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RENPRO is a tailored training program of the SFB 1350 focusing on renal research.

It is compulsory for PhD students within projects of the SFB and it is open for interested PhD students, master students, MD fellowship students, PhDs and physician-scientists.

The RENPRO modules focus on kidney-specific content that broaden and deepen students´ qualification. They cover a broad spectrum from structural research to clinical nephrology. The courses are led by experienced SFB project leaders and their experienced coworkers. The interdisciplinary approach is intended to bridge the gap between basic research in the laboratory and clinical research. It promotes cooperation and provides young scientists with an efficient orientation in the broad field of kidney research.

RENPRO Events 2021 Place: Date:
Basic Nephrology Course zoom 20.-22.04.2021
Advanced Training Course: Nephropathology zoom 01.07.2021
Advanced Training Course: Cystic kidney disease zoom 16.07.2021
European Kidney Summer School (EUKISS) 2021 Berlin 01.-04.09.2021
postponed until 2022


RENPRO is certified by the graduate schools (RIGel, BIOMEDICS, life@FAU) in which the PhD students are enrolled, so course work performed in the kidney-specific RENPRO modules is credited. For PhD students of the SFB, a RENPRO performance record is also kept in which all necessary course certificates are documented.


Basic nephrology course

Participants BNC 2019

Participants of the Basic Nephrology Course 2019.

  • Time and place: 4 days at the Universität Regensburg
  • Must be attended by PhD students within projects of the SFB at least once
  • CPs (as accepted by RIGel): 1.2
  • Recommended for the first year of the PhD work


Basic Nephrology Course 2021:

3 days plus preparatory self-study: GRIPS course - RENPro BNC: selected physiology lectures from human medicine (only in German language) or self-study of an appropriate textbook.

Date:  20.-22.04.2021

Place: Zoom, GRIPS

Program: please downlad here

Registration and contact:  michaela.kritzenberger@ur.de
                                         Registration requested by 22.03.2021

Lectures and seminars on renal physiology, renal anatomy, basic knowledge of renal disease and relevant experimental techniques are given by principal investigators of the CRC and their experienced coworkers.

Day 1 Microscopic and macroscopic anatomy of the kidney Lectures and practical histology course,
electron microscopy
Day 2
Day 3
Renal physiology and pathophysiology, Regulation of kidney function and blood pressure Lectures and student practical course in renal physiology as in curriculum for medical students
Day 4 Introduction to some of the experimental methods available Determination of GFR and blood pressure in mice
Electrophysiology and Ca2+ imaging techniques
In vivo imaging with multiphoton microscopy
Isolated perfused kidney

Advanced nephrology training courses

Advanced nephrology training courses 2021
Place: Date:
Nephropathology zoom 01.07.2021
Cystic kidney disease zoom 16.07.2021

Time and place: 1 day at the Universität Regensburg, Universitätsklinikum Regensburg or at the FAU / Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, respectively

  • PhD students must attend at least 4 courses during the PhD period
  • CPs (as accepted by RIGel): 0.3 each
  • Three courses per year, covering one of the 7 modules listed below, respectively
1 Cystic kidney disease: basic aspects
Cystic kidney disease: translational and clinics
2 Immunology: general
Immunology: kidney and kidney fibrosis
3 Tubulointerstitial kidney diseases
Renal transplantation: Immunology and clinics
4 Diabetic nephropathy
5 Acute kidney injury
Cardio-renal syndrome
6 The complement system: role in kidney damage
Nephropathology: Methods and selected examples
7 (Epi-)genetics
Genome-wide association studies

Nephrology methods courses

Nephrology method courses 2021

Due to the COVID-19 situation, practical method courses are currently not allowed.

We very much hope that the infection situation will improve by mid / end of 2021 and that method courses can then be organized.

Time and place: 1 day at the Universität Regensburg, Universitätsklinikum Regensburg or at the FAU / Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, respectively

  • PhD students must attend 4 courses during the PhD period
  • CPs (as accepted by RIGel): 0.3/0.6 each
  • Three courses per year, covering one to two of the methods listed below, respectively. The selection of topics will be based on the students' needs and interests, which will be determined by survey (at the summer school or at the internal retreat)
1 Epithelial transport
2 Determination of Ca2+ and pH (renal and cardiac cells)
3 Electrophysiology
4 Structural biology
5 RNA scope technology
6 Rat renal transplantation
7 Isolated perfused mouse kidney
8 Fluorescence-activated cell sorting
9 Metabolomics
10 Proteomics
11 In vivo microscopy
12 Electron microscopy

Method presentations: Methods in kidney research

Due to the COVID-19 situation, practical method courses cannot currently be held. As a substitute, method presentations were offered in 2020:

  • Participation in 3 method presentations is equivalent to one advanced nephrology training course
  • CPs (as accepted by RIGel): 0.1 each

We very much hope that the infection situation will allow practical courses to be offered again in 2021, plans for method presentations are therefore suspended for the time being.

Summer schools

European Kidney Summer School (EUKISS) 2021: September 1-4,  Berlin postponed until 2022!!!

The NCCR Kidney.CH, TRENAL (Translational kidney research – from physiology to clinical application), and two Kidney- centered “Sonderforschungsbereiche” (SFB) from Regensburg (SFB 1350) and Berlin (SFB 1365), Germany, establish a joint European Kidney Summer School.

This European summer school will bring together experts in kidney research and disease to discuss in a stimulating and interactive setting the basis of renal functions and their relevance for kidney disease.

The Berlin Summer School will cover renal pathophysiology problems encountered in clinical practice. The course is geared towards medical residents,renal fellows and physician scientists.
Small group clinical case discussions will highlight both common and rare forms of kidney disease. Participants are invited to present their research projects during a poster session.

Further Information and registration: https://www.eukiss.org/

Duration: 2-4 days

  • PhD students must attend a summer school twice during the PhD period, access will also be granted to external bachelor, master, MD and PhD students, as they may become the next generation PhD students or postdocs once enthused by the research topic.
  • The program of the CRC summer schools will be divided in morning sessions held by the principal investigators and by invited speakers on topics relevant for the CRC. In the afternoon sessions, the students will present their project progress.
  • The participating students will select the two best student presentations for presentation at the next International Symposium of the CRC or at the Annual Meeting of the DGfN (CRC sessions in basic science slot).
  • Two to three (inter-)national experts, invited by the students, will attend the summer school to give a lecture and to comment on the students’ research.
  • Informal evening meetings

Congress of the DGfN

All participants in the RENPRO are encouraged to attend the Annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nephrologie (DGfN) at least once with travel funds provided by the CRC. In addition to scientific exchange, the participation will also serve networking at the national level. Of course, the students are free to attend additional national or international scientific congresses.

Special training courses

Each student of the RENPRO has free access to certified courses, e.g. on animal handling and experimentation (FELASA B) and good-scientific practice and gene technology (Sachkunde als Projektleiter), which are regularly offered the Universität Regensburg and at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Dates and further information:
Universität Regensburg, FAU

Soft-skill courses, good-scientific practice and gene technology
Courses are organized by the graduate schools. Contact and further information can be found on the respective homepages: RIGel, BIOMEDIGS, life@FAU

Mentoring program

In accordance with the regulations of the respective graduate schools, PhD students are supervised by a mentoring team of three mentors:
the supervisor of the doctoral thesis and two additional mentors. Preferably, the mentoring team should consist of both, basic scientists and clinical researchers, if possible from both universities. The commission members meet with the PhD student at least once per year for an intense scientific exchange.

Seminars, internal lab meetings and journal clubs

The principal investigators ensure that at least biweekly discussions of research results and literature will be held at the respective site.

Laboratory exchange visit

If a student wants to learn a new technology, this will be possible within the framework of a laboratory exchange visit in the partnering laboratory (funded by the CRC).

  1. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  2. Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg




Dr. Michaela Kritzenberger
Tel.: ++49 (0)941/943-2885