Department of Renal Medicine


Renal Transplantation Course 2018


photo of female surgeon holding a dissected kidney


19 - 21 September 2018


Woburn House Conference Centre, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

This course covers clinical aspects of transplantation from donor and recipient selection, through to surgical and medical management post-transplant.  Using a combination of interactive lectures and case-based discussions, our expert faculty will provide an essential update on transplantation as well as the opportunity to discuss practical aspects of difficult cases.

Who is this course for?


It is designed for trainee nephrologists and trainee transplant surgeons, and will also be of interest to recently appointed consultants in these fields. Renal transplant nursing staff will also find the course helpful in their clinical practice.

The course was run for the first time in October 2017 and we received excellent feedback from the attendees.

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

1-Day free for NHS Nursing Staff

NHS nursing staff can apply to attend one day of the course for free. Please email the course administrator at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk to register for your free place. Additional days for nursing staff are £50 per day.

Course content

The topics covered on each day are as follows:

Day one

  • State of play - renal transplantation in the UK
  • Recipient evaluation, including increased-risk scenarios and case discussions
  • Deceased donor assessment, including increased-risk situations and case discussions
  • Live donation - donor evaluation and strategies
  • Immunological assessment pre- and post-transplantation
  • Novel approaches in histocompatibility and immunogenetics (H&I)
  • Strategies for the highly sensitised patient

Day two

  • Kidney transplantation - surgical techniques and management of complications
  • Maximising organ kidney utilisation
  • Organ preservation and novel technologies
  • Organ offer scenarios
  • Pancreas transplantation 
  • Living kidney donation - surgical aspects and donor outcomes
  • Surgical complication - case discussions
  • Management of the paediatric transplant recipient

Day three

  • 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)
  • 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) 

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

'UCL Renal Transplantation Course' has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 20 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s).

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

Costs and concessions

GradeThree daysPer day
SpR/SHO/Staff grade£250£100
RFH/UCL staff£200£80

REGISTRATION CLOSED DUE TO OVERSUBSCRIPTION.  We plan to hold the course again in 2019 - please email the Course Administrator at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk to pre-register.


You can attend one, two or three days. Registration includes lunch and tea/coffee during the breaks.

Course Venue

The Woburn House Conference Centre

Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

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Course Administration

Course Administrator: Kate Henderson

UCL Centre for Nephrology, Royal Free

Royal Free Hospital, Rowland Hill Street,

London NW3 2PF

Email: Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7794 0500 Ext 36596