Kidney expert receives international award

Professor Jonathan Craig from the School of Public Health has been honoured for his contribution to the study of kidney disease. The US-based National Kidney Foundation awarded Professor Craig with its 2010 International Distinguished Medal, recognising outstanding accomplishments in the field of nephrology.

Professor Craig is a paediatric nephrologist at the Children's Hospital at Westmead and holds a Chair in Clinical Epidemiology.

He has researched kidney disease for 13 years, focusing on improving the evidence-base underpinning the prevention and treatment of kidney disease in children and adults. He has helped develop a clean and comprehensive register of all randomised controlled trials in kidney disease, synthesizing reviews into evidence-based guidelines. He has also conducted a variety of research projects. These include studies designed to prevent the development of kidney disease in Aboriginal children, prevent urinary tract infections in children, and more effectively detect and treat of people with kidney disease and cancer.

As Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Renal Group, Professor Craig had led more than 65 reviews of interventions and kidney problems. These have ranged from drinking cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infection to using antivirals to prevent infection in solid organ transplant recipients.

His influence on clinical practice has also manifested through involvement in the development of guidelines covering the likes of treating Hepatitis C patients and caring for kidney transplant recipients.

The NKF International Medal was conferred on Professor Craig in absentia at a ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

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