Event Details

Renal Medicine Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 25 April 2018


Great Hall
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


We hope that this symposium will offer something for everyone who is involved in the care of renal patients, from general practice to the renal unit.  Renal services constantly face new challenges.  We will see how these were overcome in the past with an historical session looking at the dawn of renal replacement therapies.  We will learn how to develop self directed dialysis therapies in the 21st century, and what the challenges to long term transplant function are and how to mitigate them.  We end the day with a session looking at the challenges of the taboo subjects of sex, frailty and dementia.

Dr Rob Peel
Chair, Organising Committee

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Wednesday 25 April 2018


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by Dr Conor Maguire, Director of Education, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - “Self-directed treatment”: renal replacement therapy at home in 2018 and beyond

Chair: Dr Eve Miller-Hodges, Clinical Lecturer in Nephrology, University of Edinburgh


What does peritoneal dialysis (PD) bring to your renal replacement therapy programme?
Dr Martin Wilkie, Consultant Renal Physician, Sheffield Kidney Institute
* why should we still do PD? * who should do PD? * how do I expand my PD programme?


Home haemodialysis
Dr Charlotte Bebb, Consultant Nephrologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
* why do home haemodialysis? * who should do home haemodialysis? * the long and the short of it


Post-transplant viral disease in the modern era of immunosuppression
Dr Rachel Hilton, Consultant Nephrologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
* incorporating cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus , varicella zoster virus, BK virus, hepatitis E and hepatitis C


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Genetics and recurrent renal disease

Chair: Dr Colin Geddes, Consultant Nephrologist & Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


Recurrent disease in kidney transplants             
Professor Simon Ball, Consultant Nephrologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
* common causes and time frame of recurrence? *can we predict recurrence? * how to manage it


Chair: Dr Conor Maguire, Director of Education, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

New insights from old genes: from trypanosomes and transgenes to podocytes and pyroptosis
Dr Pazit Beckerman, Senior Nephrologist, Sheba Medical Center, Israel
* trypanosome immunity * apolipoprotein L1 (APOL 1) function *APOL 1 polymorphisms and models of renal disease



Session 3 - History of nephrology

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


The dawn of renal replacement therapy- what was it like at the sharp end         
Professor Neil Turner, Professor of Nephrology, University of Edinburgh &
Professor Allan Cumming, Dean of Student and Professor of Medical Education, University of Edinburgh


Coffee / tea

Session 4 - All the things they never told us about

Chair: Dr David Walbaum, Consultant Nephrologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Cognitive impairment on dialysis
Dr Mark Findlay, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Glasgow               
* history of dialysis dementia * future of dialysis dementia


Frailty in dialysis patients
Professor Miles Witham, Clinical Reader in Ageing and Health, University of Dundee
* how common is frailty in dialysis patients? * how can we slow the development of frailty? * how should frailty be managed?


Sex and kidney failure - everything you wanted to know about but were afraid to ask!
Dr Susan Robertson, Associate Specialist, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary
* libido and sexual dysfunction * contraception * infections






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Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 24 April 2018 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Symposium Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Tuesday 27 March 2018.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until Tuesday 27 March

from Wednesday 28 March

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student



Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Symposium 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 Symposium 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).

Further details can be obtained from the Symposium Co-ordinator.

Free places

Unpaid post – Nil, if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Symposium 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 visit our website for instructions on how to join, 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.

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

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.

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