Department of Renal Medicine


Infectious and Global Nephrology Course

22 - 24 March 2023 (online on Zoom)


This 3-day course is aimed at those with an interest in the interaction of infectious disease and the kidney as well as some of the specific nephrology challenges in low and middle-income settings.  Through a mixture of informal lectures, case discussions and workshops the course aims to cover both the major infectious diseases that result in renal disease and how these can be managed as well as addressing key non-infectious diseases and environmental factors that affect the burden and management of kidney disease around the world.

Course content includes lectures on:

  • The renal consequences of infection with bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms.
  • The challenges faced by patients with kidney disease facing Covid-19 and antibiotic-resistant infection.
  • The delivery of renal care, including dialysis, transplantation and palliative care in resource poor environments.
  • The common non-infectious causes of kidney disease in low-income settings including diabetes, hypertension, endemic CKD and renal injury associated with toxins and pregnancy.
  • The impact and mitigation of the changing environment on kidney disease and infection.

There are also a number of workshops/ breakout sessions focused on infectious disease case discussions, the ethical dilemmas in delivering kidney care in low income countries and conducting research in partnership with communities and researchers based in resource poor regions.

Learning outcomes:

  • gain up-to-date knowledge of developments in the relationship between infection and kidney disease
  • develop a familiarity with the latest management strategies in infection-related kidney disease
  • recognise how the causes, consequences and management of kidney disease differ between high-income and low-income regions of the world 
  • gain insight into the important non-communicable causes of kidney disease in low- and middle-income countries
  • acquire a practical understanding of the challenges associated with delivering renal replacement therapy in low-income settings
  • critically reflect on the social, environmental, ethical and logistical factors  associated with the burden and management of kidney disease in low-income regions


Day 1: WEDNESDAY 22 March 2023 

Impact of the pandemic on global kidney care

Responses to vaccination against SARS-CoV2 in patients with kidney disease

Covid-19 treatments in 2023

Lived experience of patients with kidney disease in the context of the pandemic

Fever cases workshop

Pathophysiology of sepsis induced acute kidney injury (AKI)

Kidney disease in pregnancy

Toxicoloical cause of renal injury in LMICs.

HIV and the kidney

Keynote Lecture The role of international organisations in improving kidney care around the world



Global kidney injury 1: Glomerular nephritis and infection 

Global kidney injury 2:  Tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN) (drugs and infection)

Pyleonephritis for the nephrologist

Acute Kidney Injury Workshop

Transplantation in lower income countries

Renal replacement therapy for end stage kidney disease in lower income countries

Climate impact on kidney disease

Keynote lecture: From snakes to mushrooms: neglected causes of AKI
Keynote lecture: Genetics of kidney disease in Africa
Day 3: FRIDAY 24 MARCH 2023

Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDu)

Direction infections 1: Schistosomiasis

Direct infections 2: TB

Resistant bloodstream infections in hospitalised patients in Malawi – implications for a global AMR strategy

Green dialysis and sustainability

Ethics/research workshop

Testing for kidney disease in sub-Saharan Africa

Palliative care in lower income countries

Keynote lecture: Global perspective of kidney disease

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.

Accreditation/Attendance Certificate

CPD credit to be confirmed by the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom.  We anticipate the 3 day course will be awarded 12 - 18 points (external). 

You will receive an Attendance Certificate.

Course fees

Category1 day2 days3 days
Trainee grade e.g. Specialist Registrar:£50.00£75.00£100.00

3-day fee for NHS renal health care professionals e.g. Clinical Nurse Specialists: £50.00

3-day fee for delegates from Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMICs): £15.00*

*To be eligible for the LMIC fee rate you should be working or studying at an institution in one of the countries listed here. This is a list of countries with low-income or middle-income economies. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) compiles this information and revises it every three years.  

The online booking portal is now closed but if you are interested in attending please contact Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk


Registration fee includes

  • Access to the virtual course on 22 – 24 March to view the presentations on Zoom, take part in the break out workshops and the opportunity to put questions to the speakers
  • Post-course access to the video content (pre-registered delegates only).  The content will be available approximately 2 weeks after the course until the end of May 2023.
  • CPD certificate (provided by email to those who attend the course)

Please note that anyone wishing to access the video content afterwards must pre-register before the course takes place.

Contact information

Course Administrator: Kate Henderson

UCL Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill Street,
London NW3 2PG

Tel:+44 (0) 20 8016 8264

Email: Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk

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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

Professor Ben Caplin - Professor of Nephrology, UCL Department of Renal Medicine 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 - Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Renal Medicine at UCL

Dr Sally Hamour - Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Renal Medicine at UCL

Dr Mark Harber - Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Renal Medicine at UCL


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. 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.