Department of Renal Medicine


Infectious and Global Nephrology Course

March 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed)

This 2-day course will cover renal disease secondary to infectious agents and the management of acute and chronic kidney disease in resource-poor environments.

Day 1 is aimed at those with an interest in infectious diseases of nephrology and will cover pathophysiology, clinical presentation and management of both globally common and clinically important infectious agents causing renal disease. Through a mixture of informal lectures, case discussions and workshops, topics covered will range from acute sepsis-related AKI such as malaria, to direct involvement of the kidney by viruses, bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi and parasites as well as the pathological consequences of remote infection such as post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, cryoglobulinaemia and infection-associated IgA nephropathy.

On day 2 the focus will be on non-infectious renal disease around the world including the epidemiology of, and practicalities of managing, AKI and CKD in low-income countries, along with the challenges of establishing and running dialysis and transplant programmes in resource-poor settings. The course will also provide an ideal networking opportunity through informal discussions with a number of clinicians who have successfully delivered clinical and research projects around the world.

Who it is this course for?

The course is aimed at nephrologists, infectious disease specialists, general medicine trainees, consultants, and renal nursing staff with particular emphasis on the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases impacting on the kidney as well as the practice of nephrology in resource poor environments.


Programme Topics

More than 25 interactive lectures from clinicians and scientist who are leaders in their field, case-based workshops and networking opportunities with clinicians who have successfully delivered clinical and research projects around the world. Topics include:


  • Mechanisms of sepsis related acute kidney injury (AKI)
  • Malaria and AKI
  • Diarrhoea associated haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS)
  • Haemorrhagic fever and AKI
  • Bacterial pyelonephritis
  • Mycobacterial renal injury
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Hepatitis B and E
  • Hepatitis C
  • Post-infectous nephritis
  • HIV and the kidney
  • Infective causes of interstitial nephritis
  • Workshops on fever cases and direct renal infection
  • Global burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD)  in the context of the broader non communicable diseases agenda
  • CKD of unknown cause
  • Obstetric AKI
  • PD for AKI
  • Haemodialysis for end stage kidney disease
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Medical aspects of transplantation
  • Renal nursing in lower middle income countries
  • Palliative care in lower middle income countries
  • Ethics of renal replacement therapy
  • Clinical AKI cases
  • Collaborative research


Course Administration

Course Administrator: Kate Henderson, UCL Centre for
Nephrology, Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill Street,
London NW3 2PG

Tel:+44 (0) 20 8016 8264

Email: Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk


CPD credit to be confirmed by the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom.  Previous courses have been awarded 12 category 1 external CPD credits by the Royal College of Physicians, and we expect the 2020 course to be awarded the same.


Course Team

Dr Sanjay Bhagani - Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases/HIV at UCL

Dr Ben Caplin - Senior Lecturer in Nephrology at UCL Centre for Nephrology and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital

Dr Ian Cropley - Consultant in Infectious Diseases and HIV at the Royal Free Hospital

Dr Gavin Dreyer - Consultant Nephrologist,  Barts Health Trust

Dr Rhys Evans - Clinical Research Fellow, UCL Centre for Nephrology

Dr Sally Hamour - Consultant Nephrologist,  Royal Free Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL

Dr Mark Harber - Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL