Professor Donald Fraser

Professor Donald Fraser

Director, Wales Kidney Research Unit

Email:
fraserdj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2074 8449
Location:
Main Hospital Building

My research addresses the mechanisms underlying injury and scarring in the kidney and peritoneum, in the contexts of chronic kidney disease and peritoneal dialysis. These are examples of fibro-proliferative disorders, conditions that cause significant disease and suffering, and for which treatment options are very limited. Development and testing of novel therapies is restricted by incomplete knowledge of the biology of their progression, and lack of adequate biomarkers to serve as surrogate endpoints in clinical trials.

I am Director of Wales Kidney Research Unit, a Biomedical Research Unit funded by Health and Care Research Wales to deliver an All-Wales strategy for the study of diagnosis, prevention, treatment and social context of kidney disease. See: http://kidneyresearchunit.wales/en/

I am clinically active as a consultant nephrologist within Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, for whom I am Deputy R and D Director, and Medical Lead for the UHB's Clinical Research Facility.

Honours and awards

  • 2013: Health and Care Research Wales, Lead Researcher
  • 2011: American Society of Nephrology Travel Scholarship
  • 2010: Sir Jules Thorne Scholarship
  • 2005: Welsh Office of Research Development/Medical Research Council, Clinician Scientist Fellowship
  • 2000: Kidney Research UK Clinical Training Fellowship

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London
  • American Society of Nephrology, Member
  • UK Renal Association, Member

Speaking engagements

Invited/Keynote talks include:

  • 2016: 19th Panhellenic Nephrology Conference, Kalamata, Greece
  • 2016: Southwest UK Respiratory Research Network, Exeter
  • 2015: UCB Pharma, Slough
  • 2015: University of Sheffield
  • 2015: QUOD Meeting, Oxford
  • 2015: UK Annual Peritoneal Dialysis Research Day, Sheffield
  • 2015: Health and Care Research Wales Launch, Cardiff
  • 2015: Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
  • 2015: EuroPD, Krakow
  • 2015: European Dialysis and Transplantation Association, London
  • 2015: Baxter Healthcare, Chicago
  • 2014: International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, Madrid
  • 2014: Oxford University
  • 2014: Queen’s University, Belfast

University committees

  • 2015-present: Member, Systems Immunity University Research Institute
  • 2011-present: Cardiff University Lead for Wales Clinical Academic Track Scheme
  • 2008-2011: Member of the Postgraduate Research Degrees Committee

External committees

  • 2013-present Kidney Research UK Grants Committee

Education and qualifications

  • 2016: GCP (Good Clinical Practise in Research) Certification (Health and Care Research Wales)
  • 2006: Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board, Certificate of Completion of Training, General (Internal) Medicine and Nephrology
  • 2003: PhD, University of Wales College of Medicine
  • 1996: Member of The Royal College of Physicians, London
  • 1993: MB ChB, University of Bristol

Career overview

  • 2015-Present: Professor of Nephrology, Cardiff University School of Medicine
  • 2005-2015: Cardiff University School of Medicine (2005: Lecturer, 2006: Senior Lecturer, 2011: Reader)
  • 1997-2005: Specialist Registrar, All Wales Nephrology and General (Internal) Medicine Rotation
  • 1995-1997: Senior House Officer, South Manchester University Hospitals Rotation
  • 1994-1995: Senior House Officer, Burnley General Hospital
  • 1993-1994: House Physician and Surgeon, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital, Bristol