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NOVA PhD Course Advances in Feline and Canine Nephrology and Urology - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 18-22 Nov. 2019, in Helsinki, Finland.
Application deadline: 29 Sept. 2019

The course is of 2 ECTS and is organised by Professor Thomas Spillmann and clinical teacher Emilia Gordin, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

NOVA course information web page

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Course Description
This course aims at presenting new insights in canine and feline renal and lower urinary tract disorders. It provides up-to-date options for diagnosing renal diseases and get familiar with recent knowledge in complications of kidney diseases. The course will cover updated treatment recommendations for bacterial urinary tract infections in the Nordic countries aiming to reduce antibiotic resistance. There will also be an introduction to modern advanced therapies, such as interventional urology, extracorporeal renal replacement therapy and plasmapheresis, all not widely used in the Nordic countries.

The course consists of lectures and interactive journal clubs/seminars. The lectures will cover following topics: 
Classification of kidney disease; Updates in biomarkers of acute and chronic kidney disease; Cardiorenal syndrome, hypertension; Diagnostic imaging including kidney biopsy, Interventional urology, Renal replacement therapy and plasmapheresis; Management of bacterial urinary tract infections.

Programme Outline

  • Sunday 17.11. : Arrival
  • 18-20.11.: Nephrology - lecture sessions and seminars: Updates on biomarkers of chronic kidney disease. Classification of CKD - the IRIS- staging system. The concept of likelihood ratios. Kidney disease from a cardiologist point of view: The cardio-renal syndrome. Pathophysiology and treatment of hypertension. Diagnosing acute kidney injury. Extracorporeal renal replacement therapies and plasmapheresis. Diagnostic imaging of kidneys, lower urinary tract and ultrasound guided kidney biopsies.
  • 21.-22.11.: Urology lecture session and seminars: Interventional urology (e.g. ureteral and urethral stenting, laser ablation of urethral neoplasias, treatment options for idiopathic renal hematuria, cystoscopic guided laser ablation of ectopic ureters). Laboratory perspectives to diagnostics of urinary tract infections. Antimicrobial resistance in urinary pathogens. Subclinical bacteriuria, novel management strategies.
  • 22.11.- afternoon: Travel home

Preliminary lectures

Main teachers:

  • Lena Pelander, PhD, DipECVIM (internal medicine), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Ingrid Ljungvall, Associate Prof, DipECVIM (cardiology), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Mary Labato, Clinical Prof, DipACVIM (internal medicine), Tufts University, USA
  • Charles Ley, Dip ECVDI, PhD, MVetSci, MANZCVS, BVSc Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Merja Rantala, PhD, DVM, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Lisbeth Rem Jessen, Associate Prof, DipECVIM (internal medicine), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 4. September 2019 - 12:37 - Updated 4. September 2019 - 12:38