Professor Wendy Hoy

Professor of Medicine

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 64809


Professor Wendy Hoy is Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease at the University of Queensland. She completed secondary education at Telopea Park High School in Canberra, with the top score in the leaving certificate of all students in NSW and the ACT. She is a graduate of Sydney University, with first class honours in Immunology (BScMed) and in Medicine and Surgery (MB BS), and is board certified in Medicine and Nephrology in the USA and Australia.

She is recognised internationally for her multidisciplinary research into kidney and related chronic disease, particularly in high-risk populations, for which she received the Australia Research Fellowship in 2009, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), an incoming member (May 2018) of the Academy’s Council (biomedical stream), and represents the Academy on the Health in All Policies, International Program.

She was among the first to describe kidney disease, independent of diabetes in Native Americans, in studies of Zuni and Rio Grande Pueblo Indians as well as Navaho and Apache Indians in the Southwest of the USA. She promotes an integrated view of non-communicable chronic diseases, and interpretation of health profiles in multi-determinant disease models. She was the first to demonstrate the contribution of low birthweight to kidney disease in Australia. She showed that screening and treatment of early kidney disease in remote-living Australian Aboriginal reduces dialysis needs, deaths and costs. That work has helped transform Australian Aboriginal health services, and underpins many screening and treatment programs globally. She has described the transformation of mortality in remote-living Aborigines over the last 50 years, and the links of that epidemiologic transition to current health profiles and population size and structure. She and her colleagues have conducted the only nationwide study of kidney biopsies in Australia, defining the high rates of enlargement and scarring of kidney filters. They have also defined, in a 20-year study of the largest series of kidney autopsies in the world, which encompasses five ethnic groups in three continents, the range of nephron numbers and glomerular volume in normal kidneys, and the structural features that mark heightened susceptibility to kidney disease and high blood pressure.

Current work includes investigations of low birthweight and prematurity as determinants of adult health, genetic determinants of kidney disease in Aborigines, APOL1-risk allele-associated disease in African-Americans, and links of chronic diseases to fetal alcohol exposure. She continues to lead the longitudinal Tiwi Islands kidney project, now in its 26th year. She consults with Central American agencies and with Sri Lanka in chronic disease (CKD) of unknown etiology. She also leads the CKD.QLD Collaborative and the NHMRC CKD Centre for Research Excellence. CKD.QLD is a core member of the iNET-CKD, an international research collaborative of CKD cohorts.


  • MBBS, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science Med, The University of Sydney


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Book Chapter

  • McDonald, Stephen and Hoy, Wendy (2017). Kidney disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. In Guillermo Garcia-Garcia, Lawrence Agodoa and Keith Norris (Ed.), Chronic kidney disease in disadvantaged populations (pp. 167-180) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press (Elsevier Inc). doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-804311-0.00018-2

  • Hoy, Wendy E., Mott, Susan A. and Nicol, Jennifer L. (2017). Prematurity, low-birth weight and CKD. In Guillermo Garcia-Garcia, Lawrence Agodoa and Keith Norris (Ed.), Chronic kidney disease in disadvantaged populations (pp. 229-249) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press (Elsevier Inc). doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-804311-0.00023-6

  • Bertram, John F., Hughson, Michael D., Puelles, Victor G. and Hoy, Wendy E. (2015). Variation in human nephron number and association with disease. In Melissa Little (Ed.), Kidney development, disease, repair and regeneration (pp. 167-175) London: Academic Press.

  • Hoy, W. E., Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, S., McDonald, S. P., Cass, A., Singh, G. R., Bertram, J. F. and Hughson, M. D. (2005). Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal Australians. In M. E. L. Nahas (Ed.), Kidney Disease in Ethnic Minorities and the Developing World (pp. 305-333) New York, U.S.: Taylor & Francis.

  • Hoy, W. E., Mathews, J. D., Hargrave, J. C. and Pugsley, D. J. (1996). Diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance in an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory of Australia. In Aboriginal health, social and cultural transitions (pp. 44-48) Darwin, NT, Australia: Northern Territory University.

  • Hoy, Wendy E., Pugsley, D., Hayhurst, B. and Mathews, J. (1995). Treatment of end stage renal disease in Aborigines in the Top End of the Northern Territory. In Aboriginal Health, Social and Cultural Transitions (pp. 39-43) Darwin, Australia: Northern Territory University.

  • Hoy, Wendy E. and Fitzsimmons, S. (1992). Epidemiology and public health perspectives of renal and urinary tract diseases. In John M. Last and Robert B. Wallace (Ed.), Maxcy Rosenau Last public health and preventive medicine 13th ed. () Norwalk, United States: Appleton and Lange.

  • Williams, RC, Troup, GM, Nelson, JL, Kostyu, DD, McAuley, JE, Pettitt, DJ, Knowler, WC, Templin, DW, Mickelson, EM, Hansen, JA and Hoy, Wendy E. (1992). Report of the North American Indian anthropology section. In Tsuji M, Aizawa M and Sasazuki T (Ed.), HLA 1991: Proceedings of the eleventh International Histocompatibility Workshop and Conference (pp. 683-685) Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • Freeman, R. B., Hoy, W. E. and Pabico, R. C. (1980). Complications in renal transplant recipients. In G. E. Schreiner and J. F. Winchester (Ed.), Controversies in Nephrology 1980 (pp. 342-351) Washinton, DC, United States: Georgetown University Press.

  • Weintraub, M. and Hoy, W. E. (1881). Enhancement of Drug Elimination in the Poisoned Patient. In R Lawrence (Ed.), Poison Control (pp. xxx-xxx) unsure: unsure.

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