Department of Renal Medicine


Renal short courses

The Department runs the following short CPD teaching courses:

These are short courses run over two or three days and each covers a wide breadth, ranging from the patient pathway to therapies to cutting edge science.

The course faculties are recognised experts in their field and are drawn from Britain, Europe, and the United States.

Infectious and Global Nephrology

This is a 2-day course covering 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 or nephrology and covers 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.

The next course will be run in 2020.  Exact dates to be confirmed.  If you would like to pre-register for the 2020 course please email the Course Admin Team at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk


Applied Renal Physiology

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.   The next Renal Physiology course will be run in May 2020, exact dates to be confirmed.  If you would like to pre-register for the 2020 course please email the Course Admin Team at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk

Who is this course for?

It is intended for both clinicians and scientists - trainees in Nephrology, General (Internal) Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine, Consultant Nephrologists and General Physicians, and those working in veterinary medicine and non-clinical grades.


This is a comprehensive course on dialysis and the management of patients with end stage renal failure.

The management of end stage renal failure by dialysis forms a central component of all renal units. However, it is often the least intensively taught component of nephrology training.

This course is a thorough introduction to dialysis, from basics to new developments. Our expert faculty provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of dialysis and ESRF through a mixture of informal lectures and workshops. The next Dialysis course will be held in June 2020, exact dae to be confirmed.  If you would like to pre-register for the 2020 course please email the Course Admin Team at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at Specialist Registrars in nephrology, but is also of interest to other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with chronic renal failure.

Renal Transplantation

Our Renal Transplantation course covers clinical aspects of transplantation from donor and recipient selection, through surgical and medical management post-transplant.    Using a combination of interactive lectures and case-based discussions, our expert faculty will provide an essential update on transplantation as well as the opportunity to discuss practical aspects of difficult cases.

Who is this course for?

It is designed for trainee nephrologists and trainee renal transplant surgeons, and also  recently appointed consultants in these fields. Renal transplant nursing staff will also find the course valuable in their clinical practice.  

The Renal Transplantation course was introduced in 2017 and received excellent feedback from attendees on the content, faculty and organisation.  The 2018 Course was equally well received and we are running the course again on 11-13 September 2019 at the Royal Free Hospital, London, NW3 2QG.  Registration is now open via UCL Online Store.