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To create a world without kidney diseases, the ASN Alliance for Kidney Health elevates care by educating and informing, driving breakthroughs and innovation, and advocating for policies that create transformative changes in kidney medicine throughout the world.

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Jan Weening, MD

January 31, 2022

Dr. Weening served as ISN secretary-general in the late nineties and president of the ISN from 2003 to 2005; he was the first pathologist to serve in this role. Dr. Weening focused his leadership on increasing support for investment in science and education and making the most effective use of scarce resources to address the kidney disease epidemic. He also emphasized the need to work toward a fair and safe world where good health care and education are accessible to all.

Dr. Weening made significant contributions in pathology and nephrology. Scientifically he focused on glomerulonephritis and led the process of convening the group to revise the WHO lupus nephritis classification to create the ISN/RPS lupus nephritis classification.

Educated in Gröningen, the Netherlands, by Prof. Hoedemaeker, he later undertook a professorship in immunopathology there. He became head of the pathology department at the Academic Medical Center (Academisch Medisch Centrum).

Dr. Weening trained many pathologists, supervising more than 25 Ph.D. students. He held positions in Harvard, Leiden, and Rotterdam, and was closely involved with the Netherlands kidney foundation (Nierstichting) and worked with the National Kidney Foundation.

He initiated the Amsterdam Summer School alongside the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and was chairman of the Concilium Pathologicum, responsible for Dutch pathology education, for many years.

Dr. Weening was an author of more than 219 publications. He was appointed Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion in 2016.

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