About this event

  • Date and time Fri 22 May 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Nephrology

This webinar will explore the renal impact of COVID-19 and the implications for renal community. Key speakers, interviewed by Dr Katie Vinen (Clinical Director Kings and CD Forum), will answer important questions on the subject, including unique insights and ethical questions into COVID-19 associated AKI, management of existing renal disease and immunosuppression. 

The webinar will disseminate current thinking and learning regarding the significant impact of COVID-19 on renal disease and vica versa. 

Topics and Q&A session will cover:

  • Prevalence of COVID-19 associated AKI - the scale of the problem and emerging considerations on filtration and dialysis techniques and limitations, novel means of renal replacement therapy
  • Ethical issues around acceptance of end stage kidney disease patients to intensive care
  • Debates in optimal fluid management in the COVID-19 patient
  • Guidelines for immunological native kidney disease in shielded and vulnerable patients
  • Virtual care with digital technology both for now and in the future
  • Renal trials and data collection (time allowing)

This webinar will take the format of a 60 minute Q&A. 

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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.


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Key speakers


Professor Donal O’Donoghue OBE

Registrar at the Royal College of  Physicians

Speaker's biography

Donal is the Registrar at the Royal College of Physicians responsible for professional leadership, membership matters, global engagement and supporting the President in system wide engagement to improve patient care and outcomes.


Donal trained in Renal Medicine and Internal Medicine in Manchester, Paris and Edinburgh. He is a Renal Physician at Salford Royal Hospital and Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Manchester with research interests in healthcare systems, quality improvement and innovation in education and service delivery.


Previous roles have included inaugural President of the multi-professional British Renal Society, National Director for Kidney Care in England and President of the Renal Association.


Donal is chair of Kidney Care UK, a charity supporting patients and carers. He was awarded OBE in 2018 for services to kidney patients.

Claire Sharpe

Professor Claire Sharpe

Professor of Renal Medicine, Kings College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Sharpe graduated in Medicine from University College London in 1991 and after specializing in Renal Medicine commenced research in renal fibrosis at King’s College London in 1998 with a Kidney Research UK Clinical Training Fellowship.


After completing her PhD, she was awarded a Department of Health/MRC 5-year Clinician Scientist Intermediate Fellowship to continue her research and completed her specialist clinical training in 2004, taking up a honorary consultant post at King’s College Hospital.


In 2009 she was awarded an NHS/HEFCE Clinical Senior Lectureship and was promoted to Professor in 2019. Claire's main research interest is in the study of cell signaling pathways in renal fibrosis with a focus on discovering new therapeutic targets. Her clinical specialty is the management patients with renal complications of sickle cell disease. She is also Deputy Dean for Stage 2 of the MBBS undergraduate programme at KCL, co-chair of the UK Renal Fibrosis Network and Treasurer and Trustee of the Renal Association.

Michelle Willicombe

Dr Michelle Willicombe

Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Michelle Willicombe is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, with clinical expertise in transplantation. Her research interest is in the prevention and treatment of antibody-mediated transplant rejection.

Katie Vinen

Katie Vinen

Consultant Nephrologist at King’s College Hospital, London

Speaker's biography

Vinen is Chair of the Clinical Services Committee of the Renal  Association. She chaired the group that created the risk stratification for immunosuppressed renal patients during COVID-19 and the guideline for their care at this time.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr Katie Vinen, Consultant Nephrologist, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Chair, The Renal Association Clinical Services Committee

Question and answer session

Professor Donal O’Donoghue OBE, Registrar, Royal College of Physicians and Dr Katie Vinen

Professor Claire Sharpe, Professor of Renal Medicine, Kings College London and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Kings College Hospital,King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Michelle Willicombe, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Question and answer session
Close of meeting



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