Department of Renal Medicine


Renal Transplantation Course 2019

11 - 13 September 2019 (This course is now full) Dates for the 2020 course to be confirmed. Please email the Course Administrator at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk to pre-register for the 2020 course.

photo of students viewing histology slides on an ipad
Venue:  Royal Free Hospital, London, UK


This three-day 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.

Who this course is for

The course is designed for:

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

Nursing staff who specialise in this field 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

The topics covered on each day are as follows:

Day one - Wednesday 11 September 2019

Registration: 08:30 - 09:00 hrs

  • 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
  • Novel approaches in histocompatibility and immunogenetics (H&I)
  • Cardiac evaluation
  • Anaesthetic evaluation of the recipient
  • Evaluation of the increase risk recipient
  • Live donor evaluation
  • Strategies to minimise sensitisation after transplant failure

Day two - Thursday 12 September 2019

Registration: 08:30 - 09:00 hrs

  • 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?
  • Living kidney donation - surgical aspects and donor outcomes
  • Surgical complications - case discussions

Day three - Friday 13 September 2019

Registration: 08:30 - 09:00 hrs

  • Medical complications of transplantation
  • Graft survival - what impacts and how to improve
  • Infections in the transplant recipient - case discussions
  • Screening, pre-treatment, prophylaxis and management of infections
  • BK virus (BKV)
  • Histology cases (in groups)
  • Recurrent disease and management
  • Transplant pathology
  • Acute and chronic rejection - immunological risk, diagnosis, consequences and treatment
  • Immunosuppression - seminal studies and toxicities
  • Management of the long-term transplant, including bone disease, reproductive medicine, post-transplant malignancy and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

The final talk will finish at 17:15 hrs on Friday 13th September.

Teaching and structure

You can attend one, two or three days.

The course involves a combination of lectures and case-based discussions/workshops.

Certificates and accreditation

CPD credit to be confirmed by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). Last year’s course was awarded 18 category 1 (external) CPD credits.




Course administrator



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 


Course Venue

Venue:  Sir William Wells Atrium, Ground Floor, Royal Free Hospital,  Pond Street,London, NW3 2PF

The Sir William Wells Atrium (also known as The Atrium) is a conference hall situated on the Ground Floor of the Royal Free Hospital which is located in Hampstead, in northwest London.  The hospital is approximately 20 minutes by underground from central London.

Underground:  The Northern Line is on the London Underground (Belsize Park Station).  If you are coming from central London make sure you take the the Edgware branch of the Northern Line.

Rail:  The London Overground (Hampstead Heath Station)

Road:  Delegates are advised not to drive their own cars to the Royal Free as car parking is very limited.

Bus:  Numbers 24, 46, 168, 268 and C11

Delegates are requested to book their own accommodation.  Please see the list of local hotels and guest houses here.  UCL Department of Renal Medicine accepts no responsiblity or liability for accommodation services offered or prices listed. 


Course Team

Dr Mark Harber

Mark is Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL Centre for Nephrology, 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.

Mr Neal Banga

Neal is a consultant transplant and endocrine surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecture at UCL Centre for Nephrology. His main interests are renal transplantation, complex laparoscopic surgery, and adrenal and retroperitoneal tumours. Having first worked on the transplant unit at St James’s Hospital in Leeds, Neal completed his general surgery training in London and underwent specialist training in renal transplantation and laparoscopic renal/adrenal surgery at Guys and the Royal Free hospitals.

Dr Ciara Magee

Ciara is a Consultant Nephrologist at Royal Free London. 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.

Course Support

This education meeting has been supported by Chiesi Limited through contribution to meeting logistics and purchase of exhibition stand space only.