Dear Chairmen, Directors, and Colleagues,
Participating in the 13th BANTAO Congress is very invaluable for me.
I was so excited to hear this news that I couldnt stop bursting
Nephrology Department did not exist at the time when I was doing my
post graduate studies in Internal Medicine. Renal biopsy, peritoneal
dialysis and hemodialysis were practiced in the/our clinic, which I
found very interesting. My professor Cavit Sokmen had a book on
kidney diseases at the time. After I studied the book, I was even
more interested in the subject. The fact that the two kidneys have
so many functions fascinated me.
Despite serious difficulties I have faced, I have never given up
because I have taken over a mission. As a result, I established
Anatolian Kidney Foundation in order to overcome problems.
With the belief that Being alive is beautiful but enabling living
is even more beautiful than being alive, which is our motto, I
continued my studies.
I have reached my goal as the result of my hard work.
We issue our newspaper Renaliz online currently.
One important deficiency was left and it was The History of Turkish
I finally accomplished my goal after long and hard work by
compiling and editing The History of Turkish Nephrology, which is
being updated now.
I would like to thank all those who encouraged, supported and
inspired me, especially my family, my teachers and all the
organizations of Turkish Nephrology.
I also would like to thank ISN, of which I have been a member since
1981 and President Feehally and all the members of Central and
Eastern Europe Committee for seeing me worthy of this award. I hope
to do more valuable work together later in life.
Prof. Ayla SAN, MD