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Dear colleagues,

Thank you for visiting the website of the EUROD (European Renal Osteodystrophy), an initiative of the CKD-mineral and bone disorder working group of the European Renal Association.

Renal osteodystrophy (ROD) is a heterogeneous group of metabolic bone diseases complicating progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD). Bone biomarkers and bone imaging techniques may help to assess bone health and predict fractures in CKD but do have important inherent limitations. By informing on bone turnover and mineralization, a bone biopsy may help to guide prevention and treatment of ROD and its consequences.

According to a 2017 survey conducted among European nephrologists, bone biopsies are performed rather exceptionally, both for clinical and research purposes. Obviously, clinical research in the field of ROD is threatened by vanishing clinical and pathological expertise, small patient cohorts and scientific isolation.

The European Renal Osteodystrophy (EUROD) initiative was created in 2016 under the umbrella of the ERA CKD-mineral and bone disorder (MBD) Working Group to revitalize bone biopsy as a clinically useful tool in the diagnostic workup of CKD-MBD and to foster research on the epidemiology, implications and reversibility of ROD. As such, the EUROD initiative aims to increase the understanding of ROD and ultimately to improve outcomes in CKD patients.