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.