Welcome Notes

DEAR COLLEAGUES, 

We are delighted to invite you to the XV Baltic Nephrology Societies conference, which will be held in Kaunas, Lithuania, on 10 – 12th of December, 2020

Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania with about 290 thousand people. Historically Kaunas was the center of a county in Trakai Municipality of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania since 1413. During the interwar period (1920 - 1939) Kaunas was the temporary capital of Lithuania.

Kaunas is located in the central part of the country and it is on the confluence of the two largest rivers of Lithuania - Nemunas and Neris. Kaunas is 100 km away from capital Vilnius and 212 km from seaport Klaipėda. Kaunas is an important university city with over 35.000 students.

Lithuanian association of nephrology, dialysis and transplantation (LNDTA) is pleased to organize the conference and to consolidate the nephrological community for promotion of research, education and professional development.

National societies are seen as central collaboration among neighboring countries nephrologists and ERA-EDTA, ISN. Societies facilitate contacts with the public and government to raise recognition of chronic kidney disease as a major public health issue.

The scientific program of the conference is currently under development. Preliminary session topics: hemodialysis, transplantation, hypertension, acute kidney injury, best abstracts. There will also be a Young Nephrologists Platform – clinical case workshop. The program will be complemented by joint session with European Renal Best Practice on vascular access guidelines and also  joint session with Lithuanian Kidney Foundation. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Kaunas in December 2020.

Inga Arūnė Bumblytė 
LNDTA President

DEAR COLLEAGUES, 

I remember the first meeting of nephrologists from three Baltic countries in Jurmala in 1992. It was time just after independence restoration with very bad economical situation, with old medical equipment, with deep lack of knowledge in nephrology.

Many years have passed and now all three Baltic countries reached European level. Nephrology also made huge progress, however the need for knowledge and the need to meet colleagues and friends has remained.

It is so nice to see the growing nephrology community of all three Baltic countries. It is so pleased to meet veterans who still are active and ready to share experience with younger generation.

I can not forget prof. Eberhard Ritz, prof. Norbert Lameire, their input into organization of Baltic Nephrology conferences. Many prominent speakers contributed to continuous education of Baltic nephrologists.

I congratulate all participants of XV Baltic Nephrology Societies Conference and I wish a very stimulating few days in Kaunas.

It should be noted that this conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of the start of kidney transplantation  in Kaunas        











Prof. Vytautas Kuzminskis
Participant of all fourteen previous Baltic Nephrology  conferences
The former President of LNDTA (2003 - 2015)