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."