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Meet IPNA Members: Dr. Ng Kar Hui, NUH Singapore
IPNA Fellowship Program
World Kidney Day 2022
IPNA Sister Centers Program: Call open for new initiatives
Join us for the IPNA Teaching Courses Questions & Answers Session
Interview with Dr. Ganesan
IPNA-ESPN Junior Master Classes: Apply Now
See you in Calgary! IPNA Congress goes hybrid
Pediatric Nephrology Journal: The Ongoing Impact of COVID-19 
News from IPNA Foundation
JOB POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor - Pediatric Nephrology 

Dear IPNA members,

2022 is a special year for IPNA as we will once again meet for our triennial Congress in Calgary. Over the past 2 years, although the pandemic has resulted in travel uncertainties, it has also brought out the best in our committees with the development of virtual teaching courses and workshops. In fact, last year we had 3 Master for Junior classes held in conjunction with the Regional Society meetings. Therefore this year we will be having a hybrid Congress with both in-person and virtual components to enable more of our members and colleagues to attend this important meeting where our IPNA guidelines and other exciting new breakthroughs will be presented.
Our membership in 2022 has hit 1,950 compared to 1,500 just 5 years ago, with members coming from over 118 countries. This expanding community of pediatric nephrologists will certainly be able to embody our goal of providing “Great Care for Little Kidneys Everywhere”. In fact, many of our members are now active in the various IPNA committees including the guideline committees. And it is indeed heartening to see the increased participation of the Juniors in IPNA activities!
So please mark your calendar for September 7-11 and we hope to see as many of you as possible in Calgary!
With Warm Regards,

Hui Kim Yap
IPNA President

Meet the IPNA Members! 

Dr. Kar Ng Hui is based in Singapore. She was part of the IPNA-AsPNA Junior Master Organization last year and since 2020 she is also a part of the IPNA Sister Centers Committee as a non-councilor. 

Dr. Kar has responded to our four questions: 
1. What led you to the field of pediatric nephrology? 
2. Why did you join IPNA? 
3. Would you encourage your colleagues to join IPNA? 
4. What is your best memory of IPNA?

1. It was a tie between Pediatric critical care and nephrology. I was lucky to have both options available to me back then. I always love maths and physics, so I was particularly drawn to dialysis machines and ventilators.

brought me to the world on collaborative discussions with eminent nephrologists from around the world. I learnt tons from that experience and became drawn further to the networking opportunities IPNA can offer.
I could not decide between the two for the longest time. The final deal came when my husband had to go to Boston for his MBA. I had to find a reason to join him there. The only option available then was a research opportunity in nephrology.

2. I saw diversity ever since I was a young doctor, because I have many IPNA fellows in my centre. I realized these fellows from neighbouring countries practice paediatric nephrology in a different world compared to mine. My first trips to Vietnam and Bangladesh opened my eyes further. I became hooked to helping them and started going on several trips to teach pediatric nephrology in a few Asian countries.
Then the opportunity to be part of the IPNA committee for guidelines on steroid resistant nephrotic patients
3. Yes. The networking opportunities have changed my perspectives as a clinician and researcher, because we exchanged ideas and views. I saw myself as part of an ecosystem, and realized I am not the only one facing the issues at work. Being in IPNA sister renal centre committee, I found satisfaction that I can contribute to a larger community.

4. The visit to Belgium! It was a two-day physical meeting for the IPNA guidelines on steroid resistant nephrotic patients. My best memories were the intensive academic discussions, coupled with the night outing for drinks and the chocolate shopping trip in a Christmassy European town. Oh my, for someone who stays in year-round sunny Singapore for most of her life, that was truly a memorable experience!

Dr. Nasser Abdellahi, the first trained pediatric nephrologist in Mauretania! 

Dr. Abdellahi successfully finished six months of training under the IPNA Fellowship Program in Sousse, Tunisia, supervised by Prof. Samah Mabrouk. 

"I have already come to an agreement with the director of my hospital and certain officials of our health ministry to open a pediatric nephrology unit," says Dr. Abdellahi.

IPNA Fellowship Applications are OPEN - Apply Now

Dr. Ganesan about her IPNA Teaching Course virtual experience

Unlike routine virtual CMEs which runs for few hours back-to-back for 2 days, keeping this teaching course as a series of webinars helped improve the overall knowledge as every topic chosen was done in depth. However, the budget was so huge as Virtual platform had become the only mode of teaching. I had to work almost every day for 4 months. I had trial runs to get rid of the technical glitches. Though multiple trial sessions were conducted it was a big challenge to assess the stability of the network which is also affected by natural calamities.

We had almost 20 sessions and each session required individual invitations with standardized designing team to harmonise the presentations and all invites needed to be circulated well in advance for better reach and to improve participant numbers.

The highlight is we had a verbal question and answer session which made it so very much interactive. This program was well appreciated and had more attendees than we had expected.

We believe that the virtual format stimulated the participation of many attendees during the Question-Answers sessions.

Dr. Kalaivani Ganesan
Organizer of the IPNA endorsed WEB MASTER SERIES 2021 - A Pediatric Glomerular Disease Symposium

IPNA-ESPN Junior Master Classes: Apply Now

Dear friends and colleagues, IPNA members,
We are proud to announce our Third IPNA-ESPN Junior Master Classes (Third Cycle)!
This year, it will be held in hybrid format, in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 20-21 June 2022, before the 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Nephrology.
For this Third Class, we are planning a 2-day course. ESPN and IPNA teachers will review latest updates on Hypertension, Acute Kidney Injury, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis and Transplantation. Additionally, an Interactive Clinico-Pathology session is being planned.
This IPNA-ESPN educational program is especially dedicated to Pediatrics residents, Pediatricians with special interest in Pediatric Nephrology, fellows in Pediatric Nephrology and young Pediatric Nephrologists. The whole program includes three meetings in three consecutive years, the full attendance will allow the achievement of the IPNA-ESPN Master.

A certificate of attendance will be distributed after this meeting.
This course attendance is free of charge, IPNA-ESPN updated membership is mandatory.
For application procedure, you can send your short CV (birthday information is mandatory) to Prof. Rezan Topaloglu ( or to Dr. Ana Teixeira (

Deadline for applications – 10 April 2022.
This is a great educational offer, do not miss it! For more and updated information, please visit our IPNA and ESPN website.
With our best regards,
Prof. Rezan Topaloglu (ESPN President)
Prof. Elena Levtchenko (ESPN Education Committee)
Prof. Hui Kim Yap (IPNA President)
Dr. Ana Teixeira (Junior Represent for ESPN)

IPNA Congress in Calgary goes hybrid

The IPNA 2022 Congress in Calgary will be a hybrid event. For those who can travel to Calgary there will be a Western Canadian welcome with Opening Ceremonies and a Networking event at Studio Bell home of the National Music Centre in downtown Calgary a short walk from the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. For those unable to travel the Pre-Congress and Congress will be accessible to delegates virtually either synchronously or with access to recordings of the sessions.

The pre-Congress sessions on 7 and 8 Sep 2022 will include a mixture of hands on courses such as PD catheter insertion, POCUS and Simulation sessions (not available virtually) and workshops including hypertension, nephrotic syndrome, nephrology in lower income countries. There will also be a pre-Congress workshop for nurses and allied health workers including pharmacists, dieticians, psychologists and social workers.

The main Congress is a smorgasbord of scientific symposia to satisfy all interests. Each of the three days (9, 10 and 11 Sep 2022) start with “Ask the Expert sessions” to promote interaction between delegates and Experts in their field. There are many State of the Art presentations and a choice of Breakout sessions.

In addition to three abstract poster presentations (in-person or virtually) many symposia will feature an oral abstract presentation to feature research and new developments from around the globe. There is still time to submit your abstracts.

Many thanks to all involved in the planning and organisation especially to Rosanna Coppo and Johnathan Craig, the scientific co-chairs, and all the scientific committee members. The Congress is organised by C-IN in Prague in conjunction with Venue West, the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre and the Local Organising Committee. The LOC is comprised of members of the Alberta Children’s Hospital nephrology clinic and paediatric nephrologists from every centre across Canada.

The Paediatric Nephrology community from across Canada is getting ready to welcome all of you (in-person or virtually) in September for IPNA 2022 in Calgary Alberta! Do visit Calgary, Alberta, Canada in September 2022 to meet colleagues from across the globe, learn about the newest developments in Paediatric Nephrology and take in the many World Heritage sites as well as the Canadian Rocky Mountains including Banff and Lake Jasper.

Julian Midgley
IPNA Congress President

Pediatric Nephrology Journal: The Ongoing Impact of COVID-19 

The Journal continued to have a high number of submissions in 2021, with 898 articles of all types submitted. The number of submitted articles was down slightly from 2020 (1,006 submitted in 2020) but was significantly higher than in previous years.

Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the Journal continues to offer flexibility regarding author revision deadlines and reviewer deadlines. We include the following in our editorial decision letters to authors asking for revisions, and in our invitation letters to reviewers: ‘Our flexible approach during the COVID-19 pandemic – If you need more time at any stage of the peer-review process, please do let us know. While our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines, we aim to be as flexible as possible during the current pandemic.’ We have done our best to accommodate requests to extend deadlines accordingly.
In light of the higher number of submissions in 2020 and 2021, it seems

clear that COVID-19 has had the effect of increasing the overall number of articles submitted to the Journal.
In 2021, 60 articles were submitted to the Journal related to COVID-19. As of late January 2022, we have received 8 articles related to COVID-19, indicating that COVID-19 and its effects have an ongoing impact and endure as topics for Journal submissions.

Bob Thompson
Managing Editor

The IPNA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the International Pediatric Nephology Association. Monies raised by the Foundation go straight to work supporting our programs and partnerships. Consider setting up a special fund to support Teaching Courses, Fellowships, Sister Centers, or one of the other important programs IPNA organizes. A “named” fund can be set up for as low as $5000. One donor, or several donors can collaborate to name a fund in honor of, or in memory of someone special to you. There are different options for structuring a fund for a specific program. A “named” Endowment will provide support in perpetuity. A Donor Advised Fund is structured to allow the donor to designate annually how the monies will be allocated.

The uniqueness of a special fund at IPNA is 100% of the money is utilized for the designated program. No funds are used for overhead or administrative costs. Please contact to review the opportunities and tax benefits. Your contribution will help IPNA build our capcity and continue to provide support in low resource areas of the world.
Please consider donating to IPNA this year. For general information and to make a direct donation see Give Now and support Optimal Care for all Children with Kidney Disease (

2022 World Kidney Day

The 2022 World Kidney Day campaign calls on all of us to work to bridge the knowledge gaps for better kidney care. It will focus on efforts to increase education about kidney care awareness and reduce the high CKD knowledge gap at all levels of kidney care.


Learn more about the 2022 World Kidney Day

IPNA Teaching Courses Questions & Answers Session

March 2, 4pm CET
Free registration


This session aims to encourage and educate new IPNA Teaching Course Organisers around the world.

Register Here for the Teaching Courses Q&A Session
The joint ISN-IPNA Session at the World Congress of Nephrology

February 26 at 9,30pm Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia time (MYT)

The topic of the joint session is the Management of Tubular Disorders.
More information and registration to the WCN´22 Congress can be found here
JOB POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor - Pediatric Nephrology 
The Department of Pediatrics at Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University seeks a BC/BE full-time pediatric nephrologist to expand its outpatient and inpatient clinical services at Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The position will be as the primary nephrologist to serve a four-state region of underserved central Appalachia that covers Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The ETSU Quillen College of Medicine is part of a vibrant Academic Health Science Center that includes colleges of nursing, public health, pharmacy and allied health. 

This clinical track position is open to a rank of assistant/associate/full professor depending upon qualifications. Academic rank and salary will commensurate with prior experience. Pediatric nephrology board certification or eligibility is required at time of hire. The position is available immediately and will be open until filled. The position is contingent upon outside funding. Candidate must have the ability to teach medical students and residents and perform routine and customary care of the inpatient and outpatient Pediatric Nephrology patients. Eligible J1 waiver candidates will be considered. For consideration, candidates must apply and submit all required documents to the university’s hiring system and follow any special instructions listed in the posting.

ETSU is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, an area that is family friendly, has great schools, and is rich in history, musical traditions, and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and biking. 

ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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