diseases
Education into the community for preventative strategies
Clinical research development.

Chair

Fiona Mackie

Members

Jaime Restrepo, Sampson Antwi, Mignon McCulloch, Jodi Smith, Mary Leonard, Michael Somers

Volunteers

Ng Kar Hui, Priya Pais

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Patient Education Committee
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Patient Education Committee

The remit of the Patient Education Committee is to compile existing web information from around the world and make it accessible through the IPNA website as a support services to Patients and their families.

Chair

Hesham Safouh

Members

Florencio McCarthy, Bashir Admani, Ana Teixeira, Laura Alconcher, Fiona Mackie, Francis Lalya, Ali Asghar Lanewala, Aihua Zhang

Volunteers

Andrea Exeni, Alison Ma

Research Committee
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Research Committee

Chair

Franz Schaefer

Members

Hui-Kim Yap, Olivia Boyer, Christoph Licht, John Mahan, Koichi Nakanishi, Aihua Zhang

Volunteers

Susan Samuel, Jonathan Craig, William Smoyer

Professional Education Committee
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Professional Education Committee

The Professional Education Committee was formed in Venice in 2019 and is an umbrella for all IPNA Educational activities including:

Teaching Courses
Webinars
Junior Master Classes
IPNA Congress
Mission: Provide high quality IPNA pediatric nephrology education for pediatric nephrologists, pediatric nephrology trainees and physicians who care for children with kidney disorders.

Chair

Elena Letvtchenko

Special Project Committee
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Special Project Committee

The committee aims to define the major needs and barriers for the care of children with renal diseases in low-income countries around the world and develop strategies to improve the pediatric nephrology services in these regions.

Chair

Melvin Bonilla

Members

Giovanni Montini, Nilzete Bresolin, Hesham Safouh, Khalid Alhasan, Sampson Antwi, Ali Duzova, Adrian Lungu, Florencio McCarthy, Arvind Bagga, Jamie Restrepo, Kenji Ishikura

Volunteers

Robin Erickson, Nivedita Kamath, Sangeeta Hingorani, Rajiv Sinha

Finance & Fundraising
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Finance & Fundraising

The Finance & Fundraising Committee supervises the budget and expenses of IPNA. The Treasurer presents a full report twice a year at each Executive Committee and Council Meeting. The committee is also in charge of seeking sponsorship with pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical companies in order to raise funds to ensure the financial viability of IPNA’s Teaching and Fellowship program.

Chair

John Mahan (Treasurer)

Members

Jun Oh, Dieter Haffner, Michael Somers, Jeffrey Fadrowski

Volunteers

William Smoyer

IPNA Special Committtees

Archives & history
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Archives & history

The objective of the Archives & History Committee is to collect all historical data about IPNA and convert it into electronic archives in order to keep the momentum of Pediatric Nephrology and transmit all achievements and champions to the next generation.

Chair

TBA

Members

Hesham Safouh

Volunteers

Rick Kaskel

Nomination committee
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Nomination committee

The remit of the Nomination committee is to review and evaluate applications of candidates for the succession of key positions within the IPNA Council being that of President and Treasurer.

Also, the Committee is responsible for suggesting retired colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to Pediatric Nephrology.

Awards are distributed during the IPNA Congress and include:

The Honorary Member Award
The Ira Greiffer Award
The René Habib Young Investigator Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award
The Educational Activity Award
IPNA Humanitarian Award

 

Chair

TBA

Members

Fiona Mackie, Jodi Smith, Melvin Bonilla, Hesham Safouh, Koichi Nakanishi, Arvind Bagga, Dieter Haffner

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Juniors
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Juniors

The International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) launched the Junior Working Group in 2014 to establish strong links between IPNA and early career nephrologists from different regions around the world. The working group, comprises one representative from each of the seven regional societies (i.e., ALANEPE, ANZPNA, ASPN, AFPNA, ESPN, JSPN, and AsPNA). The group elects one representative from among its members to sit on IPNA council for a maximum of two years.

Chair

Ana Teixeira

Members

Adrian Lungu, Isa Ashoor from USA for ASPN, Isaac Desheng Liu from Singapore for AsPNA. Dusan Kostic from Brazil for ALANEPE, Ana Teixeira from Portugal for ESPN, Abdullahi Mudi from Nigeria for AFPNA, Yusuke Okuda from Japan for JSPN, Sia Kim from Australia for ANZPNA

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Publication Committee
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Publication Committee

The main task of the Publishing Committee is to help select the editors for the Pediatric Nephrology textbook and monthly Journal.

Chair

TBA

Members

TBA

Strategic plan implementation
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Strategic plan implementation

The Strategic Plan Implementation Committee monitors progression of all IPNA actions and keeps the progress up to date with a presentation at each Executive and Council Meetings.

Chair

Susan Furth

Members

Franz Schaefer, John Mahan, Fiona Mackie, Jodi Smith, Melvin Bonilla, Dieter Haffner, Hesham Safouh, Koichi Nakanishi, Arvind Bagga

Strategic Plan

Get involved on IPNA Committees

The IPNA Strategic Plan requires a process to engage IPNA members to participate on committees.

Following the formation of several new committees at the IPNA Congress in 2019, we encourage IPNA members to join committees and become more involved in IPNA’s work.

General requirements:

  • Active Member of IPNA
  • Health professional with Pediatric Nephrology as your focus
  • Fluent in English
  • Willingness to commit effort to achieve committee goals
  • Term for each Committee position is 3 years, assessed annually based on participation, cooperation and communication.

How to apply:

Applications are closed now. Please check this page for an update in 2021.

For further questions please contact office@theipna.org