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  • Invitation


    It is our pleasure to invite you to attend ISN’s Forefronts Symposium 2016 taking place in San Diego (CA), USA, on September 23-25, 2016. The focus this year will be on the Metabolome and Microbiome in Kidney Disease. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

    Kumar Sharma
    Katalin Susztak
    Subramaniam Pennathur
  • ISN Forefronts Symposia

    ISN Forefronts Symposia

    Metabolomics, the comprehensive study of small molecules, provides remarkable insights into the underlying biochemistry of disease pathways for basic science and clinical applications. The microbiome has recently been recognized to have a remarkable influence in diseases, even outside the GI tract and often has close interplay with circulating metabolites. The overall understanding of these two recent Omic platforms is naturally linked and promises to provide major insights for human disease and normality. In this symposium we will focus on the interaction of the Metabolome and Microbiome and its connection to different disease states and how these approaches could be applied to kidney diseases.
  • Forefronts Symposia

    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.
  • San Diego (CA), USA

    San Diego (CA), USA

    San Diego is the second largest city in California, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south. San Diego is renowned for its idyllic climate and its diverse neighborhoods are spread out over 4,200 square miles, offering endless opportunities for exploration and activities.
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The ISN Forefronts Symposium will explore the latest advances in the fast moving fields of metabolomics and the microbiome in relation to human diseases, with a focus on kidney disease. Watch the video with Co-chair of this ISN Forefronts Symposium, Dr. Kumar Sharma, here.

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Important Dates

  • Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Deadline: July 10, 2016


ISN Forefronts Symposia

The ISN Forefronts 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 Heini Murer 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 ISN Forefronts. The committee is now chaired by Kai-Uwe Eckardt from Germany.

The ISN Forefronts 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 – 250 active scientists.