Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Professor David Kavanagh

Professor of Complement Therapeutics / Honorary Consultant Nephrologist


1995 BSc (Immunology), University of Glasgow

1998 MB ChB, University of Glasgow

2002 MRCP

2004 Clinical Research Fellow, Newcastle University

2007 PhD, Newcastle University

2007 Post-doctoral research fellow, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA

2008 Kidney Research UK clinical training fellow, Edinburgh University

2008 Clinical Lecturer in Renal Medicine, Newcastle University

2009 Raine Award- Renal Association Young Investigator Award

2011 Wellcome Intermediate Research Fellow

2011 Honorary Consultant Nephrologist - Freeman Hospital

2016 Professor of Complement Therapeutics- National Renal Complement Therapeutics centre

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David Kavanagh is the Professor of Complement Therapeutics at the NRCTC. He is the clinical lead for the adult aHUS service and head of aHUS diagnostics service. His University research group investigates the role of complement in renal and retinal diseases and is fully integrated with the NRCTC to provide rapid translational benefits to patients.

He moved to Newcastle to start his own lab in 2008 with a Wellcome Trust Fellowship following a Kidney Research UK Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. He was previously a Fellow at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He graduated in Medicine and Immunology from the University of Glasgow in 1998 and obtained his PhD from Newcastle University in 2006. For his work defining the role of complement in aHUS, he was awarded the Renal Association’s Young Investigator (Raine) award.

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Renal Complement Group

Dr Vicky Brocklebank MRC Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Kate Smith-Jackson MRC Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Edwin Wong- MRC Clinical Training Fellow 

Dr Patrick Walsh

Tom Cox

Tom Hallam

Orla Mcmahon

Patient Outreach

National Kidney Federation Roadshow 2011 Blackpool- click here to listen

KRUK Legacy meeting york 2012

aHUSUK AGM Solihull 2012