Research Task Force

Composed of ERKNet members with a strong track record in rare renal disease research, this Taskforce aims to integrate research activities within the Network and to coordinate concerted funding efforts in future European and transnational calls.

An initial focus will be on the development of a joint patient database, structured collection of biospecimens and the development of a joint research training programme. 

TaskForce Members

Sander Garrelfs  Amsterdam, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Academic Medical Center (AMC)  » Ped. center
Giuseppe Remuzzi  Bergamo, Italy, Azienda Ospedaliera Papa Giovanni XXIII  » Adult center
Olivier Devuyst  Brussels, Belgium, Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc - UCL  » Adult center
Max Liebau  Cologne, Germany, University Hospital  » Ped. center
Paola Romagnani  Florence, Italy, Meyer Children’s Hospital  » Ped. center
Monica Bodria  Genova, Italy, Istituto Giannina Gaslini  » Ped. center
Mario Schiffer  Hannover, Germany, Hannover Medical School  » Adult center
Franz Schaefer  Heidelberg, Germany, University Hospital  » Ped. center
Elena Levtchenko  Leuven, Belgium, University Hospitals Leuven  » Ped. center
Detlef Bockenhauer  London, United Kingdom, Great Ormond Street Hospital  » Ped. center
Rukshana Shroff  London, United Kingdom, Great Ormond Street Hospital  » Ped. center
Robert Kleta  London, United Kingdom, Royal Free Hospital  » Adult center
Justine Bacchetta  Lyon, France, Hôpital Femme Mère Enfant & Université de Lyon  » Ped. center
Adrian Woolf  Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester University Foundation Trust  » Ped. center
Jack Wetzels  Nijmegen, Netherlands, Radboud UMC  » Adult center
Lorenzo Calo  Padova, Italy, Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova  » Adult center
Pierre Ronco  Paris, France, Tenon Hospital, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris  » Adult center
Dario Roccatello  Torino, Italy, San Giovanni Bosco Hospital and University of Torino  » Adult center
Stephane Decramer  Toulouse, France, Toulouse, University Hospital  » Ped. center
Joost Schanstra  Toulouse, France, Toulouse, University Hospital  » Ped. center
Albertien vanEerde  Utrecht, Netherlands, University Medical Centre  » Ped. center

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