International Summer School of Renal Pathology 2015

University Hospital, Policlinic of Bari, Piazza Giulio Cesare 11, 70124
Bari Italy

July 20-31, 2015

University Hospital, Policlinic of Bari, Piazza Giulio Cesare 11, 70124 Bari, Italy
Organising Society/Institution/University
University Hospital, Policlinic of Bari, Italy

Local Coordinator/Contact Person for information
Prof. Loreto Gesualdo, University Hospital, Policlinic of Bari, Italy

E-mail:  loreto.gesualdo@uniba.it

Organising Secretariat: Intermeeting s.r.l., www.intermeeting.org

Short Description
Renal biopsy remains the “conditio sine qua non” for a correct diagnosis of a renal disease. Moreover, advances in scientific knowledge have helped characterize the pathogenetic mechanisms of a growing number of renal diseases at molecular level. Indeed, tissue molecular characterization suggests that there are underlying molecular processes in the tissue that go undetected using the current histopathological techniques. Molecular alterations in a tissue often precede phenotypic changes; as a consequence, a pathological tissue may appear normal upon histological assessment, which renders conventional histological methods unsatisfactory to early disease diagnosis. Therefore, the current molecular biology approaches (transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic tissue profiles) providing molecular information (molecular signature) that might be used to distinguish discrete phenotypic changes not currently observed as pathological structures may represent a complementary approach to the current histopathological techniques. Recently, the application of new molecular diagnostic techniques, the development of bioinformatics and the design of innovative therapies has not only opened up interesting prospects in the field of scientific research, but has also allowed the extension of clinical applications, from prevention to diagnostics, from genetic counseling to therapy. In this regard, new experts in advanced diagnostics and personalized therapy of renal diseases should be trained. The worldwide declining number of practicing nephrologists and pathologists who can perform and read renal biopsies should be considered alarming, especially by training institutes (Universities). There is an urgent need to train fellows to let them gain the necessary experience to perform and interpret renal biopsies comfortably, to have a perfect command of and interpret methods for the molecular diagnosis in order to become able to incorporate renal biopsy results into their clinical practice.

The international summer school of renal pathology (ISSRP) aims to train new professionals who will be able to provide renal biopsy services, molecular diagnostics as well as outstanding nephropathologic support. The main objective is to fully qualified medical specialists in nephrology and/or pathology to become a renal molecular pathologist. The school is open to only 30 participants, coming from all over the world, that are qualified at the moment of the registration on the basis of their CVs.
Students are involved in biopsy procedure, discussion of cases with instructor, CPC cases, digital microscopy training, exercises with instructor, renal biopsy exercise, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic tissue profiles (molecular signature), immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy labs. Most activities take place in small groups or one to one session and teacher has the opportunity to verify students' learning during activities.

The ISSRP, indeed, is a highly specialized training course in Nephrology, Pathology and Molecular Medicine Applied to Nephrology where theory and pratice will be combined in order to provide specialized skills immediately applicable to clinical practice.
Course Programme
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