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”
“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:

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2010

A History of IPNA, From Origins to 2010 is written

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2009

Pediatric Nephrology is distributed to 90 countries

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2007

Isidro Salusky becomes Secretary General

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2001

Fellowship program is established to sponsor training from underserved countries

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1999

The African Paediatric Nephrology Association (AFPNA) is established

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1998

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

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1993

IPNA sends delegates to Africa

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1986

Pediatric Nephrology debuts at Tokyo Congress.

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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.

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1979

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

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1974

IPNA’s inauguration, establishes constitution

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1969

the American Society of Nephrology was established

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1968

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

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1960s

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

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