The program of the 34th ERCSG meeting includes sessions with lecture titles and speakers. If you wish to download the detailed program in PDF form, please click here.

Thursday April 7th 

18:00-18:30 Arrival of participants

Session 1: 19:00-20:30

Eleni Frangou (Cyprus) and Christian Kurts (Germany)

18:45-19:30 Welcome

  • Christina Yiannaki (General Director of the Cyprus Ministry of Health)
  • Kypros Stavrides (Vice-CEO, State Health Services Organization, Cyprus)
  • Christos Nicolaou (CEO, State Health Services Organization, Limassol- Paphos Directorate)
  • Aristos Michail (Head, Department of Nephrology, Limassol General Hospital, SHSO, Limassol)
  • Kyriacos Ioannou (President of the Cyprus Renal Association)
  • Kleri Ioannou (President of the Cyprus Association of Patients’ Friends, Limassol Department)

19:30-20:00 siRNA, a revolutionary approach to reduce LDL-C. Sharing first experience with Inclisiran Theodoros Christodoulides (Cyprus)

Satellite Symposium sponsored by Novartis

20:00-20:30 Dapagliflozin in patients with chronic kidney disease via link Dimitra Angeli (Greece)

Satellite Symposium sponsored by Αλεκτωρ AstraZeneca

21:00 Dinner at the Hotel

Friday April 8th 

Session 2: 08:30-10:30

Dona Manolakou (Greece) and Peter Boor (Germany)

08:30-09:00 Using Bayesian Networks to Simulate eGFR Trajectories Panayiotis Petousis (USA)

09:00-09:30 Artificial intelligence-augmented nephropathology Peter Boor (Germany)

09:30-10:00 Renal Involvement in Systemic Autoimmunity: Lessons Learned Dimitrios Boumpas (Greece)

10:00-10:15 Cross-species transcriptomics and machine learning for Lupus Nephritis Eleni Frangou, Panayiotis Garantziotis, Maria Grigoriou, Aggelos Banos, Dionysis Nikolopoulos, Antigone Pieta, Stavros A Doumas, Antonis Fanouriakis, Aikaterini Hadjioannou, Theodora Manolakou, Themis Alissafi, Panayiotis Verginis, Emmanouil Dermitzakis, George Bertsias, Anastasia Filia, Dimitrios Boumpas Presented by: Eleni Frangou (Cyprus)

10:15-10:30 Comparative proteomic analysis of kidney tissues in Col4a3 knock out mice manifesting Alport syndrome towards the discovery of novel therapies Orthodoxia Nicolaou, Andreas Kousios, Kleitos Sokratous, Louiza Potamiti, Lola Koniali, George Neophytou, Revekka Papacharalampous, Sotiris Ioannou, Maria Zanti, Kyriakos Ioannou, Andreas Hadjisavvas, Michalis Panagiotidis, Kyriacos Kyriacou Presented by: Orthodoxia Nicolaou (Cyprus)

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Session 3: 11:00-11:30

Chrysoula Pipilli (Cyprus) and Lilia Abbad (France)

11:00-11:30 Innovative tools for detection and monitoring of transplant rejection Miriam Banas (Germany)

11:30-12:00 Life and death decisions orchestrated by cold shock proteins Peter Mertens (Germany)

12:00-12:30 Renal ILC3 link inflammasome activation with kidney fibrosis Christian Kurts (Germany)

12:30-12:45 DNA-binding protein A (DBPA) is actively secreted in a calcium and LPS dependent manner by rat mesangial and melanoma cells and influences cell migration Gregor Hoppstock, Antonia Bock, Saskia Stolze, Cheng Zhu, Jonathan A Lindquist, Peter R Mertens Presented by: Gregor Hoppstock (Germany)

12:45-13:00 The role of CCN2 and cellular senescence in clinical and experimental AKI to CKD Sebastiaan Knoppert, Floris Valentijn, Mandy Keijzer-Veen, Roel Broekhuizen, Marc Lilien, Gerrit van den Berg, Lianne Haveman, Marry van den Heuvel-Eibrink, Geert Janssens, Theodoros Eleftheriades, George Pissas, Rohan Samarakoon, Jiaqi Tang, Roel Goldschmeding, Tri Nguyen Presented by: Roel Goldschmeding (The Netherlands)

13:30 Lunch at the Hotel

Session 4: 15:00-17:00

Stefanie Steiger (Germany) and Helene Francoise (France)

15:00-15:15 Urinary CCL14 biomarker to predict renal replacement therapy initiation in critically ill patients with severe acute kidney injury? Khalil Chaïbi, Sandrine Placier, Guillaume Louis, Laurent Martin Lefevre, Dimitri Titeca, Béatrice La Combe, Sébastien Besset, Julio Badie, Guillaume Chevrel, Nicolas Chudeau, Saber Barbar, Christophe Vinsonneau, Jean-Marie Forel, Didier Thevenin, Guillaume Lacave, Saad Nseir, Florent Poirson, Julien Mayaux, Kada Klouche, Jean Reignier, Jean-Pierre Quenot, Juliette Hadchouel, Didier Dreyfuss, Stephane Gaudry Presented by: Khalil Chaïbi (France)

15:15-15:30 Identification of the pathways driving the transformation of renal progenitor cells into clear cell renal cell carcinomas Anna Julie Peired, Giulia Carangelo, Maria Elena Melica, Roberto Semeraro, Paola Romagnani Presented by: Anna Julie Peired (Italy)

15:30 -15:45 Kidney tubule polyploidization drives chronic kidney disease after acute kidney injury Letizia De Chiara, Elena Lazzeri, Paola Romagnani Presented by: Letizia De Chiara (Italy)

15:45-16:00 Asymptomatic hyperuricemia promotes recovery from ischemic organ injury by modulating tubular epithelial cell and macrophage function Viviane Gnemmi, Qiubo Li, Qiuyue Ma, Letizia De Chiara, Giulia Carangelo, Chenyu Li, Mireia Molina-Van den Bosch, Paola Romagnani, Hans-Joachim Anders, Stefanie Steiger Presented by: Stefanie Steiger (Germany)

16:00-16:15 EPAC1-mediated cAMP signaling in podocytes protects kidneys from the progression of glomerulonephritis Lilia Abbad, Panagiotis Kavvadas, Maximin Detrait, Lisa Melis, Niki Prakoura, Christos E. Chadjichristos, Frank Lezoualch, Christos Chatziantoniou Presented by: Lilia Abbad (France)

16:15-16:30 L-WNK  protects from glomerular injury in mice Cyril Mousseaux, Tiffany Migeon, Perrine Frère, Juliette Hadchouel Presented by: Cyril Mousseaux (France)

16:30-17:00 Mediators and Markers of Proximal Tubule Pathologies Mark Dockrell (UK)

17:00-17:30 Coffee Break

Session 5: 17:30-19:00

Kyriacos Kyriacou (Cyprus) and Pierre-Luis Tharaux (France)

17:30-17:45 TRPC6 mediate autophagy flux blockade and podocyte injury through calpains activation in Diabetic Nephropathy Yann Salemkour, Daan ‘t Hart, Léa Dionet, Kim A T Verheijden, Tom Nijenhuis, Johan van der Vlag, Pierre-Louis Tharaux, Olivia Lenoir Presented by: Pierre Louis Tharaux (France)

17:45-18:00 Ιmpact of ischemia/reperfusion on BTBR WT and diabetic ob/ob mice kidneys Reichelt-Wurm, Sandrine Placier, Lilia Abbad, Christos Chatziantoniou, Markus Kretz, Elke Eggenhofer, Lena Knauss, Kathrin Holler, Bernhard Banas, Miriam Banas Presented by: Simone Reichelt-Wurm (Germany)

18:00-18:30 Cyprus: a personal journey Kostas Petrides (Cyprus)

18:30-19:00 Brief history of gastronomy: a 40 000 Odyssey Christos Chatziantoniou (France)

20:00 Transport to Limassol – Traditional Dinner

Saturday April 9th 

Session 6: 08:30-10:30

Kyriakos Ioannou (Cyprus) and Aristidis Charonis (Greece)

08:30-09:00 Update on Membranous Nephropathy Pierre Ronco (Paris)

09:00-09:30 Therapeutic targeting of acquired and genetic nephrotic syndromes, using small molecule and gene therapy approaches Moin Saleem (UK)

The Cyprus Renal Association Lecture

09:30-10:00 (Renal-) cell tropism and consequences of SARS-CoV-2 Tobias Huber (Germany)

10:00-10:30 Mineralocorticoid receptor drives proliferative and sclerotic failed glomerular repair through parietal epithelial cell activation Hélène Lazareth, Olivia Lenoir, Sheerazed Boulkroun, Florian Garo, Angélique Rocha, Isabelle Giscos-Douriez, Léa Guyonnet, Marcus J. Moeller, Carole Hénique-Gréciet, Maria-Christina Zennaro, Pierre-Louis Tharaux Presented by: Pierre-Louis Tharaux (France)

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Session 7: 11:00-13:00

Adonis Ioannides (Cyprus) and Anna Julie Peired (Italy)

11:00-11:30 Taking the kidney to a new dimension: 3D cellular models for regenerative medicine, disease modeling and drug discovery Binyamin Dekel (Israel)

The University of Nicosia Medical School Lecture

11:30-12:00 The role of thyroid hormone signaling in the pathobiology and repair of diabetic kidney Christodoulos Xinaris (Italy)

12:00-12:15 hiPSC-derived podocytes from Alport disease patients present metabolic and cell cycle alterations compared to normal podocytes Ricardo Romero-Guevara, Orthodoxia Nicolaou, Kyriacos Kyriacou, Adonis Ioannides, Christodoulos Xinaris Presented by: Ricardo Romero-Guevara (Cyprus)

12:15-12:30 Crescents derive from single podocyte progenitors and a drug enhancing their differentiation attenuates crescentic glomerulonephritis Maria Elena Melica, Giulia Antonelli, Roberto Semeraro, Maria Lucia Angelotti, Gianmarco Lugli, Anna Peired, Laura Lasagni and Paola Romagnani Presented by: Maria Elena Melica (Italy)

12:30-13:00 Tubule recovery upon AKI: An unexpected role of HMGB1 inside cycling tubular epithelial cells – via link  Hans Joachim Anders (Germany)

Session 8: 13:30-17:30

Visit: Curium Ancient Theatre and Limassol Medieval Castle
Lunch: Karatello Restaurant, at the Limassol Castle
Cultural Event: Diastasis Children Choir at the Old Port, Limassol

Session 9: 19:00-20:30

Aristides Charonis (Greece) and Christos Chatziantoniou (France)

19:00-19:30 “Kidney International”: challenges of the Editor in Chief Pierre Ronco (France)

19:30-20:00 Business meeting In the memory of Jan Weening

Discussion on the format of the current meeting. Decision on the site of the next (35th) ERCSG meeting

21:00 Closing dinner at the hotel and farewell party

Sunday April 10th

Departure of Participants

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Abbad Lilia (France)
Inserm UMR 1155, Medicine, Paris, France. 2. Inserm UMR S 1297, Toulouse, France

Anders Hans Joachim, MD (Germany)
Head of Nephrology, Inner City Campus, University of Munich, Germany

Angeli Dimitra, MD (Greece)

Medical Science Liaison CKD / Diabetes,  Medical Affairs AstraZeneca, Greece

Banas Miriam, Dr, Prof (Germany)
Department of Nephrology, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Boor Peter, MD, PhD, Prof (Germany)

Institute of Pathology & Department of Nephrology LaBooratory of Nephropathology University Clinic of RWTH Aachen, Germany

Boumpas Dimitrios MD, FACP (Greece)

Professor and Chairman Department of Medicine, Medical School, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens President, National Health Counsel (KESY)

Chaïbi Khalil (France)


Chatziantoniou Christos, PhD (France)

Head INSERM UMR S 1155 – Sorbonne Université ‘Common and Rare Kidney Diseases:from Molecular Events to Precision Medicine’, Tenon Hospital, Paris, France

Christodoulides Theodoros, MD, MA, FESC (Cyprus)

Cardiologist, President of Cyprus Society of Cardiology, Diploma of Advanced Studies in Heart Failure (University of Zurich)

De Chiara Letizia (Italy)

Università degli studi di Firenze, Department of Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences, Firenze, Italy

Dekel Benjamin, MD, PhD, Prof (Israel)
Professor and Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology; Director, Pediatric Stem Cell Research Institute; Edmond & Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Pearl and Dr. (MD) Yechezkiel Klayman Chair in Nephro-Urology; Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, President, Israel Stem Cell Society

Dockrell Mark, Dr (UK)
Scientific Director, SWT Institute for Renal Research; Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust Reader in Renal Cell Biology, SGUL

Frangou Eleni, MD, PhD (Cyprus)

Nephrologist, Limassol General Hospital, State Health Services Organization (SHSO), Limassol, Cyprus; Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, Greece

Goldschmeding Roel, MD, PhD, Prof (Netherlands)

Deputy head of department of Pathology, Professor of Translational Pathology, Departments of Pathology and Pediatric Nephrology, UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands

Hoppstock Gregor (Germany)

Clinic of Nephrology and Hypertension, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany

Huber Tobias B., MD, FASN (Germany)
Professor of Medicine Chairman of the Center of Internal Medicine Director of the III. Department of Medicine Nephrology, Transplantation, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Diabetology and Translational Immunology University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
Kurts Christian, Prof (Germany)

Professor, University Clinic of Bonn, Germany

Maria Elena Melica (Italy)
Department of Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences “Mario Serio,” University of Florence, Florence 50139, Italy
Mertens Peter, MD, Prof (Germany)
Professor of Nephrology, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany

Mousseaux Cyril (France)

Sorbonne Université, INSERM, Unité mixte de recherche, Common and Rare Kidney Diseases (CoRaKID) unit, F-75020 Paris, France; Department of Nephrology, AP-HP, Hôpital Tenon, F-75020 Paris, France

Peired Anna Julie (Italy)

Department of Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences “Mario Serio”, University of Florence, 50139 Florence, Italy

Petousis Panayiotis, PhD (USA)
University of California Los Angeles, Clinical Translational Science Institute

Petrides Kostas (Cyprus)

President, Diastasis Cultural Association, Cyprus

Reicheld-Wurm Simone (Germany)

Department of Nephrology, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Romero-Guevara Ricardo (Cyprus)

University of Nicosia Medical School, Nicosia, Cyprus

Ronco Pierre, MD, PhD, Prof (France)
Emeritus Professor of Nephrology, INSERM unit 1155, Sorbonne Universite, Paris
Saleem Moin,  FRCP, PhD (UK)
Professor of Paediatric Renal Medicine, Director Bristol Renal Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Purespring Therapeutics
University of Bristol, and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Bristol, BS2 8BJ, UK

Salemkour Yann (France)

Université de Paris – Paris Cardiovacular Research Center (PARCC) – INSERM U970 – Paris, France

Steiger Stefanie (Germany)

Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine IV, University Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Munich, Germany

Tharaux Pierre-Louis, Prof (France)

Paris Research Cardiovascular Center (PARCC), INSERM, Université de Paris, Paris, France

Xinaris Christodoulos BSc, PhD (Italy/Cyprus)

Head, Laboratory of Organ Regeneration, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri IRCCS, Centro Anna Maria Astori, Italy; Associate Professor University of Nicosia Medical School, Nicosia, Cyprus