UCL Applied Renal Physiology Course


This course will help you gain a good understanding of renal physiology and electrolyte and acid-base disorders. It’s a three-day course but you can choose to attend for one, two or three days.


It covers the pathophysiology and clinical management of electrolyte and acid-base disorders, hypertension and fluid management.


The course consists of a mixture of basic and applied clinical science.  It should provide a useful overview of renal physiology and hopefully convince you that a basic understanding of renal physiology is both enjoyable and valuable in your clinical practice.


The course is run by the UCL Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Free.


Who is this course for?


  • trainees in nephrology, general (internal) medicine and intensive care medicine
  • consultant nephrologists
  • general physicians


Course content

The topics covered on each day are as follows:


Day one

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


Day two

Acid-base physiology

  • Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis
  • Acid-base case workshops
  • Hyponatraemia
  • Hypernatraemia
  • Sodium case workshops


Day three


  • Hyperkalaemia
  • Hypophosphataemia
  • Magnesium disorders
  • Calcium homeostasis and the kidney
  • PO4, Mg, K,Ca case workshops
  • IV Fluid therapy
  • Diuretics


Learning outcomes:


The course will help you:


  • understand the principles of acid-base and renal electrolyte physiology
  • learn how to evaluate and treat common and traditionally difficult clinical problems such as hyponatraemia and metabolic acidosis
  • practice clinical physiology cases with world-expert clinicians in dedicated workshops
  • gain expertise with fluid and diuretic therapies
  • critically reflect on ways to improve current practice and the patient pathway


Further details about the course fees and a link to the online booking system can be found on the course webpage here.


Course dates and venue

The 2022 course will be held face-to-face on 4 – 6 May 2022 at

Woburn House, 20 - 24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HG.


Contact information

Please get in touch with Kate Henderson, the course administrator by email or phone if you have any queries about the course.

Email:  Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk

Tel:      020 8016 8264

May 4th, 2022 9:00 AM through May 6th, 2022 5:00 PM


NICE accredited clinical practice guidelines 

Available here

23rd Annual Report

Analyses about the care provided to patients at UK renal centres.

Read the report


A report on the nationwide collection of AKI warning test scores. 

Read the report