Professor of Nephrology. Professorial Fellow, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh.
Key current activities:
- Alport Syndrome research – co-PI for Alport Hub funded by Stoneygate Trust via Kidney Research UK, with physical centre in Manchester (Prof Rachel Lennon)
- Open access resources for Medicine and Nephrology: e.g. medcal/renal
- Innovative teaching projects nationally and internationally
- Technical aids to learning: DiagnosisView
- Alport Syndrome, scientific and clinical and human aspects; other genetic, glomerular, or rare conditions
- Info provision and education for patients and public. PatientView online live results and info (see below)
- Editing Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology, 4.3/5
- Editing Information section of edren, at edren.org/info
- Medical humanities, History of Nephrology and of Medical Education, more as below. @neilturn
Broad nephrology and transplantation, with particular interests in
- Genetic conditions. Particular involvement in Alport Syndrome and related conditions
- Glomerular diseases and proteinuria, progression of disease
- Transition from paediatric to adult services
- Renal disease in pregnancy
- Management of rare diseases
- Democratisation of information for patients and professionals
- Supporting and learning from nephrology in developing countries. Work in Malawi and visits elsewhere, and with the Renal Association and International Society of Nephrology.
Teaching and learning
- Dean of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching for the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) 2016-21.
- OREA report on adapting to online assessment, 2020; How to put your exams online guide, 2021.
- Established HCP-Med, a streamlined route for existing healthcare practitioners (HCPs) to gain a full medical degree. Commenced 2020. This was the first medical programme in the UK to be part-time, or remote (for first 3 years), or bespoke for HCPs. In fourth year from July 2023, pioneer cohort graduates July 2025.
- Established online MSc in Internal Medicine in collaboration with Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, rcpe.ac.uk (commenced 2011)
- Much of our open-access Renal teaching is moved to MedCal, and indexed from edren.org/education
- Particular educational interests
- Supporting international and open learning
- Medical education in low-resource settings
- Opportunities digital education can provide more widely
- Medical Humanities, and its integration with other teaching
- Founder of edren.org (2000).
- PatientView co-founder, patientview.org – online results and info for renal and some other patients in the UK 2005-2023.
- Member of group founding RaDaR, the renal rare diseases registry. After a decade this is now showing its power.
- Editor of Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology, 4th edition and regular e-updates: bit.ly/otcn4
- Scottish Medical Humanities project, scottishmedicalhumanities.org (2017)
- DiagnosisView app launched 2020
- MedCal – open-access teaching platform launched 2020. In beta, and only much developed yet for Renal, but now looking for other systems, specialties.
- Deputy Director of Education (online) for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE)
- Trustee, Alport UK
- Trustee, South East Scotland Quaker Meeting (SESAM)
- Publications (Google Scholar)
- Publications (Orcid; less complete but includes some different entries) https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4547-873X
- History of Nephrology. History of Nephrology Blog
- Medical education history in Edinburgh. EdMed Timeline
- Medical humanites. Member of Scottish Medical Humanities group and editor of scottishmedicalhumanities.org
- Scottish hills, islands, coast. Industrial archaeology. Northumberland.
- Art. Historical fashion. World music. International cinema.