New Delhi: The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) has elected Prof Vivekanand Jha, Executive Director of the George Institute for Global Health, India and former professor of nephrology at the Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, as President of the Society from 2019 to 2021.
During his presidency, Prof Jha wants to focus on consolidating the ongoing ISN programs and the initiatives already started by the leadership e.g. the Oby25, the ISN CKD closing the gaps and the equitable renal replacement therapy initiative, and on ensuring that the output from these programs are integrated into all the ISN activities.
“The ISN has contributed much to capacity building and practice and research and nephrology in the developing world,” says Prof Jha. “I speak from personal experience having been a direct beneficiary as a past ISN fellow and a participant of the Renal Sister centre program.”
Over time, Prof Jha has been a member of the several ISN committees, task forces, councils and the Executive Committee. “I have participated and enjoyed the democratic functioning of the ISN,” he says, adding: “I have been fortunate to have contributed to the ISN mission through participation in various ISN committees, especially as the Chair of the Education Committee.
Professor Jha is a James Martin Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, University of Oxford. He is a physician with a specialisation in the area of kidney diseases and serves on the international advisory boards of several organisations.
Prior to joining The George Institute, he was Professor of Nephrology and Head, Department of Translational Regenerative Medicine and Officer-In-Charge, Medical Education and Research Cell at the PGIMER (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) in Chandigarh, India.
Vivek serves on the international advisory boards of several organisations, including membership of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation, and the executive committee of the International Society of Nephrology.