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Nephrology, medical education, whatever


Professor of Nephrology Emeritus, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh.

Key current activities:

  • Academic
    • Alport Syndrome research – co-PI for Alport Hub funded by Stoneygate Trust via Kidney Research UK, with physical centre in Manchester (with Prof Rachel Lennon and Prof Danny Gale)
    • Open access resources for Medicine and Nephrology: e.g. medcal/renal
    • Innovative teaching projects nationally and internationally
    • Technical aids to learning: DiagnosisView
  • Nephrology
    • 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
  • Medical humanities, History of Nephrology and of Medical Education,  more as below. @neilturn


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Renal Medicine

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


  • Founder of  (2000).
  • PatientView co-founder, – 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:
  • Scottish Medical Humanities project, (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.

Other roles

  • Deputy Director of Education (online) for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE)
  • Trustee, Alport UK
  • Trustee, South East Scotland Quaker Meeting (SESAM)


Extramural interest

  • 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
  • Scottish hills, islands, coast. Industrial archaeology. Northumberland.
  • Art. Historical fashion. World music. International cinema.

Declaration of interests



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