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Renal Medicine Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 27 April 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


The past decade has seen huge progress in the field of nephrology with rapid translation of research findings into daily clinical practice. Examples of these innovations include new strategies for diagnosing acute kidney injury from laboratory data right across to targeted ‘precision medicine’ approaches in the management of glomerulonephritis. New medicines and approaches to immunology have facilitated kidney transplants in patients previously unable to find a suitably matched kidney. The spectrum of drugs used to treat patients with diabetes and kidney disease has increased dramatically.


We anticipate that this symposium featuring internationally recognised speakers, will give insights into some of the major recent developments in renal medicine. The programme will be of particular interest to both trainee and senior nephrologists, immunologists, pathologists and transplant surgeons, as well as being informative for general physicians who are involved in the care of patients with kidney disease, such as diabetologists and acute physicians.   We hope that delegates come ready with questions and comments for the experts and we expect healthy debate of controversial topics. 

Dr Paddy Mark
Chair, Organising Committee


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Thursday 27 April 2017


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Glomerular disease - keep it renal

Chair: Dr Emily McQuarrie, Consultant Nephrologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow


Glomerular disease - clinico-pathological cases
Dr Shana Coley, Clinical Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant Renal Pathologist, University of Glasgow
Case 1: Crescentic IgA nephropathy
Case 2: Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in pregnancy


An update on IgA nephropathy
Professor Jonathan Barratt, Professor of Renal Medicine, University of Leicester 
* review of recent trials examining immunosuppression for IgAN * eculizumab for IgAN?  * is there a role for fish oil/tonsillectomy?


Targeting B cells in the management of glomerulonephritis
Professor Lorraine Harper, Professor of Nephrology, University of Birmingham
* emerging evidence for rituximab in primary glomerulonephritides *post-transplant recurrence * novel agents (alternate Anti-CD20 drugs, B-cell activating factor inhibitors)


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Current challenges in renal transplantation

Chair: Dr Paul Phelan, Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh


Assessment of immunological risk in kidney transplantation
Dr Nick Torpey, Clinical Director of Transplant Services, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge
* how do we assess immunological risk in the modern era? * is an era of personalized immunosuppression emerging? * induction (needed for all/what agent/how much?)


Chair: President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Desensitization:  transplanting the un-transplantable
Professor Robert Montgomery, Director of Transplant Institute, New York University, USA
* outcomes from transplanting highly sensitized recipients * balancing risk between desensitization/ paired exchange/remaining on dialysis * conditioning regimens for HLA incompatible recipients



Session 3 - An update on diabetic kidney disease

Chair: Dr Nicola Joss, Consultant Nephrologist, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness


What can basic science tell us about diabetic kidney disease?
Dr Bryan Conway, Senior Lecturer in Nephrology, University of Edinburgh
* what are the mechanisms by which diabetes causes kidney disease? * do animal models help the clinical treatment of patients with kidney disease? * how do we know which patients with diabetes will get progressive chronic kidney disease? * does basic science promise any new treatment strategies in diabetic kidney disease?


How have recent trials informed the management of diabetic kidney disease?
Professor Hiddo Lambers Heerspink, Clinical Pharmacologist, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
* what are the clinically important recent clinical trials in diabetic kidney disease? * which patients are likely to benefit from new therapies? * how do new agents for diabetic kidney disease compare to current ‘best’ practice?


What does a nephrologist need to know about new  treatments for type 2 diabetes?
Dr Alan Jaap, Consultant Diabetologist, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh
* what is the most appropriate strategy to glycaemic control in patients with diabetic kidney impairment? * do strategies for glycaemic control change as kidney function declines? * the approach to glycaemia in dialysis patients * how do diabetologists view post?transplant diabetes mellitus?


Coffee / Tea

Session 4 - Acute kidney injury for the non-nephrologist

Chair: Dr Samira Bell, Consultant Nephrologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee


Paraproteins causing kidney disease
Professor Chris Winearls, Associate Professor of Medicine and Consultant Nephrologist, Oxford
* paraproteins and kidney disease ? what, why, how? * light chain deposition disease (LCDD),  
*cast nephropathy


What does big data tell us about acute kidney injury?
Dr Laurie Tomlinson, Wellcome Intermediate Fellow, London School of Hygience and Tropical Medicine
* how common is AKI in the community and does it matter? * are blockers of the renin angiotensin system really to blame for AKI? * does big data tell us that sick day rules are a good thing?


Discussion and close

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Online booking for this event closes on Wednesday 26 April at 9am but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

PLEASE NOTE: Half day attendance will be available for this event on request by email to the Event Coordinator

An early bird discount applies until 29 March 2017.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until 29 March 2017

from 30 March 2017

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student (refundable deposit)



Medical student – deposit refunded to those who attend the event.

Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

Free places

Unpaid post – if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please email g.mcalister@rcpe.ac.uk to join as an Associate Member, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.

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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the conference centre and Great Hall

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.


Christine Berwick,
Event Co-ordinator,
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,

TEL: + 44 (0)131 247 3634
FAX: + 44 (0)131 220 4393

Email: c.berwick@rcpe.ac.uk


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