Renal research in the Trust focuses on kidney problems and their management. Our research covers all aspects of the patients' experience and includes all stages of kidney disease, from early chronic kidney disease, sudden onset kidney diseases (acute kidney injury), long term kidney disease (chronic kidney disease) and end stage kidney disease. The different forms of treatment that our research can investigate includes; psychological and nutritional support, exercise, medication and transplantation. We conduct a variety of studies from simple data collection (registries) to participation in large multi-centre randomised drug trials. Our reputation over recent years has led to good relationships with research active centres and participation in Kidney Research Funded projects.
We seek out opportunities to improve the quality of patient care and in doing so involve a variety of multidisciplinary clinical team members, which can be evidenced in our participation in key research and quality improvements programmes. We strive to be at the forefront of developing new treatments for patients experiencing kidney problems by running early phase research projects that investigate medicines that are still in the early stages of their development. In recent years we have also undertaken early-stage research into GMO vaccines for patients undergoing renal transplantation.