Scientific Editorials

Every year, a scientific editorial is written for the occasion of World Kidney Day.

The papers are researches on  scientifically relevant topics that links to the campaign as a scientific basis for the annual theme.

Each editorial is written by nephrologists working for the campaign on a voluntary basis and is usually published in more than 50 scientific journals.

Here you can find the complete list of the WKD scientific editorial from 2006 to 2015 and the downloadable PDFs.

2016 – Averting the legacy of kidney disease – focus on childhood

Julie R. Ingelfinger, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh and Franz Schaefer

World Kidney Day 2016 focuses on kidney disease in childhood and the antecedents of adult kidney disease that can begin in earliest childhood. Chronic kidney disease in childhood differs from that in adults, as the largest diagnostic group among children includes congenital anomalies and inherited disorders, with glomerulopathies and kidney disease in the setting of diabetes being relatively uncommon. In addition, many children with acute kidney injury will ultimately develop sequelae that may lead to hypertension and chronic kidney disease in later childhood or in adult life. Children born early or who are small-for-date newborns have a relatively increased risk for the development of chronic kidney disease later in life. Persons with a high-risk birth and early childhood history should be watched closely in order to help detect early signs of kidney disease in time to provide effective prevention or treatment. Successful therapy is feasible for advanced chronic kidney disease in childhood; there is evidence that children fare better than adults if they receive kidney replacement therapy including dialysis and transplant, whereas only a minority of children may require this ultimate intervention. Because there are disparities in access to care, effort is needed so that those children with kidney disease, wherever they live, may be treated effectively, irrespective of their geographic or economic circumstances. Our hope is that World Kidney Day will inform the general public, policy makers, and caregivers about the needs and possibilities surrounding kidney disease in childhood.

 

 

2015 – CKD in disadvantaged populations

Guillermo Garcia-GarciaVivekanand Jha and on behalf of the World Kidney Day Steering Committee
Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumaneDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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2014 – Chronic kidney disease and the aging population

Marcello Tonelli and Miguel C. Riella

“Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.” George Bernard Shaw

WKD Editorial_2014

2013 – Acute kidney injury: global health alert

Philip Kam Tao LiEmmanuel A. BurdmannRavindra L. Mehta and for the World Kidney Day Steering Committee 2013

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is increasingly prevalent in developing and developed countries and is associated with severe morbidity and mortality. Most etiologies of AKI can be prevented by interventions at the individual, community, regional, and in-hospital levels. Effective measures must include community-wide efforts to increase an awareness of the devastating effects of AKI and provide guidance on preventive strategies, as well as early recognition and management. Efforts should be focused on minimizing causes of AKI, increasing awareness of the importance of serial measurements of serum creatinine in high-risk patients, and documenting urine volume in acutely ill people to achieve early diagnosis; there is as yet no definitive role for alternative biomarkers. Protocols need to be developed to systematically manage prerenal conditions and specific infections. More accurate data about the true incidence and clinical impact of AKI will help to raise the importance of the disease in the community, increase awareness of AKI by governments, the public, general and family physicians, and other health-care professionals to help prevent the disease. Prevention is the key to avoid the heavy burden of mortality and morbidity associated with AKI.

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2012 – The global role of kidney transplantation

Guillermo Garcia GarciaPaul N. HardenJeremy R. Chapman and For the World Kidney Day Steering Committee 2012

World Kidney Day on 8 March 2012 provides a chance to reflect on the success of kidney transplantation as a therapy for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) that surpasses dialysis treatments for the quality and quantity of life and for cost effectiveness. An experimental, risky, and very limited treatment option 50 years ago is now routine clinical practice in more than 80 countries.

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2011 – World Kidney Day 2011: Protect your kidneys, save your heart

William G. Couser and Miguel C. Riella

The sixth World Kidney Day, an annual event jointly sponsored by the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations, will be celebrated on 10 March 2011. Since its inception in 2006, World Kidney Day has grown dramatically to become the most widely celebrated event associated with kidney disease in the world and the most successful effort to raise awareness among both the general public and government health officials about the dangers of kidney disease, especially chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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2010 – Diabetic kidney disease: act now or pay later

Robert C. Atkins and Paul Zimmet

In 2003, the International Society of Nephrology and the International Diabetes Federation launched a booklet called Diabetes and Kidney Disease: Time to Act-to highlight the global pandemic of type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease. It aimed to alert governments, health organizations, providers, doctors, and patients to the increasing health and socioeconomic problems due to diabetic kidney disease and its sequelae, end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis and cardiovascular death. Seven years later, the same message has become even more urgent. World Kidney Day 2010, under the auspices of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF), together with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), provides yet another chance to underline the importance of diabetic kidney disease, stress its lack of awareness at both public and governmental levels, and emphasize that its management involves prevention, recognition, and treatment of its complications. Primary prevention of type 2 diabetes will require massive lifestyle changes in the developing and developed world supported by strong governmental commitment to promote lifestyle and societal change.

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2009 – The message for World Kidney Day 2009: hypertension and kidney disease: a marriage that should be prevented

George L. Bakris and Eberhard Ritz on behalf of the World Kidney Day 2009 Steering Committee 

The kidney is both a cause and a victim of hypertension. High blood pressure is a key pathogenetic factor that contributes to deterioration of kidney function. The presence of kidney disease is a common and underappreciated preexisting medical cause of resistant hypertension.1 Therefore, treatment of hypertension has become the most important intervention in the management of all forms of chronic kidney disease (CKD). For this reason, the forthcoming World Kidney Day (WKD) on 12 March 2009 will emphasize the role of hypertension in renal disease.

WKD editorial_2009

2008 – The third World Kidney Day: Looking back and thinking forward

Sudhir V. Shah and John Feehally 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead. March 13, 2008, heralds the third annual World Kidney Day, an event that will be celebrated in more than 60 countries. We take this opportunity to recount how this concept has gained worldwide traction and momentum and to reflect on the challenges faced by its creators and supporters.

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2007 – A call to action on World Kidney Day, 8 March 2007

William G Couser MD President, International Society of Nephrology, Sudhir Shah MD President, International Federation of Kidney Foundations For the joint International Society of Nephrology/International Federation of Kidney Foundations World Kidney Day 2007 Steering Committee:, Joel Kopple MD IFKF Executive Member, Paul Beerkens IFKF President-Elect, Anne Wilson IFKF Secretary Treasurer, John Feehally MD ISN Secretary General, Thomas Reiser ISN Executive Director and Miguel Riella MD ISN Committee Chair

World Kidney Day, a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF), aims to spread the crucial message that kidney disease is common, harmful, and treatable.

WKD editorial_2007

2006 – World Kidney Day: An idea whose time has come

Allan J Collins MD, Committee Chair, IFKF, William G Couser MD President, ISN, John H Dirks MD ISN, Joel D Kopple MD IFKF, Thomas Reiser Executive Director, ISN, Miguel C Riella MD ISN, Sheila Robinson BA ISN, Sudhir V Shah MD President, IFKF and Anne Wilson IFKF

The world needs a kidney day to draw global attention to the increasing global pandemic of kidney and associated cardiovascular disease. Therefore, the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) jointly are proposing that a World Kidney Day be established on the second Thursday in March each year. It will be launched on Thursday, March 9, 2006, and fully inaugurated on Thursday, March 8, 2007. The aim is to broadcast the message about kidney disease to government health officials, general physicians, allied health professionals, individuals, and families.

WKD editorial_2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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