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EARLY CAREER SUPPORT RENPRO

Renpro1

RENPRO is a tailored training program of the SFB 1350 / TRR 374 focusing on renal research.

It is compulsory for PhD students within projects of the TRR 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 TRR 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 2024 Place: Date:

Blockkurs "Statistik Grundlagen":
The course is not part of RENPRO, but its contents are a prerequisite for participation in the course series "Advanced Data analysis/Machine learning"

Regensburg 30.01. - 02.02.2024
RENPRO method course:
2-Day Metabolomics Workshop
Regensburg 04. - 05.03.2024
  
Basic Nephrology Course Regensburg 09.-11.04.2024
Machine learning for beginners and Introductory course in bioinformatic analysis of RNA-seq and ATAC-seq data: two consecutive courses offered by the PIs of the INF project. However, the courses can also be attended independently of each other.
RENPRO method course:
Machine learning for beginners
Regensburg 15.-16.05.2024
RENPRO method course:
Introductory course on the bioinformatics analysis of RNA-seq and ATAC-seq data
Erlangen June 2024
in planning
RENPRO method course:

Microscopic techniques (histological processing and fluorescence microscopy)
in planning, further information will follow

 

Regensburg autumn 2024
RENPRO advanced nephrology training course Erlangen

autumn 2024

 

      

Accreditation:
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.

A RENPRO performance record is kept for TRR doctoral students. You can download a summary of the program and a checklist to keep track of the courses you have completed.

 
Modules:


Basic nephrology course

Participants BNC 2019

Participants of the Basic Nephrology Course 2019.

     

Next Basic Nephrology Course Place: Date:
Basic Nephrology Course 2024 Regensburg April 9 - 11
  • Time and place: 3 days at the Universität Regensburg
  • Must be attended by PhD students within projects of the TRR at least once
  • CPs (as accepted by RIGel): 0.9
  • Recommended for the first year of the PhD work

Contents:
Lectures and seminars on renal physiology, renal anatomy, and basic knowledge of renal disease are given by principal investigators of the TRR and their experienced coworkers.


Day 1 Microscopic and macroscopic anatomy of the kidney Lectures, anatomical demonstration and practical histology course
Day 2
and
Day 3

Renal physiology and pathophysiology,
Electrolyte and water balance,
Acid-base homeostasis,
Kidney interstititum,
Regulation of kidney function and blood pressure

Lectures and student practical course in renal physiology as in curriculum for medical students
        

         


Advanced nephrology training courses

Advanced nephrology training courses 2024
 
Place: Date:
RENPRO advanced nephrology training course Erlangen

November 2024

 

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
Courses:
1 Genetic kidney diseases: basic aspects and clinics
Cystic kidney diseases
2 Innate and adaptive Immunity
Renal transplantation: Immunology and clinics
3 Glomerulonephritis and Tubulointerstitial kidney diseases
4 Diabetic nephropathy and Cardio renal syndrome
5 Acute kidney injury and Rare kidney diseases in children
6 The complement system: role in kidney damage
Nephropathology: Methods and selected examples
7 Hypoxia and epigenetics
Genome-wide association studies

Nephrology methods courses

Nephrology method courses 2024

Place: Date:

Blockkurs "Statistik Grundlagen":
The course is not part of RENPRO, but its contents are a prerequisite for participation in the course series "Advanced Data analysis/Machine learning"

Regensburg 30.01. - 02.02.2024
2-Day Metabolomics Workshop Regensburg 04. - 05.03.2024
Machine learning for beginners and Introductory course in bioinformatic analysis of RNA-seq and ATAC-seq data: two consecutive courses offered by the PIs of the INF project. However, the courses can also be attended independently of each other.
RENPRO method course:
Machine learning for beginners
Regensburg 15.-16.05.2024
RENPRO method course:
Introductory course on the bioinformatics analysis of RNA-seq and ATAC-seq data
Erlangen June 2024
in planning
RENPRO method course:

Microscopic techniques (histological processing and fluorescence microscopy)
in planning, further information will follow

 

Regensburg autumn 2024


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 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 RENPRO workshop or at the internal retreat)
Courses:
1 Electrophysiology
2 Determination of Ca2+ and pH
3 RNA scope technology
4 Structural biology
5 Advanced data analysis
6 Machine learning and KI
7 Isolated perfused mouse kidney
8 Isolation of mouse tubuli
9 Fluorescence-activated cell sorting
10 Metabolomics
11 Electron microscopy

      



RENPRO workshop

Time and place: 2 days at the Universität Regensburg or Universitätsklinikum Erlangen

  • Workshops are organized once a year by the young scientists themselves
  • PhD students must attend a RENPRO workshop at least twice during the PhD period
  • Participants present their project progress in a protected setting and award prizes to the two best contributions, which are then presented at the next International Symposium of the TRR, EUKISS or at the Annual Meeting of the DGfN (TRR 374 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
  • The workshops include a course section on key skills (e.g. diversity awareness, scientific writing, career planning, “science communication skills”, etc.)
  • Informal evening meetings
  • Access will also be granted to external bachelor, master, MD and PhD students

EUKISS (European Kidney Summer School)

European Kidney Summer School (EUKISS) 2024:

Place: Date:
expected (further information will follow)                        
Frankfurt am Main October  09

    

EUKISS is a kidney specific Summer School (https://eukiss.org/), which is jointly organized by the Zurich Kidney Center, CRC 1453 (Nephgen, Freiburg), CRC 1365 (Berlin) and TRR 374. The EUKISS is held on a rotating basis at one of the sites. It brings together experts in the field of kidney research and disease to discuss the basics of kidney function and its relevance to kidney disease in a stimulating and interactive setting with participants.  Case discussions in small groups highlight both common and rare forms of kidney disease. Participants may present their research projects during a poster session.

  • Duration: 1-4 days
  • PhD students must attend EUKISS at least once during the PhD period
  • Access will also be granted to bachelor students, master students, medical doctoral students, postdocs and physician scientists ot the TRR

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 ("Versuchstierkundlicher Kurs für EU Funktion A und D") 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:
EU Funktion A und D
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

EARLY CAREER SUPPORT

Regensburg
Erlangen
Nephrology
PROgram


Contact:

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

RIGeL
BIOMEDIGS
Life@FAU