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Inaugural Lecture: Professors Frank Post & Steve Thompson

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Join us at the next Inaugural Lecture where our new professors will be showcasing their work.

Speakers: Professor Frank Post, School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences and Professor Steve Thompson, School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences

Frank Post, Professor of HIV Medicine

Lecture: Kidney Disease in the setting of HIV: Bugs, Drugs and Genetic Predispositions

Frank is a clinically trained physician specialising in internal medicine and infectious diseases. His career has taken him to many parts of the world, he received his medical degree from the University of Amsterdam and moved to South Africa and New York for post-doctoral training. During this time he developed an interest in HIV infection and TB and his research became focused on the prognosis of people with both diseases.

In 2004, Frank joined King’s College London as a clinical lecturer and established a research programme focused on the effects of HIV and antiretroviral treatments on the kidneys. Over the last 15 years, Frank’s research group has become internationally recognised and collaborates with partners across Europe and the rest of the world. The group has defined the clinical epidemiology of HIV-associated kidney disease in the UK, studied the effects of tenofovir (HIV retroviral treatment) on the kidneys in clinical trials and been at the forefront of promoting and improving the outcomes of kidney transplantation in people with HIV.

The group’s latest work examines the genetic susceptibility to kidney disease in diverse African and Caribbean populations living with HIV in the UK.

Frank has said that “life would be poorer if one didn’t ask and address the questions that arise as part of providing clinical care and there are fantastic opportunities here in South London for people who wish to seek them out”

Stephen Thompson, Professor of Immunology, Education & Widening Participation.

Lecture: Navigating immune networks: A journey towards immune diversity

Steve has had, in his own words, an ‘interesting career path’. From starting out as a research focussed immunologist designing therapies for rheumatoid arthritis to winning awards for widening participation in medical education, Steve’s journey through academia has been anything but ordinary.

Steve began his immunology career with a PhD from the University of Bristol and a couple of post-doctoral positions at Bristol University and University of Texas before moving to King’s in 1999. Over the years Steve’s focus has shifted towards education and the promotions followed. Steve became a senior lecturer followed by reader and ultimately a Professor of education, a position only afforded to a few.

Steve’s focus recently has been on widening participation and removing the barriers that some students face especially in studying medicine and science. Steve is the widening participation lead for King’s Health Partners and the co-head of the extended medical degree programme (EMDP) which is designed specially for students who may not normally reach the specific A-level and GSCE grades from eligible non-selective state schools. The aim of the EMDP is ‘to level the educational playing field’ and Steve has already seen an impact that this programme has had on the local community. These activities culminated in Steve and colleagues being awarded the King’s award for widening participation and social mobility.

Steve urges everyone to be socially minded and how important it is to give back to the next generation.

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