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Prof. Francesco Locatelli
 
Prof. Locatelli

To all former members and other colleagues.

Due to a constant decrease of members, difficulties in recruiting new ones and even greater difficulties in finding sponsors, the activity of this Society has been declining in the last few years; even our attempts to find new leaders were not successful.
The last leaders of I.S.G.N.U., and me among them, as its last president, have come to the conclusion that no other choice is left than winding up the Society.

Geriatric Nephrology and Urology remain very important topics in today’s medicine, and individually we shall go on trying to call attention on them, to see them included in the programs of international conventions, congresses and publications.

In this web-page we describe the use that will be done of the last remaining funds of the Society with the aim of honouring the memory of the founding father of I.S.G.N.U., Prof. Oreopoulos.

4,500.00 EUR were donated to the ASN which will establish the Dimitrios Oreopoulos Geriatric Nephrology Travel Support Grant. It will recognize Prof. Oreopoulos’ legacy in the field of nephrology by providing funding for a nephrology fellow committed to researching geriatric nephrology to attend the ASN Annual Meeting at ASN Kidney Week. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, ASN will provide up to 1,500.00 EUR annually and offer complimentary registration to one fellow (for a total of three fellows in three years).
ASN will award the Dimitrios Oreopoulos Geriatric Nephrology Travel Support Grant to the highest-scoring geriatric nephrology abstract (that has a fellow as a lead author) submitted to the ASN Annual Meeting in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The selection will be made through ASN’s established abstract review process in which abstracts are submitted online by early June and then peer-reviewed and scored by geriatric nephrology experts. The award will be issued in August.

4,500.00 EUR were donated to the ERA-EDTA which will acknowledge Prof Oreopoulos’s dedication and valuable contribution to the field of nephrology through the creation of a special grant: 3 special grants of 1,500.00 EUR each will be assigned to the best abstract on geriatric nephrology in its future congresses.
The annual award of 1,500.00 EUR will be presented to the authors of the best abstracts on geriatric nephrology at ERA-EDTA congresses in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and will provide a valuable focus to this important area of nephrology.
The selection will be made through ERA-EDTA’s established abstract review process in which abstracts are submitted online by early January and then peer-reviewed and scored by geriatric nephrology expert. The award will be issued in March.

Many thanks to all those who have contributed to this Society over the years. This organization has come to its end, our mission goes on with the usual enthusiasm and commitment.

Yours sincerely,

Francesco Locatelli
I.S.G.N.U. President