Netherlands, Nijmegen

The Ins and Outs of Kidneys: from Physiomics to Transplantation

when 1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 500

This intensive one-week course is directed at inter/national (graduate) students (master , PhD, early postdoc level) who wish to develop their knowledge and skills on state‐of‐the‐art developments in the field of renal research. You will learn how insights from renal research transformed the treatment of various kidney diseases - from little hope of survival to the latest transplantation techniques.

In the 1960s, people with kidney failure had little hope of survival. Dialysis was considered an extraordinary treatment and restricted to very few. Transplantation was still experimental. The rise in incidence of patients with chronic kidney disease worldwide, most probably reflecting the global epidemic of type 2 diabetes and the ageing of the populations in developed countries, is seen as a major health burden. Over the last decades, the technical level of research is much higher and the field of renal research uses exciting state-of-the-art methods to uncover new mechanisms in renal physiology and pathophysiology. For example, the identification of the genes and mutations involved in a variety of human kidney diseases has participated in the growth of knowledge and the appearance of new fields of renal research, podocyte biology, ciliopathies, and cystic diseases, as well as the role of the kidney in blood pressure regulation. New insights in renal research has also led to a new approach to treating kidney diseases and the renal complications of diabetes. Advances in surgical techniques and immunosuppresion have made kidney transplantation a more cost-effective alternative to dialysis.

At the Radboud UMC, a close collaboration between renal researchers and nephrologists provides (bio)medical students interested in nephrology and renal physiology additional opportunities for research training. This summer school course on the ins and outs of kidneys: from physiomics to transplantation will be organized around renal research in general and the actual research in Nijmegen in particular, examining all aspects of kidney function. Topics include: water homeostasis, salt homeostasis and secretion, acid/base homeostasis, glomerular function, dialysis and transplantation, acute kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, polycystic kidney failure and a number of syndromes related to renal channelopathies. During the course you will take part in interactive lectures about each topic, combined with practicals on modern molecular techniques. You will be provided with hands-on demonstration at research labs and will be able to visit a modern renal dialysis unit at the hospital. After completing this course, you should have gained a basic understanding of renal research, be able to understand the molecular techniques behind renal research and apply the principles of renal mechanisms to the understanding and treatment of kidney diseases.

Course leader

Jojanneke Kooij
Radboud UMC

Target group


This course is designed for master students (in medicine, biomedical sciences, biology or related disciplines) and also for aspiring and early stage PhD students as well as post-docs who are currently working or are planning to start working in the field of renal research.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

Understand renal physiology in depth,
Understand molecular techniques employed in renal research and interpret experimental results,
Interpret the latest insights in nephrology, hypertension, dialysis and transplantation,
Explain the mechanisms behind kidney disorders, hypertension and channelopathies.

Fee info

EUR 500: Normal fee


€ 450 early bird discount – deadline 1 March 2019 (10%)
€ 425 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 375 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

Register for this course
on course website