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Manchester BRC appoints top kidney expert as paediatrics professor

Internationally renowned children's kidney researcher Professor Adrian S. Woolf has been appointed to the Chair of Paediatric Science at the National Institute for Health Research's (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

Run by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester, the BRC aims to translate scientific discoveries into new treatments for patients.

Adrian Woolf moves to Manchester from the University College London Institute of Child Health, where he set up and headed the academic Nephro-Urology Unit in 1998. Since qualifying in Medicine in 1981, he has established an outstanding reputation for his research work, focusing on the normal mechanisms of kidney and urinary tract development and how these processes go wrong in children born with renal malformations.

Adrian has published more than 100 original research articles, and been awarded over £4 million in research grants. In addition to his distinguished work in the research field. Adrian has, with the help of the Genetics department at Great Ormond Street Hospital, established a clinic to help families where these conditions may have been caused by having faulty genes.

In Manchester, Adrian will work between The University of Manchester and the new Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. His main role will be to head an academic programme of basic and applied research, and he will also work with the Nephrology, Urology and Genetics clinical teams looking after children born with renal tract problems. Welcoming Adrian Woolf, the BRC's Director Professor Graeme Black said: "Adrian is an outstanding addition to the BRC team, bringing a wealth of research expertise and a tremendous commitment to finding a solution to kidney problems which are potentially fatal for children. We are very pleased that he will have all the state-of-the-art resources of Britain's largest children's hospital at his disposal, where more than 2,000 children with kidney and other renal tract problems are treated each year."

Professor Tony Freemont, Head of the School of Biomedicine in the University's Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, added: "Adrian's appointment is a perfect example of how the University, working together with partner NHS Trusts, can bring leading clinician scientists to Manchester to directly benefit the people of the region and further strengthen the world-leading medical science in the city."