ERKNet Clinical Exchange Programme

Call for clinical exchange fellows

We are delighted to announce the new ERKNet clinical exchange programme. This programme is intended to share knowledge and promote collaboration between young health care professionals within ERKNet. Competitive calls for applications will be launched every 6 months during the next three years.

Eligibility criteria: 
- Clinicians and other allied health professionals (e.g. dieticians, specialist nurses and technicians)
- Candidates in early stages of their specialisation training will be preferred
- Both visitors and hosts must be employees of ERKNet member or affiliated partner institutions
- Only cross border exchanges will be accepted

Support:
- Travel cost for one return trip 
- Accommodation
- Subsistences (food and public transport)

 

Application deadline: Please apply by 31 July 2024 - click here - The next call will be open in November/December 2024. 

Scope: The exchange programme covers different areas of expertise and specialised methodologies, depending on the host centre.

Hosting sites: Successful applicants will carry out their exchange in one of the host centres listed below.

Timing: Visits within this call can be performed between September 2024 and April 2025.  The starting date is flexible. The duration of the visit should be between one and three weeks.


ERKNet Host Centres

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Detlef Boeckenhauer

- All aspects of paediatric nephrology

- Including transplantation, PKD and tubulopathies

- All forms of kidney replacement treatment, assessment of tubular function

- Translational research

- Per individual discussion

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Ann Raes

- Renal replacement therapies (including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation)

- CAKUT

- Vasculitis

- Acute and chronic hemodialysis in small children

- Prenatal counselling CAKUT

- Ultrasound

- Multidisciplinary approach CKD

- October 2024 

- March and April 2025

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time

Jan Halbritter, Kai Uwe Eckardt

- Expertise outpatients clinics in all areas of rare kidney disease

- Adult nephrology

(not specified) (not specified) - October/November 2024

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Franz Schaefer, Claus Peter Schmitt

- All hereditary kidney diseases of children

- Pediatric kidney replacement therapy

- All acute and chronic blood purification techniques in children of any age

- Rare kidney disease clinics

- Ambulatory dialysis

- Throughout the entire period

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time

Aude Servais

(Adult Department)

- Inherited kidney diseases (adults)

- Alport syndrome

- Polycystic kidney disease

- Metabolic diseases

- Cystinosis

- Tuberous sclerosis

- Lithiasis

- kidney biopsies

- genetics

- Nephrogenetic multidisciplinary follow up

- Outpatients clinic

- Hospitalisation

- Yes (not further defined)

Laurence Heidet

(Pediatric Department)

- Hereditary glomerulopathies

- Immune glomerulopathies

- Metabolic and stone disorders

- Thrombotic microangiopathies

- AD strutural kidney disorders

- Congenital malformations and ciliopathies

- Pediatric CKD and dialysis

- Pediatric kidney transplantation 

- Peritoneal dialysis

- Hemodialysis

- Immunoadsorption

(not defined)

- Anytime

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Sacha Flammier

- PD

- HD

- Tx

- EP

- IA

- Phosphocalcic metabolism

- Tubulopathies

Not specified

Not specified

- 9 September until 18 October 2024

- 4 November until 12 December 2024

- 6 January until 21 Januar 2025

- 10 March until 18 April 2025

- 5 June until 4 July 2025

 

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Stéphane Decramer

- All of pediatric nephrology parts

- Antenatal care and support

- Genetic disorders (HNF1B, AR/ADPKD, tubulopathies, Lowe, etc.)

- Erytha/Cytha pheresis

- All dialysis and apheresis techniques

- Prenatal counselling

- Rare genetic disease consultations

- All times

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Olivier Niel

- Health care for children between 0 and 18 years

- All major renal diseases, including:

--> congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT)

--> nephrotic syndrome and glomerular diseases

--> hypertension, nephrolithiasis and metabolic diseases

--> tubulopathies

--> genetic diseases (polycystic kidney diseases and ciliopathies

--> Bartter and Gitelman syndromes)

--> hemolytic and uremic syndrome

--> systemic diseases such as lupus

- Special interest in genetic renal diseases

--> including ADPKD, HNF1B, Alport and other rare syndromes (such as Coffin-Siris, Williams-Beuren, Wolf-Hirschhorn or Barakat)

- Clinical research in rare diseases affecting the kidneys, to optimize the yield of genetic testing (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38316682/),

or maximize renal protection (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38735286/).

- For more information see: https://www.chl.lu/fr/service/nephrologie-pediatrique#neutral1

- Renal replacement therapy (peritoneal dialysis, hemofiltration in PICU) and kidney transplantation preparation and follow-up to the pediatric patients in Luxembourg

 

- Renal biopsies performed on site

- Participation in outpatient consults, inpatient management, multidisciplinary meetings and Journal clubs

 

- Simulation-based training is progressively developed by the Unit (accessible in the coming months)

- Starting in October 2024

 

Contact person

Areas of expertise

Specialised clinical techniques

Training opportunities

Available hosting time

Albertien M. van Eerde

Multidisciplinary nephrogenetic care

- Nephrogenetic counselling

- Reading genetic test results

- Multidisciplinary clinics 

- Cases can be discussed in English

- But consultations will rarely be in English

- 4 September until 29 November 2024

- 6 January until 2 February 2025

- Not during ERA/ ERKNet/ ESHG

 

 

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Marlies Cornelissen

- Full cover of ped nephrology with hemo-/peritoneal dialysis

- Transplantation and special outpatient clinics for CKD4

- Transplantation

- Genetic kidney diseases

- Cystinosis

- Ciliopathy

- Kidney stones

- CAKUT

- Pediatric hemo- and peritoneal dialysis (Baxter system, burette system)

- Transplantation

- Kidney biopsy, etc.

- Certified for training of pediatricians and for ped nephrologists

- Learning on the job

- Two specialised nurses to learn from

- Not in holiday seasons, otherwise fine

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time

Ann Christin Gjerstad

- Glomerulonephritis

- Transplantation

- Kidney stones/Nephrocalcinosis

- No kidney biopsies (done by the radiologist)

(not specified)

- September 2024 until April 2025

 

Contact person Area of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Roser Torra

- Genetic kidney diseases

- Glomerular kidney diseases

--> Including onconephrology

- Genetic testing

- Day hospital for immune-suppressive treatments

- Kidney biopsies, etc.

- Genetic testing

- Day hospital for immune-suppressive treatments

- Kidney biopsies, etc.
- Can be adapted to fellows agendas

 

Contact person Area of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Luis Quintana

- Primary glomerular diseases

- Lupus Nephritis and ANCA associated GN

- Renal complications associated with Cancer immunotherapy

- Kideny biopsy

- Molecular Assessment in Kidney Complementopathies

(not specified)

- February until May 2025

- September until December 2025

 

Contact person Area of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Gema Ariceta

- in almost all the pediatric diseases categories at ERKNet

- transplantation

- apheresis

- aHUS

- transition with nurses

- general kidney genetic diseases

(not specified) (not specified)

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Savino Sciascia

- Glomerulopathies/GN

- Biological treatment 

- Kidney biopsy

- Vascular access

- Multidisciplinary clinics

- Anytime 

 

Contact person Area of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Enrico Vidal

- Pediatric dialysis

- Transplantation

- Dialysis (PD and HD) in neonates and small infants

- Kidney transplantation in infants and children with CAKUT

- Observership

- February 2025 until July 2025

 

Contact person Area of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Francesca Becherucci

- Pediatric nephrology

- Glomerular diseases

- Tubulopathies

- Nephrogenetics

- Kidney biopsy

- Genetic testing

- Involvement in clinical activities and clinical case discussion

- All the period

 

Contact person Areas of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time

Francesco Trepiccione

- Experience in clinical and experimental model of rare kidney disease

- Mainly focusing on tubulopaties, ciliopathies, ADPKD and genetic cause of kidney stone disease

- Possibility to perform in house clinical physiology test to perform a detailed phenotyping of the kidney disease

--> Including measurement of renal clearance and functional exploration of single tubular segment transport

- Clinical experience

- Physiology and molecular biology

--> due to tight partnership with the laboratory of transaltional nephrology at the Biogem Research Institute

- November 2024 until July 2025

 

Contact person Area of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Peter Barany

- Hereditary glomerulopathies

- Immune glomerulopathies

- AD s tructural kidney disorders

- Congenital malformations & ciliopathies

- Pediatric CKD & dialysis

- Pediatric kidney transplantation

(not specified) - Not realistic due to the short visit time

- September 2024 until May 2025

- September 2025 until December 2025

 

Contact person Area of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time

Tanja Kersnik Levart

- CAKUT with every diagnostic espect:

--> US, VUS, nuclear medicine examinations, MRU, fMRU, RA, urodinamics, diagnostic algorithm, conservative treatment

- Dyalisis:

--> hemodyalisis, peritoneal dyalisis, vascular access clinic (upon request)

- TMA

- Kidney stones and nephrocalcinosis

- Hypertension

- US

- VUS

- Nuclear medicine examinations

- MRU

- fMRU

- MRA

- Vascular access clinic (upon request)

- Urinary tract US

- Dyalisis

- 24h ABPM

- Urodinamics

- Biofeedback
- October 24 until June 2025

 

Contact person Area of expertise Specialised clinical techniques Training opportunities Available hosting time
Adrian Lungu

- Pediatric Nephrology

- Adult Nephrology

- Kidney Biopsy

- Hemodialysis

- aHUS

- Genetics

- November 2024 until May 2025