Editorial issue 249

Socioeconomic deprivation is independently associated with mortality post kidney transplantation

In the 249th issue of NDT-E you will find several novel and interesting papers to read. In a paper recently published in Kidney International (KI), Dr. Irena Begaj et al. show that socioeconomic deprivation is independently associated with increased mortality post kidney transplantation. Compared with the most deprived individuals the least deprived recipients had significantly decreased risk of death at 1 and 5 years post kidney transplant. In another interesting KI paper John Leypoldt et al. discuss the determinants of phosphorus mobilization during hemodialysis. You will also find an interesting review by Drs Ziad Massy and Dick de Zeeuw entitled ”LDL cholesterol in CKD—to treat or not to treat?”. In this issue of NDT-E you can also read a novel and very interesting paper published in J Clin Invest by Agustín Tortajada et al. who identified and characterized a unique complement factor H–related mutation provides, which provide insights into the biology of the FHRs and contributes to our understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms underlying C3 glomerulopathies. A review by Katie Lane et al. on the renohepatic crosstalk recently published in NDT is also of interest to read.

In this issue of NDT-E you will also find four CME lectures presented at the ERA-EDTA meeting in Paris May 2012. Dr. Martin Wilkie, Sheffield, UK presents an interesting lecture entitled “ENCAPSULATING PERITONEAL SCLEROSIS: CLINICAL INSIGHTS AND TREATMENTS OPTIONS”. The 2nd lecture is entitled ”PERITONEAL SCLEROSIS AND CLINICAL MEMBRANE CHANGES - WHEN DO WE NEED TO WORRY?” and is presented by Dr. Simon Davies, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. The 3rd lecture by Dr. Vedat Schwenger, Heidelberg, Germany, will present information on ”MECHANISMS OF FIBROSIS/SCLEROSIS AND IMPACT OF PD SOLUTIONS”. The final CME lecture is presented by Dr. Christoph Aufricht, Vienna, Austria, the Netherlands and is entitled ” THE BIOLOGY OF THE PERITONEUM, WHAT’S EMERGING IN THE 21ST CENTURY. LESSONS TO BE LEARNT BY EUTRIPD”.

Finally, I would like to thank all the readers and users for the years I have had the opportunity to act as an Editor-in-chief for NDT-E. The average number of NDT-E pages visited over the last 6 months has increased and reached an amazing 67,617. Thus, this educational tool seems much appreciated not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world (such as in USA and India). It is now time for the new ERA-EDTA council member Prof Michel Jadoul, Belgium to take over the responsibility for NDT-E. I am confident that he will do a very good job and I wish him every success in this important task.  

Enjoy your NDT-E!
Peter Stenvinkel, Editor-in-chief