Applied Renal Physiology Course 2019

Applied Renal Physiology Course 2019

1st, 2nd and 3rd May 2019

Venue: The Atrium, Royal Free Hospital, London, NW3 2QG

This unique UK course aims to integrate physiological principles with day-to-day clinical practice and to update on recent developments in basic renal physiology.

It features formal, introductory lectures each day and interactive clinical case presentations applying “thinking physiology” at the bedside.

This year the course is being run jointly with TRENAL an interdisciplinary network project that aims at leveraging the achievements of basic kidney research and translating them into novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. TRENAL unites nephrologists, physiologists, nephropathologists and basic researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Charité), Yale University (YALE) and University College London (UCL) and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Light (MPL). TRENAL is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Programme – Wednesday 1st May 2019

Module 1 – Primer in renal physiology

Nephron overview

  • Glomerular function
  • Proximal tubular function
  • Water handling in the nephron
  • Distal tubular function
  • Renal tubular acidosis

Module 2 – Applied renal physiology

  • Hypertension and kinases
  • Dent disease

Module 1 is intended to act as a refresher in the basics of renal physiology for those whose memories from medical school are too hazy. The day follows on with Module 2, in the afternoon, as an update in applied renal physiology with two talks on tubular disease.

Programme – Thursday, 2nd May 2019

Module 3 – Fluids, electrolytes and acid-base (Part 1)

  • Acid-base physiology
  • Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis
  • Acid-base small group case
  • Workshops
  • Hyponatraemia
  • Hypernatraemia
  • Sodium small group case workshops

Programme – Friday, 3rd May 2019

Module 3 – Fluids, electrolytes and acid-base (Part 2)

  • Hypokalaemia
  • Hyperkalaemia
  • Hypophosphataemia
  • Magnesium disorders
  • Calcium homeostasis and the kidney
  • PO4Mg/K/Ca small group case workshops
  • IV Fluid therapy
  • Diuretics
  • MCQs in Renal Physiology

This two-day module provides a comprehensive overview of fluids, electrolytes and acid-base for clinicians and will cover background physiology and clinical sciences.  Each day will feature small group interactive workshops.  These two days will particularly benefit those practicing in nephrology, critical care or any acute medical specialities.


Standard Delegate Registration Fees
One-day : £160.00
Two-days: £260.00
Three-days: £385.00
Pharmaceutical industry delegates, please contact the Course Administrator

Registration is now open via UCL Online Store. Payment can be made with either a debit or credit card.   See here for their Terms and Conditions.

Lunch and refreshments during the breaks are included in your registration fee.

Book here

Course Venue

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 modern 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.

Directions to Royal Free Hospital

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

Hotels and guest houses/Bed and breakfasts

Hotels and guest houses/Bed and breakfasts

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



Course Administration

Course Administrator:

Kate Henderson, UCL Centre for Nephrology, Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF.

Tel:  0207 794 0500 Ext 36596



CPD credit to be confirmed by the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom.  In previous years the

course has been awarded 18 CPD category 1 (external) CPD credits, and we expect the 2019 course to be awarded the same.


Course Directors

Dr Chris Laing

Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Nephrology at University College London

Dr Stephen (B) Walsh

Senior Lecturer in Nephrology at University College London and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Robert Unwin

Professor of Nephrology and Physiology at UCL and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust