New publication at Acquifer with RENALTRACT ESR Gunjan Pandey as first author

New publication at Acquifer entitled “A Smart Imaging Workflow for Organ-Specific Screening in a Cystic Kidney Zebrafish Disease Model” has been published with RENALTRACT Early Stage Researcher Gunjan Pandey being the first author. More information to be found here:

15th March 2019


New publication with 2 RENALTRACT ESRs as first authors

New publication entitled “Urinary proteome signature of Renal Cysts and Diabetes syndrome in children” with Pedro Magalhães (Mosaiques Diagnostics, ESR9) and Pierbruno Ricci (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, ESR10) as first authors has been released in Scientific Reports. Here is the link to the article:

25th February 2019


New article at the University of Oulu


New publication entitled “Embryonic Stem Cells Derived Kidney Organoids as Faithful Models to Target Programmed Nephrogenesis” has been released by the team of Seppo Vainio (RENALTRACT Principal Investigator) and Zenglai Tan (ESR 1) from the University of Oulu. Here is the link to the article:

7th December 2018


Three publications at Mosaiques Diagnostics


Three articles were recently published by Petra Zürbig (RENALTRACT Principal Investigator) and Pedro Magalhães (ESR 9) at Mosaiques Diagnostics. In the first two articles “Association of kidney fibrosis with urinary peptides: a path towards non-invasive liquid biopsies?” and “Comparison of Urine and Plasma Peptidome Indicates Selectivity in Renal Peptide Handling”, they were main contributors while they participated to the collaboration in the third one “Urinary peptidomics analysis reveals proteases involved in diabetic nephropathy”. The description and link to these articles is here:


6th December 2018


Last RENALTRACT Newsletter is now live!


RENALTRACT has issued its tenth and last newsletter for October 2018! Do not miss it on the homepage.


3rd October 2018


ESR 12 Gunjan Pandey co-author in a new publication


RENALTRACT ESR 12 Gunjan Pandey at ACQUIFER to publish as co-author a mini-review about zebrafish screening in kidney disease in Frontiers in Pediatric Nephrology, find it here:

29th June 2018


RENALTRACT International Conference & Nephrogenesis Workshop – 11-13 April 2018


RENALTRACT International Conference on Developmental Nephrology and Future Therapies and the UK Nephrogenesis Workshop that took place from 11 to 13 April 2018 in Manchester, UK were a great success. Check how the ESRs were involved in its organisation and talks in the Science communication section!

17th April 2018


RENALTRACT Nephrogenesis Workshop programme has been updated


Back-to-back with the RENALTRACT International Conference in Manchester (12-13 April) will be organised the UK Nephrogenesis Workshop on 11th April 2018, see our programme below!

28th March 2018


RENALTRACT International Conference Programme is now live!


RENALTRACT International Conference on Developmental Nephrology and Future Therapies will take place in Manchester, UK on 12 and 13 April 2018. Do not miss it!

12th February 2018


RENALTRACT Newsletter 9 – January 2018 is available


RENALTRACT Newsletter for January 2018 has been released on the website homepage, do not miss it!

23rd January 2018


RENALTRACT Conference 12-13 April 2018 – Manchester, UK


RENALTRACT Project is very proud to present its RENALTRACT International Conference on 12-13 April 2018 in Manchester, UK. More information:

21st September 2017


RENALTRACT Newsletter for September 2017 is now available


RENALTRACT  Newsletter 8 has been released with latest news on the projects, events to come and scientific views, check it out now!

5th September 2017


RENALTRACT Short-Course 2 coverage is available


Second RENALTRACT Short-Course on “Science values and research responsibilities” took place in Bidart, France with the participation of our Partner Atelier des Jours à Venir from 12 to 16 June 2017. Take a look at our covearage in the Science communication section!

21st June 2017


RENALTRACT Short-Course 2 “Science values and research responsibilities” – Bidart, France, 12-16 June 2017

From 12 to 16 June, RENALTRACT second Short-Course on “Science values and research responsibilities” will take place in Bidart, France, in collaboration with our partner Atelier des Jours à Venir, stay tuned for more information!

23rd May 2017


RENALTRACT Newsletter for May 2017 is now online

The seventh newsletter from RENALTRACT network is now available on the website homepage, do not miss it!


28th April 2017


2 RENALTRACT ESRs Guillermo and Saurav in Dow/Davies lab in Glasgow to win poster prize

Guillermo Martinez Corrales and Saurav Ghimire won a poster competition last week in Glasgow, see our Outreach section for more information!


14th April 2017


RENALTRACT has 2 new publications from PhD student Pedro Magalhães in Mosaiques Diagnostics

Pedro Magalhães (ESR 9 in Mosaiques Diagnostics) has recently collaborated in 2 publications: “Urinary proteomics using capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry for diagnosis and prognosis in kidney diseases” (Pedro Magalhães, Harald Mischak and Petra Zürbig) and “Urinary biomarkers for renal tract malformations” (Pedro Magalhães, Joost P. Schanstra, Emma Carrick, Harald Mischak and Petra Zürbig). Find out more in the Science communication section!


3rd April 2017



RENALTRACT Workshop & mid-term meeting was a real success!

Last RENALTRACT Young Researchers Training Workshop and mid-term meeting in Marseille from 23rd to 24th March was of great success, see our coverage in Science communication section now to find out!


28th March 2017


RENALTRACT Young Researchers Workshop & mid-term meeting – 23-24 March 2017

Next RENALTRACT Workshop and mid-term meeting will be organised in Marseille, France on 23rd and 24th March 2017. It will see lectures from high-level specialists, a poster session from the ESRs of the network and the mid-term meeting with members of the project. Do not miss our coverage!


1st March 2017


RENALTRACT Newsletter 6 has been released


You can find the February 2017 RENALTRACT Newsletter on the website homepage, check it out!

25th January 2017


Happy New Year 2017!

RENALTRACT wishes you all the very best in your professional and personal projects and that 2017 will be a successful new year!

11th January 2017


RENALTRACT Newsletter 5 is now available


RENALTRACT Newsletter for November 2016 is now available on website homepage and focuses on latest news, events and updates from the network, have a look now!

8th November 2016


International consortium including two teams part of RENALTRACT network shows that “ ‘Teashirt’ gene links autism and kidney problems”


The teams of Laurent Fasano (“Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille, CNRS / Aix-Marseille University) and Adrian Woolf (University of Manchester) had already implicated the Tshz3 gene as being essential for development of smooth muscle in the wall of the ureter.

In a new article, published in the journal Nature Genetics, the international research consortium led by Laurent Fasano and including the Woolf’ team shows, in human and in mouse models, the existence of a direct link between TSHZ3/Tshz3 deletion and a subtype of autism spectrum disorder, characterized by the association of autistic traits and congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract.


TSHZ3 deletion causes an autism syndrome and defects in cortical projection neurons. Caubit X, Gubellini P, Andrieux J, Roubertoux PL, Metwaly M, Jacq B, Fatmi A, Had-Aissouni L, Kwan KY, Salin P, Carlier M, Liedén A, Rudd E, Shinawi M, Vincent-Delorme C, Cuisset JM, Lemaitre MP, Abderrehamane F, Duban B, Lemaitre JF, Woolf AS, Bockenhauer D, Severac D, Dubois E, Zhu Y, Sestan N, Garratt AN, Kerkerian-Le Goff L, Fasano L. Nat Genet. 2016 Sep 26. doi: 10.1038/ng.3681. PMID: 27668656

26th October 2016


RENALTRACT Short-Course 1 “Transferable Skills” – Paris, 5-9 September 2016


First RENALTRACT Short-Course on “Transferable Skills” was supported by our partners MyScienceWork, Mosaiques Diagnostics and NIKON, as well as external speakers specialists in scientific integrity, ethics and industrial career. Our coverage is now available, check it out in Science communication section!

14th September 2016


Fourth RENALTRACT Newsletter has been released!

Fourth RENALTRACT newsletter for August 2016 will see updates about the network and events, interviews of Pauli Tikka (ESR 8), Saurav Ghimire (ESR 11) and Gunjan Pandey (ESR 12), have a look on the homepage!

19th August 2016


RENALTRACT Short-Course 1 “Transferable Skills” will start soon!

Next RENALTRACT Short-Course on the theme “Transferable Skills” will gather RENALTRACT partners such as Mosaiques Diagnostics (webseminar), MyScienceWork (e-reputation and scientific communication) and NIKON (microscopy) in order to provide technical and practical skills to the students. Also, three lectures will take place on bioethics, scientific integrity and scientific careers by notorious speakers from the field. Do not miss our coverage!

17th August 2016


RENALTRACT Workshop 2 “Animal models” – Glasgow, UK – 16-22 June 2016

Second RENALTRACT Workshop on “Animal models” held at University of Glasgow was a great success. Our coverage is now available on Outreach and Science Communication sections, have a look!

23rd June 2016


RENALTRACT Workshop 2 “Animal models” in Glasgow will start soon!

Next RENALTRACT Workshop in Glasgow from 16 to 22 June 2016 will see ESRs presenting their work to the large audience in the frame of Glasgow Science Festival as part of outreach activities. It will be held alongside the regular workshop on “animal models ” where ESRs will make oral presentations and attend to lectures sessions provided by University of Glasgow professors and RENALTRACT members. Do not miss the coverage on the Science Communication section!

7th June 2016


RENALTRACT/EURenOmics meeting – Paris 9-13 May 2016

RENALTRACT meeting coverage held in Paris from 9 to 13 May 2016 is now available on Science communication section. If you want to know how it was, check it out!

18th May 2016


RENALTRACT Newsletter 3 released!

Third RENALTRACT Newsletter is presenting network past and forthcoming events, “student life” & “carte blanche” sections, enjoy the read on RENALTRACT website homepage!

26th April 2016


RENALTRACT/EURenOmics meeting in Paris is coming soon

RENALTRACT is proud to invite its researchers, students and Scientific Advisory Board in Paris in order to participate in conferences from 8 to 13 May 2016. It will also see interactions with EU funded project EURenOmics, which aims to develop novel tools that will allow to make more accurate diagnoses, predict the disease course and the efficacy of available treatments, and help developing new and better therapies for rare kidney diseases.

Our coverage is to follow very soon!

21st April 2016


Workshop “Ex vivo” in Oulu was a great success


First RENALTRACT Workshop took place in Oulu, Finland from 7 to 11 March 2016, see our article in Science communication section now!

14th March 2016


Workshop “Ex vivo” in Oulu is here


Do not miss our coverage of the first Workshop in Oulu, Finland from 7 to 11 March!

4th March 2016


More than 350 applications to RENALTRACT program!


RENALTRACT network welcomed more than 350 applications to its training program. Very selective criteria were determining top-level candidates and we are very happy to welcome 12 PhD students from this recruitement process.

22nd February 2016


Meet Our ESR serie of portraits ends – ESR 12 – Gunjan


Last portrait is introducing Gunjan (ESR 12) who will work under joint supervision of Franz Schaefer (Heidelberg University-Hospital) and Jochen Gehrig (Acquifer). Let’s meet her in Science Communication section!

22nd February 2016


Meet Our ESR 8 – Pauli


Pauli (ESR 8) is the new PhD student in Franz Schaefer’s team in University-Hospital of Heidelberg (Germany), check out his portrait in the Science Communication section!

18th February 2016


Second newsletter is here!


RENALTRACT newsletter for February 2016 is available on the homepage. You will find more information about upcoming events, latest updates about our network,  Zenglai’s carte blanche and Filipa & Laura student life. Enjoy!

15th February 2016


Meet Our ESR 5 – Jaskiran


We are now discovering Jaskiran Kaur’s portrait (ESR5), who will work under supervision of Andreas Kispert in Medical School of Hannover. Find out more in Science communication section!

15th February 2016


Meet Our ESR 9 – Pedro


New portrait of a new PhD student in RENALTRACT network! Here is the presentation of Pedro Magalhães (ESR 9) in Science communication section, who will work in Mosaiques Diagnotics with Petra Zuerbig.

1st February 2016


Meet Our ESR 2 – Vladimir


Our serie continues in 2016 with presentation of Vladimir Kozlov’s portrait (ESR2) at the University of Nice. He will work in Andreas Schedl’s team, meet him now in the Science communication section.

14th January 2016


Happy New Year 2016!


We wish you all the best for this new year and a fruitful collaboration in RENALTRACT project!


5th January 2016


Meet Our ESR 11 – Saurav


University of Glasgow is proud to welcome Saurav Ghimire (ESR11) from Nepal, who will work in Julian Dow’s team. Meet him in Science Communication section now!

11th December 2015


ESR 5 position in Hannover (Germany) still available


Due to a last minute withdrawal, please note that we have re-opened position for ESR5 at Hannover Medical School, under supervision of Andreas Kispert. If you are interested, please apply in the Jobs section!

24th November 2015


Meet Our ESR 1 – Zenglai


This portrait will bring us at University of Oulu in Finland, where Zenglai Tan (ESR 1) will work in Seppo Vainio’s team. We are glad to present his portrait in Science Communication section!

20th November 2015


Meet Our ESR 7 – Filipa


RENALTRACT network is honouring Portugal with Filipa who will work under Adrian Woolf supervision at the University of Manchester. Her portrait is available in the Science Communication section.

20th November 2015


RENALTRACT Newsletter is now out!


We are very pleased to launch our first RENALTRACT newsletter. It will be released on a quarterly basis and should cover topics from network latest updates to technical views,  going through upcoming events and reviews. A large place will of course be given to students in this. Let’s meet in the home page to download it now.

20th November 2015


Meet Our ESR 3 – Laura


We stay in Paris for this portrait and will meet Laura in Muriel Umbhauer’s team at CNRS/UPMC, her portrait is available in Science Communication section.

4th November 2015


Meet Our ESR 10 – Pierbruno


Third portrait will bring us in Paris, where Pierbruno is joining Silvia Cereghini’s team at Université Pierre et Marie Curie. His portrait is now live in Science communication section.

29th October 2015


Meet Our ESR 4 – Guillermo


Second portrait is about Guillermo who will work under supervision of Shireen Davies at University of Glasgow. Let’s meet him in Science Communication section!

12th October 2015


Meet Our ESR portraits begins – ESR 6 – Irene


We are happy to open the ‘Meet Our ESR’ series of portraits beginning with Irene Sanchez Martin on our Science Communication section, more to follow!

5th October 2015


ESR recruitment is a success

Early Stage Researchers recruitment is almost performed. A large number of candidates from all around the world applied to RENALTRACT program and this will certainly constitute an excellent basis of work. Coming up soon ESRs portraits!

21st September 2015


ESR positions 1, 2, 8, 9 & 12 still available !


Early Stage Researchers positions in University of Oulu (Finland), University of Nice (France), University of Heidelberg (Germany), Mosaiques Diagnostics (Germany) and Acquifer (Germany) are still open. If you are interested, please apply in the job section!

2nd September 2015 – Modified 23rd September 2015


RENALTRACT now on Facebook & Twitter

RENALTRACT Facebook and Twitter pages are now live!

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26th August 2015


RENALTRACT Kick-off meeting – 24 June 2015


    The Kick-off meeting of EU H2020 ITN RENALTRACT Project was held at Luminy Scientific Campus in Marseille on 24 June 2015. The meeting was attended by the Project Management Team (including CNRS Provence et Corse Delegation, the Scientific Coordinator and the European Project Manager), beneficiaries partners and one partner organisation.

After a short introduction of each participant’s project, the agenda was followed and multiple discussions were held in a productive atmosphere. Work Package leaders presented their participation in the project. Next RENALTRACT Workshop « Ex vivo » is to follow in Oulu (Finland) in March 2016.


28th July 2015