Professor Dorothea Nitsch


of Clinical Epidemiology

Room 258f

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.


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


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


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. I also co-organise the Distance Learning Module in Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology (EPM 307). 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 ( 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's 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.

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

Additional file 1 of The risk of acute kidney injury in colorectal cancer survivors: an english population-based matched cohort study
Andresen K; Carreira H; Strongman H; Mcdonald HI; Benitez-Majano S; Mansfield KE; Nitsch D; Tomlinson LA; Bhaskaran K
The risk of acute kidney injury in colorectal cancer survivors: an english population-based matched cohort study.
Andresen K; Carreira H; Strongman H; McDonald HI; Benitez-Majano S; Mansfield KE; Nitsch D; Tomlinson LA; Bhaskaran K
BMC Cancer
Bias assessment of a test-negative design study of COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness used in national policymaking.
Graham S; Tessier E; Stowe J; Bernal JL; Parker EPK; Nitsch D; Miller E; Andrews N; Walker JL; McDonald HI
Nature communications
Do outcomes for patients with hospital-acquired Acute Kidney Injury (H-AKI) vary across specialties in England?
Magadi W; Peracha J; McKane WS; Savino M; Braddon F; Steenkamp R; Nitsch D
BMC nephrology
Genome-wide association analysis of cystatin-C kidney function in continental Africa.
Mayanja R; Machipisa T; Soremekun O; Kamiza AB; Kintu C; Kalungi A; Kalyesubula R; Sande OJ; Jjingo D; Fabian J
Associations of weight and body composition at birth with body composition and cardiometabolic markers in children aged 10 y: the Ethiopian infant anthropometry and body composition birth cohort study.
Megersa BS; Zinab B; Ali R; Kedir E; Girma T; Berhane M; Admassu B; Friis H; Abera M; Olsen MF
The American journal of clinical nutrition
Cognitive disorders in patients with chronic kidney disease: Approaches to prevention and treatment.
Pépin M; Klimkowicz-Mrowiec A; Godefroy O; Delgado P; Carriazo S; Ferreira AC; Golenia A; Malyszko J; Grodzicki T; Giannakou K
European journal of neurology
A Mendelian randomization study of genetic liability to post-traumatic stress disorder and risk of ischemic stroke.
Soremekun O; Musanabaganwa C; Uwineza A; Ardissino M; Rajasundaram S; Wani AH; Jansen S; Mutabaruka J; Rutembesa E; Soremekun C
Translational psychiatry
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