Department of Renal Medicine


Applied Renal Physiology Course

May 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Venue: To be confirmed

This unique UK course aims to integrate physiological principles with day-to-day clinical practice and to update on recent developments in basic renal physiology.

It features formal, introductory lectures each day and interactive clinical case presentations applying “thinking physiology” at the bedside.



Programme - Day 1

Module 1 - Primer in renal physiology

  • Glomerular function
  • Proximal tubular function
  • Water handling in the nephron
  • Distal tubular function
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Nephron overview

Module 2 - Applied renal physiology

  • Hypertension and kinases
  • Dent disease

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. The day follows on with Module 2, in the afternoon, as an update in applied renal physiology with two talks on tubular disease.

Programme - Day 2

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

  • Acid-base physiology
  • Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis
  • Acid-base small group case
  • Workshops
  • Hyponatraemia
  • Hypernatraemia
  • Sodium small group case workshops

Programme - Day 3

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

  • Hypokalaemia
  • Hyperkalaemia
  • Hypophosphataemia
  • Magnesium disorders
  • Calcium homeostasis and the kidney
  • PO4Mg/K/Ca small group case workshops
  • IV Fluid therapy
  • Diuretics
  • 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.


Standard Delegate Registration Fees

One-day :






Pharmaceutical industry delegates, please contact the Course Administrator Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk

Registration will open in November 2019.  Please contact the Course Administrator if you would like to pre-register at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk

Course Administration

Course Administrator: 

Kate Henderson, UCL Centre for Nephrology, Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF. 

Tel:  020 8016 8264

Email: Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk 


CPD credit to be confirmed by the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom.  In previous years the

course has been awarded 18 CPD category 1 (external) CPD credits, and we expect the 2020 course to be awarded the same.


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