Academic clinical fellowships in Renal Medicine (Academic Nephrology)

Kidney research in Sheffield dates back to the 1960s with Dr Margaret Platts as the first Reader in Nephrology in 1965 who with Mr John Williams (Consultant Urologist) performed the first kidney transplant in 1968.

This was followed in the 1970s by a range of clinical research activities and innovations in the field of glomerulonephritis, renal osteodystrophy, dialysis adequacy and CAPD. This led eventually to the establishment of the Academic Nephrology Unit at the Medical School and the founding of the Sheffield Kidney Institute at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 1990 as a focus for the research and educational aspirations for Sheffield nephrology.

Our aim is to conduct the highest quality research in fundamental discovery science, translate key findings to develop novel treatments and ultimately to improve outcomes for kidney patients and their families. Basic research is conducted in dedicated laboratories at the Medical School and clinical research through the Sheffield Kidney Institute (SKI) and the NIHR Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Current active areas of research include the genetics of kidney disease, polycystic kidney disease, renal development, cell signalling, renal imaging, patient decision pathways, renal bone disease and renal epidemiology.

Over 40 post-graduate students have been awarded PhDs and MDs in renal research and over 25 International Society of Nephrology (ISN) fellows have been trained in Sheffield. Currently, the unit hosts an NIHR Clinician Scientist, an NIHR Clinical Lecturer, an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and an Academic Foundation Fellow.


Academic enquiries

For further information regarding research or educational opportunities in Renal Medicine, please contact Professor Albert Ong, Academic Lead.

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International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.