Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology


Renal Education Links


Atlas of Renal Pathology

A useful atlas of renal histopathology provided by the Department of Pathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. 


Fistula First

A website for healthcare professionals and patients dedicated to improving care for people with chronic kidney disease by increasing AV fistula placement and use in suitable hemodialysis patients. Provides information on best practices and various tools and resources, including an Atlas of Vascular Access ( 


Acute Kidney Injury Network (AKIN)

AKIN represents an international interdisciplinary group of adult and pediatric nephrologists and critical care physicians, and others interested in Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).


The History of Nephrology

An eclectic account of the history of nephrology in random bite-sized chunks (blog-based).


Australian and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (ANZDATA)

ANZDATA is a registry which records the incidence, prevalence and outcome of dialysis and transplant treatment for patients with end stage renal failure. The main results are published in an annual report of which the first was published in 1978.


Australian and New Zealand Organ Donation Registry (ANZOD)

ANZOD records and reports on a wide range of statistics that relate to organ donation following death within Australia and New Zealand. Monthly reports on the numbers of organ donors and the number of recipients benefiting from donation are reported on this web site. An Annual report is also available. 


Nephrology on Demand (NOD)

Award winning website, run by the Nephrology Section of East Carolina University, provides quality teaching material, free of charge/advertisements/sponsorships/funding.


Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies (CRRT) Online

CRRT Online provides resources regarding CRRT, including protocols, practical tools, case studies, conference proceedings and webinars.


Health Sciences Online

Delivers authoritative, comprehensive, free and ad-free health sciences knowledge, using materials that are selected from accredited educational sources including universities, governments, and professional societies, by HSO staff.


Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS)

DOPPS is a prospective cohort study of hemodialysis practices based on the collection of observational longitudinal data for a random sample of patients from a representative and random sample of units in 12 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Since 1996, data collection has yielded detailed information on more than 38,000 patients in over 900 dialysis facilities, and generated over 100 peer-reviewed publications. The study seeks to determine which dialysis practices are associated with the best patient outcomes; its primary goals are improving patient longevity and quality of life. With over 100 peer-reviewed publications, the DOPPS continues to provide findings that are relevant for patients and practicing clinicians. The DOPPS is supported by research grants from Amgen (since 1996), Kyowa Hakko Kirin (since 1999, in Japan), Genzyme (since 2009), Abbott (since 2009), and Baxter (since 2011) without restrictions on publications. 

Edinburgh Renal Education Pages (Edrep)

Edrep aims to provide pointers toward learning resources for all those working in Renal Medicine, anywhere in the world. It builds on the sister website Edren ( and information on both websites is generally freely available for non-commercial use. Anne Petherick and Neil Turner are primarily responsible for it.

European Renal Best Practice (ERBP) / European Best Practice Guidelines (EBPG)

ERBP (formerly EBPG) is designed to help to increase the visibility and implementation of European Nephrology recommendations and guidance and to enhance the quality of European and worldwide nephrology practice.


National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Evidence-based guidelines, developed in the UK, on the most effective ways to diagnose, treat and prevent disease and ill health.


Hypertension, Dialysis, and Clinical Nephrology (HDCN)

HDCN provides up-to-date, selected information about a broad range of renal disorders and their treatment. Resources include slides and audiofiles, some of which require paid subscription.

Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO)

KDIGO is a global non-profit foundation dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of kidney disease patients worldwide.

Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO)

KDIGO was established in 2003 as an independently incorporated non-profit foundation governed by an international Board. KDIGO is managed by the National Kidney Foundation, a U.S. foundation with 11 years of experience in developing and implementing guidelines. Its mission is to improve the care and outcomes of kidney disease patients worldwide through promoting coordination, collaboration and integration of initiatives to develop and implement clinical practice guidelines.

Kidney International

Kidney International (KI) is the official journal of the International Society of Nephrology. Under the editorial leadership of Dr. Detlef O. Schlondorff, KI is one of the most cited journals in nephrology and widely regarded as the world's premier journal on the development and consequences of kidney disease. KI is peer-reviewed and publishes original research in both basic science and clinical medicine covering renal physiology, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, morphology and more. It aims to inform the renal researcher and the practicing nephrologist on all aspects of renal research. These include the latest clinical studies on emerging developments in renal medicine and the highest level of original research studies in clinical and basic renal research. The journal reflects the field through critical reviews, commentaries, original articles, remarkable images, news features, guidelines, and problem-focussed articles for the diagnosis and treatment of renal patients. Kidney International is published twice a month and devotes itself to renal research. It aims to inform the renal researcher and the practicing nephrologist on all aspects of renal research.

Nephrology Now

Nephrology Now is an editorially independent and free service with links to articles relating to new developments in nephrology, including free full text access to selected articles from American Journal of Transplantation, Nephrology, Hemodialysis International, Seminars in Dialysis, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)

NKDEP is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) designed to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by kidney disease and its complications. NKDEP works in collaboration with a range of government, nonprofit, and health care organizations to raise awareness among people at risk for CKD about the need for testing; educate people with CKD about how to manage their disease; provide information, training, and tools that help health professionals better identify and manage CKD patients; and support changes in the laboratory community that yield more accurate, reliable, and accessible test results.

National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative (NKF KDOQI)

NKF KDOQI are evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, developed in the U.S., for all stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and related complications since 1997.

Cochrane Kidney and Transplant 

The Cochrane Kidney and Transplant was established in 1997 and serves to identify, assess and analyse data from all trials concerning kidney diseases with a view to preparing structured reports for inclusion in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

The National Forum of ESRD Networks

The Forum of ESRD Networks is a not-for-profit organization that advocates on behalf of its membership and coordinates projects and activities of mutual interests to ESRD Networks. All 18 ESRD Networks are members of the Forum which facilitates the flow of information and advances a national quality agenda with CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and other renal organizations. The mission of the Forum is to support the ESRD Networks in promoting and improving the quality of care to patients with renal disease, through education and the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data and information.

International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD)

The ISPD has developed rich educational materials that are freely available on their website. These include: a) position papers from the ISPD on various topics for nurses and doctors and b) a series of lectures developed by the North American Chapter that covers all of the basic areas of peritoneal dialysis.

The Kidney Doctor

The Kidney Doctor is a blog that aims to comment on the latest advances and controversies in kidney disease. The author is Dr. Ajay K. Singh, Physician in the Renal Division Brigham and Women's Hospital as well as Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The goal is to cover the waterfront -- from public policy and ethical issues to translating basic science advances. Each post is reviewed editorially before it gets posted. The target audience are clinical nephrologists. 

Global Kidney Academy (GKA)

The mission of the GKA is to disseminate knowledge in Nephrology worldwide with emphasis on the prevention, detection and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its complications. The GKA endorses and supports the mission and objectives of the International Nephrology Education Foundation (iNEF).

Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN)

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of the scientific literature and are designed as a vehicle for accelerating the translation of new knowledge into action to meet our aim of reducing variations in practice, and improving patient-important outcomes

United States Renal Data System (USRDS)

The USRDS is a national data system that collects, analyzes, and distributes information about end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. The USRDS is funded directly by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). USRDS staff collaborates with members of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and the ESRD networks, sharing datasets and actively working to improve the accuracy of ESRD patient information.

Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment (CARI)

These Australasian-based, clinical practice guidelines are designed to improve the health care and outcomes of paediatric and adult patients with kidney disease by helping clinicians and health care workers to adhere to evidence-based medical practice as often as possible.

Canadian Society of Nephrology Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG)

These Canadian-based, CPG are systematically developed statements to assist practitioners and patients reach appropriate health care decisions with their purpose being "to make explicit recommendations with a definite intent to influence what clinicians do."

The Renal Association's Clinical Practice Guidelines

These guidelines provide a template for the management of patients with kidney disease in the UK and define the data collected by the Renal Registry.

Committee for Kidney Health in Disadvantaged Populations

This ISN Subcommittee was established by COMGAN Chairman John Dirks in 1997 and aims to educate, advocate and promote awareness of kidney disease in indigenous populations and racial and ethnic minority groups.

UPMC Physician Resources

This website is hosted by UPMC , a health enterprise comprising 20 hospitals and more than 400 clinical locations that encompass long-term care and senior living facilities. It is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and provides a selection of educational CME resources and video podcasts. 

Transplant Now

Transplant Now is a free service, produced in cooperation with the Canadian Society of Transplantation, with links to articles relating to new developments in transplantation. 


UKidney is a provider of educational tools for the study and practice of nephrology, hypertension management, and kidney transplantation. This site features essential educational contributions from major opinion leaders in nephrology. UKidney uses the latest web technology to deliver the best content in the field of renal education. Take a moment to complete a free registration in order to access some of our restricted educational content. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to report a problem or to make a suggestion. UKidney gathers content from multiple experts in nephrology and is provided for general educational purposes only. This site is not intended to replace the advice of a nephrology physician where clinical decision making is concerned.

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the organ transplant system in the U.S. under contract with the federal government. The website contains physician and patient-oriented resources and a useful online database system, called UNet, which collects, stores, analyzes and publishes OPTN data that pertains to the patient waiting list, organ matching, and transplants.