Renal malformations Workgroup

The work group for renal malformations focuses on structural renal disorders that frequently present in childhood. This includes diseases encompassing the spectra of “Congenital abnormalities of the kidney and the urinary tract (CAKUT)” and of “Ciliopathies”. A prominent group of disorders we work on are cystic kidney diseases of childhood. The CAKUT spectrum and the Ciliopathies are clinically, genetically and histologically highly heterogeneous, making treatment and prediction of severe and progressive disease courses challenging. Clear-cut risk factors have not been established for most of the disorders.

Our work group brings together experts from all over Europe, both from Pediatric as well as well as Adult Nephrology centers and includes patient representatives. We aim to lay the foundation for unified clinical treatment concepts and innovative research e.g. towards novel therapeutic strategies. Given the heterogeneity of diseases our work group will closely collaborate with work groups within ERKNet and other ERNs.


WorkGroup Members

Albertien vanEerde  Speaker Utrecht, Netherlands,
University Medical Centre 
» Ped. center
Max Liebau  Co-Chair Cologne, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Ped. center
Giovanni Montini  Co-Chair Milano, Italy,
IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico 
» Ped. center
  Marino Asensio  Barcelona, Spain,
Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron 
» Ped. center
  Romy Gander  Barcelona, Spain,
Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron 
» Ped. center
  Gloria Royo  Barcelona, Spain,
Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron 
» Ped. center
  Larissa Kerecuk  Birmingham, United Kingdom,
Birmingham Women´s and Children´s Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Karin Dahan  Brussels, Belgium,
Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc - UCL 
» Adult center
Olivier Devuyst  Brussels, Belgium,
Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc - UCL 
» Adult center
Nathalie Godefroid  Brussels, Belgium,
Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc - UCL 
» Adult center
  Sören Bäumner  Cologne, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Thomas Benzing  Cologne, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Adult center
  Volker Burst  Cologne, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Adult center
Sandra Habbig  Cologne, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Christine Kurschat  Cologne, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Adult center
  Roman-Ulrich Mueller  Cologne, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Adult center
Rainer Büscher  Essen, Germany,
University Children`s Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Peter Hoyer  Essen, Germany,
University Children`s Hospital 
» Ped. center
Francesca Becherucci  Florence, Italy,
Meyer Children’s Hospital 
» Ped. center
Augusto Vaglio  Florence, Italy,
Meyer Children’s Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Piotr Czarniak  Gdansk, Poland,
University Clinical Centre Gdansk 
» Ped. center
Beata Lipska-Zietkiewicz  Gdansk, Poland,
University Clinical Centre Gdansk 
» Adult center
Aleksandra Zurowska  Gdansk, Poland,
University Clinical Centre Gdansk 
» Ped. center
  Monica Bodria  Genova, Italy,
Istituto Giannina Gaslini 
» Ped. center
Gianluca Caridi  Genova, Italy,
Istituto Giannina Gaslini 
» Ped. center
Gian Marco Ghiggeri  Genova, Italy,
Istituto Giannina Gaslini 
» Ped. center
Giorgio Piaggio  Genova, Italy,
Istituto Giannina Gaslini 
» Ped. center
Dieter Haffner  Hannover, Germany,
Hannover Medical School 
» Ped. center
  Imke Hennies  Hannover, Germany,
Hannover Medical School 
» Ped. center
  Ruthild Weber  Hannover, Germany,
Hannover Medical School 
» Ped. center
Franz Schaefer  Heidelberg, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Ped. center
Elke Wühl  Heidelberg, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Timo Jahnukainen  Helsinki, Finland,
Children´s Hospital, Helsinki University Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Elisa Ylinen  Helsinki, Finland,
Children´s Hospital, Helsinki University Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Bert Bammens  Leuven, Belgium,
University Hospitals Leuven 
» Adult center
Kathleen Claes  Leuven, Belgium,
University Hospitals Leuven 
» Adult center
Djalila Mekahli  Leuven, Belgium,
University Hospitals Leuven 
» Ped. center
Wesley Hayes  London, United Kingdom,
Great Ormond Street Hospital 
» Ped. center
Kjell Tullus  London, United Kingdom,
Great Ormond Street Hospital 
» Ped. center
D Gale  London, United Kingdom,
Royal Free Hospital 
» Adult center
  Robert Kleta  London, United Kingdom,
Royal Free Hospital 
» Adult center
Alan Salama  London, United Kingdom,
Royal Free Hospital 
» Adult center
  Gauri Batra  Manchester, United Kingdom,
Manchester University Foundation Trust 
» Ped. center
Adrian Woolf  Manchester, United Kingdom,
Manchester University Foundation Trust 
» Ped. center
Jens Koenig  Münster, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Petra Pennekamp  Münster, Germany,
University Hospital 
» Ped. center
Valentina Capone  Milano, Italy,
IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico 
» Ped. center
Sara Testa  Milano, Italy,
IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico 
» Ped. center
Giovambattista Capasso  Naples, Italy,
UOC Nephrology and Dialysis - Università della Campania 
» Adult center
Miriam Zacchia  Naples, Italy,
UOC Nephrology and Dialysis - Università della Campania 
» Adult center
  Ernie Bongers  Nijmegen, Netherlands,
Radboud UMC 
» Adult center
Michiel Schreuder  Nijmegen, Netherlands,
Radboud UMC 
» Ped. center
  Davide Meneghesso  Padova, Italy,
Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova 
» Ped. center
Luisa Murer  Padova, Italy,
Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova 
» Ped. center
  Susanna Negrisolo  Padova, Italy,
Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova 
» Ped. center
  Laurence Heidet  Paris, France,
Necker-Enfants Malades University Hospital 
» Ped. center
Laura Massella  Rome, Italy,
Rome, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital 
» Ped. center
Kajsa Asling Monemi  Stockholm, Sweden,
Karolinska University Hospital 
» Ped. center
Simone Baldovino  Torino, Italy,
San Giovanni Bosco Hospital and University of Torino 
» Adult center
Stephane Decramer  Toulouse, France,
Toulouse, University Hospital 
» Ped. center
  Aart Klijn  Utrecht, Netherlands,
University Medical Centre 
» Ped. center
  Marc Lilien  Utrecht, Netherlands,
University Medical Centre 
» Ped. center
  William (Lafayette) Clapp  External University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine 
  Maria D'Armiento  External School of Medicine, Federico II University of Naples, Institute of Pathology 
  John Sayer  External Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University 
Tess Harris  Patient representative https://pkdcharity.org.uk (PKD) 

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