About this event

  • Date and time Wed 25 Mar 2020 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Nephrology

This event will provide a deep understanding of the physical and psychological challenges faced by people living with kidney disease.

With a range of internationally renowned speakers, this unique meeting will include sessions aimed at understanding the impact of lifestyle on health and wellbeing of people living with kidney disease, physical and psychological mechanisms behind the disease, and strategies to tackle them. 

Topics include:

  • How kidney disease can impact physical and mental health
  • Strategies that will motivate patients and improve participation in physical activity programmes
  • Available resources to improve the lifestyle of patients with kidney disease, including the prescription of exercise

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Early bird pricing available until 10 February 2020.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£95.00 £55.00 £55.00 £55.00 £30.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£150.00 £75.00 £75.00 £45.00


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Sharlene Greenwood, President of the British Renal Society and Consultant Physiotherapist, King’s College Hospital

Session one

Chairs: Professor James Burton and Dr Pelly Koufaki

Keynote Presentation: It’s never too late to become more active

Ms Mims Davies MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society

Physical activity and lifestyle: the importance of maintaining a balance for people with kidney disease

Professor Alice Smith, Professor of Lifestyle Medicine, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

The impact of kidney disease on life and strategies to keep positive

Ms Maddy Warren, Human Resources Consultant and Dialysis Patient

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session two

Chairs: Professor David Stensel and Mrs Ellen Castle

The obesity crisis: how can we motivate and empower patients?

Professor Rachel Batterham, Professor of Obesity, Diabetes and Endocrinology, UCL

Improving outcomes in chronic kidney disease: the importance of psychological wellbeing

Dr Joseph Chilcot, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, King’s College London

How can lessons from professional sports help with management of chronic disease?

Mr Ruaridh McConnochie, Professional Rugby Union Player, Bath RFC and England Rugby

Ways of motivating people to do more: lessons learned and future goals

Dr Ian Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Chartered Psychologist, University of Loughborough and the British Psychological Society


Session three

Chairs: Dr Lettie Bishop and Dr Pumi Senaratne

Prescribing exercise: does it work and how should we do it?

Professor Mike Loosemore, Lead Physician and Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL

The impact of exercise on the progression of kidney disease

Dr Sharlene Greenwood, Consultant Physiotherapist in Renal and Exercise Rehabilitation and NIHR Research Fellow, King's College Hospital

Fatigue and chronic disease, the most important symptom to overcome?

Professor Samuele Marcora, Professor of Applied Physiology, University of Bologna, Italy

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session four

Chairs: Professor Indy Dasgupta and Dr Daniel March

Debate: This house believes that we need more evidence to confidently prescribe exercise for people with kidney disease

For: Dr Jamie Macdonald, Against: Dr Charlie Tomson

MOVE – A resource for putting physical activity research into practice

Dr Jennifer Cooney, Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University

Closing remarks


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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