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Welcome to Forethought India One-on-One Courses. Our program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their chosen profession. Our instructor for this course is Professor Ian Goodfellow at University of Cambridge.


The course "Renal Physiology: Kidney Function and Fluid Balance" offers a comprehensive exploration of the intricate mechanisms governing kidney function and the regulation of fluid balance within the human body. Spanning across 27 lectures, this course delves into the fundamental aspects of renal physiology. Beginning with an introduction to the workings of the kidney, the lectures progress through discussions on the structure, function, and intricate processes of filtration and reabsorption in the nephron. The course extensively covers critical topics such as renal blood flow, glomerular filtration rate, and the regulation of water, electrolytes, and various solutes. In addition, it explores the renal system's response to changes in blood volume, pressure, and the complex hormonal regulations influencing kidney function. Students will delve into clinical aspects, studying renal responses in various diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, and kidney-related syndromes. Moreover, the course illuminates the current understanding of kidney disorders, acute and chronic kidney injuries, genetic predispositions, and emerging trends in renal physiology, providing a holistic understanding of this crucial system in the human body.

At the end of the program, students will receive a certificate & performance letter by the educator indicating that they have completed the program and acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen profession.

Renal Physiology: Kidney Function and Fluid Balance, by Ian Goodfellow

  • Ian Goodfellow is Professor of Virology and Deputy Head of Department (Pathology). His research focuses on the mechanisms of RNA virus replication and pathogenesis as well as the identification of control measures for the prevention or treatment of infections. His lab established the use of reverse genetics to study the molecular basis of norovirus pathogenesis, developing the first infectious reverse genetics system for noroviruses and the study of no viruses remains their main focus. During the 2014-16 Ebola virus epidemic, Professor Goodfellow was involved in the establishment and running of one of the first diagnostic facilities in Sierra Leone before subsequently returning to establish an in-country next generation sequencing facility to enable rapid sequence analysis of Ebola viral samples. Professor Goodfellow now holds an honorary position at the University of Makeni, Sierra Leone where he has established a research facility for post-Ebola capacity building.

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