History of IPNA

The root of pediatric nephrology can be traced back to the discovery of the immature kidney in newborns, in the early 1940s. Pediatric nephrology began taking shape as a unique area of practice after the term was first published in medical literature in 1963. IPNA was officially founded in 1974 and since then has worked tirelessly to create a unified and collaborative group of pediatric nephrologists around the world. Through education and the dissemination of information, IPNA and its members have helped advance the field of pediatric nephrology from a physiological discovery to the distinct specialty it is today.

The history of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association is a tribute to the men and women who have worked to improve the lives of children with kidney and urologic diseases. IPNA is proud to have been a part of the cultivation and legacy of pediatric nephrology.

“A History of IPNA: From Origins to 2010” was compiled by John Lewy, Aaron Friedman, Jochen Ehrich, Robert Chevalier, and Sally Jones.

At a Glance:

1960s: growing interest a new field of Pediatric Nephrology, focusing on understanding and treating kidney disease in children

1969: the American Society of Nephrology was established

1968: Gustavo Gordillo organizes the first IPNA Congress held in Guadalajara, Mexico

1974: IPNA’s inauguration, establishes constitution

1979: Renee Habib becomes Director of Research to her new lab, Unité de Recherche sur les Malades Rénales de l’Enfant in Paris

1980: Fifth IPNA congress sponsors new attendees from behind the Iron Curtain and commits to extend their geographical reach to Asia. The congresses become financially self-sustainable.

1986: Pediatric Nephrology debuts at Tokyo Congress.

1993: IPNA sends delegates to Africa

1998: More than 1000 delegates from 20 countries attend the 11th Congress

1999: The African Paediatric Nephrology Association (AFPNA) is established

2001: Fellowship program is established to sponsor training from underserved countries

2007: Isidro Salusky becomes Secretary General

2009: Pediatric Nephrology is distributed to 90 countries

2010: A History of IPNA, From Origins to 2010 is written

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