A new ERA: The umbrella association seeking to speak with one European voice on renal disease

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Christoph Wanner (Würzburg, Germany), president of the ERA, talks about the priorities and direction for this 50-year-old society, following its recent name change, with Nicholas Inston (Birmingham, UK), secretary of the Vascular Access Society (VAS) and chairman of the editorial board for Renal Interventions.

While the ERA sets its sights firmly on large-scale data collection via a registry on dialysis and transplantation in Europe, and identifies nephrologists as the core of its membership, it is also “in essence” broadening its base to surgeons, radiologists and members of dialysis teams through collaboration with other societies such as VAS. There is a renewed focus on education for ERA in addition to research–which marks a shift from the past, Wanner says.

Importantly, they discuss there will be a continuing special relationship with the UK, despite Brexit.

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