The Hong Kong Society of Nephrology was established since 1979. It is a non-profit making professional organization consisting of doctors, nurses and other allied health staff who are interested in renal diseases.
Time flies! And it has come to the last Newsletter I am writing to you as your Chairman.
I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer! Now, let me report to you on our recent events. The last 4 months saw a blend of educational, knowledge exchange and patient-oriented activities.
Evening symposia included a lecture entitled "In the Era of Cardiovascular Trials in Managing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus" on 3 May 2018 by Prof. Christoph Wanner (Germany), and another entitled "Novel Injectables in DM patients with Renal Impairment" on 16 May 2018 by Prof. Marc Evans (UK).
The second HKSN-led Educational Symposium took place on 7 July 2018 in Marco Polo HK Hotel. We were very blessed indeed to once again have had a full-house attendance from you all (thank you!) to witness 6 world-class lectures delivered by Prof. Lan Hui Yao (HK) on basic science made easy, Prof. Chen Nan (Shanghai) on the latest clinical trial results of the Hif-α prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor in renal anemia, Prof. Carol Pollock (Sydney) on the development and clinical application of the SGLT2 inhibitor, Prof. Liz Lightstone (London) on all we should know about pregnancy and an update in the management of lupus nephritis, and Dr. Matthew Tsui (HK) on toxicology for the nephrologist. I am happy that we have received a very good appraisal from all of you.
All of the above presentations have been made available online soon after the events.
The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Renal Service in Hong Kong, compiled in collaboration with the HA Central Renal Committee and the Hong Kong College of Physicians, have gone through its final stages of revision including the gathering of feedback from a month-long open review earlier this year. It will be published as a Supplement to Nephrology (Carlton) in the near future.
In terms of patient-related activities, the annual Hong Kong Renal Patients’ Gateball Competition held on 14 June 2018 at Kowloon Park was officiated by the Secretary for Food and Health Prof. Sophia Chan who also participated in the friendly match. Dr. Linda Yu from the Hospital Authority also took part in the event.
For knowledge exchange, the Society supported the annual LKEC Health Exhibition and Public Forum on diabetic kidney disease on 29 – 30 Apr 2018 and its installation ceremony on 1 Sep 2018.
Photos of all of these events have been posted on the Society’s Facebook Page in a timely manner.
Last but not least comes the finale of my second term of chairmanship of the Society which will be the Annual Scientific Meeting to take place on 30 Sep 2018. This year, we have chosen yet another new and exciting venue at the Hunghom Ballroom of Kerry Hotel, which boasts a spacious exhibits’ area and a modern lecture hall. An exciting program with both local and international flavors has been put together. The Richard Yu Endowment Fund Lecture and the Chan Woon Cheung Award Lecture will be awarded to the Presidents of the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), respectively, in the morning. Lunch will take place at the Grand Ballroom following the Annual General Meeting for the full members. Winners of the HKSN Research Grant 2018 will be announced in the afternoon. Finally, we will have a conjoint symposium for the first time with the ERA-EDTA before the ASM closes.
As with last year, the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN)-HKSN CME course will take place one day prior to the ASM on 29 Sep 2018 at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in which the HKSN and APSN will also jointly sponsor around 20 young (age < 40y) nephrology trainees from low-to-middle income countries around the Asia Pacific region and one trainee from a high income country to attend. And of course, members of the Society who are clinicians are most welcome. The CME course is also co-organized with the Hong Kong College of Physicians and we hope physicians from other subspecialties may also benefit from the educational program.
With that, see you at the ASM!