About this event

  • Date and time Fri 21 May 2021 from 9:00am to 3:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Nephrology

This live stream 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. 

This live stream is in association with the UK Kidney Research Consortium Exercise and Lifestyle Clinical Study Group (jointly supported by the Renal Association, Kidney Research UK and the British Renal Society) and the RSM Nephrology Section.

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

We would like to thank our sponsor Kidney Care UK for their support of this live stream. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

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Key speakers

Professor Samuele Marcora

Professor of Applied Physiology, University of Bologna, Italy 

Ms Sheera Sutherland

Previously Renal Unit Manager, Oxford Renal Unit; Currently Research Lead, Oxford Renal Unit, UK

Speaker's biography

Sheera has over 13 years of working in renal clinical settings and has been involved in research for over 10 years. She currently works as the renal research nurse manager and has a keen interest in dialysis focused studies, especially in patient health, exercise and wellbeing. Sheera is completing her PhD at Oxford Brookes University developing and implementing a safe and feasible exercise intervention for dialysis patients.

Professor Alice Smith

Professor of Lifestyle Medicine, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK

Speaker's biography

Alice Smith is Professor of Lifestyle Medicine at the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Her primary research interest is the role of physical activity, exercise and lifestyle management in kidney disease.

Her translational research programme encompasses laboratory-based exploratory and mechanistic work focussing on muscle metabolism, inflammation and immune function, and includes outcome measure evaluation, lifestyle intervention development and effectiveness testing, implementation and process evaluation. A strong track record of patient involvement and engagement, and qualitative exploration of patient and stakeholder perspectives and experience underpins all the work. 

Dr Joseph Chilcot

Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, King’s College London, UK 

Speaker's biography

Dr Joe Chilcot is a Reader in Health Psychology and Head of the Health Psychology Section, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. His research is focused on the psychological aspects of long-term conditions, particularly advanced kidney disease. He is co-editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology. 


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Welcome and introduction

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

Session one

Chairs: Dr Pelly Koufaki

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

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

Patient activation: the key to living well with kidney disease

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

Renal Association Clinical Practice Guideline: Exercise and Lifestyle in Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr Luke A Baker, Dr Daniel S March, Dr. Thomas J Wilkinson

Tea and coffee break

Session two

Chairs: Professor David Stensel

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Exercise Testing Guideline: Assessment of Physical Function in people with Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr Pelly Koufaki

How can we help people with a kidney transplant to control their weight?

Ms Ellen Castle, Senior Physiotherapist in Renal and Exercise Rehabilitation and Kidney Research UK PhD Fellow, King’s College Hospital

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

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

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

Chaired by Mrs Ellen Castle

The PEDAL Trial: intradialytic exercise “does/does not” enhance quality of life…..

Dr Sharlene Greenwood, Consultant Physiotherapist in Renal and Exercise Rehabilitation and NIHR Research Fellow, King's College Hospital. Dr Jamie Macdonald, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Head of School, School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University

The relationship between physical activity, cardiovascular health and chronic kidney disease

Professor James Burton, Professor of Renal Medicine, University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Leicester Hospitals

Overcoming barriers to implementing exercise in our renal unit

Ms Sheera Sutherland, Previously Renal Unit Manager, Oxford Renal Unit; Currently Research Lead, Oxford Renal Unit

Panel question and answer session
Closing remarks




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

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

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