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Call for papers - Chronic kidney disease and women’s health

Guest Editors:
Monica C. Beaulieu: University of British Columbia, Canada
Min Feng: Sun Yat-sen University, China
Imed Helal: Diaverum Holding AB Branch, Saudi Arabia
Elizabeth Hendren: University of British Columbia, Canada
Priti Meena: All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Bhubaneswar, India

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 22 July 2024 

BMC Nephrology is calling for submissions to our collection on chronic kidney disease (CKD) as it relates to women's health. Authors are invited to submit original research that delves into the multifaceted relationship between CKD and various aspects of women's health, from pregnancy and beyond.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-being, SDG 5: Gender Equality, and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Monica C. Beaulieu, MD, FRCPC: Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia Division of Nephrology, Canada

Dr Beaulieu is the Division Head of Nephrology at St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. She is the medical lead of the Kidney Care Clinic and the inaugural medical director of the Nephrology Obstetrics Clinic. She has a special interest in training nephrologists, OBIM, and MFM providers in the care of patients with kidney disease who are considering pregnancy and throughout their pregnancy journey. 


Min Feng: Department of Nephrology, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Dr Min Feng obtained her PhD degree from Sun Yat-sen University and has worked as a research assistant in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has engaged in the clinical practice of nephrology for nearly 20 years. For recent years, she is interested in clinical research on chronic kidney disease with pregnancy and onco-nephrology.


Imed Helal: Medical Director, Diaverum Holding AB Branch, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 

Prof Imed Helal is a faculty member of the Nephrology Department, Charles Nicolle Hospital and Clinical Professor at university of Tunis Almanar, Tunisia. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 articles published in international journals. Professor Helal's principal clinical activity and research interests include ADPKD, CKD, early diagnosis of CKD, pregnancy in dialysis, recovery of kidney function and acute kidney injury.

Elizabeth Hendren, MD, FRCP(C): Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia; Transplant Nephrologist, St Paul's Hospital, Canada

Dr Hendren is a clinician and researcher with the Division of Nephrology at the University of British Columbia. She is a transplant nephrologist and renal obstetrics specialist at St Paul's Hospital. Her research focuses on pregnancy in transplant recipients, recurrent glomerular disease after renal transplant and on improving equitable and accessible transplant care to patients in British Columbia.


Priti Meena: Assistant Professor, Department of Nephrology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Bhubaneswar, India

Dr Priti Meena conducts pioneering research in the critical field of kidney disorders in pregnancy, where she strives to advance our understanding and improve patient outcomes. Dr Meena's commitment to the nephrology community is exemplified through her role as a council member of the Indian Society of Hemodialysis and her active involvement as an education team member of the International Society of Nephrology. She is at the forefront of multicentric studies focused on Acute Kidney Injury in pregnancy, shedding light on this complex issue. As a dedicated member of Women in Nephrology, she passionately engages in patient care, advocacy, awareness campaigns, transplantation initiatives, and groundbreaking research aimed at enhancing kidney health in women. 

About the Collection

CKD is a global health concern that affects millions of individuals worldwide. It intersects with several female health domains, including reproductive health, hormonal changes, and other conditions. Comprehensive insights into these areas are essential to improve care and outcomes for women at various life stages.

We are seeking contributions that explore the diverse dimensions of CKD and women's health. The editorial team of BMC Nephrology is seeking the submission of manuscripts that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Epidemiology and prevalence of CKD among women
  • Management strategies for CKD in women throughout different life stages
  • Impact of CKD on menstrual cycles and hormonal imbalances
  • Pregnancy outcomes in women with CKD
  • Pre-eclampsia risk assessment
  • Renal transplantation and its implications on women's health
  • Hormone replacement therapy and CKD
  • Bone health in women with CKD
  • Contraception and fertility considerations
  • Menopause and CKD

This Collection supports and amplifies research related to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 5 (Gender Equality), and 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

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  1. Global studies exploring the relationship between parity and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are scarce. Furthermore, no study has examined the relationship between parity and CKD in Japan. Therefore, this study ...

    Authors: Hongxin Wang, Noriyuki Iwama, Keiichi Yuwaki, You Nakamichi, Hirotaka Hamada, Hasumi Tomita, Kazuma Tagami, Rie Kudo, Natsumi Kumagai, Hirohito Metoki, Naoki Nakaya, Atsushi Hozawa, Shinichi Kuriyama, Nobuo Yaegashi and Masatoshi Saito
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:166

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Chronic kidney disease and women's health" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.