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FCRP, MB CHB
Dr John Sayer is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK and a Consultant Nephrologist at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. His research focus is to understand the molecular genetics underlying inherited cystic kidney diseases, in particular ciliopathies. Dr Sayer is a member of the Scientific Committee for Kidney Research UK. He leads the renal genetics service in the Northeast and provides care within a multidisciplinary team family genetics clinic.
FRCP, FSB, FMedSci
Andy Rees is a Professorial Fellow at the Clinical Institute of Pathology, Medical University of Vienna. He qualified in Medicine in Liverpool and trained in internal medicine and nephrophrology in London first with Stewart Cameron and Chisholm Ogg at Guys Hospital and then with Keith Peters at Royal Postgraduate Medical School. He became a Senior Lecturer at RPMS and subsequently Professor of Nephrology and head of the unit. In 2004, he was appointed to the Regius Chair of Medicine at Aberdeen University, a post he held for 12 years before moving to Vienna in 2007 to take up an EU funded Marie Curie Excellence Chair.
Throughout his career, Professor Rees’ research has focussed on the clinical and pathogenetic aspects of glomerulonephritis – especially the various types of focal necrotizing glomerulonephritis. His current work concentrates on autoimmunity to glomerular proteins in pauci-immune FNGN and the role of differential macrophage activation in executing the injury it causes. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Society of Biologists in the UK. He is a past President of the Renal Association and Chair of the European Kidney Health Alliance.
MB, FRCS, FEBU
Christopher Woodhouse read medicine at Guy’s (University of London). He graduated in 1970. In 1975 he became FRCS. He did his urology training at The Royal London with Professor John Blandy and at the Institute of Urology (St Peter’s Hospitals). Amongst several great mentors, the most influential was Sir David Innes Williams. In 1981 he became senior lecturer at the Institute and took on the care of Sir David’s patients as they grew into adult life. This practice developed into the first Adolescent Urology clinic in the world.
He was also appointed Consultant at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He has continued to work at both of these places. The Institute of Urology was subsumed into University College, London in 1990 and he became Professor of Adolescent Urology in UCL in 2006.
After his retirement in 2011, he became Emeritus Professor of Adolescent Urology at UCL. He has had a lifelong clinical and research interest in the long term outcome of congenital urological anomalies. He has published more than 240 papers, 65 chapters and three books. He has given more than 450 lectures and presentations. He has been visiting professor at universities and medical schools in many countries in most continents. He is presently writing a text book of Adolescent Urology for Wiley Blackwell to be published in 2015.
MB ChB (Hons), DCH, FRCPCH
Mary McGraw is a recently retired paediatric nephrologist who established the children’s renal unit in Bristol and provided a comprehensive renal service for children South West of England for twenty- seven years. Throughout her career she was engaged in clinical research and published widely.
She is also well known for her role in education at a local, national and international level holding many posts associated with training in the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health ; she continues with national and international educational roles post retirement. However she is also branching out to do some completely different things such as studying for an MA in English Literature.
Mark Taylor attempted to straddle clinical research, postgraduate medical education and clinical service over thirty years at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He is humbled by what that taught him. At other times he sails, maintains his interest in the biological sciences and philosophy. He is a director and past chairman of the All Saints Community Development Company, Kings Heath, Birmingham.
OBE, FRCP, FRCPCH
After qualification in Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, Prof Savage undertook training in clinical paediatrics in Northern Ireland. Higher specialist training in Paediatric Nephrology was at the Hospital for Sick children Great Ormond St., and as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Manchester and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. His research interests were developed as a Medical Research Council Training Fellow, at the Institute of Child Health University of London, investigating the genesis of hypertension in relation to childhood urinary infection and renal scarring.
Subsequently he has led studies relating to the genesis of adult hypertension and other coronary risk factors in childhood. Prof Savage was the first Paediatric Nephrologist in the North of Ireland where he set up the regional dialysis and transplantation service. He has been President of the British Association for Paediatric Nephrology and Director of Medical Education with responsibility for the undergraduate course in Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast. He was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to Medicine.