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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

Hui Kim Yap

Members

Hui Kim Yap, Brad Warady, Franz Schaefer, Kenji Ishikura, Melvin Bonilla, Fiona Mackie, Rezan Topaloglu, Arvind Bagga, Hesham Safouh, Michael Somers

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 committtee.

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

Chair

Olivia Boyer

Members

Khalid Al Hasan, Ali Duzova, Hong Xu, Giovanni Montini, Il-Soo Ha, Koichi Nakanishi, Arvind Bagga, Melvin Bonilla, Franz Schaefer – Registry

Volunteers

Paula Coccia, Susan Samuel, Dieter Haffner

Co-chair

Pankaj Hari

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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

Yam Ngo-Lim, Patrick Brophy, Michal Malina, Dean Wallace, Maury Pinsk

Volunteers

Juan Kupferman, Abdul Qader, Shen Qian, Swasti Chaturvedi

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

Francisco Cano

Members

Kim Yap, Mary Leonard, Nilzete Bresolin, Bashir Admani, Florencio McCarthy, Hong Xu, Brad Warady

Volunteers

Isaac Ocheke, Grace Pan, Jyoti Sharma

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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, Il-Soo Ha, Sampson Antwi

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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 McArthy, Bashir Admani

Volunteers

Andrea Exeni, Alison Ma

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

John Mahan

Co-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, Johan Vande Walle, Nilzete Bresolin, Hong Xu, Hesham Safouh

Volunteers

Sangeeta Hingorani, Nivedita Kamath, Mignon Mcculloch

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

Yam-Ngo Lim

Members

Pierre Cochat

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

Brad Warady (Treasurer)

Members

Susan Furth

Honorary Members & Awards
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Honorary Members & Awards

The Honorary Members & Awards 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 (distributed for the first time) during the Iguaçu Congress 2016

Chair

Elena Levtchenko

Members

Melvin Bonilla, Yam Ngo Lim, Maury Pinsk, Hesham Safouh

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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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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.

Chair

Johan Van De Wall

Members

Arvind Bagga, Rezan Topaloglu, Patrick Brophy, Hesham Safouh, Melvin Bonilla, Kenji Ishikura, Fiona Mackie

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

n/a

Members

Arvind Bagga, Rezan Topaloglu, Melvin Bonilla, Michael Somers, Hesham Safouh, Fiona Mackie, Lesley Rees, Pankaj Hari, Kenji Ishikura

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

Melvin Bonilla, John Mahan, Fiona Mackie, Dieter Haffner, Maury Pinsk, Francisco Cano, Hesham Safouh

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.org