Dr Dorothea Nitsch


of Clinical Epidemiology

Room 250

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2095

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.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


Until September 2017 I was the Programme Director for the MSc in epidemiology. I have now stepped down, and am the Module Co-Organiser for the Distance Learning Module in Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology (EPM 307). I also 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 am 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 ( 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 Chair of the Registry's Research Methods Study Group.

I contribute to research at the Centre for Non-communicable Disease, in particular collaborating on a study that is investigating Mesoamerican nephropathy.

Research Area
Clinical care
Clinical databases
Primary care
Electronic health records
Older people's health
Genetic epidemiology
Life-course epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Cardiovascular disease
Chronic disease
Eye diseases
Kidney disease
Non-communicable diseases
Euro area
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
North America
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Zoster vaccination is associated with a reduction of zoster in elderly patients with chronic kidney disease.
Langan, S.M. ; Thomas, S.L. ; Smeeth, L. ; Margolis, D.J. ; Nitsch, D. ;
Nephrol Dial Transplant
Methodological challenges when carrying out research on CKD and AKI using routine electronic health records.
McDonald, H.I.; Shaw, C.; Thomas, S.L.; Mansfield, K.E.; Tomlinson, L.A.; Nitsch, D.;
Kidney Int
Mendelian Randomisation study of the influence of eGFR on coronary heart disease.
Charoen, P. ; Nitsch, D. ; Engmann, J. ; Shah, T. ; White, J. ; Zabaneh, D. ; Jefferis, B. ; Wannamethee, G. ; Whincup, P. ; Mulick Cassidy, A. ; Gaunt, T. ; Day, I. ; McLachlan, S. ; Price, J. ; Kumari, M. ; Kivimaki, M. ; Brunner, E. ; Langenberg, C. ; Ben-Shlomo, Y. ; Hingorani, A. ; Whittaker, J. ; Pablo Casas, J. ; Dudbridge, F. ; UCLEB Consortium, . ; COLLABORATORS;Dale, C. ; Finan, C. ; Wong, A. ; Ong, K. ; Drenos, F. ; Cooper, J. ; Sofat, R. ; Schmidt, F. ; Lawlor, D.A. ; Talmud, P.J. ; Humphries, S.E. ; Hardy, R. ; Kuh, D. ; Wareham, N. ; Morris, R. ; Plagno, V. ;
Sci Rep
Cognitive and kidney function: results from a british birth cohort reaching retirement age.
Silverwood, R.J. ; Richards, M. ; Pierce, M. ; Hardy, R. ; Sattar, N. ; Ferro, C. ; Savage, C. ; Kuh, D. ; Nitsch, D. ; NSHD scientific and data collection teams, . ;
PLoS One
Associations of estimated glomerular filtration rate and albuminuria with mortality and renal failure by sex: a meta-analysis.
Nitsch, D. ; Grams, M. ; Sang, Y. ; Black, C. ; Cirillo, M. ; Djurdjev, O. ; Iseki, K. ; Jassal, S.K. ; Kimm, H. ; Kronenberg, F. ; Oien, C.M. ; Levey, A.S. ; Levin, A. ; Woodward, M. ; Hemmelgarn, B.R. ; for the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium, (incd. Fletcher, A.E.;). ;
Association between Younger Age When First Overweight and Increased Risk for CKD.
Silverwood, R.J.; Pierce, M.; Thomas, C.; Hardy, R.; Ferro, C.; Sattar, N.; Whincup, P.; Savage, C.; Kuh, D.; Nitsch, D.; National Survey of Health and Development Scientific and Data Collection Teams, .;
J Am Soc Nephrol
Low birth weight, later renal function, and the roles of adulthood blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity in a British birth cohort.
Silverwood, R.J.; Pierce, M.; Hardy, R.; Sattar, N.; Whincup, P.; Ferro, C.; Savage, C.; Kuh, D.; Nitsch, D.;
Kidney Int
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