ISN Research Skills Toolkit

Resources to Build Research Skills

Introduction to Qualitative Health Research

This course provides an overview of qualitative health research, covering the purpose and definition of qualitative research, methodologies, study design, data collection and analysis. It discusses how to assess rigor and report qualitative studies. The course includes an 80-minute lecture and a 60-minute interactive session analysis and critical appraisal workshop.

WCN'21 Pre Congress Quality Improvement

  1. Leading for Clinical Quality Improvement: The Foundations
  2. Leading for Clinical Quality Improvement: The Process
  3. Leading for Clinical Quality Improvement The Tools

WCN'22: Epidemiology Course

This course in observational study design will provide an overview of the most salient approaches used in clinical nephrology research today. It will enhance the course participants’ skills in the critical appraisal of published medical literature.  Both traditional and more novel study designs, along with approaches to their statistical analysis, will be highlighted.  In addition, presentations will focus on controlling confounding variables, developing and evaluating diagnostic tests, epidemiological investigation using “big” data, and the principles underlying pharmacoepidemiological studies.  Course participants will be exposed to illustrative examples from published nephrology literature.

WCN'23: Clinical Trials Course

The Clinical Trials Course at the World Congress of Nephrology 2023, hosted by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), offers a focused and practical learning experience for researchers, clinicians, and industry professionals involved in nephrology clinical trials. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the latest methodologies, regulatory considerations, and ethical aspects of conducting clinical trials in nephrology. Through interactive sessions, case studies, and expert-led discussions, participants gain valuable insights and tools to design, conduct, and analyze clinical trials effectively, ultimately advancing evidence-based interventions and improving patient outcomes in nephrology.

ISN i3C Webinar: Value of kidney biopsies in tubulointerstitial kidney disease: implications for CKDu

This webinar will discuss the conundrum facing clinicians working in CKDu endemic areas: whether or not they should undertake a kidney biopsy in a person they suspect to have CKDu.

The ethics and safety of kidney biopsies will be examined, as well as a rationale for why they may be worth offering. We will also look at potential clinical and research outputs from clinical kidney biopsies of patients with CKDu.

ISN YNC Curriculum: Basics of Statistics for a Successful Start in Clinical Research

The ISN Young Nephrologist Committee Curriculum "Basics of Statistics to Get Started in Clinical Research" is composed of 6 recordings to help researchers use statistics to put together a clinical research proposal and also analyze and interpret data from clinical trials and studies. Statistics allows researchers to draw meaningful conclusions and make informed decisions about the effectiveness and safety of medical treatments and interventions.

ISN-ACT Clinical Trials Toolkit

A guidance for anyone wishing to start a clinical trial or to participate as a trial site, regardless of their level of clinical trial experience and their local resources.

Webinars to Dig Deeper on Specific Topics

ISN YNC Webinar: Understanding Basic Concepts of Clinical Research for Literature Appraisal: What Every Nephrologist Should Know

Reading journal articles is part of our daily lives as (young) nephrologists, but how can we get the most out of a research article? We invite you to join a panel of experts who will share their tips for appraising scientific literature. They will present a structured approach to reading a paper and making an educated assessment of its strengths and weaknesses, and help you identify its implications for your daily practice.

ISN iNET-CKD Webinar: Building a Cohort Study: Insight from Investigators

This webinar will introduce the key design elements of a cohort study, and provide an overview of the key points to consider when drafting a protocol: study population, study enrollment and follow-up procedures, exposure measurements, endpoints, control of bias and confounding, sample size, and regulatory and ethical considerations.   

 It will also raise awareness about the challenges in implementing a cohort study and how to address them throughout the study to achieve unbiased population selection, data, and biosample collection, and follow-up.   

And finally, this webinar will tackle country-specific challenges in implementing a cohort study and how to address them in the context of various health care systems and research resources. 

ISN Webinar: Mixed Methods Research in Kidney Care

Mixed methods research involves the mixing of at least one qualitative and one quantitative method in the same research project or set of related projects and has increased in nephrology over the last 10 years. This webinar aims to advance the understanding of mixed methods research within the kidney community. 

ISN Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities for Interventions in CKDu

This webinar focuses on a recognized need for interventions to benefit patients and communities affected by chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) and Meso-american nephropathy. Brendan Smyth will highlight potentially relevant interventional study designs, while Nishantha Nanayakkara and Jason Glaser will offer real-world case studies implementing interventions at individual and workplace levels. The goal is to assist future researchers in designing and implementing successful studies that will both benefit affected communities and generate new insights into disease pathophysiology.

CKDu Network i3C - Kidney Biopsy Course

From the ISN i3C (International Consortium CKDu Collaborators) network:

A series of innovative digital activities to guide nephrologists and healthcare leaders on implementing a kidney biopsy program.

The activities include webinars, educational videos, and two audio interviews

This course is intended for nephrologists, nephrologists-in-training or radiologists who plan to fortify their training for kidney biopsy, procedural preparation, procedural steps and post-procedure observation and complications.

ISN Opportunities to Develop Further

ISN Webinar: Spotlight on Research: How We Bridge Gaps, Build Capacity and Connect Communities

The ISN has long recognized the importance of research initiatives in advancing its mission for global kidney health and improving outcomes of patients living with kidney disease. This session highlights the highlight the activities of the different ISN Research groups: ISN-ACT, iNET-CKD, iC3, GKHA, meetings and webinars. We apply a collaborative approach to research, education, and advocacy to advance global clinical care more effectively.

YNC Webinar: ISN opportunities for Young Nephrologists: ELP, Mentorship and Fellowship Programs

The webinar will showcase three ISN initiatives that are especially relevant for young nephrologists worldwide: the Mentorship Program, the Fellowship Program, and the Emerging Leaders Program. For each program, we will hear from one ISN member providing leadership to the programs, and one young ISN member who has recently participated in the program.

GKC Podcast Episode 6: ISN Fellowship: Opening Doors to a whole world of opportunities

This episode focuses on nephrology fellows supported by ISN in their training. Two separate discussion will focus on how the ISN fellowship helped to impact their careers and shape their community around their activities.

ISN Webinar: How to Apply for the Clinical Research Program: tips and tricks from the program chairs on what makes for a successful application

The ISN Clinical Research Program (CRP) offers grants to researchers in low, lower-middle, and upper-middle income countries to support research projects to detect and manage non-communicable chronic diseases such as CKD, AKI, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Applications are accepted once per year on May 1st. In this webinar, ISN Clinical Research Committee Chair Arpana Iyengar (India) and Deputy Chair Rob Walker (New Zealand) will discuss the most important points for applicants to keep in mind while designing a study and writing the proposal to submit it for grant consideration, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. This webinar is intended for anyone who is considering applying to the ISN’s Clinical Research Program, in 2023 or beyond.