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Education & Courses 

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Innovative High Level Education – Ten Courses, Intermingled with Main Program

• Nephrology Biennial Review (ENGLISH)
• Nephrology Biennial Review (SPANISH)*
• Nephrology Biennial Review (PORTUGUESE)**
• Clinical Physiology
• Renal Pathology
• Interventional Nephrology**
• Renal Nutrition Symposium
• Renal Systems Biology at Your Fingertips
• Clinical Epidemiology and Trial Design***
• Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)****
* Joint Course with the Latin American Society of Nephrology (SLANH)
** Joint Course with the Brazilian Society of Nephrology (SBN)
*** Joint Course with ISN-ACT and ISN iNET-CKD
**** Joint Course with ISPD

 Note: Because places are limited, pre-registration for these supplementary sessions is required and delegates are requested to complete the appropriate section during the online registration process. Additional fees may apply, see Registration for more information.

Clinical Epidemiology and Trial Design Course

This course is aimed at health care professionals interested in improving patient outcomes through clinical trials and observational studies. It will cover topics such as efficient trial design, the practicalities of setting up studies and recruiting patients as well as the challenges of retaining patients and generating high-quality data. Speakers will also look into running trials in low-resource setting and will set the minimum requirement for centers considering participation in clinical research.


Clinical Physiology Course

The 3-day Clinical Physiology course is an opportunity not only to refresh your knowledge of basic renal physiology, which still underpins much of renal medicine today, but also to learn of the new and exciting developments that are being applied to our understanding of disease pathophysiology. The speakers are a mix of basic and clinical scientists who are leaders in their field, and there is a strong emphasis on the practical application and relevance of old and new physiological principles for diagnosing and managing patients. The course should appeal to all who are curious and want to know why renal physiology is still relevant and a cornerstone of nephrology.


Nephrology Biennial Review (NBR) Courses
(in English, Portuguese and Spanish)

In contrast to usual Continuing Medical Education programs, these courses are organized as a structured review of published literature over the last two years since the last WCN. Each course covers 15 topics, introducing and summarizing state-of-the-art nephrology, focusing on a review of up to seven important studies published over the last two years and concluding with a summary with special emphasis on how the new data impact clinical practices.


Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Course

Peritoneal dialysis is a very well recognized form of renal replacement therapy and in some circumstances is more cost-effective than hemodialysis. Several countries, in fact, use peritoneal dialysis in a higher proportion to treat patients with kidney failure. During the WCN 2017 in Mexico City, we have organized a PD Course (April 21st), with a fabulous program that covers the main issues and problems in peritoneal dialysis; from basics and clinical practice to education and cost analysis aspects, imparted by an outstanding team of experts from around the world. Come and join the PD Course of the WCN 2017. Do not miss the opportunity to update your knowledge of this fascinating form of dialysis!


Renal Nutrition Symposium

This course is intended to provide a notable opening to the experts in the field of renal nutrition to discuss the latest topics. The course will provide a special platform for clinical nutritionists, registered dieticians, and other healthcare professionals, researchers and students working in the field to consciously exchange visions and understandings in front of a large intercontinental audience. This Nutrition Symposium includes keynote presentations, plenary sessions and poster presentations.


Renal Pathology Course

We have envisioned a fantastic renal pathology course for pathologists and nephrologists interested in improving their knowledge and clinical diagnostic skills. The course will consist of a comprehensive program from worldwide expert speakers that includes formal lectures, digital case review sessions, round table debate of challenging issues and clinicopathological case discussion. Participants will be exposed to all the aspects of renal pathology, from basic concepts, to native and transplant pathology of the kidney, including new classifications. The highlights include exposure to the technical aspects of histology, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy; the clinicopathological correlation and how to integrate and interpret a pathology report.


Renal Systems Biology at Your Fingertips Course:

Introduction into Web-Based Data Mining of Large Scale Renal Data Sets

Nephrology research is rapidly changing, allowing us to capture the molecular determinants of renal diseases in our patients and link them to the disease course. This influx of genome scale data has the potential to improve patient care by making it easier to identify mechanisms of action, detect targetable biomarkers, and quickly match patients to the best treatments for their specific disease. To fully harness the potential of these publicly available resources, researchers and clinicians need the tools and skills to mine all of the various data being collected for use in translational medicine. The fastest way to master these tools is through hands-on, one-on-one tutorials. This session will highlight four solutions that have been proven to support multi-disciplinary -omics data mining. We will survey these applications and provide an opportunity for individual sessions with experienced users, focusing on real-world application of these powerful resources.