Molecular Diagnostics

The Taskforce consists of clinical geneticists and clinicians with a special interest in nephrogenetics. The group provides advice to the ERKNet workgroups regarding indications and preferred technologies for genetic and other molecular diagnostics in patients undergoing evaluation for kidney diseases.

The Taskforce specialists are available as "virtual" consultants for cases submitted to the CPMS.  

Members of the group are working on a consensus document for nephrogenetic diagnostics in children with suspected hereditary kidney diseases. 

TaskForce Members

Nine Knoers  Speaker
Department of Human Genetics, University of Groningen, NL 
Saskia Maas  Amsterdam, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Academic Medical Center (AMC)  » 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
Sabrina Giglio  Florence, Italy, Meyer Children’s Hospital  » Ped. center
Beata Lipska-Zietkiewicz  Gdansk, Poland, University Clinical Centre Gdansk  » Adult center
Gianluca Caridi  Genova, Italy, Istituto Giannina Gaslini  » Ped. center
Francesca Lugani  Genova, Italy, Istituto Giannina Gaslini  » Ped. center
Ruthild Weber  Hannover, Germany, Hannover Medical School  » Ped. center
Franz Schaefer  Heidelberg, Germany, University Hospital  » Ped. center
William Newman  Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester University Foundation Trust  » Adult center
Ernie Bongers  Nijmegen, Netherlands, Radboud UMC  » Adult center
Lorenzo Calo  Padova, Italy, Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova  » Adult center
Corinne Antignac  Paris, France, Necker-Enfants Malades University Hospital  » Ped. center
Rosa Vargas-Poussou  Paris, France, Necker-Enfants Malades University Hospital  » Ped. center
Alessandra Renieri  Siena, Italy, University Hospital  » Adult center
Birute Tumiene  Vilnius, Lithuania, Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos  » Adult center
Pascale Hilbert  External Institute Pathology and Genetics, Brussels, Belgium 

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