Department of Renal Medicine


Applied Renal Physiology Course

Course dates: 8 - 10 May 2024


The Applied Renal Physiology course will be held in-person at Woburn House, a conference venue in central London close to UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

The course covers the pathophysiology and clinical management of electrolyte and acid-base disorders, hypertension and fluid management. The course consists of a mixture of basic and applied clinical science and will provide a useful overview of renal physiology.

The course is run over three days but you can choose to attend for one, two or three days. Each day will involve face-to-face lectures and case discussions from international physiology and nephrology experts.

Learning outcomes:

The course will help you:

  • understand the principles of acid-base and renal electrolyte physiology
  • evaluate and treat common and traditionally difficult clinical problems such as hyponatraemia and metabolic acidosis
  • practice clinical physiology cases with world-expert clinicians in dedicated workshops
  • gain expertise with fluid and diuretic therapies
  • critically reflect on ways to improve current practice and the patient pathway

Who is this course for?

The course is for:

  • trainees in nephrology, general (internal) medicine and intensive care medicine
  • consultant nephrologists
  • general practitioners

Course Programme

Day 1: Wednesday 8th May 2024 (09:30 - 16:00 hrs)

The morning session on Day 1 is intended as a refresher in the basics of renal physiology

  • Overview of the nephron
  • Proximal tubular function
  • Distal tubular function
  • Clinical tubular cases

The afternoon session on Day 1 provides an update on renal physiology

  • The aperion of arterial hypertension
  • Oliver Wrong Prize Lecture: The therapeutic potential of apelin in kidney disease
  • How the Kidney Adapts to Modern Diet at the Expense of Hypertension

Day 2:  Thursday 9th May 2024 (09:30 - 17:30 hrs)

  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis
  • Acid-base physiology
  • Acid-base cases workshop
  • Hyponatraemia
  • Hypernatraemia
  • IV fluid therapy
  • Sodium case workshops

Day 3: Friday, 10th May 2024 (09:30 - 16:00 hrs)

  • Hypokalaemia
  • Hyperkalaemia
  • Hypophosphataemia
  • Magnesium disorders
  • Calcium disorders
  • Phosphate, magnesium, potassium and calcium cases workshop
  • Diuretics
  • Online MCQs

Days two and three provide a comprehensive overview of fluids, electrolytes and acid-base for clinicians and will cover background physiology and clinical sciences.  Each day will feature an interactive workshop.  These two days will particularly benefit those practicing in nephrology, critical care or any acute medical specialities.

Teaching and structure

You can attend one, two or three days.

Each day will involve face-to-face lectures and case discussions from international physiology and nephrology experts.

This is an interactive course and we encourage you to ask questions, bring your own clinical queries or cases and chat informally with our speakers during breaks.

Course Fees


1 day

2 days

3 days

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We can accept payment by cheque before the course but we are not able to accept cash payment.  If you have any queries regarding payment please contact the course admin here.

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Receipt of payment

Your payment will be made to the UCL Department of Renal Medicine but will show as a debit to UCL Online Store on your debit/credit card statement. Please note that confirmation of payment from UCL Online store is proof of your booking.  If you require a further receipt of your registration payment for expenses purposes, please contact the Course Admin here.

CPD Accreditation

'Applied Renal Physiology Course 2024' has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 15 category 1 (external) CPD credits.

The Royal College of Physicians provides accreditation as a supportive process of evaluating the quality of clinical services and promotes quality improvement through highlighting areas of best practice and areas for change, encouraging the continued development of the clinical service. 

Certificate of Attendance

Your Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to you after the course.

Course Venue

Photo of exterior of Woburn House

The course will be held at Woburn House, a conference venue in Bloomsbury, central London close to Euston and Kings Cross station.

Address: Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ.

Nearest underground stations:


Please note that accommodation is not included in your course fees.  Bloomsbury offers plenty of choice of hotels for every budget.  Please see Woburn House's webpages for suggestions for local hotels here.

Doctor in the House offers reasonably priced accommodation for medical, academic and professional visitors to London.  

Please note we do not have any connection with the above hotels or with Doctor in the House. It is up to individuals to look at the reviews on independent websites before booking their accommodation.  

Course Admin

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries about the course.

Contact information:

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

Email:  Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk

Tel:  020 8016 8264

Course Directors

Professor Stephen (Ben) Walsh

Professor in Renal Medicine, UCL Department of Renal Medicine/Honorary Consultant Nephrologst, Royal Free London  NHS Foundation Trust

Ben Walsh is a clinician scientist with an interest in both rare renal tubular disorders and disorders of blood pressure. He leads a specialist national clinic for patients with inherited and acquired renal tubular disease.

His research involves the physiology of renal epithelial sodium and other solute transport, and how that relates to blood pressure homeostasis, in rare genetic (Gitelman and Gordon syndromes, distal Renal Tubular Acidosis) as well as common (hypertension, metabolic syndrome) diseases. His laboratory group, the London Tubular Centre, uses physiological and imaging methods with cell and animal models as well as human subjects.

Professor Matthew Bailey

Matthew Bailey is Professor of Renal Physiology in the British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology. He has a PhD from The University of London, received postdoctoral training at UCL and CNRS in Saclay, France and held Wellcome Trust Fellowships at Yale University and the University of Edinburgh. Matt's team examines the physiology of salt balance and is funded by the British Heart Foundation, Kidney Research UK, Diabetes UK and the Medical Research Council.

Dr Rhys Evans

Rhys Evans is a Consultant Nephrologist and Associate Professor in the UCL Department of Renal Medicine. He was an undergraduate at Cambridge University, undertook general nephrology training in London, and he subsequently completed a Fellowship in Transplantation at the University of British Columbia. He returned to the Royal Free in November 2021 where he works clinically as a transplant nephrologist and is deputy lead of the Centre for Transplantation. Rhys undertook his PhD at UCL under the supervision of Prof Alan Salama and Prof Stephen Walsh. His research is focused on the impact of the extracellular ionic environment on immune cell activation with a particular focus on changes in immunity that occur in states of altered sodium balance. He recently provided the first report of immunodeficiency in a patient with Salt-Losing Tubulopathy. He has just received funding to explore the effect of sodium on the alloimmune response.

Dr Keith Siew

Dr. Keith Siew is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London, where he co-leads an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, scientists and engineers investigating the pathophysiology and aetiology of rare electrolyte and blood pressure disorders. He previously completed a PhD in Medicine at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with Dundee University investigating monogenic syndromes impacting the distal nephron, and trained as an experimental physiologist-pharmacologist (BSc [Hons]) and advanced microscopist (MSc) at University College Dublin. He has published several papers on the mechanisms underpinning regulation of the blood pressure and renal tubular function in monogenic syndromes, arterial stiffness biomarkers and identified strategies to develop new classes of therapies that could be used to treat resistant cohorts. His current research focuses on developing novel techniques to investigate how the kidneys control our body’s electrolyte-water balance and blood pressure in both health and disease. These techniques have employed imaging of optically cleared renal biopsies for 3D histopathology, isolation and characterisation of urine-derived kidney tubule cells for rare disease patients for organ-on-a-chip systems, and the use of environmental extremes such to study renal physiology (e.g. humans and mice that have been exposed to real spaceflight and/or galactic cosmic radiation).


All best endeavours will be made to present the programme as advertised. However, the Course Administration reserves the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the Course for any cause beyond its reasonable control. Occasionally, due to unforeseen circumstances, a course may have to be cancelled. In this situation, we will endeavour to give as much notice as possible and you will receive a full refund for the course cost. We cannot, however, refund other incurred expenses, for example pre-purchased travel or accommodation.