The history of the ISRNM
The 8th International Congress was held at the Castel dell’Ovo in Naples, Italy in 1996 from 9-12 October. The local organizing committee was chaired by Natale .G. de Santo and co-chaired by Dr V Zappia. Once again several hundred physicians, scientists, renal nutritionists and other healthcare workers attended this Congress. The topics addressed ranged from cell and molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry and epidemiology to clinical interventions and large scale trials. Nutritional and metabolic disorders are common with renal disease and acute of chronic renal failure. Treatment may reduce their morbidity and mortality. In total 169 scientic papers were presented (90 invited and free communications and 96 posters) During the sessions for dietitians 16 papers were presented as free and poster presentations. Selected manuscripts from dietitians were published in volume 7 (1997) numbers 2,3 and 4 of the Journal of Renal Nutrition”. The following officers were elected to the ISRNM Council: the 4th President, Walter Horl (Austria), Immediate Past President: Shaul G. Massry (USA), Vice President William E. Mitch (USA), Secretary-Treasurer: George A.Kaysen (USA) and council members: Giuseppe .D’Amico(Italy), Natale G. De Santo (Italy), Tim H..J. Goodship (UK), Ralph Rabkin (USA), Marianne Vennegoor RD (UK), JohnWalls (UK), MarshaWolfsen (USA) (10). Natale De Santo also organized the very interesting “International Seminar on the History of Nutrition” at the Italian Institute of Philosophy The welcoming reception was held at the Teatro di Corte, Palazzo Reale, the Concert at the Chiesa del Gesu and Farewell Dinner at the splendid Hotel Exelsior.