Prof Dorothea Nitsch
Prof of Clinical Epide & HC Nephrologist
I graduated in Medicine at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and did a Doctoral Thesis there at the Biocenter. I worked several years in Internal Medicine and Renal Medicine in Switzerland up to obtaining specialist level. I did the MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003 and joined directly afterwards. I hold a clinical contract as an Honorary Consultant Nephrologist with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation trust.
Since 2023 I am sharing the role of Medical Director at LSHTM and represent LSHTM's interests within UCLPartners.
Until 2017 I was the Programme Director for the MSc in epidemiology. I have now stepped down, and am the Exam Board Chair for the MSc in Epidemiology. Until 2023 I also co-organised the Distance Learning Module in Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology (EPM307). I teach face to face MSc students in Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health, Extended Epidemiology and Study Design.
I am involved in research on risk factors and outcomes of chronic kidney disease.
I was the analytic lead of the National CKD Audit which investigates the identification and management of CKD in primary care in the UK. I am also involved in other analyses of routine electronic health records with regards to kidney disease, and in particular I am involved in a collaboration with Chiang Mai University in Thailand on this topic. I am the principal investigator of the MRC at Older Age study which contributes data to the Chronic Kidney disease Prognosis Consortium.
I have been collaborating with the UK Renal Registry since 2003 on various analyses related to the outcomes of patients on dialysis and currently I am the UK Kidney Association Director of Informatics Research.
I contribute to research at the Centre for Non-communicable Disease, in particular collaborating on a study that is investigating Mesoamerican nephropathy. I was involved in the ARK study which has validated the measurement of renal function using biomarkers in Sub-Saharan Africa, and another study that investigates the association of renal function markers in children with markers of growth and nutrition.