Narelle Watson


  • BSc Biomedical Science
  • MSc Masters of Science

Senior Scientist/Laboratory Manager –NSW Transplantation and Immunogenetics Laboratory – Australian RedCross Blood Service

30years experience in HLA transplant immunology specialising in Solid Organ transplantation.

Vice President of the Australian Pacific Histocompatibility Immunogenetics Association .

The NSW Transplantation and Immunogenetics Laboratory is one of three histocompatibility laboratory in Australian/Asian Region located within the RedCross Blood Service , TGA licenced ,NATA accredited and  ASHI accredited , with testing facilities for all solid organ, bone marrow, cord blood transplants performed in NSW/ACT.

Currently seconded to the OrganMatch Project as lead Subject Matter Expert. OrganMatch will be the replacement of the current NOMS ( National Organ Matching System) expected to be implemented in 2019. NOMS is currently the management system used in matching of Australian patient and donors of deceased organ donors and also the Australian Kidney Exchange Program.

Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell is the Director of the Centre For Vision Research at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research. He has a full-time academic appointment as Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney (Westmead Hospital). He works clinically as a medical retina specialist and is Ophthalmology Director for the Sydney West Local Health Network covering 1 million residents. His clinical focus is on management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and other vascular retinopathies and on systemic diseases effects on the eye.

Paul has made significant contributions in the fields of public health and ophthalmic epidemiology via the landmark Blue Mountains Eye Study (BMES), with papers in all major eye journals, as well as leading medical journals, including NEJM and Lancet. He has also conducted considerable research into childhood eye conditions via the Sydney Childhood Eye Study (SCES).

He has co-authored over 920 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 75 books, chapters or letters. To date he has supervised 24 completed PhD students as supervisor and a further 11 as associate supervisor. For the first 9 months of this year, he has been the most cited ophthalmologist for 3 of these months. He currently has 39,000 citations to his work. Total career research funding exceeds $27 million. He is involved in many Australian and International collaborative studies, including large-scale genetic and population pooling projects.

Natasha Rogers

Natasha Rogers is an Associate Professor and the Rolf Edgar Lake Fellow at the University of Sydney. She completed her Nephrology training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and PhD in Transplant Immunology at the University of Adelaide. In 2011 she was a NHMRC-supported postdoctoral fellow at the Starzl Transplant Institute, University of Pittsburgh, where she retains an adjunct Assistant Professor appointment. Since 2016 she has worked as a transplant Nephrologist at Westmead Hospital, and runs the Kidney Injury Group at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. Her research focuses on mechanisms of acute kidney injury and is funded by the NHMRC, Viertel and Ramaciotti Foundations, and Westmead Charitable Trust.

Dr Colin Hutchison

Dr Colin Hutchison is a Consultant Nephrologist at Renal Unit at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board based in New Zealand, where he also serves as Medical Director for the Acute and Medical Directorates. He is originally from England and went to University in Leicester to study medicine. He then went on to train in Nephrology in the West Midlands and completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham, UK. During the last decade, he has established research programmes in the fields of myeloma kidney and chronic haemodialysis. Additionally, he has also run research studies in the areas of diabetic nephropathy, chronic kidney disease, transplantation and intensive care.

Kirsty Morris

Dr Kirsty Morris is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She works with the Department of Renal Medicine, seeing inpatients and outpatients at different stages of illness. Dr Morris also consults to other medical teams, surgical teams and the emergency department. She is a member of the Sydney Local Health District Ethics of Clinical Practice Subcommittee.

Gopi Rangan

Gopi is Senior Staff Nephrologist at Westmead Hospital (Western Renal Service) and Associate Professor (Conjoint) at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. His main research focus is in polycystic kidney disease (PKD). He is a member of the Westmead PKD Group (see picture), principal investigator of the PREVENT-ADPKD study (a multi-centre Australian RCT), contributor to the SONG-PKD program and undertakes other related clinical and preclinical research in PKD.

Philip O’Connell

Philip O’Connell is a clinical professor in medicine at the University of Sydney. He is director of Transplantation and medical director of the National Pancreas Transplant Unit, Westmead Hospital. Currently he is a recipient of a senior NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship and director of the Centre for Transplant and Renal Research, The Westmead Institute of Medical Research. His major research interests are in the development of islet transplantation as a main stream treatment for type 1 diabetes and the use of genomics to develop biomarkers of renal allograft dysfunction.  He was a principle investigator of the NIH funded GOCAR study and has had ongoing NHMRC funding since 1995.  Currently, he is immediate past president of The Transplantation Society and a past president of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Meg Jardine

A/Professor Meg Jardine is a clinical researcher at The George Institute for Global Health, a Conjoint A/Professor of Medicine at The University of UNSW and a practising nephrologist at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital. Her research interests centre on the use of innovative and cost-effective methodologies to investigate the impact of pharmaceutical, device and health service interventions on outcomes for people with chronic disease.

A/Prof Jardine is the Deputy Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network (AKTN) and the immediate past Chair of the Haemodialysis Working Group, AKTN. She is a Member of the ISN Advancing Clinical Trials Committee and a member of the national nephrology association (ANZSN) Research Advisory Committee as well as a Can-SOLVE CKD International Research Advisory Committee member. She has contributed to Working Groups and Conferences of the International Society of Nephrology and to national and international guideline groups.

Nicole Gilroy

Nicky Gilroy is a Senior Staff Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Westmead Hospital. She is a past member of the national Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI) and former Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Safety of Vaccines, an advisory group for the Therapeutic Goods Administration. She has served as an Infectious Diseases consultant to the Blood & Marrow Transplant Network NSW for over a decade.

Her professional interests include Hospital Infection control and prevention, clinical epidemiology, the control of vaccine preventable diseases and the management of complex infections in those with impaired immunity.

Yeoungjee Cho

Dr. Yeoungjee Cho is a consultant nephrologist from Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.  She is also clinical trialist and a chairof the peritoneal dialysis working group of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network.  Her research focus is in clinical trials, meta-analyses and epidemiology, registry analyses, particularly in peritoneal dialysis and PD solutions.  She is a recipient of the National Health and Medical Research Council early career fellowship.



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