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Featured Article: Why are fewer US medical students pursuing a career in Nephrology?

Recent studies have shown that fewer medical students are choosing to pursue careers as Nephrologists. A team of researchers in the US surveyed 644 medical students to understand their perceptions of the profession.

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. 

Society information

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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The pioneers of nephrology

In this remarkable series, BMC Nephrology Section Editor, Dr. Giorgina Piccoli interviews many of the pioneers of nephrology. With the help of Dr. Bernard Jaar and Dr. Hayley Henderson, 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 will continue to publish new interviews regularly. 


Latest Collections and Guidelines

Renal Association Clinical Practice Guidelines

Collection published: 2 June 2017

Low protein diets and nutritional therapies in CKD: investigating the current global trends

Collection published: 3 August 2016

Perspectives on Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka

Collection published: 2 July 2015

Aims and scope

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, BMC Series
  • Tillie Cryer, BMC Series

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​​​​​​​
  • Giorgina Piccoli, University of Torino
  • Steve Sozio, ​​​​​​​Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine​​​​​​​

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Research Data Support is an optional Springer Nature service available to researchers who have datasets they want to make easier to cite, share and find. Learn more about this service and the many benefits of making your data publicly available. 

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