Professor Iain Macdougall is Professor of Clinical Nephrology at King’s College Hospital having originally been appointed as a Consultant Nephrologist there in 1996. His early training was at the University of Glasgow from where he gained a First class Honours BSc degree in Pharmacology (1980), followed by his medical degree in 1983. Early postgraduate medical training was in various hospitals in Glasgow, before moving to Cardiff as a Clinical Research Fellow in 1988 where he developed his research interest in renal anaemia. He completed his renal training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, and continued to have a strong sub-specialty interest in the anaemia associated with chronic kidney disease, for which he is now internationally renowned. He has been on the steering committee or the UK lead of several pivotal clinical trials which have shaped the management of renal anaemia worldwide, including CREATE, TREAT, and FIND-CKD, and he chairpersons the Anaemia Clinical Study Group of the UK Kidney Research Consortium. He is the Lead Investigator for the PIVOTAL randomised controlled trial (2080 patients already recruited across 50 renal units in the UK; funded by a £3.4 million grant from Kidney Research UK), which is investigating the optimum amount of IV iron to give to haemodialysis patients.
He has been involved in numerous advisory boards in renal anaemia management worldwide, including the Working Parties responsible for both the 1999 and the 2004 versions of the European Best Practice Guidelines, as well as the Work Groups that produced the 2006 US KDOQI Guidelines on Renal Anaemia Management, and the first global clinical practice guideline for the management of anaemia in chronic kidney disease (KDIGO) published in August 2012. He was invited to co-chair the KDIGO Iron Controversies Conference held in San Francisco in March 2014. Other positions he has held include council member of the European Renal Association from 2004 until 2007, past President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section of Nephrology, and national Industry Lead for the NIHR Renal clinical research network. He is frequently invited to lecture internationally, and has published 22 book chapters and over 200 scientific papers, mainly in the field of renal anaemia.