Department of Renal Medicine


Applied Renal Physiology Course

This course will be live-streamed on 12 - 14 May 2021

This unique course integrates the 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 to ground participants in the pathophysiology and clinical management of electrolyte and acid/base disorders, hypertension and fluid management.

The course will be live-streamed and include real-time audience-response questions allowing you to pose specific questions to our expert faculty.  In addition, we will hold small group case discussions/workshops on Zoom.  Links to the video recordings of the presentations will be sent out approximately two weeks after the course and be available to view for four weeks. 


Course Programme

Day 1:  Wednesday 12th May 2021  - 09:30 - 17:15 hrs (BST/UTC +1)

Module 1: Primer in renal physiology  

Nephron overview

Glomerular function

Proximal tubular function

Water handling in the nephron

Distal tubular function

Renal tubular acidosis

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 2: Applied renal physiology (Continues on Day 1)

Molecular mechanisms of hypertension

Endothelins and blood pressure homeostasis

Day 2:  Thursday 13th May 2021 - 09:30 - 17:15 hrs (BST/UTC +1)

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

Acid-base physiology

Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis

Acid-base small group case workshops

Renal physiology quiz



Sodium small group case workshops

Day 3:  Friday 14th May 2021 - 09:30 - 17:15 hrs (BST/UTC +1)

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.


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.


During the current pandemic, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP UK) are awarding the same number of CPD credits for a live-streamed event as they would for a live event. In previous years, the course has been awarded 18 category 1 (external) CPD credits, and we anticipate this year’s course will be awarded the same number. The RCP have also stated that participants accessing the archived version of an event can record this in their CPD diary using the approval code for up to four weeks after the event.  You will receive an Attendance Certificate after the course.

Course fees and online booking

Category1 day2 days3 days
Trainee grades (SpRs etc)£100£170£250

 Booking is via UCL Online store and payment is with a debit or credit card. See Terms and Conditions of UCL Online Store here.                  

Book your place here

Contact Course Admin


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

Divisional Clinical Director, Emergency Services, University College London Hospitals. Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Associate Professor in Nephrology at University College London

Dr Stephen (B) Walsh

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

Professor Robert Unwin

Emeritus Professor of Nephrology and Physiology at University College London.