ERKNet Reference Center


Leuven, University Hospitals Leuven


Department of Nephrology


The Division of Nephrology of the University Hospitals Leuven is a academic, tertiary service for adults with kidney diseases in Belgium. Our multidisciplinary team offers full medical and psychosocial services for adults including patients with rare renal kidney diseases including patients with end-stage renal disease and after kidney transplantation. The clinical service is complemented by a wide range of research activities, which include genetic and experimental research in a dedicated laboratory as well as participation in national and international clinical research consortia. The staff members in our units are involved in numerous investigator and industry driven clinical trials.


Senior clinician experts

Kathleen Claes   (HCP Deputy Lead)  [e-mail]

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Bert Bammens   [e-mail]
Ben Sprangers   [e-mail]

Clinical research coordinators


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Albert Herelixka   [e-mail]

Disease expertise

» Hereditary glomerulopathies
» Immune glomerulopathies
» Tubulopathies
» Thrombotic microangiopathies
» AD structural kidney disorders
» Renal malformations
» Obstructive nephropathies


Ben Sprangers
Telephone: +32(0)16344580
Fax: +32(0)16344599


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