Nominations open for Osman, Chandos and de Wardener lectures

Annually the Renal Association awards three highly prestigious named lectures that are given at it’s annual conference, UK Kidney Week® (UKKW).

The Osman Lecture

The Osman Lecture of the Renal Association was endowed by Mrs Ruth Osman, widow of Dr. Arnold Osman. Dr Osman was a founding member and the first president of The Renal Association. He died in 1972.

The Chandos Lecture

The Chandos Lecture of the Renal Association was established in 1976 with the support of the National Kidney Research Fund (NKRF). The Chandos family have given great support to the renal community in this country over many years. The Honourable Anthony Lyttleton, the second Viscount Chandos, developed renal failure in the 1960s, and was treated by dialysis and subsequently received a renal transplant at Charing Cross Hospital under Professor Hugh de Wardener. Lord Chandos hosted the launch of NKRF (now Kidney Research UK) at Westminster in 1966, and until his death continued to use his considerable influence to promote the issues of renal disease and renal care in high places.

The de Wardener Lecture

The de Wardener lecture was established in 2004 in honour of Professor Hugh de Wardener (1915-2014), one of the UK’s most distinguished nephrologists and clinical scientists. He was President of both the Renal Association [1974-77] and the International Society of Nephrology [1969-72].

The first lecture was given by Professor de Wardener himself . From 2006 it became a regular feature of the Renal Association Annual Conference, and chosen lecturers have a distinguished record in clinical research related to renal disease.

How to apply

Applications are warmly encouraged from UK and international nephrologists and renal scientists and can cover any topic related to kidney disease. Members are asked to submit nominations of 100 words, indicating:

  • the topic area and lecturer
  • why the lecturer is authoritative on the topic
  • the qualities the lecturer has – has the member heard the individual speak before, etc.

Nominations will be reviewed by an appropriate and balanced appointments panel.

The panel makes its recommendation based on the merit of each applicant and in line with the criteria for each named lecture. Final decisions will be based on:

  • range of topics over several years (balance of lab science, translational research, epidemiology, health services research, etc.)
  • balance of programme including:
  1. mix of international and national speakers
  2. diversity – following the RA diversity policy

The decision is ratified by the trustee board.

Unsuccessful nominees may be re-submitted in future years.

The 2020 nomination round is now open. Please complete and return the nomination form no later than 22 October 2019 to the RA secretariat.