Professor of Nephrology
Lorraine Harper qualified in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1990. She developed a clinical interest in inflammatory renal disease and was awarded a PhD in Medicine from the University of Birmingham in 2000. She completed her clinical training in nephrology in Birmingham in 2000. She has since gone on to develop a clinical research programme themed on better understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of ANCA-associated vasculitis. Further training in clinical trials and translational research included a fellowship with the Immune Tolerance Network funded by the National Institute of Health. She was appointed as Professor of Nephrology in October 2010.
As Head of Clinical Academic Training within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, Lorraine has been key to the successful increase in clinical academic training posts funded by the NIHR. She has successfully implemented structures to improve the governance of academic training, developed an MRes for junior clinical academics and infrastructure support for clinical fellowships. She is involved in academic career development for medical students.
Lorraine is an enthusiastic teacher and is extensively involved in delivery of the curriculum to medical students providing lectures and small group teaching in basic science and clinical nephrology. Lorraine provides research training to both undergraduates in the BMedSci and MBChB programme and has extensive experience in the supervision of PhD students both clinical and non-clinical.