Short courses


Infectious and Global Nephrology

  • 16 hours
  • 2 days


On this two-day course you'll learn about the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases impacting on the kidney as well as the practice of nephrology in resource poor environments.

You can attend one or two days.

Day 1 will focus on infectious diseases and nephrology. It'll cover pathophysiology, clinical presentation and management of both globally common and clinically important infectious agents causing renal disease.

Day 2 will focus on non-infectious renal disease around the world. It'll cover the epidemiology of, and practicalities of managing, acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease in low-income countries.

You'll also have opportunities to network with a number of clinicians who have successfully delivered clinical and research projects around the world.

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

This course is run by the UCL Department of Renal Medicine.

Who this course is for

The course is designed for:

  • nephrologists
  • infectious disease specialists
  • general medicine trainees
  • consultants
  • renal nursing staff

Course content and structure

You can attend one or two days.

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

Day one

Topics covered on day one will range from sepsis-related acute kidney injury (AKI) such as malaria, to direct involvement of the kidney by viruses, bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi and parasites. It'll also cover the pathological consequences of remote infection such as post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, cryoglobulinaemia and infection-associated IgA nephropathy.

Topics covered will include the following:

  • Sepsis
  • Malaria and AKI
  • Diarrhoea associated haemolytic-uraemic syndrome
  • AKI cases
  • Hepatitis B and E
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV and the kidney
  • Mycobacterial renal injury
  • Bacterial pyelonephritis
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Infective cases of interstitial nephritis
  • Nephritis secondary to persistent bacterial infection
  • Post-infectious nephritis

Day two

Day two will focus on non-infectious renal disease around the world including the epidemiology of, and practicalities of managing, AKI and chronic kidney disease (CKD) in low-income countries. It'll also explore the challenges of establishing and running dialysis and transplant programmes in resource-poor settings.

Topics covered will include the following:

  • Global burden of CKD in the context of the broader non-communicable diseases (NCD) agenda
  • CKD of unknown cases
  • Obstetric AKI
  • Peritoneal dialysis for AKI
  • Haemodialysis for CKD
  • Palliative care in LMICs
  • Medical aspects of transplantations
  • Transplant surgery

There'll be workshops on:

  • ethics of renal replacement therapy
  • clinical AKI cases
  • collaborative research

Certificates and accreditation

CPD credit to be confirmed by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). Previous courses have been awarded 12 category 1 (external) CPD credits.

Learning outcomes

The course will help you:

  • 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 
  • acquire a practical understanding of the challenges associated with delivering renal replacement therapy in low-income settings
  • critically reflect on the social, ethical and logistical problems that can be encountered when providing clinical kidney care or conducting renal research in low-income regions

Costs and concessions

The fees are:

  • one day - £125
  • two days - £200

There will be 20 free one-day places for NHS renal nursing staff. For further information please email the course administrator at Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk

Course team

Sanjay Bhagani

Sanjay Bhagani

Sanjay is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases/HIV Medicine at UCL. He was born and brought up in Kenya and completed his undergraduate training in medicine at the University of Leicester, School of Medicine, UK. He has a particular interest in managing viral hepatitis in the context of HIV co-infection and leads a large tertiary referral multi-disciplinary team specialising in viral hepatitis/HIV co-infection management.

Ben Caplin

Ben Caplin

Ben is Senior Lecturer in Nephrology at the UCL Department of Renal Medicine and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free Hospital. His research interests include the progression and vascular complications of chronic kidney disease using both population-based, translational and experimental approaches. He has a specific research focus on global endemic nephropathies and is Principal Investigator of a cohort study investigating the aetiology of the expanding epidemic Mesoamerican Nephropathy in North West Nicaragua.

Ian Cropley

Ian Cropley

Ian is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and HIV at the Royal Free Hospital. He has a special interest in tuberculosis. He studied pre-clinical medicine at the University of Cambridge and complete his initial clinical training at The London Hospital Medical College. He then pursued post-qualification training in infectious diseases at various specialist units in London.

Dr Gavin Dreyer

Dr Gavin Dreyer

Gavin is a Consultant Nephrologist and Acute Physician at Whipps Cross Hospital, London and a former Lecturer in Medicine, Malawi College of Medicine. He moved to Malawi in October 2010 and, at the time, was the only nephrologist in the country. He worked with and trained local Malawian staff, helping develop and maintain a comprehensive nephrology service. This service now covers adult and paediatric renal disease, providing inpatient and outpatient care at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.

Dr Rhys Evans

Dr Rhys Evans

Rhys is a Nephrology Registrar on the North Thames rotation with an interest in Global Nephrology. He recently spent a year working in Malawi, running the renal service at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre. He was the Principal Investigator of the Malawi Acute Kidney Injury Study (mAKIst), the most comprehensive prospective study of Sub-Sahara African AKI.

Dr Sally Hamour

Dr Sally Hamour

Sally is an NHS Consultant Nephrologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL. She has a PhD in immunology and an interest in immunologically-mediated renal disease, particularly SLE and vasculitis. She also maintains an interest in infection and global health, with a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene and has previously worked for Médecins sans Frontières in South Sudan.

Dr Mark Harber

Dr Mark Harber

Mark is Honorary Senior Lecturer at 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.

Course information last modified: 29 Oct 2021, 09:15