Our Board of Directors
Professor Bruice Hendry - Chair
Emeritus Professor of nephrology, King's College Hospital
Bruce Hendry is Emeritus Professor of Renal Medicine at King’s College London and Chair of the UK Renal Registry. He is a clinical nephrologist and renal cell biologist. He was trained in physiology at the University of Cambridge, receiving a PhD in cell membrane transport biology and an MD in membrane biophysics. He trained in medicine at the Universities of Oxford and London. His research has a focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of renal fibrosis and his clinical research interests include the development of new therapies for chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetic kidney disease (DKD) and renal disease in HIV patients.
Mr Richard Sammons - Deputy Chair
Richard has been part of the fabric of the Institute before the very first brick was laid. A member of the original team, Richard was key to the negotiations and planning that brought about the establishment and building of the Institute. Richard's late wife Carole had been a patient of the Renal Unit at St Helier for over 30 years and together Richard and Carole believed a future cure would only come from research.
Dr Phanish Mysore - Medical Director (Honorary)
Consultant Nephrologist, Epsom & St Helier Hospitals, Senior Lecturer (Honorary), St George's University Hospital
Dr. hanish graduated with MBBS in India in 1993, came to the UK in 1997 after completing post-graduation in Internal Medicine. He trained in renal medicine at Coventry, Cardiff, Bangor, Guys Hospital, London and St Helier Hospital. He was appointed as consultant nephrologist at St Helier Hospital in 2007 and obtained Ph D in renal cell biology at the SW Thames Institute for Renal Research, St George’s University of London in 2008.
He is a clinical lead for living donor kidney transplantation working closely with transplant teams at St Helier and St George’s hospitals. Research interests include cell biology of renal fibrosis, understanding mechanisms of kidney scarring to develop new therapies, kidney transplantation, diabetic kidney disease and biomarkers.
Dr Mark Dockrell - Scientific Director
SWTIRR, Reader (Honorary), St George's University Hospital
Mark gained his PhD in the field of cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh. He moved to London to join Professor Hendry’s research group at King’s College London. Initially as a Post-doctoral research fellow and later as a lecturer Mark worked on a number of projects including Endothelin receptors in renal epithelial cells and the role of the Ras GTPases in renal fibrosis. Mark moved to the Institute in 2002 and became the Scientific Director in 2007. In addition to his role at the Institute Mark is an honorary Reader at St George’s University of London and CEO of Helier Scientific Ltd, a diagnostics company established to bring advances developed in the Institute to the market. Mark is also a committed member of the Renal Association where he currently sits on the council and the Research Committee, Mark is also the co-chair of the Renal Scientists’’ Working Party. Mark is also an active member of the European Renal Cell Study Group and a regular attendee at the American Society for Nephrology‘s annual Kidney Week meeting.
Professor Debbie Baines
St George's University Hospital
Professor Baines was awarded a PhD in Molecular Physiology at the University of Bristol in 1993. Following this she worked for a biotech company as a Senior Scientist before moving to the University of Dundee as a postdoctoral research fellow in Professor Richard Olver’s laboratory, working on the mechanisms regulating lung fluid homeostasis. In 2000, she was appointed as a Tenure Track Scientist at St George’s where she developed a successful research team predominantly focused on the regulation of ion transport across airway epithelium. Over the last five years, she has developed a new and unexplored area of research, investigating glucose homeostasis in the lungs and how hyperglycaemia promotes respiratory infection. She was appointed Professor of Molecular Physiology in August 2013.
Professor Baines is an international Committee Member for Cell and Molecular Physiology section of the American Physiological Society. She is a Member of the British Pharmacological Society, the British Association for Lung Research and the Physiological Society. https://www.sgul.ac.uk/profiles/deborah-baines
Professor Price honored by RG Price Student Prize 2020
Professor Bob Price
Emeritus, King's College Hospital
Robert Price BSc,PhD, DSc, professor emeritus, King's College London. Professor Price obtained his BSc and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cardiff before moving to the University of London in the early 1960s. His eminent academic career spanned five decades and included time as a Fulbright scholar at the Joslin Clinic, Harvard University. As an academic, an innovator and an entrepreneur Professor Price supervised and mentored scores of students and continues to be an active educator and researcher in his ninths decade.
Professor Steve Hyer
Consultant Diabetologist, Epsom & St Helier Hospital, Senior Lecturer (Honorary), St George's University Hospital
Steve is Consultant Physician (General Internal Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology) at Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is also Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George’s, London. He was Director of R&D from 2008 -2016. Steve has engaged actively in clinical research throughout his career and has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.
His research interests cover all long term complications of diabetes. Steve has a long association with the SW Thames Renal Institute from its early beginnings and has been a vocal advocate for the Institute. He has been a keen supporter raising funds which over the years has included running the London Marathon and fire-walking!
Mr Steve Simper MBA - Finance Director (Honorary)
Divisional General Manager, Epsom and St Helier Hospitals