About this event

  • Date and time Sat 5 Sep 2020 from 1:30pm to 6 Sep 2020 at 10:00am
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Nephrology, UK Renal Association SpR Club

This unique collaboration between the UK Renal Association SpR Club and The Royal Society of Medicine Nephrology Section, will explore issues of multi-system dysfunction and multi-morbidity in kidney diseases.

For the first time, the SpR Club will be hosting one of its biannual weekend meetings online with an exciting international line-up of expert speakers. This format has allowed us to open our doors to nephrology trainees and fellows across the globe to join in the learning in a relaxed and comfortable environment. 

The traditional SpR Club Saturday evening quiz will continue online with the opportunity for networking, and to get to know colleagues from elsewhere.  

If you attend both days you will receive 4 CPD points (2 CPD points per day). 

This 2 day webinar will cover:

  • Understanding how genes work
  • The evidence (and non-evidence) in the management of COVID-19
  • RAS blockade and AKI: before and after
  • How to formulate a reasoned argument for or against screening for coronary artery disease in candidates for kidney transplantation
  • The challenges involved in kidney transplantation in people with HIV and sickle cell disease and how these challenges may be overcome 
  • Issues relating to the management of obesity in kidney disease and identifying potential solutions
  • The role of stratified medicine in the management of diabetes and how this can improve outcomes

Applied for free CPD. 

We would like to thank our sponsor Napp Pharmaceuticals Ltd for their financial support covering the running costs of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

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Key speakers

Swapnil Hiremath

Professor Swapnil Hiremath

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada 

Speaker's biography

Professor Hiremath, MD, MPH,FASN is a Staff Nephrologist at the Ottawa Hospital, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and also an Associate Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Programme at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.


His medical education has been at the University of Mumbai and at the University of Ottawa. He has a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and certification from the American Heart Association as a Specialist in Clinical Hypertension. His primary research interest is in using systematic reviews, meta-analyses and decision-analytic modeling to improve care for patients with hypertension, chronic kidney disease, hemodialysis and patients with acute kidney injury. He has grant funding from CIHR, PSI, TOHAMO, and other agencies, in the field of contrast AKI and difficult to control hypertension.


He has authored more than 150 papers. He is also the co-creator of the twitter-based nephrology journal club, #NephJC, a panelist on the Freely Filtered podcast, and blogs on the AJKD Blog.

Laurie Tomlinson

Dr Laurie Tomlinson

Wellcome and Intermediate Fellow and Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Speaker's biography

Dr Tomlinson is also an honorary Consultant Nephrologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital. Her main research interest is the use of electronic health records to investigate kidney-related adverse events for prescribed medication.

Kat Arney

Dr Kat Arney

Award-winning science writer, broadcaster and public speaker. She is the author of How to Code a Human and the critically acclaimed Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding how our genes work. Her latest book is called Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life

Speaker's biography

Kat's latest book - Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life - looks at cancer through the lens of evolution, exploring where it came from, where it's going and how we might finally beat it.


Kat holds a degree in natural sciences and a PhD in developmental genetics from Cambridge University, and has spent more than 15 years working in science journalism and communication. She was a key part of the science communications team at Cancer Research UK for more than a decade, co-founding the charity's award-winning Science Blog, and acting as a principal national and international media spokesperson. She is now the founder and creative director of First Create The Media, a communications strategy and content agency specialising in life sciences.


Kat also presents the popular Genetics Unzipped podcast for The Genetics Society, and has fronted several BBC Radio 4 science documentaries including the recent series Ingenious, looking at the stories behind our genes.


Deidra Crews

Dr Deidra Crews

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Speaker's biography

Dr Crews is a board-certified nephrologist, and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds appointments with the School of Nursing, the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, the Center on Aging and Health, and the Center for Health Equity, where she is Associate Director for Research Development.


Her research focuses on addressing disparities in the care and outcomes of kidney disease and hypertension. An elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Dr. Crews has received numerous awards for her research contributions, including the 2018 Johns Hopkins University President’s Frontier Award - a $250,000 award granted to a single faculty scholar on the cusp of transforming their field. She is a National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Emerging Leader Scholar and was the inaugural Gilbert S. Omenn Anniversary Fellow of the NAM.


In 2019, Dr Crews received the W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity and Access to Care from the American College of Physicians and the Distinguished Leader Award from the American Society of Nephrology. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her medical degree from Saint Louis University. Dr. Crews completed internal medicine residency, nephrology fellowship and a master’s in clinical epidemiology degree at Johns Hopkins.


View the programme 05 September 2020

Welcome and introduction

Dr Tina Chrysochou, President Nephrology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one

Chair: Dr Dearbhla Kelly

Evidence-based COVIDology

Professor Swapnil Hiremath, University of Ottawa

RAS blockade and AKI:before and after 

Dr Laurie Tomlinson, London School of Tropical Medicine

Question and answers

Session two

Chair: Dr Heidy Hendra

#BlackLivesMatter – what it means for nephrology

Dr Deidra Crews, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Question and answers
Tea and coffee break

Sponsored promotional presentation from Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited

Session three

Chair: Dr Ailish Nimmo

Debate: Coronary artery disease workup is essential before kidney transplantation

For the motion: Dr Rommel Ravanan, North Bristol NHS Trust                                    

Against the motion: Dr Adnan Sharif, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Question and answers
Summary and introduction to evening session

Dr Tina Chrysochou, President, Nephrology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session four

Online social & entertainment quiz

4:25pm Introduction to Quiz

4:40pm Quiz

5:40pm Presentation of prize

5:50pm Close of meeting

View the programme 06 September 2020

Welcome and introduction

Dr Tina Chrysochou, President Nephrology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one: Kidney transplantation in complex circumstances

Chair: Dr Viyaasan Mahalingasivam


Dr Graham Paget, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Sickle cell disease

Dr Raj Thuraisingham, Barts Health NHS Trust

Question and answers

Session two

Chair: Dr Liz Wallin

Obesity and kidney disease

Dr Tim Ellam, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Stratified medicine in diabetes

Dr Shivani Misra, Imperial College London

Question and answers
Tea and coffee break

Session three

Chair: Dr Hannah Beckwith

Telling stories about science: a discussion with Dr Kat Arney

Dr Kat Arney, award-winning science writer, broadcaster and public speaker

Closing remarks

​Dr Allyson Egan, Past-President, Nephrology Section, Royal Society of Medicine




Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

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