Coward, Richard

Richard Coward is the Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Bristol, and a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Richard did his undergraduate training at Bristol University and then specialised in Paediatrics gaining his MRCPCH in child health. His clinical training was undertaken in the South West of England, Great Ormond Street, London and the Starship hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. It was during this time that he decided to specialise in Paediatric Nephrology. In 2001, towards the end of his clinical training, he was awarded a PhD Fellowship funded by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Wellchild to study the molecular biology of the podocyte. After this he was appointed as a consultant in Paediatric Nephrology at the Royal Hospital for Children in Bristol.

In 2006 he was awarded an MRC Clinican Scientist Fellowship enabling him to work in the world leading glomerular laboratory in Toronto, Canada with Professor Susan Quaggin to extend his studies.

In 2013 he secured a prestigious MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship to develop his laboratory and research interests further, whilst continuing to have a clinical commitment in Paediatric Nephrology. In 2011 Richard was promoted to Reader and then in 2014 to Professor of Renal Medicine.

From 2011-2014 Richard was the head of research for the School of Clinical Sciences and co-lead for developing and delivering undergraduate paediatric teaching in the University. From 2018-2021 he led Clinical Medicine at the University of Bristol in their Research Exercise Framework (REF) submission. He has been the chair of the national clinical study group for paediatric nephrology and the lead for research for the British Association of Paediatric Nephrology (2012-2016). Richard is (or has been) an active member of several scientific grant committees including the MRC Populations Systems Medicine board (PSMB), Kidney Research UK board, MRC Stratified Medicine board, MRC College Newton fund, MRC Clinical Academic Research Partnership (CARP) scheme and chair of the MRC Genome Editing Mice for Medicine (GEMM) panel.

Richard is also proud to be involved in helping to train and enthuse our future academics. He does this at a variety of stages of their careers. From 2018-2021 he led the University of Bristol Undergraduate INSPIRE scheme which promotes involvement of Medical, Dental and Veterinary students in research. Since 2017 he has been the Royal College of Paediatrics academic trainee tutor for the South West of England. He is also a co-director of the GW4 Clincial Academic Training for Health Care professional PhD scheme and a committee member of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI) clinical primer scheme. From 2018-2020 he was part of the MRC Training and Careers committee. He has also taught Paediatric Nephrology in Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past.

His other interests include being with his family, going on holiday and playing/following sports of multiple varieties.