18 Jul 2023
MAHSC Inaugural Lectures: Professor Darren Green
MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs are celebrated as we invite the audience to hear their professional and personal journeys, clinical and research areas, and plans for the future. This MAHSC Inaugural Lecture welcomed MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chair and Renal Consultant at Northern Care Alliance Professor Darren Green.
The MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs are awarded on an annual basis by The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Promotions Committee. They are awarded to individuals from across Greater Manchester who have made a major contribution to their clinical specialty, including excellence in research and education. There are now 86 MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chairs.
Professor Darren Green is Clinical Lead for the Northern Care Alliance Research Collection. He is a consultant in renal medicine, has clinical and academic expertise in cardio-renal multi-morbidity, and long standing experience in biobank research through the Salford Kidney Study.
Professor Elly Cartwright introduced Professor Darren Green and applauded Darren’s outstanding contributions to his clinical profession, research, and teaching.
On Darren’s MAHSC appointment, Elly said:
“It is a really fantastic recognition and one that’s won, so to receive an award like this you have to be making an outstanding contribution to your clinical profession and alongside conducting excellent quality research and teaching – Darren as you all know excels in all of these areas”
Darren discussed his career journey, emphasizing how his path led him to focus on patients with heart failure and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He highlighted the high prevalence of these comorbidities and the need to address their impact on patient outcomes. Darren expressed his gratitude to his mentor, Professor Philip Kalra, who played a crucial role in his career development.
Darren shared various research projects and publications related to heart failure and CKD, demonstrating the intersection between these conditions and the importance of integrated care. He emphasized the significance of collaboration and the value of working with like-minded individuals to achieve research goals. Additionally, he highlighted the role of persistence, luck, and the importance of seizing opportunities in his career progression.
“What’s my advice to others? I think along the way you learn how not to do things, as well as how you should do things, and when you make those mistakes or those things that haunt you years down the line when you’re sat on a train thinking ‘Oh God why did I do that’ about something that happened years and years ago, you can learn from it. Failure is useful and I think that success comes from failure.”
The lecture also shed light on the impact of Darren’s appointment as a MAHSC honorary clinical chair and how it has facilitated collaborations with industry partners. With the support of his team, Darren outlined six areas of focus, including diagnostics, interventions, and research, aimed at improving the care and outcomes of patients with heart failure and CKD.
“I think it’s absolutely vital that you collaborate with people you like and trust. The best ideas and the most open and honest conversations come from people that you get on with. Ultimately, the most valuable resource is the time of people. You need to look after the people around you protect them, nurture them and they’ll become the next generation of researchers and clinical academics.”
Furthermore, Darren discussed the development of an integrated heart failure and CKD service, which combines various components to provide comprehensive care to vulnerable patient populations. He emphasized the importance of collaboration, the value of time and resources, and the need to nurture the next generation of clinicians and researchers.
Watch the lecture here:
The lecture concluded with applause and appreciation for Darren’s achievements, with Professor Wright acknowledging Darren’s exceptional dedication and unique contributions to his specialist field. Darren expressed his gratitude to those who supported him along the way and shared his aspirations for the future, envisioning autonomous and sustainable heart failure and CKD services that can thrive even in his absence.