This article describes the birth and development of the Renal Immunopathology Group of the Italian Society of Nephrology. It collects the stories of nephrologists and pathologists who, since the early Seventies up to the first decade of this century, devoted their professional lives to the study of renal pathology with a strong personal involvement, characterized by enthusiasm, commitment, ability, strong spirit of cooperation, and friendship. All this enabled the Group to: propose the criteria for a standardized histological and immuno-histological examination of renal biopsies and reporting; produce several multicenter studies, whose results were also published in important international journals; to set up a national registry of renal biopsies; to organize a number of courses, some of which were associated with the publication of monographs, on various renal diseases.
This article also traces the history of renal pathology in Italy from the second half of the Sixties – when young Italian nephrologists and pathologists from different institutions moved to French laboratories to learn new techniques to apply to renal biopsies – up to the present days. It also shows us how Italian renal pathology has been an essential tool for the development of the nephrological clinical practice and the advancement of scientific research.
Keywords: history of Renal Immunopathology Group, history of Italian Society of Nephrology, history of Italian Nephrology, history of Italian Nephropathology