This homepage is intended as a contribution to the establishment of a “community of European nephropathologists” and to the building of a worldwide network. It should serve to provide all relevant information for scientific and diagnostic work, to optimize primary and advanced training and to ease solving difficult diagnostic problems via recourse to experts worldwide. These goals can only be reached when everybody actively engages in design and content by providing information, ideas and criticism.
The mission of the working group is the advancement of nephropathology, including transplant pathology in Europe. The working group supports continuous education and training in renal pathology, promotes research, organizes collaborative studies and offers help in diagnostic cases using telepathology and personal consultation.
The Nephropathology Working group was founded at the occasion of the 19th Congress of the ESP on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Dusan Ferluga (Slovenia) in 2003.
Chair and secretary:
- Chair: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Amann (Erlangen / Germany)
- Secretary: PD Dr. Helmut Hopfer (Basel / Switzerland)
- 2003-2007: Prof. Dr. Dusan Ferluga (Ljubljana / Slovenia)
- 2007-2013: Prof. Dr. Michael J. Mihatsch (Basel / Switzerland)
- 2014-2016: Prof. Dr. Ian Roberts (Oxford / Uk)
Information for Laymen
Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease through examination of organs, tissues, cells and body fluids. The term encompasses both the medical specialty which uses tissues and body fluids to obtain clinically useful information, as well as the related scientific study of disease processes. Anatomical pathologists diagnose disease and gain other clinically significant information through the gross and microscopic visual examination of tissues, with special stains and immunohistochemistry employed to visualize specific proteins and other substances in and around cells. More recently, molecular biology techniques are also included in the study of tissues to gain additional clinical information. Anatomic pathologists serve as the definitive diagnosticians for most cancers, as well as numerous other diseases. Nephropathologists are specialized anatomical pathologists. They have special expertise for the study of renal diseases in native and transplanted kidneys.
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