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Glomerular Diseases to Organ Damage

Presenter: Christoph Licht MD


Christoph Licht is a Paediatric Nephrologist. He is Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Staff in the Division of Nephrology and Director of the Dialysis/Apheresis Unit of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, as well as Senior Associate Scientist in the Cell Biology Program of the SickKids Research Institute. Christoph obtained his clinical training in Paediatrics and Paediatric Nephrology at the Children's Hospital of the University of Cologne, Germany, and completed his Habilitation at the University of Cologne in 2005. From 1999 to 2002 he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Nephrology with Bob Alpern at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Christoph’s research focuses on complement-mediated renal diseases, in particular atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) and membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN)/C3 Glomerulopathy (C3G). He established a translational research programme including an international registry of patients with complement-mediated renal diseases (, and an active lab studying the interactions of the complement, coagulation and inflammation systems with the vascular endothelium in the pathogenesis of aHUS. Additional research interests include the mechanisms of chronic kidney disease.

Amongst others, Christoph is the chair of HUS International (the former European Paediatric Research Group for HUS), and chair of the International aHUS Registry. He serves on the editorial board of Kidney International, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation and Pediatric Nephrology, and published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to his research focus.