Centre for Inflammation Research

Professor Lorna Marson

Lorna Marson studies the inflammation in renal transplantation.

Professor Lorna Marson

Professor of Transplant Surgery and Honorary Consultant Surgeon

  • Centre for Inflammation Research

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Group Members

Katie Connor - PhD student


Having completed my MD investigating angiogenesis in breast cancer, my research and clinical interests focused on renal transplantation. I was appointed as a Clinician Scientist through the Academy of Medical Sciences/Health Foundation in 2003, which I completed in 2008. I now work as a Reader in transplant surgery, combining my clinical practice with laboratory-based research, with a keen eye for translational potential of the work we do.

Research Overview

Research investigating various aspects of chronic transplant damage and ischaemia reperfusion injury following renal transplant damage. We have demonstrated a potential role for macrophages in the development of chronic transplant damage, and are currently investigating this further. Work in our experimental system demonstrated a clear protective role for HO-1 in post transplant IRI, and we have completed an early clinical trial in renal transplant recipients confirming that treatment with hemearginate leads to HO-1 upregulation and we are planning a multi-centre trial to examine the clinical benefits.

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Honours and Awards

  • FRCS Edinburgh, awarded without examination, 2006 
  • Hunter Doig Medal for woman who has made a significant contribution to surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2010 
  • FRCP Edinburgh, 2013

Other Responsibilities

  • Consultant Transplant Surgeon with lead responsibility for renal transplantation
  • Associate Postgraduate Dean (Surgery), SE Scotland region
  • Vice President and President Elect, British Transplantation Society
  • Trustee, Kidney Research UK


Sources of Funding

Kidney Research UK

More information on funding at Lorna Marson's Research Explorer profile.