About this event

  • Date and time Thu 2 Dec 2021 from 8:30am to 5:15pm
  • Location Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Organised by Nephrology

This event will take place at RCP Edinburgh and provide a cutting-edge update on the breadth of current translational, and data-driven pre-clinical, clinical and epidemiological research in the UK. 

Partnered to the Nephrology Section's President’s Prize Day (on Friday 3 December), this event will include presentations from trainees and established academics. 

Experts in the field will provide an update on UK renal research strategy and current funding opportunities.

Cannot attend in-person in Edinburgh? You can book to attend this event online via our live stream, enabling you to watch anywhere with a good internet connection. 

This event will include expert presentations, case-based discussions and face-to-face networking and collaboration.

Topics to be covered include:   

  • Kidney disease at the nexus of multi-morbidity
  • Kidney disease biology through novel multi-omic approaches
  • Utilising routinely-collected healthcare data to improve patient care
  • Current UK renal research strategy and funding opportunities
  • Opportunities to network and develop new collaborations

This event is endorsed by the ERA, an Association that promotes the advancement of medical science by promoting fundamental and clinical advances in the field of nephrology, dialysis, renal transplantation, hypertension, and related subjects.


ERA’s endorsement is for the promotion of education in general, therefore the specific content of this event is the responsibility of the organiser.

This meeting has been supported by the following organisations who have provided funding in the form of educational grants: British Heart Foundation, British Pharmacological Society, GSK, Kidney Research UK, Travere Therapeutics and Vifor Pharma. 

Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the organisations mentioned above.

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Key speakers

Dr Laura Denby

University of Edinburgh. 

Dr Denby will provide a presentation on Understanding renal disease through basic science.



Professor John Sayer

University of Newcastle.

Professor Sayer will provide a presentation on The ciliopathies: From cell to service.

Dr Laurie Tomlinson

London School Of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr Tomlinson will provide a presentation on Renin-angiotensin system blockade in kidney disease.

Moin Saleem

Dr Moin Saleem

Professor of Paediatric Renal Medicine, University of Bristol, UK.

Dr Saleem will provide a presentation on The use of genetics in nephrology. 

Speaker's biography

"I trained as an undergraduate at University College, London. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. My PhD was in transplantation immunology at the Institute of Child Health, London. Paediatric nephrology training at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. Set up my independent laboratory programme in glomerular cell biology in Bristol, as well as holding a post as a consultant paediatric nephrologist since 1999, with an international reputation in the management of nephrotic syndromes.

I now head Bristol Renal, a glomerular research group of approximately 45 researchers, covering all areas from cell biology, transgenic models and population cohorts and genetics. My specific area is in podocyte biology (H index 73).


I was the originator of the UK Renal Rare Disease Registry (RaDaR), and am currently leading the UK nephrotic syndrome study (NephroS), as well as a major industry-academic collaboration termed NURTuRE (National Unified Renal Translational Research Enterprise). I am PI on several MRC projects, including Stratified Medicine, laboratory project grants and a Global Challenges programme.


My gene therapy program commenced in 2014 and is focused on targeting the podocyte in order to radically change the treatment of kidney diseases. I am now co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Purespring Therapeutics."


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Introduction to the day

Dr Stephen McAdoo, Imperial College London and President, Nephrology Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

Session one: Clinical

Chaired by Professor Bruce Hendry, King’s College London and Dr Tina Chrysochou, Salford Royal NHS Trust 

The eye as a window to the kidney

Dr Tariq Farrah, University of Edinburgh 

Renal imaging of fibrosis

Professor Nick Selby, Professor of Nephrology, University of Nottingham 

Health inequalities in chronic kidney disease

Dr Kate Bramham, Kings College London 

Clinical trials in nephrology: lessons learnt from lupus nephritis

Professor Liz Lightstone, Imperial College London

Tea and coffee break

Session two: Pre-clinical

Chaired by Professor Mark Little, Trinity College Dublin and Dr Marie-Hélène Docherty, University of Edinburgh

The ciliopathies: From cell to service

Professor John Sayer, University of Newcastle

Understanding renal disease through basic science

Dr Laura Denby, Senior Kidney Research UK Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Innate immune cell SYK expression in ANCA vasculitis

Dr Maria Prendecki, Imperial College London

Treating the ageing kidney

Dr David Ferenbach, Senior Research Fellow and Principal Investigator, University of Edinburgh 

Cerebral blood flow and cognitive function in haemodialysis

Professor Patrick Mark, University of Glasgow

Kidney Research UK: Our new research strategy and funding opportunities

Sandra Currie, Chief Executive, Kidney Research UK

Session three: Big data 

Chaired by Dr Atul Anand, University of Edinburgh and Dr Jennifer Lees, University of Glasgow

Renin-angiotensin system blockade in kidney disease

Dr Laurie Tomlinson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 

Cardiovascular disease screening in kidney transplantation

Dr Ailish Nimmo, University of Bristol

The changing face of cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease

Dr Peter Gallacher, University of Edinburgh

Tea and coffee break
What’s new in acute kidney injury?

Dr Samira Bell, University of Dundee

Genetics, epigenetics and gene therapy in nephrology

Dr Moin Saleem, University of Bristol 

Closing remarks

Dr Neeraj Dhaun (Bean), University of Edinburgh 

Drinks reception
End of drinks reception



Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen St Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

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

Registration for this event will close at 12:00pm on Tuesday 30 November 2021. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

This in-person event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

*Due to current government guidelines there is limited audience capacity. If UK government guidelines and restrictions change, the format of this event will be updated to comply, and all delegates will be notified via email. 

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