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Professor Donald Fraser

Professor Donald Fraser

Director, Wales Kidney Research Unit. Director, Division of Infection and Immunity

+44 (0)29 2074 8449
Main Hospital Building, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Available for postgraduate supervision


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 the Division of Infection and Immunity, which is one of the four research divisions of the School of Medicine. In the division, we conduct high quality basic and translational research that is internationally recognised, widely cited and globally exploited for the benefit of human health. See:

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:

I am clinically active as a consultant nephrologist within Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

In 2021 I am helping to deliver the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis/EuroPD joint congress as a member of the organising comittee: join us in Glasgow, virtually or otherwise, on 28 Feb - 2 March:

I welcome enquiries by email about getting involved in the work of my group or the wider division


Education and qualifications

  • 2020: 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

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

Academic positions

2013-18 Kidney Research UK Grants Committee, Member

2011-2017: Cardiff University Lead for Wales Clinical Academic Track Scheme

2008-2011: Postgraduate Research Degrees Committee, Member

Speaking engagements

Invited/Keynote talks include:

  • 2018: International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, Toronto
  • 2018: UK DIalysis Clinical Study Group, Sheffield
  • 2017: UK Renal Association
  • 2017: EuroPD, Dublin
  • 2016: 19th Panhellenic Nephrology Conference, Kalamata, Greece
  • 2016: Southwest UK Respiratory Research Network, Exeter

Committees and reviewing

  • 2015- Director, Wales Kidney Research Unit
  • 2015- Member, Systems Immunity University Research Institute

External committees

  • 2018- Kidney Research UK Grants Committee, Chair
  • 2017-Training Programme Director for WCAT, Wales Deanery
























I am currently principal supervisor for one PhD student and cosupervisor for four PhD students, I welcome enquiries about joining the group from prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students

Past projects

I have supervised 12 PhD students to completion, 6 as principal supervisor and 6 as cosupervisor