Department of Renal Medicine


Applied Renal Physiology Course

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

Please note that registration for this year's course has now closed.

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, 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 group case discussions/workshops on Zoom.  Links to the video recordings of the presentations will be sent out approximately two weeks after the course. 


Course Programme

Day 1:  Wednesday 12th May 2021  - 09:30 - 16:00 hrs (BST/UTC +1)

Module 1: Primer in renal physiology  

Nephron overview

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 case workshops

Renal physiology quiz



Sodium 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 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 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.


The course has been awarded 18 category 1 (external) CPD credits by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP UK). The RCP have 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.

Please note registration has now closed for this year's course.  We will run the course again in 2022.  Please email the Course Admin at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk if you would like to notifed about next year's course.

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.


All best endeavours will be made to present the programme as printed. 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. In the event the Course is cancelled by the organisers, or cannot take place for any reason outside of the control of the organisers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the organiser shall be limited to that refund and the organisers shall not be liable for any other loss, cost or expense, however caused, incurred or arising from cancellation of the course.