Minutes of the Asian Pediatric Nephrology Association Council Meeting, 29th
October 2005 Beijing, China
1. AsPNA Council:
Honorary Secretary-General Tadasu Sakai, Japan (absent with apologies)
Secretary-General Carmelo A. Alfiler, Philippines
Asst. Secretary-General Hui-Kim Yap, Singapore
Treasurer Man-Chun Chiu, Hongkong
Councilors Mohammed Hanif, Bangladesh
Jie Ding, China
Kishore D Phadke, India
Yuhei Ito, Japan
Chong-Guk Lee, Korea
Yam Ngo Lim, Malaysia
Ching-Yuang Lin, Taiwan ROC
Absent with Apologies Husein Alatas, Indonesia
Wiwat Tapaneya-Olarn, Thailand
Afroze Ramzan, Pakistan
Observers Arvind Bagga, India
Yong Choi, Korea (absent with apologies)
Matthias Brandis, IPNA Secretary-General
Taralan Tambunan, Indonesia
Prapaipim Thirakhupt, Thailand
Farhana Amanullah, Pakistan
Chandra Kumari Abeysekera, Sri Lanka
1. Welcome by Secretary-General, AsPNA and IPNA
1.1 The AsPNA Council records its gratitude to Professor Matthias Brandis, President
of IPNA for his continued and enthusiastic support for the development of
Pediatric Nephrology in Asia. This includes the support for the 9th Asian
Congress of Pediatric Nephrology, Beijing 2005. Professor Brandis was awarded
the AsPNA Award 2005 for his contributions to the development of Pediatric
Nephrology in Asia at the Congress.
1.2 Dr CA Alfiler welcomed the new Councilor from Korea and Pakistan.
1.3 Welcome address was delivered by Prof Brandis.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting
2.1 The minutes of the previous Council meeting held in Adelaide, Australia on
August 30th 2004 was approved by the Council (Proposer: Yam Ngo Lim;
Seconder: Kishore Padhke).
3. Issues from IPNA Council Meeting Beijing October 27-28th 2005 (Appendix
3.1 IPNA Council meeting was held in Beijing in support of the 9th Asian Congress of
3.2 The next IPNA Congress will be held in Budapest in 2007.
3.3 Isidro Salusky will take office as Secretary-General of IPNA in 2007.
3.4 Prof Brandis explained the role of the Teaching Committee of IPNA. The
Teaching Course will be organized by the local community, and IPNA will pay
for 3-4 speakers from other parts of the world. A similar partnership may be
established with the ISN through COMGAM to teach Pediatric Nephrology to
areas of the world where there is no access or competence in Pediatric
3.5 The IPNA Fellowship Committee runs a Basic Training Fellowship Program,
which is open for applications and priority is given to individuals who are from
areas where there is a lack of training facilities, to go to areas either within a
country or to a regional center for training. The principal goal of training should
be for basic pediatric nephrology training which is lacking in the area where the
fellow is from. This may evolve later to include specialized areas of training eg
dialysis or transplantation. Training in general is for a period of 6 months or
more. The Committee reviews applications twice a year in April and October.
3.6 Prof Brandis brought up the issue of membership for the Pan-Arabic Pediatric
Nephrology Society. This issue was brought up for debate that IPNA Council
could consider giving one more seat to the AsPNA to cater for the representative
for West Asia or the Middle East.
4. Report of the Treasurer
4.1 Dr MC Chiu reported that 13 countries have paid their country membership dues
till 2007. In addition there were a few individual memberships.
4.2 The current AsPNA funds stand at USD 3189.08.
4.3 The income included a 5% contribution from the registration fees of the 8th
ACPN, as was previously agreed upon at the Council Meeting in September 2002
4.4 Councilors were reminded to inform their members that they were entitled to the
discounted registration fees for future congresses of the AsPNA.
5. Report of the 9th Asian Congress of Pediatric Nephrology
5.1 323 abstracts were received from 19 countries including outside of Asia.
5.2 The total number of participants of the Congress reached over 380 from 32
countries and regions. The Chinese delegates come from 26 provinces and cities.
Apart from mainland China, the delegates are from Korea, Hong Kong, Japan,
USA, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Turkey,
France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Sri Lanka, Taiwan China, Bangladesh,
Canada, Chile, Mongolia, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Italy, New
Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Vietnam.
5.3 Dr Jie Ding acknowledged IPNA and Japan for their support in providing
financial sponsorship as well as speakers for the meeting, Dr HK Yap for helping
in obtaining sponsorship from Baxter Healthcare (Asia) and Dr MC Chiu for help
in organizing the conference.
5.4 Ten travel grants of 500 USD have been awarded for participants who could not
afford to come to the Congress. This was sponsored in part by IPNA.
5.5 Dr Carmelo Alfiler obtained a grant from B Braun to be awarded as prizes at the
Congress. The AsPNA-B Braun award, at 100 USD will be given to the 6 best
oral papers – with 450 USD from B-Braun, and the rest from AsPNA.
6. Country Reports
6.1 The country reports are attached in Appendix 2.
7. IPNA Training Programs
7.1 As mentioned in point 3.5, IPNA has expanded its fellowship program to enable
more young doctors to be trained.
7.2 Currently there are 3 IPNA training centers in Asia – Bangalore, New Dehli and
7.3 Dr Kishore Phadke reported that one fellow has completed his training at
Bangalore and two in New Dehli.
7.4 The IPNA-Baxter Training Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at the Shaw-NKF
Children’s Kidney Centre at the Children’s Medical Institute, National University
Hospital, and National University of Singapore has trained 2 doctors to date: Dr
Khin Moh Moh from the Yangon Children’s Hospital, Myanmar and Dr. Nguyen
Thu Huong from Nephrology Department, National Pediatric Hospital, Hanoi,
Vietnam. For 2004, a total of 9 applications were received from 4 regions – 6
from China, 1 from Indonesia, 1 from Pakistan and 1 from Vietnam. Dr. Nguyen
Thu Huong from Nephrology Department, National Pediatric Hospital, Hanoi,
Vietnam, has been shortlisted for the fellowship, and she will be starting her
fellowship training in September. For 2005, 13 doctors from 7 countries – Sri
Lanka, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan and Nepal have applied.
Dr. Eric Emmanuel Aragon was awarded the fellowship in June 05 and he will
start his training in December 2005/January 2006. Dr Aragon is from the College
of Medicine, Philippines General Hospital, Manila.
8. Training Courses in Asia
8.1 Training courses have been held in various parts of the world, including Asia,
such as in India. For the course in India held in New Dehli in November 2004,
travel grants were obtained to fund participants from South Asia, including
Pakistan (4), Bangladesh (2), Sri Lanka (3), Nepal (1) and Maldives (1). This was
a 3-day course, and the course material has been published.
8.2 The AsPNA has begun to compile a database of potential teachers from Asia for
future IPNA training courses. This list will be submitted to the Training
Committee of IPNA. For those countries which have not submitted a list, the
Councilors are reminded to send them to Dr HK Yap.
9. Sponsorship of Pediatric Nephrology Journal
9.1 The Japanese Society of Pediatric Nephrology had kindly agreed to sponsor 30
journal subscriptions for Asia for 2005. There were a total of 31 applicants from
10 countries, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Mongolia. Out of these, 16 are not IPNA members,
while 4 are members but have not yet renewed their 2005 memberships. 11 were
already supported by IPNA, hence full sponsorship for 2005 journal subscription
was awarded to the remaining 20 applicants under this program.
9.2 The AsPNA Council recorded its thanks to IPNA and the Japanese Society of
Pediatric Nephrology for its sponsorship of the journal. The Japanese Society of
Pediatric Nephrology has confirmed that it will continue this sponsorship in 2006.
10. Honorary Membership of AsPNA
10.1 Nominations for honorary membership of AsPNA were received.
10.2 Professor Matthias Brandis, IPNA Secretary-General, was proposed by Dr Hui-
Kim Yap, and seconded by Dr Carmilo Alfiler. Professor Brandis was nominated
for his continued support and outstanding contributions to the development of
Pediatric Nephrology in Asia, since he took over the helm of IPNA in 2001.
10.3 Prof. Pyung-Kil Kim, Korea, was proposed by Dr Chong Guk Lee, Korea and
seconded by Dr Kishore Phadke, India. Prof Pyung-Kil Kim was one of the
pioneers of the Asian Pediatric Nephrology Association. He has also contributed
immensely to the development of pediatric nephrology in Korea.
10.4 Professor Jiyun Yang, China, was proposed by Dr Jie Ding, China and seconded
by Dr Mohammed Hanif, Bangladesh and Dr Man-Chan Chiu, Hong Kong. Prof
Yang’s contributions include her work on the IPNA Council. She spearheaded
the translation of the main contents of international meetings into Chinese,
contributing to the promotion of of Pediatric Nephrology in China.
10.5 The Council Members voted unanimously to award Honorary Membership of the
AsPNA to all the 3 nominees.
11. AsPNA Administrative and Educational Activities
11.1 The AsPNA website sponsored by Pfizer is up and running. The website address
11.2 The Council nominated Dr Arvind Bagga to form an Educational Committee to
develop educational programs for the AsPNA, including educational material on
11.3 Dr Man-Chan Chiu informed the Council that the book Practical Paediatric
Nephrology has been launched at the Beijing Conference.
12. Amendments to the AsPNA Constitution & By-Laws
12.1 Proposed amendments to the AsPNA Constitution & By-Laws were discussed.
The new amendments were agreed to in principle.
12.2 The draft of the proposed amendments will be circulated for ratification by the
AsPNA Councilors by the next AsPNA Council meeting in 2006.
13. AsPNA Representation on IPNA Council
13.1 Currently AsPNA has 4 representatives on the IPNA Council: HK Yap, Assistant
Secretary for Asia, Arvind Bagga, India, Jie Ding, China, and Yong Choi, Korea.
13.2 The terms of all 4 IPNA Councilors from Asia end in 2007 at the Budapest
13.3 Currently in the IPNA constitution, there is one permanent seat each for China
and India, and 2 others for the rest of Asia.
13.4 The current structure of the 4 AsPNA seats on the IPNA Council precludes the
country representatives from India and China from taking the post of Assistant
Secretary for Asia.
13.5 The following proposals were tabled by HK Yap for consideration by the Council:
a. That we keep the current status quo of representation on the IPNA
b. That if the Assistant Secretary from Asia is from India or China, then the
remaining 2 posts should be nominated from the other member countries
c. As all the IPNA Councilors from Asia have to step down in 2007,
nominations and elections for the AsPNA Council should take place
before October 2006 when the nominations have to be presented to the
d. A decision has to be made as to the number of nominations that AsPNA
will be making to the IPNA Council for election by the IPNA General
13.6 The Council agreed to the above proposals, and that 4 nominations will be
proposed to the IPNA Council for election by the IPNA General Assembly.
14. AsPNA Elections for New Office Bearers in 2007
14.1 The current 6-year term of the office bearers of AsPNA – Secretary-General,
Assistant Secretary-General and Treasurer will end by 2007.
14.2 Taking into consideration the points in section 13, nominations will be opened for
the above posts (by email circulation) in June 2006 (closing date July 31st 2006).
14.3 Elections will commence in September 1st 2006 (closing date September 30th
14.4 Nominations will be submitted to IPNA Council meeting at Palermo in October
14.5 The new officials will take office at the AsPNA Council meeting in Budapest,
14.6. The Assistant Secretary for Asia on the IPNA Council will be the Secretary-
General or his/her nominee.
15. New AsPNA Members
15.1 Sri Lanka represented by CK Abeysekera submitted the application for AsPNA
membership, and was unanimously accepted by the Council.
15.2 The issue of the Pan-Arabic Pediatric Nephrology Society was discussed with
Professor Matthias Brandis. The Council agreed to a dialogue to explore the
possibility of membership in AsPNA.
16. 10th Asian Congress of Pediatric Nephrology
16.1 4 bids were received to host the 10th Asian Congress of Pediatric Nephrology in
2008: India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand.
16.2 A proposal was made by HK Yap to hold a smaller meeting on an annual basis,
other than years when there is an IPNA Congress. The objective is to increase the
educational programs of AsPNA on a regional basis, and also to facilitate the
functions of the AsPNA Council. This could be held in conjunction with IPNA-
sponsored training courses.
16.3 Dr KD Phadke subsequently withdrew his bid for the 2008 AsPNA Congress, but
instead expressed an interest to host an AsPNA Workshop or Focus Group
Meeting in Bangalore at the end of 2006.
16.4 Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand presented their bids, and a ballot was held to
determine the venue of the 10th Asian Congress of Pediatric Nephrology 2008.
The ballot count was as follows: Bangkok, Thailand (9), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(4), Taipeh, Taiwan (1).
16.5 The 10th Asian Congress of Pediatric Nephrology 2008 was formally awarded to
17. Any Other Business:
17.1 Dr CA Alfiler circulated a paper recording the history of the AsPNA, as a first
step in the development of an AsPNA Archive. This will be put up in the AsPNA
17.2 The Council members were informed that an Asian country should consider
bidding for the IPNA Congress in 2013. A formal bid must be presented at the
IPNA Council meeting in 2007 in Budapest by interested Societies.
17.3 The AsPNA General Assembly meeting will be held on Sunday 30th October
2005 at Congress Hall B from 1.30-2.00 pm.
Appendix 1: Issues IPNA Council (Beijing) October 2005
1. Report of the Secretary General
1.1 Current number of active IPNA members: 1582 including 50 free copies + 18
honorary members. 1301 have renewed membership for 2005.
1.2 Sponsorships 2005: 82 members supported by IPNA. 37 members supported by
37 individual IPNA members, at a reduced membership fee of US$125. 29
members supported by JSPN.
1.3 Fellowship programme of IPNA is very active: Majority of fellows are from
Africa and Asia.
1.4 Teaching courses are held around the world.
2. History of IPNA
2.1 IPNA is planning to collect the history of IPNA for an archive.
2.2 The various Regional Societies are hoping to contribute to this archive.
2.3 IPNA is planning to support this activity, and should include the various regions.
3. Report of Regional Societies
3.1 The AsPNA Report is attached as a separate document.
3.2 The AsPNA would like to record its gratitude to IPNA for supporting this 9th
Asian Congress of Pediatric Nephrology in Beijing (28th to 30th October 2005), by
holding the IPNA Council Meeting in 2005 here.
3.3 A conjoint one-day WCN2005-IPNA workshop on Pediatric Nephrology was
held in Singapore on June 26th before the World Congress of Nephrology in 26th-
30th June 2005. This was co-sponsored by IPNA, who paid for 3 speakers. A
total of 90 participants came for the Workshop.
4. Training Courses
4.1 Training courses have been held in various parts of the world, including Asia,
such as in India. For the course in India held in New Dehli in November 2004,
travel grants were obtained to fund participants from South Asia, including
Pakistan (4), Bangladesh (2), Sri Lanka (3), Nepal (1) and Maldives (1). This was
a 3-day course, and the course material has been published.
4.2 A training course was held in Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, where renal
biopsy training was carried out, in addition to general nephrology. Funding was
obtained from local government and private sources including industry. A
proposal was made to IPNA to support training courses in this region of Central
4.3 A suggestions for a list of potential teachers from the various regions should be
included in a central database. AsPNA has been collating such a list.
4.4 Role of IPNA in promoting basic research in Pediatric Nephrology:
a. Goal: To promote and facilitate basic research of high quality in pediatric
b. Plan for implementation:
i. Create a database for research laboratories with activity mostly
focused on basic investigation in pediatric nephrology
ii. Questionaire to IPNA members about laboratory capabilities
iii. Include database in IPNA website
iv. Collaborations should be established directly by IPNA members
v. Reports in Pediatric Nephrology
4.4 Suggestion that format of training courses and content should be drafted by IPNA.
However, training courses in the individual countries should be tailored to the
local needs, such as case discussions specific for the region. Assessment should
be collected after every training course, and this should be collated in a database,
and good teachers can then be identified. It is also useful to send the feedback to
the teachers. A plan will be formatted and published in Pediatric Nephrology in
4.5 The joint venture with ISN through COMGAN held in Dubai 2004, had a CME
component, followed by a format where specific case discussions in pediatric
5. Fellowship Program
5.1 This is a formal recognized program of IPNA. A fellowship committee was
appointed in Adelaide, and include Anthony Portale (Chair), Aysin Bakkaloglu,
Yong Choi, and Mignon McCulloch.
5.2 The objectives of the fellowship program is to provide basic clinical training in
pediatric nephrology for pediatricians with limited or no training in pediatric
nephrology and who work far from a pediatric nephrology training center. The
goal is to disseminate knowledge of pediatric nephrology to different regions of
5.3 Period of training is 6-12 months, after which the candidate is expected to return
to his home institution.
5.3 Preference will be given to candidates who apply to training centers within their
own geographical area.
5.4 The program is not for training in advanced pediatric nephrology, and also not for
trainees working close to the training site.
5.5 The IPNA fellowship program has sponsored 31 fellows to date, of which 20
fellows are from Asia:
5.6 The number of training sites to April 2006 is 15, of which the following are in
Singapore (7 trainees)
India, Bangalore (6 trainees)
India, New Delhi (4 trainees)
Korea, Seoul (1 trainees)
5.7 A proposal has been made to increase the number of fellowships, the duration of
fellowships to 12 months, and the amount of the stipends. IPNA is considering
increasing this to take into account increased expenses in some countries, for
accompanying families, as well as incidental expenses such as health insurance.
5.8 Application forms are available in Pediatric Nephrology. There will be 2 rounds
of approval a year – in April and October. The following documents have to be
submitted: CV, personal statement describing need for training and training goals,
letter of recommendation from pediatric program director of home institution,
letter of acceptance from director of proposed training center. The fellowship
committee reviews completed applications and recommends acceptance or
rejection to the IPNA Secretary General.
5.9 All fellows will receive a certificate of completion from IPNA.
5.10 There should be a commitment from the home institution of support for IPNA
fellows returning from the IPNA training program.
5.11 Council approved the following:
a. Add travel expenses for the fellow to the training site.
b. Stipend is based on the calculated living costs in each center, to be
determined by the Chair of each program.
c. Support for one regional meeting within the year of completion of the
d. Training period will be from 6-12 years. Extension for fellowship for
more than one year will not be supported.
5.12 Currently IPNA has been focusing on supporting fellows for basic training. There
is probably also a need to promote advanced clinical training, for 3-6 months,
with special application. A consensus has been reached to support a limited
number of fellows for advanced training annually.
5.13 Advanced research training fellowships could be considered, in partnership with
other programs, eg a joint venture with other funding.
5.14 Evaluation of success of program could be performed by annual reports from
6. IPNA Council Meeting 2005
8.1 The IPNA Council Meeting was held in Beijing on October 26-27th in conjunction
with the Asian Congress of Pediatric Nephrology (October 28-30th). AsPNA
recorded its thanks to IPNA for supporting this meeting.
7. Dialysis Initiative
7.1 Suggestion that it may important to be involved in the formulation of international
guidelines, as many of the members of IPNA are also involved currently in the
formulation of these guidelines.
7.2 Joint ventures with industry may be possible to fund such initiatives.
7.3 Such guidelines could be included in the IPNA website.
8. Pediatric Nephrology Journal
8.1 On-line submission is now available since December 24th 2004.
8.2 There has been an increase in the number of pages in Pediatric Nephrology, which
is related to the increase in the number of submissions, as well as the publications
from the Growth meeting.
8.3 The top 3 countries in terms of submission were USA, Turkey and Japan.
8.4 The percentage of original articles was 60.4%.
8.5 Acceptance rate in 2005 up to September was 57.3%, and rejected 42.7%.
8.6 Impact factor has been improving: 1.44 in 2004.
8.7 Average time for submission to reply is 28 days.
8.8 Restriction to a certain number of free pages per article has been suggested for the
9. Pan-Arabic Society of Pediatric Nephrology
9.1 A representative from the Pan-Arab Society was invited to the IPNA Council
Meeting in Beijing to present the position of the Society.
9.2 This comprises 180 members, with activities both clinically and research
especially in genetics.
9.3 This area as defined does not solely belong to any major continent – Asia, Africa,
Europe, as it includes countries in Africa and Asia.
9.4 The AsPNA IPNA Councillors have highlighted that one possibility is for the
Pan-Arabic Society to consider joining the AsPNA.
10. Membership Support
10.1 Currently IPNA has 130 supported memberships.
10.2 Japanese Society of Pediatric Nephrology has pledged to support 30 Asian
members. The AsPNA has shortlisted 31 applicants from 10 countries, of whom
16 are not IPNA members, while 4 are members but have not yet renewed their
2005 memberships. 11 were already supported by IPNA, hence full sponsorship
for 2005 journal subscription was awarded to the remaining 20 applicants under
10.3 The number of sponsored subscriptions to Pediatric Nephrology will be increased
due to the availability of funds.
11. IPNA Congress 2007
11.1 IPNA Congress 2007 will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 31st August to 4th
11.2 The homepage for the IPNA Congress 2007 is at www.ipna2007.com
11.3 There will be 3 pre-post congress meetings:
Renal Development Worshop
Pediatric Hypertension Meeting
Nephrology Summer School
11.4 Deadline for early bird registration is April 30th 2007.
11.5 Suggestions are invited for potential Asian speakers at Budapest.
12. Honorary Membership
12.1 The Council is seeking for recommendations for honorary membership.
Candidates should be those who have contributed immensely to pediatric
nephrology in the region or country as well as internationally, and who are retired.
12.2 The privilege of honorary membership is free subscription of Pediatric
12.3 The current honorary members from Asia are RN Srivastava, India and Tadasu
13. Council Meeting
13.1 Council meeting for Assistant Secretaries, Chairpersons of Teaching and
Fellowship Committees is scheduled for 15th - 16th March, 2006.
13.2 Council meeting at ESPN in Palermo, Sicily 2006: 5th – 6th October, 2006.
14. IPNA Membership Fees
14.1 Due to increasing costs of the journal, there is a suggestion to increase IPNA
14.2 A decision was made at this Council meeting was to keep the membership fee the
same, but increase the number of free subscriptions.
14.3 For retired members (official figure is approximately 10), reduced subscription
rates was previously US$125. A decision was made to reduce the fees to 50% of
the full membership fee.
14.4 Honorary membership is still free.
15. New Council Members in 2007
15.1 New Council members by constitution have to be elected by the General
Assembly. The IPNA Council makes the nominations. Nominations will have to
be made by October 5th 2006.
15.2 The terms of office for the AsPNA representatives in the current IPNA Council
will expire by 2007.
15.3 Isidro Salusky is the President-Elect for 2007.
16. International Pediatric Association Relations
16.1 Teaching and training activities of IPNA have been presented to IPA so that the
structure set up by IPNA could be potentially emulated.
16.2 Ellis Avner is the IPNA representative on IPA Executive Council.
17. IPNA Congress 2010
17.1 The 15th IPNA Congress 2010 will be held from August 29th to September 2nd
17.2 There will be more poster interactive time during the Congress.
18. IPNA Website
18.1 IPNA Website is due for upgrading.
18.2 This is currently being explored, including the possibility of the publishers of the
journal helping to set up a better Website.
19. Acute Kidney Injury Network
19.1 2 representatives from IPNA were invited to participate in the Acute Kidney
Injury Network. This group is primarily comprised of adult nephrologists, and
only recently invited pediatric nephrologists to be represented.
19.2 This is an important first step to address the problem in pediatrics.
Appendix 2: Country Reports
1. Bangladesh: Bangladesh has a Kidney Institute for both adult and pediatric
nephrology. The country has a postgraduate MD degree for pediatric nephrology
as a subspecialty.
2. China: Report of the Chinese Society of Pediatric Nephrology
a. The Symposium on Childhood Hematuria was held in October 23-24,
2004 in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. The symposium was organized by the
Chinese Society of Pediatric Nephrology. The main focus of the meeting
was on diagnosis and treatment.
b. The IPNA Training Course in Pediatric Nephrology was held in May 24 to
30, 2004 in Beijing (see section 2.1).
c. The first announcement of the 9th Asian Congress of Pediatric
Nephrology to be held in Beijing in October 2005 has been distributed
during the 13th IPNA congress in Adelaide, Australia. A preliminary
program scientific meeting was held in June 5-9th with Dr. Man-Chun
Chiu from Hong Kong chairing the program committee.
d. Dr. Jianping Huang, a recipient of an IPNA training fellowship has
completed her 6-month training (from July to December, 2004) in Royal
and Mater Children’s Hospitals in Brisbane, Australia supervised by Dr.
e. A 6-month training fellowship was awarded to a Chinese doctor at the
Seoul National University Children’s Hospital, with the full support of
Prof. Yong Choi and Dr. Hae Il Cheong.
f. A retrospective analysis of 1268 patients with chronic renal failure in
childhood has been completed by the Chinese Society of Pediatric
Nephrology. The data were collected from 91 hospitals in China from
1990 to 2002. This study demonstrated an increasing annual trend in the
incidence of chronic renal failure in children, with the majority of children
presenting at school-age. Acquired renal diseases formed the main cause
of chronic renal failure. The majority of the children were on conservative
therapy, although renal replacement therapy was initiated in some of them.
The obvious difference in outcome between cases on follow-up and those
lost to follow-up emphasized the need for establishing a management
system of childhood chronic renal failure in China.
3. Hong Kong: Report of the Hong Kong Paediatric Nephrology Society 2004
a. A Certificate Course in Common Childhood Kidney Problems was jointly
organized by the Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong and the
Hong Kong Paediatric Nephrology Society for the general public. It was
held weekly from 16 June – 21 July 2004, and the program consisted of 6
lectures delivered by members of the Society.
b. Interhospital Renal Meetings were held on a regular basis, including
combined meetings with the pediatric urology group, pathologists and
radiologists. The meeting with the pediatric urology group of surgeons
was held on 2nd July 2004, focusing on urodynamic study in children and
pediatric urolithiasis. Regular interhospital renal biopsy meetings were
held in Princess Margaret Hospital, and interhospital X-ray meetings were
held in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
c. The Society sponsored 11 members, including 9 doctors and 2 nurses, to
attend the 13th International Paediatric Nephrology Association
Conference in Adelaide, Australia (29th August – 2nd September 2004).
Eight posters were presented in the conference.
d. An open forum was held to discuss Subspecialty Accreditation for
Pediatric Nephrology on 12th May 2004.
e. Results of collaborative studies on primary nocturnal enuresis, Pediatric
Renal Registry and an evidenced-based approach to the management of
Henoch-Scholein Nephritis were published in the Hong Kong Journal of
Paediatrics in 2004. The “Glomerulonephritis and Lupus nephritis” groups
had started a review on childhood Lupus nephritis. Data and results are
scheduled to be presented in the coming Interhospital meetings in 2005. A
project on “Oscillometric BP Validation Study” is planned to be carried
out by the “hypertension” group and their application for Health Services
Research Fund is in progress.
f. The society has 43 full members and 9 associate members. .
4. India: Report of the Indian Pediatric Nephrology Group (IPNG).
a. The XVI Annual Conference of the Indian Pediatric Nephrology Group
and a Training Course supported by the International Pediatric
Nephrology Association (IPNA) was held at the All India Institute of
Medical Sciences, New Delhi from 26-28 November 2004. The scientific
program comprised of lectures, symposia, case presentations and sessions
on practical nephrology. More than 150 delegates from the country and
SAARC region attended the Course.
b. The next Annual Conference of the IPNG will be held at Bangalore on 26
– 27 November 2005.
c. The National Conference of Indian Academy of Pediatrics was held at
Kolkata in January 2005. The IPNG’s participation included a symposium
on glomerulonephritis, case discussions, workshop on pediatric dialysis
and some invited lectures.
d. The IPNG supports one Fellow annually for short term training.
e. There are 2 recognized training programs sponsored by IPNA as
fellowship programs for developing countries - St. John’s hospital (Dr.
Phadke), Bangalore and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New
Delhi (Dr. Arvind Bagga).
f. The IPNG publishes a quarterly newsletter providing notable information,
news, reviews and selected abstracts.
g. Consensus Guidelines have been formulated for management of:
Urinary tract infections
Antenatally diagnosed hydronephrosis
Proposed formulation of guidelines for pediatricians by IPNG which will
be finalized at the forthcoming National Annual Conference of IPNG at
Bangalore include hypertension and hematuria.
h. A Chronic Renal Failure National Registry has been initiated by IPNG
from Jan. 2005.
i. The IPNG has a membership of 285.
5. Indonesia: Report of the Pediatric Nephrology Working Group of the Indonesian
Society of Pediatricians
a. The most common types of kidney disease in children in Indonesia are:
urinary tract infections, post-streptococcal acute glomerulonephritis,
nephrotic syndrome, acute renal failure, and chronic renal failure.
b. There are currently 12 centers providing pediatric nephrology services in
c. The Pediatric Nephrology Working Group has 24 members.
6. Korea: Report of The Korean Society for Pediatric Nephrology (KSPN)
a. The KSPN founded in Oct. 1994, is a nonprofit corporation to enhance
and assist the study and practice of pediatric nephrology in Korea. The
KSPN has 96 registered members, consisting of 48 full-time faculty in a
university or training hospital, 12 full-time faculty in a general hospital, 22
practitioners in private pediatric clinics, 6 fellows in a university or
training hospital, 6 pediatric urologists, 1 pediatric radiologist and 1 renal
b. The 2nd Spring Meeting of KSPN & Japan-Korea Pediatric Nephrology
Seminar, Joint Congress 2004 was held at the Grand Hotel, Busan, Korea
on April 23rd , 2004. The total attendance was 101, 83 local and 18
foreign participants. The meeting consisted of 2 invited lectures, 7 clinical
case studies and 1 panel discussion about hemolytic-uremic syndrome.
The 2nd Japan-Korea Pediatric Nephrology Seminar consisted of a
b. The 11th Annual Meeting of KSPN and Satellite Symposium was held at
the Sheraton-Walkerhill Hotel, Seoul Oct 23rd 2004. The total attendance
was 75 (including 3 guest lecturers from Japan, Germany and China).
There were 38 presentations (24 oral and 14 poster presentations), 6
lectures and 1 panel discussion on clinical guidelines for urinary tract
c. Publication of 2 issues (Volume 8) of the official journal, the Journal of
Korean Society of Pediatric Nephrology (in Korean) was as follows:
Volume 8, Issue 1: Apr. 30, 2004: 7 original articles, and 7 case reports
Volume 8, Issue 2: Oct 31, 2004: 12 original articles, and 4 case reports
d. A summary of the Registry activites is as follows:
KSPN has conducted nationwide registries for “mass uninary screening of
school children” and “enuresis” since 2002. The results will be published
in 2004. In addition, nationwide data on “chronic renal failure”, “lupus
nephritis” and “D+ hemolytic uremic syndrome” have been recorded since
2003, and will be analyzed in 2004. .
e. Subspecialty/fellowship training programs in pediatric nephrology are as
i) In Korea, the Subspecialty Board of Pediatric Nephrolgoy will be
approved officially from next year. However, the KSPN has
confirmed 38 members to be accredited as subspecialists in
pediatric nephrology based on its standards for approval.
ii) Fellowship training programs for pediatric nephrology have been
conducted regularly in 5 university hospitals and occasionally in
another 3-5 university hospitals. Most of the programs consisted of
a 1-year period of clinical work with/without another 1-year period
of research work.
a: There are 9 pediatric nephrologists in Malaysia, with one newly trained,
who are members of the Malaysian Society of Nephrology.
b. There are 2 Pediatric Nephrology trainees, one training locally for 2 years,
another in her 3rd year of training in Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.
c. There are 7 Pediatric Nephrology centres in the country.
d. The 10-year report of the Paediatric Renal Replacement Therapy has been
e. Continuing medical education activities include talks on post-
streptococcal glomerulonephritis and hemolytic uremic syndrome as part
of the annual nephrology seminar “systemic diseases and the kidneys”.
a. The Pakistan Pediatric Nephrology Group has about 100 members
including Associate members. More than 50 new members have been
enrolled in 2005.
b. The Pediatric Nephrology Group has started separate clinical meetings of
pediatric nephrologists, in place of the combined meeting with the adults
nephrologists. Interesting clinical cases of different renal diseases are
presented and discussed.
c. At the 6th Annual Conference of Nephrology and Dialysis organized by
the Kidney Foundation on 13-15th February, 2004, sessions on pediatric
nephrology were organized by the Pediatric Nephrology Group.
d. A National Pediatric Nephrology Conference was held in October, 2004.
e. Delegation from Pakistan went to New Delhi in November, 2004 to attend
a symposium on Kidney Diseases and training course for Postgraduates
organized by All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Dehli.
a) Prof. Afroze Ramzan, NICH, Karachi
b) Prof. Tahir Masood, Lahore.
c) Prof. Iqtidar Khan, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.
Papers were presented as well as lectures were delivered in CME
programme by Pakistani nephrologists.
f. Plenary lecture was given by Prof. Afroze Ramzan at the 39th Annual
Symposium of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi in December,
2004 on “Prevention and progression of Chronic Kidney Disease” in
g. First Symposium of NICH was held in January, 2005 in which Paediatric
Nephrologists from New Delhi, India, participated namely: Prof.
R.N.Srivastava and Prof. Arvind Bagga.
h. Pakistan Society of Nephrology hold its Biennial International Conference
at Islamabad, Pakistan during March, 2005. Amongst other International
delegates, Prof. Hui Kim Yap, Assistant Secretary-General Asian
Paediatric Nephrology Association participated and presented a review of
Paediatric Renal Transplantation.
i. CAPD Pilot project is continuing and more children have been
j. Dialysis Registry of Pakistan 2003-2004 has been published in which total
number of children for haemodialysis up to the age of 15 years = 97 and
from 16 to 30 years = 614.
k. Fellowship Training Programme in Paediatric Nephrology by College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP). A letter of intent has been
submitted to College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan and reply is
l. Dr. Khemchand Moorani, Senior instructor at NICH was awarded a 6-
month fellowship for training in Paediatric Nephrology by IPNA. He has
completed his training at the National University Hospital, Singapore
under Prof. Hui Kim Yap in June 2005.
9. Philippines: Report of the Pediatric Nephrology Society of the Philippines (PNSP)
a. The Pediatric Nephrology Society of the Philippines celebrated its 10th
year anniversary in November 2004 during its 9th Annual Convention.
b. Current membership consists of 19 fellows, 35 diplomates, and 2 associate
c. The 9th Annual Convention was held at the Century Park Hotel on
November 18-19, 2004; with the theme “Pearls in Pediatric Nephrology:
Ten Years and Beyond.”
d. A big delegation from the Pediatric Nephrology Society of the Philippines
attended the 13th International Pediatric Nephrology Association Congress
held in Adelaide, Australia last August 2004.
e. Continuing Medical Education Activities:
- Pediatric Nephrology Society of the Philippines Pediatrica Module
Seminar Workshops: 3 sessions
- Clinico-Pathologic Conference: 2 meetings
- G7 Westmont Interdisciplinary Conference: 4 meetings
f. Accredited Training Institutions:
- National Kidney and Transplant Institute
- Philippine Children’s Medical Center
- University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital
- University of Santo Tomas Hospital
10. Singapore: Report from Chapter of Pediatric Nephrology, Singapore Society of
a. There are 7 trained pediatric nephrologists in the country, as well as 2
b. An active fellowship program is in place, which offers training for
pediatric nephrology for the region. There have been 9 trainees attached
to the program since its inauguration, 1 from Indonesia, 1 from India, 2
from Thailand, 1 from Bangladesh, 1 from Myanmar, 1 from Vietnam, 1
from China and 1 from Pakistan. The IPNA-Baxter training fellowship for
2004 was awarded to a fellow from Vietnam (see report in item 5).
c. The Pediatric End-Stage Renal Registry has been established, and is part
of the National Renal Registry. The Pediatric Glomerulonephritis
Registry has also been started.
d. The Pediatric Nephrology Workgroup has revised its guidelines under the
auspices of the National Committee for Renal Care, Ministry of Health, on
treatment of glomerulonephritis in childhood.
e. A conjoint one-day WCN2005-IPNA workshop on Pediatric Nephrology
was held in Singapore on June 26th before the World Congress of
Nephrology 26th-30th June 2005.
11. Taiwan: Report from the National Society of Pediatric Nephrology
a. The programs for the Society for the year 2004 included a symposium in
Southern Taiwan on March 7th, symposium in Northern Taiwan on 6th
June, symposium in Middle Taiwan on 12th September, and the Annual
Meeting of the Society from 11th – 12th December, 2004, Research
Program of Community Health Promotion and Prevention of Kidney
Diseases, and Developing Instruction of Kidney Prevention and
b. Registry data is available on important clinical programs specific to
Taiwan, including the end-stage renal failure program.
c. Fellowship training programs in pediatric nephrology include the
i) Care of admission patients with kidneys disease
ii) Training in dialysis, including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis,
continuous renal replacement therapy and plasmapheresis
iii) Care of critically ill patients with kidney disease
iv) Care of patients in the outpatient nephrology clinic
v) Training in renal ultrasonography
vi) Renal biopsy technique
vii) Learning pathology of kidney disease
viii) Continuing education including case conferences, journal reading,
ix) Research training in both clinical and laboratory methods, and
a. The program in Thailand for 2004 consists of monthly interhospital
conferences in Bangkok as well as the provincial hospitals.
b. A short-course for general pediatricians and nurses was held on July 19-
23, 2004 at Siriraj Hospital.
c. Organized Pediatric Nephrology symposia at the 12th ASEAN Pediatric
Federation Conference, Pattaya, in November 2004.