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NKF's KIDGO to develop global guidelines for kidney transplantation.

More than 100 experts from around the world will meet in early 2006, under the auspices of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to develop global guidelines for improving the outcomes for people receiving kidney transplants.

The conference, which will be organized by a global organization managed by NKF called Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KIDGO), will be held February 2-4, 2006 in Lisbon, Portugal. Francis Delmonico, MD, of the Harvard Medical School, in Boston, and Martin Zeier, MD, of the University of Heidelberg in Germany will co-chair the conference.

The conference and subsequent guidelines will focus on improving the clinical development of transplant recipients, including post transplant complications such as malignancy, diabetes, anemia, bone disease and cardiovascular risks, NKF said in a press release. These complications often threaten the recipient's life, survival of the graft and increase the cost of care.

KIDGO's guideline process is modeled after its successful series of guidelines on chronic kidney disease and its treatment, which are known as KDOQI or Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative.

"Thousands of kidney transplants are performed each year, but their outcomes and the shortage of organs remain a major problem," Fred Brown, NKF chairman said. "We urgently need to help recipients live long and healthy lives with their transplanted kidneys. We can improve outcomes and reduce the need for second transplants through development and implementation of guidelines on better care."

Following the conference, KDIGO will begin an 18-month process to empower an independent work group and three methodology centers from different parts of the world to examine the evidence and create practice guidelines recommending ways to improve outcomes. The recommendations will focus on what practicing kidney physicians, primary care physicians and patients themselves can do to prevent the loss of an organ or threats to the life of a recipient.

KDIGO is a Belgian not-for-profit foundation with a forty-member board of directors, and managed by the NKF. Its mission is to improve outcomes for kidney patients worldwide through coordination, development and implementation of guidelines.
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Title Annotation:National Kidney Foundation; Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes
Publication:Transplant News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 31, 2005
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