16th BANTAO Congress

5 to 7 June 2019, Waterfront Hotel, London


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    Opening of the Congress

    Presidential and welcome address

    Myftar Barbullushi Congress President of BANTAO 2021

    Goce Spasovski – BANTAO President

    Greetings from Albanian personalities


    Concert from traditional Albanian music


    Welcome coctail

    08:30 – 09:00

    Registration opens

    09:00 – 11:00

    Session 1 (Hybrid) – Clinical Nephrology

    Chairs: Goce Spasovski (RN Macedonia), Myftar Barbullushi (Albania), Ali Basci (Turkey)

    9:00 – 9:20

    Goce Spasovski (RN Macedonia) (on site)

    Bone disorders in Chronic Kidney Disease

    9:20 – 9:40

    Vladimir Tesar (Czech Republic) (online)

    New ERA-EDTA and KDIGO guidelines for the treatment of lupus nephritis

    9:40 – 10:00

    Dimitrios Goumenos, Greece (online)

    Anti-PLA2R antibodies as predictors of treatment response and outcome in primary membranous nephropathy 

    10:00 – 10:20

    Flaviu Bob (Romania) (on site)

    Vitamin K and chronic kidney disease

    10:20 – 10:40

    Saimir Seferi (Albania) (on site)

    Calciphylaxis: a challenging condition

    10:40 – 11:00


    11:00 – 11:30

    Coffee break

    Topic: How to slow progression of CKD and its complications

    ISN CME course with ERA-EDTA endorsement*  

    ISN Pioneer Award Ceremony: László Rosivall (Hungary)




    11:00 – 11:30

    Registration and the greeting words of personalities


    Pioneer Award Presentation Ceremony (online)

    ISN Leader – Agnes B. Fogo (TBC if live virtual or pre-recorded message)

    • Pioneer Award – background, purpose, selection process 


    Regional or ISN Leader  

    • Presentation of the Pioneer Award winner’s attributes and achievements 


    Awardee – László Rosivall (online) 

    • Award winner responds 

    Session I (Room I)

    Chairs: Halima Resič (BiH), Alma Idrizi (Albania), Rumeyza Kazancioglu (Turkey)

    11:30 – 11:50

    Rumeyza Kazancioglu (Turkey) (on site)

    Telemedicine in PD therapies

    11:50 – 12:10

    Christoph Wanner (Germany) (online)

    "SGLT2 inhibition and diabetic kidney disease: What did we achieve?"

    12:10 – 12:30

    Fergus Caskey (UK) (online)

    Hemodialysis or hemodiafiltration for in-center dialysis: what does the evidence support

    12:30 – 12:50

    Vladimir Tesar (Czech Republic) (online)

    ANCA-associated vasculitis: form 2012 to 2021 KDIGO guidelines

    12:50 – 13:15


    13:15 – 15:00


    13:15 – 14:15

    Short communications

    Session 1 (Room 1)

    Chairs: Benereta Hoxha (Albania), Eriola Bolleku Likaj (Albania)

    Session 2 (Room 2)

    Chairs: Saimir Seferi (Albania), Vjollca Godanci (Kosovo)

    Session II

    Chairs: Flaviu Bob (Romania), Ariana Strakosha (Albania), Marina Ratkovic (Montenegro)

    15:00 – 15:20

    Christoph Wanner (Germany) (online)

    The benefits of organizing a rare disease outpatient clinic for nephrology

    15:20 – 15:40

    Goce Spasovski (RN Macedonia) (on site)

    Nephrology in the Eastern and Central European region: optimizing CKD patient care - challenges and opportunities

    15:40 – 16:00

    Rumeyza Kazancioglu (Turkey) (on site)

    Peritonitis treatment of PD  

    16:00 – 16:20

    Fergus Caskey (UK) (online)

    Treatment options for frail older people approaching end-stage kidney disease

    16:20 – 16:40

    Myftar Barbullushi (Albania) (on site)

    Renal and cardiovascular disease linked in diabetes

    16:40 – 17:00



    17:00 – 17:30

    Coffee break

    17:30 – 18:30 Session II (Room 1)

    Chairs: Irena Rambabova Bushletikj (North Macedonia), Alketa Koroshi (Albania), Nevi Pasko (Albania)

    17:30 – 17:45

    Irena Rambabova Bushletikj (RN Macedonia) (on site)

    Efficacy of Medium Cut-Off Dialyzer and Comparison with standard High-Flux Hemodialysis

    17:45 – 18:00

    Eriola Bolleku Likaj (Albania) (on site)

    Covid-19 sequels in Nephrology

    18:00 – 18:15

    Ibrahim Rudhani, Lirim Spahiu (on site)

    Intradialytic hypotension

    18:15 – 18:30

    Valibor Tasic (RN Macedonia) (on site)

    Covid-19 infection and kidney health in children 

    18:30 – 18:45

    Suela Mumajesi (Albania) (on site)

    Antiviral therapy association with nephrocalcinosis: case report

    18:45 – 19:00


    17:30-19:30 Session III (Room 2)

    Chairs: Margarita Gjata (Albania), Stela Zivcic-Cosic (Croatia), Zheni Gjergji (Albania)

    17:30 – 17:50

    Özkan Ulutas (Turkey) (online)

    Psychological Stress Induced Hypertension: Knowns and Unknowns

    17:50 – 18:10

    Sanja Simic Ogrizovic (Serbia) (online)

    The role of hepcidin 25 in assessment of iron balance in chronic and end stage renal patients

    18:10 – 18:30

    Adalbert Schiller (Romania) (online)

    Onconephrology, an emerging subspecialties

    18:30 – 18:50

    Marian Stefanov (Bulgaria) (online)

    Complex Tuberous Sclerosis - Bulgarian experience

    18:50 – 19:00




    Session IV (Room 1)

    Chairs: Merita Rroji (Albania), Ahmet Duraku (Albania), Elif Ari Bakir (Turkey)


    Rafael Ponikvar (Slovenia) (online)

    Providing vascular access for hemodialysis: precious skill for future nephrologist


    Maria Stangou, (Greece) (online)

    Clinical presentation or ANCA type should guide treatment of ANCA-associated vasculitis?


    Nikolina Basic-Jukic (Croatia) (online)

    "Post-COVID-19 in the kidney transplant recipients”


    Damir Rebić (Federation of BiH) (online)

    Outcomes among hospitalized acute kidney injury-related COVID19 patients


    Jadranka Buturović Ponikvar (Slovenia) (online)

    Limited long-term kidney graft survival: immunological and non immunological causes


    Nada Dimkovic Serbia (online)

    Iron in CKD patients: what we should think about?


    Coffee break

    11:00 – 12:00

    Poster session on site (Room 1)

    Chairs: Albana Gjyzari (Albania), Marsida Duli (Albania), Teuta Mali (Albania)


    11:00 – 12:00

    Poster session on site (Room 2)

    Meetting of Board Members


    11:00 – 12:00

    Poster session online

    Chairs: Albana Gjyzari (Albania), Marsida Duli (Albania)


    12:00-13:30 Session V (Room 1)

    Chairs: Nereida Spahia (Albania), Ibrahim Rudhani (Kosovo), Elvir Mucic (Montenegro)

    12:00 – 12:15

    Milorad Grujičić Clical (Republic of Srpska-BiH) (online)

    Primary and secondary glomerular diseases in University Clinical centre of Republic of Srpska-results of kidney biopsies in period 2007-2021 

    12:15 – 12:30

    Kyriaki Kolovou (Greece) (online)

    Dialysis and COVID-19

    12:30 – 12:45

    Ivelina Marinova (Bulgaria) (online)

    Fabry disease - Bulgarian experience

    12:45 – 13:00

    Stela Zivcic-Cosic (Croatia) (on site)

    Kidney transplantation from elderly donors at the  Clinical Hospital Center Rijeka


    13:00 – 13:15

    Burak Sayin (Turkey) (online)

    Innovations in Treatment of Anemia among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: HIF Stabilizers


    13:15 – 13:30

    Rodoljub Markovic (Serbia) (online)

    Kidney and SARS Covid 19 infection: our experience 


    12:00-13:30 Session VI (Room 2)

    Chairs: Valibor Tasic (RN Macedonia), Nestor Thereska (Albania), Ivana Juric (Croatia)

    12:00 – 12:15

    Lada Trajceska (RN Macedonia) (online)

    Cadaveric kidney transplantation during Covid 19 pandemic - it is quite possible!

    12:15 – 12:30

    Erhan Tatar (Turkey) (online)

    Kidney Transplantation in Patients Diagnosed As Familial Mediterranean Fever: Approach to a Regional Problem


    12:30 – 12:45

    Petar Megerov (Bulgaria) (online)

    Factors associated with anemia in kidney transplant patients


    12:45 – 13:00

    Marina Ratkovic (Montenegro) (online)

    The importance of a multidisciplinary team, medical professionals, religious and media representatives, in improving the quality of life and long-term survival rates of patients with transplanted organs, as well as the increasing of the number of living and cadaveric organ donors


    13:00 – 13:15

    Baris Akin (Turkey) (online)

    Expanding the donor pool in kidney transplantation


    13:15 – 13:25

    Vilma Cadri (Albania) (on site)

    Comorbid factors for early mortality in myeloma-related kidney disease


    13:25 – 13:35

    Matilda Imeraj (Albania) (on site)

    Onco-nephrology. Protecting kidneys while combating cancer


    13:35 – 13:45

    Closing remarks & certificates distribution

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