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CAS / DAS in Translational Nephrology


  • CAS: Five blended e-learning Modules – each lasting about 14 weeks including two 0.5d hybrid face-to-face meetings (kickoff and return) (3 ECTS credits per module)
  • DAS: Six mandatory blended e-learning Modules. Active participation in congresses/retreats and/or workshops (with own poster or oral communication) on topics related to Nephrology, upon agreement with the course direction (total of 4 or 9 ECTS credits, depending on type of diploma thesis). The diploma thesis consists either in a scientific project on a topic related to nephrology leading to an original article accepted for publication in a good peer-reviewed journal (8 ECTS credits) or a teaching project consisting in the preparation of a 'case-based learning' task based on an own clinical case report (3 ECTS credits).
  • Participation in Single Modules is possible (see Program website)


2 years


Certificate of Advanced Studies UZH Unibe in Translational Nephrology (15 ECTS Credits)
Diploma of Advanced Studies UZH Unibe in Translational Nephrology (30 ECTS Credits)
Participation in Single Modules is possible.


National and international graduates with a medical or life science master degree who want to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of renal basic, translational and clinical pathophysiology and research. The number of participants is limited to 24.


CAS: Total CHF 5400.-
DAS: Total CHF 7200.-
A reduction of 44.44% applies for academics and physicians.



François Verrey,
Helen Girard,



High quality research in renal physiology has a long tradition in Switzerland. The continuous education program Translational Nephrology provides extensive insights into the basics of nephrology by studying the physiological and pathophysiological bases of kidney function in health and disease.

Starting with clinical cases and key articles illustrating the translational aspects, the topic is further explored by blended-learning including face-to-face sessions with module leaders and tutors, access to annotated online-resources, self-guided e-learning, presentations and assessments.

At the core of the CAS/DAS in Translational Nephrology are 6 blended e-learning courses that have been developed by the Health Sciences eTraining Foundation (HSeT) in collaboration with several specialists from NCCR Kidney.CH (2010-2022). To obtain a CAS in Translational Nephrology, participants need to successfully complete 5 blended e-learning modules to be chosen among the 6 modules

The six modules are:
1.Salt, Water and Hypertension: renal regulation of sodium, chloride, water and potassium homeostasis as well as the pathophysiology of hypertension.
2.Acid-Base Homeostasis: renal handling of acids & bases, the role of the kidney in pH homeostasis and the pathophysiology of renal tubular acidosis.
3. Calcium and Phosphate: renal handling physiology and pathophysiology of calcium and phosphate homeostasis, respective role of the kidney, intestine, bone and other organs.
4. Oxygen Signalling and Cancer: gas exchanges, the role of erythropoietin, hypoxia-inducible factors, oxygen related pathology and novel treatments.
5. Metabolism and Kidney Function: role of kidney in metabolism and the relationship between metabolism and kidney function.
6. Inflammation and Immunology: role of inflammation and immunology in kidney diseases.

To obtain the DAS in Translational Nephrology of the UZH Unibe (total 30 ECTS credits), participants have to successfully complete the 6 modules (18 ECTS credits), present a documented and accepted scientific achievement (e.g. a publication in a peer-review journal (8 ECTS credits) or a teaching project based on a case report (3 ECTS credits)) and have obtained 4, respectively 9 additional ECTS credits attributed by the course organization for the active participation (with poster or oral communication) in conferences, retreats or relevant workshops.


The course can be started with any module (March, July, November).
Registration Deadline: On Request