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Neil Turner has been Professor of Nephrology at the University of Edinburgh since 1998.  After broad experience of general medicine in several English regions he worked in renal units in Oxford, Hammersmith and Aberdeen before moving to Edinburgh. His first research was on autoimmunity and basement membrane biochemistry, more recently proteinuria, and now his major research and clinical interests are in genetic kidney diseases especially those affecting the glomerular basement membrane, and in paediatric-adult transition. 

From a number of educational and information projects, in 2004 he became involved in the initiation and steering of the PatientView project, which gives patients online access to live test results and information about their conditions and treatments. In the UK renal rare diseases initiative he leads the Alport group and is involved in the Polycystic and STEC-HUS groups, and is a frequent speaker at national meetings of patient groups. 

From 2013-2016 he was Head of Undergraduate Medical Education in Edinburgh.  Since then he has been Undergraduate Teaching Dean for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. He is involved in various international educational activities in nephrology through the International Society of Nephrology, and more broadly open access initiatives through the University of Edinburgh.  He has visited Malawi on multiple occasions as part of Scottish government-funded projects in medical education, and at the invitation of the ISN or other bodies has participated in educational visits to Turkey, China, India, Sri Lanka, Jordon, Hong Kong and other countries.  

In 2011 he founded an online postgraduate Masters course in Internal Medicine in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Interests in excellent presentation of teaching (patients, students and postgraduates) continue.

He is Editor in Chief of the 4th edition of the Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology.


Current Research Interests

After laboratory research into autoimmunity and the target of Goodpasture's Disease, interests have extended to genetic disorders of the basement membrane and other genetic conditions affecting the kidneys, notably polycystic kidney disease. Cinical roles in paediatric-adult transition and in disorders of pregnancy. In 2016, creating a new protocol and clinic for treating polycystic kidney disease with Tolvaptan.

Simultaneously progressively more involved in information provision and teaching, and research has related to that. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1980

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1977


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