Dr Brendon Lange Neuen

2018 Early Career Recipient. College of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Brendon Lange Neuen is a medical registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and a PhD scholar at The George Institute for Global Health. His medical focus is on improving the lives of people with chronic kidney disease, particularly in vulnerable populations both in high and low-income countries.

Dr Neuen’s current research is aimed at better understanding the role of new treatments for diabetes in people with chronic kidney disease. He is collaborating with researchers from Stanford, Oxford, and the Netherlands to analyse large practice-changing clinical trials – work that has the potential to reduce the burden of cardiovascular and kidney complications in people with type 2 diabetes. He has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles and conference abstracts, including work featured in The Lancet, BMJ Global Health, and Kidney International. In 2013, his research in haemodialysis vascular access was recognised with two national awards from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology: the Rural Science Award and the Interventional Nephrology Science Award. At the time, he was the youngest recipient of those awards.

During his studies at James Cook University, he led a team of students as Academic Convenor of the Australian Medical Students’ Association Global Health Conference, bringing together over 500 medical students from across Australia to discuss and learn from leaders in global health.

Dr Neuen takes an active interest in medical education, healthcare innovation, and social media. He is the youngest and only trainee specialist member of the International Society of Nephrology Social Media Education Team, working with nephrologists from over a dozen countries to promote online medical education. He also co-leads the Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program at the University of Sydney and is the Co-chair of the Innovations Group at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

In 2015, he was named Resident of the Year at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and completed the Royal Australasian College of Physicians examinations while working at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney in 2017.

Dr Neuen’s career aim is to improve the lives of as many people as possible living with kidney disease, both nationally and internationally, working with partners from around the world to better understand the burden of kidney disease and prevent its progression and complications. He plans to maximise his research impact by focusing on implementation and translating evidence to clinical practice, working with government, professional bodies, and advocacy groups.

He was recently awarded a prestigious Oxford Australia Clarendon Scholarship to undertake a Master of Science in Global Health and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, which he will pursue concurrently to his PhD at The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales.

Dr Brendon Lange Neuen graduated from James Cook University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Medicine-Bachelor of Surgery with 1st Class Honours and an Academic Medal.