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Laurie Tomlinson: Adventures in nephrology

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 09 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:k5345
Duncan Smith


Laurie Tomlinson, 46, is a consultant nephrologist in Brighton and a Wellcome funded associate professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). After her nephrology training she decided that she didn’t know enough to do proper research, so she went to LSHTM to take the MSc in epidemiology and never looked back. She uses electronic healthcare records to study the kidney related effects of commonly prescribed drugs. While pondering the difference between guideline recommendations and the patients she sees, she became fascinated by how evidence gets translated into clinical practice. So far her research has taught her that most things that she thought she knew were wrong.

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