About Professor David Harris

David's passion for research is driven by the goal of defining novel therapies to slow and reverse progressive chronic kidney disease.

Professor David Harris is a research leader in the field of progressive chronic kidney disease, internationally recognized for his contributions to understanding the role of tubulointerstitial injury in progressive disease.

David Harris is Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney and Director of Nephrology and Dialysis in Western Sydney Local Health District. For the past 3 decades his clinical research has focussed on dialysis and progressive kidney disease and his laboratory research on tubulointerstitial injury in models of chronic kidney disease. During that time he has made important contributions to knowledge in this area, including in regards to tubular hypermetabolism and oxidant damage, proteinuric tubular injury, kidney fibrosis, the pathogenic role of interstitial inflammatory cells and the therapeutic effect of regulatory leucocytes. He has published more than 300 articles, and about half of these have been specifically related to the role of the tubulointerstitium in progression of chronic kidney disease. Many of his more than 200 invited national and international presentations have focussed specifically on his research into tubulointerstitial injury. He has supervised a number of successful PhD and MSc candidates in this area and in conjunction with other senior members of his laboratory is currently supervising another 3 PhD students. 

He is President of the International Society of Nephrology, immediate Past-President of the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology and Past-President of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Nephrology. Recent awards include Richard Yu Award of the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology (2017), Honorary Membership of the Japanese Society of Nephrology (2017), Westmead Institute Award for Scientific Excellence (2017 & 2016), Distinguished Professorial Award (Sydney University, 2016), Associé Etranger in the 1st Division of the French Academy of Medicine (2016), Medical Staff Council Award for contributions to Westmead Hospital (2016) and the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Medal for outstanding clinical and scientific achievement in research into treatment of diseases of kidney & urinary tract (2012). Other recent positions include Board member of KDIGO, Board member of Kidney Health Australia, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network, Chair of the Medical Staff Council of Westmead Hospital and Editor in chief of Nephrology.

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Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Harris's publicatons, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.