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.
It gives me great pleasure to report to you our activities in the first quarter of 2018, and update you on the upcoming events.
The Central Commissioned Training (Renal) 2017/18 with the theme “The New Era in Home Hemodialysis” took place on 13-14 Jan 2018. It was well attended and received by a total of 150 and 272 members on the first and second day, respectively, thanks to the excellent coordination by Dr Samuel Fung and his team at PMH.
The 13th WKD@HK jointly organized with the HKKF and HKARN was held in Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre and attended by some 1,200 healthcare professionals, patients and families. Secretary for Food and Health Prof Sophia Chan was the Guest of Honor. The theme was “Kidneys & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower” and the event together with promotional materials and interviews were also widely publicized in the media – radio, newspapers, TV, MTR, online platforms, etc.
Two evening Scientific Symposia have been held: (1) “Renal and liver allograft surveillance” by Prof Dirk Kuypers (Belgium), 8 Jan 2018, co-organized with HKST and attended by 32 doctors and 14 nurses; (2) “Cost-effectiveness of basal insulin analogue from a regional perspective” by Dr Andrea O.Y. Luk (Endocrinology, PWH) & “How new basal insulin analogue addresses glycemic control needs in high risk patients (elderly & CKD patients)” by Prof Robert Ritzel (Munich, Germany), 20 March 2018, co-organized with the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society and attended by 65 members and healthcare professionals.
Looking ahead, there will be the following exciting events that you might want to pencil down in your diary:
(1) The HKSN Research Grant 2018 is now calling for applications and the regulations can be found here. Of note, the age criterion for the Young Investigator Award is increased to ≤ 40 y (from 35 y) as of 31 May 2018;
(2) The Hong Kong Renal Patients’ Gateball Competition to be held on 10 June 2018 (Sunday) from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm at Kowloon Park Sports Centre. The event is co-organized by the Society, the Hong Kong Gateball Association and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department;
(3) Three Evening Lectures are in the pipeline: (I) ‘SGLT2i and update on EMPA-REG outcome data’ (preliminary topic) by Prof Christoph Wanner (Head of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Scientific director, Clinical Trial Unit, University Hospital of Würzburg), 3 May 2018, venue: TBA; and (II) ‘Novel injectables in DM patients with renal impairment’ by Dr Lyndon Marc Evans (Consultant Diabetologist, University Hospital, Llandough, Cardiff, UK), 17 May 2018 (Thurs), venue: Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers. (III) A third lecture on Fabry disease is under planning for 26 Jun 2018 at Mira Hotel; the speaker will be Dominique P Germain, Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Versailles – Paris-Saclay University, France.
(4) The Annual Educational Symposium has now come into shape with an exciting program to be delivered by a panel of renowned overseas and local speakers on 7 Jul 2018 (Saturday) in Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel;
(5) The Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 will once again be a 1.5-day program to begin on 29 September 2018 (Saturday afternoon at the HK Academy of Medicine) and continue on 30 September 2018 (Sunday whole day at Kerry Hotel in Hunghom). As with last year, the first day will be co-organized with the Hong Kong College of Physicians and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology branded into an APSN/HKSN CME activity. A subcommittee is actively engaged in building an educational and attractive scientific program.
(6) Last but not least, don’t forget the biweekly interhospital meetings which are equally informative and highly educational. The presentations of each meeting will be uploaded to our website and the password to open these files is HKSN.
Our Facebook Page that was launched in Jan 2018 is up and running, and followed by 126 people in the field. Stay tuned to get all Society news first hand!