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New series launch - The pioneers of nephrology

In this remarkable new series, BMC Nephrology Section Editor, Dr. Giorgina Piccoli interviews many of the pioneers of nephrology. With the help of Dr. Bernard Jaar, the interviews we have selected for this series look beyond the many achievements and successes of these giants, as we aim to pass on to future generations the idea of how they were, and why they were passionate about their field. We aim to publish a new interview each month, and we hope you enjoy reading these.

Latest Renal Association guidelines

The Renal Association has produced guidance on best practice in the management of patients with kidney disease since 1995. These guidelines have been accredited by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and accreditation is valid until January 2022.  A selection of their guidelines have been published in BMC Nephrology and are available to view here. 

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A reflection on World Kidney Day

BMC Nephrology Section Editor, Dr. Giorgina Piccoli joins the World Kidney Day (WKD) Steering Committee to explore issues surrounding this year's WKD theme - kidneys and women's health. In this Editorial, they discuss what we know about women's kidney health and kidney disease, and what we might learn in the future to improve outcomes worldwide.    


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BMC Nephrology is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of kidney and associated disorders, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology. 


  • Hayley Henderson, BioMed Central

Section Editors

  • Nada Alachkar, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Adrian Covic, Parhon University Hospital
  • Bernard Jaar, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • Amir Kazory, University of Florida
  • William Oetting, University of Minnesota
  • Giorgina Piccoli, University of Torino
  • Steve Sozio, ​​​​​​​Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine​​​​​​​

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The Renal Association is the professional body for nephrologists and renal scientists based in the UK, and is active in promoting and disseminating research that may ultimately improve outcomes for patients with kidney disease. The objectives of the Association are: to advance, collate and disseminate knowledge of renal structure and function; to seek means for the prevention and treatment of renal disorders; to deal with any matters concerning the welfare of patients with renal diseases and the organization of services for their relief. Members of The Renal Association will receive a discount on BMC Nephrology's article-processing charge when they provide a discount code (which members can obtain by contacting the society) during the submission process.

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