Origins of Renal Physiology Course: Fellows 2021

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Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories are delighted to announce that, after a COVID interruption last year, will again be hosting the National Course for Nephrology Fellows.

When: August 14–21, 2021
Location: MDI Biological Laboratory (travel information)
For: Nephrology Fellows

The course is supported by the NIH and tuition, room and board are covered for US trainees.

Because it has offered last year’s enrollees the opportunity to take the course this year and many have signed up, space is limited. 

The course is described at this site.

Origins of Renal Physiology is entirely unique among national renal short courses. The course provides participants with research tools that give them a deeper understanding of concepts of physiological homeostasis which is difficult to attain during normal clinical training schedules.

In this course, trainees will perform experiments involving both classical physiological models, as well as modern reductionist approaches and confocal microscopy to follow trafficking of transporter proteins in cultured cells.

In addition to the curriculum itself, fellows will benefit from close interactions with senior investigators in renal physiology, who will guide them through the performance of the experiments, share meals with them in the dining room, and take the time to discuss their career goals with them. In addition, fellows will benefit enormously by working closely with other fellows from different programs, and sharing their insights into renal research.

The course is organized around several laboratory modules and one enrichment module in Responsible Conduct of Research.

  • Glomerular filtration rate
  • Proximal tubule function
  • Salt balance and secretion
  • Distal nephron sodium transport
  • Water homeostasis
  • Acid-based homeostasis

Participants will complete three of the rotations over the six-day course.  The first day of each rotation involves intensive experimental work, and the second day involves analysis and presentation of the work to the entire conference group.

The course is also know for its panoramic surroundings, including Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park

Here is a testimonial by Dr. Jeffrey William (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Director, Nephrology Fellowship Training Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), who has been a regular attendee and is now involved in organizing the course.

Dr. William during a trip to MDIBL

He has even written a paper on how great the course is. Do have a look at all of the posts about this course on RFN. Applications are now open.

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