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DESCaRTES Working Group

Developing Education Science and Care for Renal Transplantation in European States Working Group

DESCaRTES Working Group

About us

Kidney transplantation is a relevant part of Nephrology. Indeed, nearly 50% of patients with primary kidney failure live with a kidney transplant in Europe. Therefore, increasing kidney transplantation visibility and disseminating its knowledge may benefit the nephrological community.

The knowledge about kidney transplantation and current standard practices in kidney transplantation varies between European countries and nephrologists and objective, unbiased educational activities may help to increase the post-transplant outcome in European patients further.

The acronym DESCaRTES (Developing Education Science and Care for Renal Transplantation in European States) best summarizes the activity and mission of the group.

The DESCaRTES Working Group aims to contribute through education and research to the improvement of the care of patients living with a kidney transplant, enhancing networking opportunities for young clinicians and scientists interested in this particular field of nephrology.

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Being an ordinary member of the DESCaRTES Working Group means being part of a network which facilitates exchanges of ideas on basic science research and new treatment protocols.

Becoming an ordinary member of the DESCaRTES Working Group is free of charge and easy to do within your personal MyERA. Ordinary members must be ERA members and persons with a proven interest in the research area covered by the WG.

By joining the DESCaRTES Working Group you will receive periodic newsletters with updates on the Working Group initiatives: e-seminars, CMEs, research projects and networking opportunities.


The DESCaRTES Board provides strategic direction to the working group. Board members enhance the exchange of expertise and international cooperation.

Luuk Hilbrands

Luuk Hilbrands

The Netherlands
Gabriel Oniscu

Gabriel Oniscu

United Kingdom

Marta Crespo, Spain
Erol Demir, Turkey – YNP Observer
Ilaria Gandolfini, Italy
Rachel Hellemans, Belgium
Christophe Mariat, France
Geir Mjøen, Norway
Mehmet Sukru Sever, Turkey
Arzu Velioglu, Turkey
Bruno Watschinger, Austria

Events organised by DESCaRTES

Clinical Transplantation Day (CTDay) 2020
October 30, 2020, Fully virtual

Clinical Transplantation Day (CTDay) 2019
November 29, 2019, Barcelona, Spain

Clinical Transplantation Day (CTDay) 2018
November 30, 2018, Barcelona, Spain

DESCaRTES CME Course 2018 “Making the right decision in kidney transplantation: current controversies on clinical and ethical issues”