Professor Albert Ong

DM, MA, FRCP

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

Professor of Renal Medicine

a.ong@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 215 9542

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Professor Albert Ong
Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
Sheffield
S10 2RX
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Albert Ong is Professor of Renal Medicine, Head of Academic Nephrology and Deputy Director for Clinical Academic Training at the University of Sheffield. He was educated at the University of Oxford and completed postgraduate medical training at University College London and Oxford.

Following doctoral studies in cell biology at UCL, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics at Oxford (KRUK Senior Research Fellow, Harris lab, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine) before taking up a new Faculty position at the University of Sheffield. He was later awarded a major Wellcome Trust Research Leave Award to establish an independent research programme at Sheffield where his main focus has been to investigate the molecular basis of cyst formation, drug discovery and translational medicine in ADPKD.

He served as the main clinical expert to the NICE appraisal panel for the use of Tolvaptan in ADPKD and chaired the Renal Association Working Group which developed the first clinical guidance for its adoption and use in the UK. He is Chief Investigator of the PKD International Consortium (CYSTic) and serves on several international editorial boards, steering groups and scientific advisory committees including the ERA-EDTA Scientific Advisory Board, the ISN Fellowship Committee and the Mayo Clinic Translational PKD Centre (USA).

Research interests

The major research goals of my laboratory have been to define the molecular basis of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), discover, develop and test new treatments and to improve the patient care pathway. We have defined the critical molecular interactions necessary for the formation, trafficking, regulation and function of the polycystin-1/polycystin-2 ADPKD protein complex and have identified several key binding partners, changes in cellular function and signalling resulting from the disease phenotype.

These findings are being used to develop new therapeutic approaches in experimental models to inhibit cyst formation or expansion with the ultimate goal of clinical translation. The clinical research programme has focussed on improving the patient pathway for patients and families with ADPKD. I am a founding member of the European ADPKD Forum which seeks to improve the multidisciplinary care for ADPKD patients across Europe through the adoption of agreed standards and an accepted patient care pathway.

Among several initiatives, we established the first UKGTN-approved comprehensive genetic diagnostic service for PKD1 and PKD2 in collaboration with the Sheffield Genetic Diagnostic Service in 2009 which has developed into an internationally used NGS panel for cystic diseases. We are an integral part of the Yorkshire and Humber Genome Medicine Centre (GMC) and the UK Renal GeCIP investigating genetic causes of rare kidney diseases as part of the UK 100K Genomes Project. We have also developed a new genetic psychosocial risk instrument for PKD (GPRI-PKD) and a semi-automated method for measuring total kidney volume from MRI (Sheffield TKV Tool).


Current projects:

  • Understanding the molecular basis of polycystic kidney disease.
  • Identifying new therapeutic targets for ADPKD in experimental models.
  • Improving diagnosis, prognosis and clinical outcomes in ADPKD.
Publications

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Conference proceedings papers

  • Winterbottorn J, Simms R & Ong A (2020) REDUCED QUALITY OF LIFE IN ADPKD PATIENTS WITH CKD STAGE 1-3: THE CYSTIC I QUALITY OF LIFE STUDY. NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION, Vol. 35 (pp 98-98) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Magayr T, Streets A & Ong A (2020) SAT-442 Identification of exosome microRNAs as novel biomarkers for rapid disease progression in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Kidney International Reports, Vol. 5(3) (pp S185-S185). Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 26 March 2020 - 29 March 2020. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Magayr T, Streets A & Ong A (2019) GLOBAL MICRORNA PROFILING IN HUMAN URINARY EXOSOMES REVEALS NEW DISEASE BIOMARKERS AND CELLULAR PATHWAYS FOR AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE (ADPKD). NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION, Vol. 34 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Huynh VT, Audrezet M-P, Domenger C, Bridoux F, Seret G, Longuet H, Halimi J-M, Senum S, Pajot A, Albaret J , Ponlot E et al (2019) CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND PROGNOSIS OF DNAJB11-ASSOCIATED NEPHROPATHY: AN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE STUDY. NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION, Vol. 34 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gimpel C, Avni EF, Breysem L, Burgmaier K, Caroli A, Cetiner M, Haffner D, Hartung EA, Franke D, König J , Liebau MC et al (2018) Imaging of kidney cysts and cystic kidney diseases in children. Consensus paper by an ad hoc committee. Ultraschall in der Medizin, 14 November 2018 - 16 November 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Logeman C, Cho Y, Sautenet B, Rangan G, Gutman T, Craig J, Ong ACM, Chapman A, Ahn C, Coolican H , Kao JT-W et al (2018) PATIENT AND CAREGIVER BELIEFS, ATTITUDES AND PERSPECTIVES ON GENETIC SCREENING AND TESTING FOR AUTOSOMAL POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE. NEPHROLOGY, Vol. 23 (pp 88-88) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chong J, Durkie M, Dalton A & Ong A (2017) VERY EARLY-ONSET AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE DUE TO BI-ALLELIC MUTATIONS IN PKD1 AND PKD2. NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION, Vol. 32 (pp 94-94) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simms RJ, Ryan D, Metherall P, Wright P, Gruel N, Tindale W & Ong ACM (2016) SO052DEVELOPMENT OF A RAPID SEMI-AUTOMATED TOOL TO MEASURE TOTAL KIDNEY VOLUME IN AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, Vol. 31(suppl_1) (pp i22-i22) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lannoy M, Abdela-ali F, Streets AJ & Ong ACM (2016) SELECTIVE PROSTAGLANDIN E2 RECEPTOR BLOCKADE FOR THE TREATMENT OF AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE. NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION, Vol. 31 (pp 22-23) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rocío Cantero MD, Velázquez IF, Streets AJ, Ong ACM & Cantiello HF (2016) The Cyclic AMP Signaling Pathway and Direct PKA Phosphorylation Regulate Polycystin-2 (TRPP2) Channel Function. Biophysical Journal, Vol. 110(3) (pp 611a-612a) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson P, McEwan P, Ong ACM, Ørskov B, Sandford R, Scolari F, Walz G, Bennet-Wilton H & O'Reilly K (2015) FP064ASSESSING THE LONG TERM OUTCOMES OF AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE (ADPKD) USING THE ADPKD OUTCOMES MODEL: A UK CASE STUDY. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, Vol. 30(suppl_3) (pp iii85-iii86) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simms RJ, Thong KM, Dworschak GC & Ong ACM (2015) INCREASED PSYCHOSOCIAL BURDEN AND ADVERSE QUALITY OF LIFE IN AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE. NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION, Vol. 30 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Streets AJ, Xu Y & Ong ACM (2015) POLYCYSTIN-1 TRAFFICKING IS REGULATED BY CAMP DEPENDENT PHOSPHORYLATION OF THE PLAT DOMAIN. NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION, Vol. 30 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robinson P, McEwan P, Hadimeri H, Ong ACM, Orskov B, Peces R, Sandford R, Scolari F, Walz G, Cooke C & O'Reilly K (2014) DEVELOPMENT OF A MODEL TO PREDICT DISEASE PROGRESSION IN AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE (ADPKD). NEPHROLOGY DIALYSIS TRANSPLANTATION, Vol. 29 (pp 75-75) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Holden BJ, van Eeden FJ, Ong ACM & Chico TJ (2011) PKD2 MUTANT ZEBRAFISH DISPLAY EXCESSIVE DEVELOPMENTAL ANGIOGENESIS. HEART, Vol. 97(20) (pp 12-12) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Streets AJ, Ibraghimov-Beskrovnaya O & Ong ACM (2003) Regulation of polycystin-1 mediated intercellular adhesion by phosphorylation in renal epithelia cells. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY, Vol. 14 (pp 575A-575A) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Robson L, Laycock SK, Brier T, Ong ACM & Haigh C (2003) A Ca2+-activated conductance in cultured mouse collecting duct cells.. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY, Vol. 14 (pp 80A-80A) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhao Y, Haylor JL & Ong ACM (2002) Upregulation of polycystin-2 expression following experimental ischaemic renal injury.. J AM SOC NEPHROL, Vol. 13 (pp 113A-113A) RIS download Bibtex download
Research group
  • Dr Andrew Streets
  • Dr Manoj Kumar Valluru
  • Dr Maryam Ahmadi
  • Ms Lisa Chang
  • Dr Jean Winterbottom
  • Dr Joshua Griffiths

PhD Students

  • Elliot Brooks (with Iwan Evans)
  • Jiehan Chong (with David Beech)
Teaching interests

Education and Training

I am Academic Programme Director for Nephrology and Deputy Director for Clinical Academic Training at the University of Sheffield. I previously served as a Board member of the EU FP7 TRANCYST initial training network and the ERA-EDTA Working Group on Inherited Kidney Diseases (WGIKD).

My wider educational interests concern the support and advancement of nephrology in the developing world. I am a member of the ISN Fellowship Committee and was previously Chair of the Renal Association International Committee (2009-2013). 

I have hosted an ISN Sister Centre, several International Society of Nephrology (ISN) fellows and am an ISN Educational Ambassador.

Professional activities

National and International Committees

  • CYSTic Consortium – Chief Investigator.
  • ADPKD in Europe Consortium - Co-chair.
  • European ADPKD Forum – Faculty member.
  • ISN Fellowship committee.
  • UK Kidney Research Consortium (UKKRC) Clinical Study Group on Cystic Kidney Diseases - Chair (2009-2014), Deputy Chair (2014-2020)
  • Renal Association International Committee - Chair (2009-2013), Committee member.

Editorial Boards

  • Editor, Nature Scientific Reports.
  • Theme Editor, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation.
  • Review Editor, Frontiers in Pharmacology.
  • Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Nephrology faculty.
  • Subject Editor, Nephrology.
  • Deputy Editor, Nephron Clinical Practice (2008-2012).
  • Associate Editor, BMC Nephrology (2008-2012).

Advisory Boards

  • ERA-EDTA Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Mayo Translational PKD Centre, Mayo Clinic, Rochester - External Faculty.
  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Technology Appraisal of Tolvaptan for ADPKD - Nominated Clinical Expert (2013-2015).
  • Renal Genomic England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP) – Co-chair for Cystic Diseases.
  • Federation of European Associations of Patients Affected by Genetic Diseases (FEDERG) - Scientific Council.
  • UK Chinese Life Scientists Society – Fellow.

National and International Guidelines

  • Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology –PKD (SONG-PKD) – Steering committee.
  • PKD Outcomes Consortium (PKDOC) – Committee.
  • Renal Association Working Group for Tolvaptan in ADPKD – Chair.
  • ERA-EDTA Guidance for Tolvaptan in ADPKD – Committee.
  • KDIGO Controversies Conference on ADPKD – Invited participant and discussant (2014).