January 14-16, 2016, a three-day international activity, endorsed by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and led by Professor Qi Qian from Mayo Clinic, took place in Shanghai and Hangzhou China in conjunction with the formation of the International Network of Diagnosis and Management of Acid-base, Electrolyte, and Fluid Alterations.


The goals of the Network are to re-focus attention on the currently less-emphasized but fundamental aspects of human physiological and metabolic heredity, to provide healthcare professionals with integrated and translational updates, to foster cross-disciplinary collaborative multicenter translational research focused in this area, to update guidelines and to provide periodic educational activities (case-based teaching and conference). Ultimately, we hope to raise knowledge level in the greater medical community, particularly in the fields of critical care medicine and nephrology.


These goals were articulated at the inaugural network group meeting in January 14, 2016 in Shanghai China (Photo 1). Experts (from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard University, University of Southern California Medical Center, Kansas City University, Policlinical Hospital, 2nd University of Naples Italy, Jiao Tong University Ruijin Hospital, and a number of major universities in China) provided valuable input to the immediate and future plans for the network.


The network group meeting was followed by an adjunct CME course focused on the areas of acid-base, electrolyte and fluid regulations. A half-a-day case discussion session (January 14, 2016) was held in Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, headed by Professor Nan Chen and her teams. Physicians and researchers from many hospitals in Shanghai and surrounding cities participated. The session was followed by another all-day conference, held in Hangzhou (January 16, 2016) with the primary host Professor Jianghua Chen and his team from First Hospital Zhejiang University in Hangzhou (Photo 2). Initially, we anticipated approximately 200 attendees, but to our pleasant surprise, attendees reached 250. The lectures, delivered in English and Chinese, covered several key aspects of acid-base, electrolyte and fluid regulation in health and disease. We were delighted with the many questions following each lecture at the Q and A. The entire day was filled with a scholarly atmosphere and excitement. Four of the lectures will be showcased at the next issue of the journal Kidney Diseases. The PDF copy of all lectures is posted on the conference website (http://www.westlakeforum.net/). Based on the highly positive feedback from the exit survey, we, the founders and organizers of the network, are pleased to announce that the network will gather annually and organize similar activities annually.


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