Virtual CardioRenal Winter School 2021 - Perspective of a PhD student from Strategy-CKD

1-3 February, 2021

Virtual CardioRenal Winter School 2021 - Perspective of a PhD student from the associated international consortium Strategy-CKD

As an Early Stage Researcher of Strategy-CKD ITN, this year I attended the annual Cardiorenal Winter School for the first time. The event held between 1st and 3rd February, was organized by 5 different consortia such as the German "SFB / TRR219", the Interreg VA Euregio Meuse-Rhine "EURLIPIDS" and the EU-ITNs "INTRICARE", "CaReSyAn" and " Strategy-CKD ".

Although this event is usually held in person, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held via online sessions. During the three days, different presentations and speeches were organized in the form of posters, breakout sessions and rapid fire talks. As part of a consortium of researchers aiming at a deeper understanding of Chronic Kidney Disease, I found the winter school very useful and stimulating as it allowed me to gain a 360 degree view on current research and immediate future developments in the field, I personally have had the opportunity to know research works similar to mine and I think it will be really useful in the future to compare “notes” with the authors of these researches.

I consider the Cardiorenal Winter School an excellent opportunity to create opportunity of networking with researchers from all parts of Europe. I hope next year there will be an opportunity to attend in person: a situation that will make it even easier to get closer with other participants.

Federica Cascone

(PhD Student)