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  • Invitation

    It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the ISN Forefronts Symposium 2014 taking place in Boston MA, USA on September 11-14, 2014. This Forefronts Symposium will showcase for basic and clinician scientists the most recent developments in genetic approaches to chronic kidney disease. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

    Friedhelm Hildebrandt
    Symposium Co-Chair
    Corinne Antignac
    Symposium Co-Chair
  • Genetic basis of renal disease

    Sequencing of the human genome and of the genomes of many model organisms have revolutionized our understanding of etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical practice of chronic kidney diseases. Understanding the genetic mechanisms and harnessing the related rapidly evolving genetic techniques to generate new mechanistic and clinical insights will be instrumental to elucidate disease mechanisms of chronic kidney diseases, most of which are still not well understood.

  • Forefronts Symposia

    ISN Forefronts Symposia focus on emerging and ground-breaking research. They gather nephrologists and active investigators from surrounding medical areas to explore new scientific domains and review the latest developments in kidney disease.

  • Boston, USA

    Boston is one of the oldest cities of the United States. It was founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists from England. The greater Boston Area is a wonderful blend of stylish sophisticated and historic New England charm. Lot’s to do in Boston: walk on the Freedom Trail, shop on Newbury Street, visit Faneuil Hall, have a boat tour.

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Important Dates

  • Registration Opens: March, 2014
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: June 9, 2014 Extended
  • Early Registration Fee Deadline: June 30, 2014

Forefronts Symposia

The ISN Forefronts in Nephrology Symposia were initiated by key ISN leaders Roscoe “Ike” Robinson, Don Seldin, Gerhard Giebisch and others in 1984. The first symposium was held in 1986 and since then, ISN has organized more than 25 symposia (see annex) which have not only been highly stimulating exchanges of scientific knowledge but have introduced basic science to a wider nephrological audience. The program was directed by Gerhard Giebisch until 1995 and since then led by HeiniMurer and Bob Alpern. In 2004, a Forefronts Core Committee was established, bringing together a group of people with different backgrounds to ensure the future of Forefronts in Nephrology. The committee is now chaired by Kai-UweEckardt from Germany.


The ISN Forefronts in Nephrology Symposia series is fundamentally designed to advance scientific nephrology in pace with programs in clinical nephrology. Through highly interactive symposia, scientific knowledge is exchanged and advanced by intermingling nephrologists with non-nephrologists from interrelated disciplines as well as basic and clinical scientists.

Therefore, ISN Forefronts Symposia are deliberately limited in scope to allow for high levels of interaction, deep dialogue plenty of time for focused exchange. Each symposium aims to attract no more than 100 – 150 active scientists.