Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Asian Pacific Society of Dialysis Access, I would like to invite you to the 5th congress of the APSDA, which will take place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on December 10-12, 2021.
The mission of the APSDA is to improve the quality of dialysis patient care by the advancement of research, education, collaboration and clinical practice standards regarding dialysis access.
Asia is the largest continent in the world, comprising 60% of the world’s population and over 50 countries. With high burden of kidney failure, vascular access became a major issue in terms of the patient outcome and medical expenditure. However, the processes of vascular access care vary considerably among countries, reflecting socioeconomic circumstances, resource availability, insurance system, and the role of vascular access specialists.
The annual congress of APSDA invites the best experts in dialysis access, and provides the most up-to-date knowledge and technical innovation in dialysis access care. The participants will share and gain a lot of knowledge and experience during the congress and will provide better quality of dialysis access care for the patients.
I would like to thank Dr. Shang-Jyh Hwang, Dr. Chih-Ching Lin and colleagues for their efforts to organize the excellent programs, and also thank Taiwan Society of Nephrology for supporting for the APSDA congress.
I want you to enjoy the congress, and am looking forward to seeing you soon.

Best Regards,

Yong-Soo Kim, MD, PhD
President, Asian Pacific Society of dialysis Access

Foreword from President, Taiwan Society of Nephrology

Dear Distinguished Guests and Friends,

On behalf of all of Taiwan Society of Nephrology (TSN), I would like to welcome you to this vibrant and beautiful city.
TSN is proud to host the 5th Congress of Asian Pacific Society of Dialysis Access (APSDA) from December 10th to 12th, 2021, in Kaohsiung Taiwan. I am also grateful that TSN annual conference can join this prestigious event as an international collaboration.
People around the world have become closer and more inter-connected. Outsourcing and foreign investment are ubiquitous in this global entity. Unfortunately, COVID-19 “tsunami” and the subsequent economic devastation are also easily transmitted between countries. I praise those in the medical community who devote themselves to fight the illnesses, and sincerely wish that our plan would be delivered to you as scheduled.
Taiwan ranks the highest in both the incidence and prevalence of dialysis patients, and taking care of dialysis patients is a joint mission of medical personnel. The management of the dialysis access is the best example that the nephrologists have to draw support from surgeons and other specialists for access intervention. Through the efforts of APSDA and TSN, we have the opportunity to forge ahead in this respect, to improve the mutual understanding, and eventually to bring a brighter future to our dialysis patients.
I wish APSDA 2021 Congress a successful event, and hope you would enjoy your stay in our beautiful city. I look forward to seeing all of you in December, and share our academic experience and expertise.

Shang-Jyh Hwang
President, Taiwan Society of Nephrology