Asociación Colombiana de Nefrología e Hipertensión Arterial

Adriana Robayo G., M.D.President ASOCOLNEF

Dear friends & colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to join us for the XII Congress of the International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) to be held 18-21 April in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. ISHD will host its event in conjunction with the Latam Region Dialysis Access Symposium -VASA- and the XX Colombian Nephrology Congress 2018.

This International Congress offers an ideal opportunity to get updated with the state of art of Hemodialysis as well as Nephrology and Transplant among other related topics, in addition to the novelties in research and clinical practice. Main and key speakers from around the world will provide insights into their areas of expertise.

As a host, the Colombian National Association of Nephrology – ASOCOLNEF jointly with ISHD & VASSA and the support from Latin America Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH), The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is committed to providing the most up-to-date training and information regarding convective therapies, quotidian dialysis, and other new therapies, with a scientific programme specially aimed at nephrologists, nurses, social workers, psychologists and other professionals. This congress is an excellent opportunity to share academic developments, research findings and experiences. It will also provide the perfect environment for close colleague interactions.

We are sure that Cartagena will amaze you with its hospitality, beautiful landscapes and beaches and cultural heritage.

We look forward to seeing you here!

Adriana Robayo G., M.D.



International Society for Hemodialysis

Andrew Davenport., M.D.President ISHD

Dear colleagues & friends,

On behalf of the International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) and the Colombian Association of Nephrology and Hypertension, we are pleased to welcome you to participate in the XII International Congress of the International Society for Hemodialysis 2018 in Cartagena.

Almost 3 million patients with chronic kidney disease are now receiving life sustaining treatment with dialysis world-wide. The number of patients treated in individual countries varies dramatically, and Government of Colombia and the Colombian Association of Nephrology and Hypertension must be congratulated on developing an extensive dialysis program, with a greater than 150% increase in the number of patients receiving dialysis treatment over the last decade. However, such an expanding dialysis program requires not only appropriate technology, but also training and education. As such the International Society for Hemodialysis is delighted to partake in the XII International Congress in the beautiful and historic sea-side city of Cartagena.

The scientific programs will cover both sessions designed to provide both practical advice on improving quality of dialysis treatments and also the most recent developments in the field of hemodialysis, ranging from uremic toxins, vascular access, hemodiafiltration, and innovations in hemodialysis, with emphasis on providing dialysis for patients with acute kidney injury, and the complications associated with chronic kidney disease, including mineral bone disease, anemia, and cardiovascular disease. The pre-congress sessions and CME courses have been designed for young nephrologists in training and nurses to provide a practice based education program and an aid to clinical management.

In addition to the exciting high-level scientific program, Catagena is one of the most attractive cities in the world. Not only famous for its spectacular temples, and world-famous floating markets, but also for renowned for its delicious cuisine.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Colombia for the XII international congress of ISHD in April 2018.

Andrew Davenport, M.D.

President ISHD


Vascular Access Society of the Americas

Jaime H. Velez, M.D.International Representative V.A.S.A.

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA) is an integral and multidisciplinary organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients in renal therapy and improving access results for dialysis through multidisciplinary collaboration among all professionals who interact in the creation and maintaining access for dialysis.

This is why VASA chapter Latin America will conduct, in conjunction with the International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) and The Colombian Society of Nephrology, on April 18-21, 2018, the first Latin American Symposium on dialysis access during which it will be offered for the first time in the Latin American region a simulator workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn or improve the different surgical and / or interventional techniques for the creation and maintenance of access for hemodialysis. In addition we will have a very varied theoretical agenda dictated by speakers of the highest world quality that will give us valuable contributions both in state-of-the-art technology and in updating the routine practices of each field.

For the accomplishment of all this could not have been chosen a better place in the Caribbean: Cartagena de Indias, pride of Colombia and historical patrimony of the humanity. This beautiful city with its colonial architecture, its sea breeze and the attractions of an intense nightlife, cultural festivals, lush landscapes, magnificent beaches, as well as an excellent gastronomic offer awaits you with open arms.


Jaime H Velez
International Representative

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