Department of Renal Medicine


Renal Transplantation Course

28 - 30 September 2022 (online on Zoom)

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This three-day online course provides an update on renal transplantation for nephrology clinicians, renal transplant surgeons and renal nurses.

You'll learn about the clinical aspects of kidney transplants, from donor and recipient selection through to surgical and medical management post-transplant.

You'll also have the opportunity to discuss practical aspects of difficult cases.

You'll be able to apply the skills you learn on this course in your everyday workplace to deliver a better standard of care for your patients.

The course will be held virtually on Zoom and you can attend for 1, 2 or 3 days.

Who this course is for

The course is designed for:

  • consultant and trainee nephrologists
  • recently appointed consultant and trainee transplant surgeons

Other healthcare professionals who specialise in this field e.g. transplant co-ordinators will also find the course of interest.

Although some of the statistics and guidelines discussed on the course are UK specific, the key concepts and learning aims are relevant internationally.

Learning outcomes

The course will help you:

  • understand how to assess kidney donors and recipients, the critical features of surgical transplantation, tissue typing and the medical management of kidney transplant recipients
  • gain up-to-date knowledge of acute developments in the clinical management of transplantation and its complications
  • evaluate real cases of donor and recipient assessment, cross-matching and infectious complications of transplantation
  • critically reflect on ways to improve current practice and the patient pathway


Course content

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Day 1: Wednesday, 28th September 2022   

09:00 - 17:15 hrs (BST/UTC +1)

  • State of play – renal transplantation in the UK
  • Deceased donor assessment, including increased-risk situations and case discussions
  • Live donation evaluation
  • Immunological assessment pre- and post-transplantation
  • Histocompatibility and immunogenetic cases (H&I)
  • Cardiac evaluation
  • Anaesthetic evaluation and management of the recipient
  • Evaluation of the increased risk recipient
  • Live donor evaluation
  • Assessment of donors including increased risk donors and high risk deceased donors
  • Approaches for the sensitised patient/ABOi and HLAi
  • Covid 19
  • Keynote lecture (title tbc)

Day 2: Thursday, 29th September 2022

09:00 - 17:15 hrs (BST/UTC +1)

  • Maximising deceased donor kidney utilisation
  • Kidney transplantation - surgical techniques and management of complications
  • Deceased donor kidney retrieval, preservation and perfusion
  • Organ offer scenarios
  • Pancreas transplantation, why, who and how?
  • Lower urinary tract reconstructions - what the non-urologist needs to know
  • Living kidney donation - surgical aspects and donor outcomes
  • Surgical complications - case discussions
  • Keynote Lecture:  Current advances in xenotransplantation

Day 3: Friday 30th September 2022

09:00 - 17:15 hrs (BST/UTC +1)

  • Induction and maintenance immunosuppression
  • Acute and chronic rejection
  • Recurrent disease including cases
  • Transplant rejection - overview and Banff update
  • Histology cases
  • Bone-disease post-transplant
  • Cancer and transplantation (including PTLD)
  • Overview of infections post kidney transplant (prevention and management)
  • Infections in the immunocompromised (Including cases)
  • CKD of transplantation (treatment of graft failure)
  • Graft survival (what impacts on it and how to improve on it
  • Sustainability 
  • Reproductive medicine in transplantation

Access to videos after the course

Access to videos of the talks is included in your course fee.  The links to the videos will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks after the course and be available for 2 months.

Certificates and accreditation

In previous years, the Royal College of Physicians UK have awarded the Renal Transplantation course 18 external CPD points and we expect this year's course to be awarded the same.

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course fees and online booking

Booking is online through UCL Online Store with a debit or credit card.


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Other NHS renal health care professionals (living donor co-ordinators/renal transplant CNS etc) : 3-day fee: £50.00

Delegates from Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMICs):  3-day fee: £25.00*

*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.

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Course Admin

Kate Henderson

UCL Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Free

Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8016 8264

E-mail: Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk 


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Course Team

Dr Mark Harber

Mark is Honorary Associate Professor in the UCL Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Free and Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. He has a specialist interest in transplantation. His research interests include the immune system, infectious diseases and transplantation, urinary tract infection and acute kidney injury.

Dr Rhys Evans

Rhys is a newly appointed Consultant Nephrologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at 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. Rhys undertook his PhD at UCL under the supervision of Prof Alan Salama and Dr. 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 patients with Salt-Losing Tubulopathy. He has just received funding to explore the effect of sodium on the alloimmune response.

Mr Neal Dugal

Neal is a Consultant Transplant and Endocrine Surgeon, Honorary Associate Professor in the UCL Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Free, and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University of Medicine and Health Sciences. His main clinical interests are renal transplantation, robotic surgery, and adrenal and retroperitoneal tumours. He was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Free in 2012, where he established the largest robot-assisted renal transplant programme in the U.K. allowing some patients deemed too large for open kidney transplantation to receive a live-donor transplant. He moved to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin in 2021. 

Dr Ciara Magee

Ciara is a Consultant Nephrologist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Her research interests include the immunobiology of transplant rejection, transplant virology and ageing. She's co-editor of the Pocket Companion to Brenner and Rector’s 'The Kidney'. Ciara completed her postgraduate training in nephrology in Ireland, before undertaking a research fellowship in transplant immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. She was awarded a PhD from Royal College Surgeons in Ireland in 2015.

Dr Gareth Jones

Gareth is a consultant nephrologist and transplant physician at UCL Centre for Nephrology, Royal Free. He's been clinical lead of renal transplantation at the Royal Free since 2008. His areas of interest include living donation, incompatible renal transplantation and transplant of the diabetic recipient with either islet or solid organ pancreas transplant. After qualifying from St Bartholomew’s medical school in 1993, he completed his training in London and the South West. During his training, he completed a PhD in islet transplantation and helped establish the clinical islet transplant program at the Royal Free.


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