Department of Renal Medicine


Applied Renal Physiology Course

This unique course integrates understanding of physiology and electrolyte and acid/base disorders that many find confusing.

It features lectures from international physiology and nephrology experts, small group case discussions and workshops in order to ground participants in the pathophysiology and clinical management of electrolyte and acid/base disorders, hypertension and fluid management.


Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at trainees in renal medicine, but will also be of interest to other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with chronic renal failure.

Course content

Module 1: Primer in renal physiology   (Day 1)

Nephron overview

Glomerular function

Proximal tubular function

Water handling in the nephron

Distal tubular function

Renal tubular acidosis

Module 2: Applied renal physiology (Day 1)

Molecular mechanisms of hypertension

Endothelins and blood pressure homeostasis

Module 1 is intended to act as a refresher in the basics of renal physiology for those whose memories from medical school are too hazy. Module 2 in the afternoon provides an update in applied renal physiology.

Module 3:  Fluids, electrolytes and acid-base (Part 1) (Day 2)

Acid-base physiology

Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis

Acid-base small group case workshops




Sodium small group case workshops

Module 3: Fluids, electrolytes and  acid-base (Part 2)  (Day 3)



Magnesium disorders

Calcium homeostasis and the kidney

PO4Mg/K/Ca small group case workshops

IV Fluid therapy


MCQs in Renal Physiology

This two-day module provides a comprehensive overview of fluids, electrolytes and acid-base for clinicians and will cover background physiology and clinical sciences.  Each day will feature small group interactive workshops.  These two days will particularly benefit those practicing in nephrology, critical care or any acute medical specialities.


Previous courses have been awarded 18 category 1 (external) CPD credits and we expect the 2020 course to be awarded the same.  You will receive an Attendance Certificate afer the course.

Course Administrator

Kate Henderson, UCL Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF. 

Tel:  020 8016 8264

Email: Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk 


Course Directors

Dr Chris Laing

Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Nephrology at University College London

Dr Stephen (B) Walsh

Senior Lecturer in Nephrology at University College London and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Robert Unwin

Professor of Nephrology and Physiology at UCL and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust