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Renal Research

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.  It also looks at conditions that can be associated with kidney problems or that contribute to the development of kidney problems. The different forms of treatment that our research can investigate includes; psychological and nutritional support, exercise, medication and different types of kidney replacement therapy, including haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplantation.

Our established team of researchers have run a wide range of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Clinical Research Network (CRN) portfolio and non-portfolio adopted studies over the last 15 years and are able to provide patients with many research participation opportunities.  We conduct a variety of studies from simple data collection (registries) to participation in large multi-centre randomised Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs).  Our reputation over recent years has led to good relationships with research active centres and participation in Kidney Research Funded projects.

Our team seeks out opportunities to improve the quality of patient care, which can be evidenced in our participation in key research and quality improvement 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.  Our researchers also have experience at developing their very own home grown research studies here in the hospital.

Please click here to be taken to the NIHR Be Part of Research website where you can search for research studies that are currently being undertaken in our Speciality at our Trust.

Our Research Team

We have a dedicated Renal Research Team that comprises two Research Nurses and one Clinical Trials Assistant that provide research participation opportunities to patients at our York, Easingwold, Harrogate and Scarborough Units.  Our team is supported by a Senior Research Nurse for the Trust and our research studies are set up with the assistance of a Research Delivery Facilitator from the Research and Development team.  Each member of the team are trained to national standards of Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

Meet our Team Members

Name, Job Title Email Telephone Number
Siobhan Sutton, Research Nurse siobhan.sutton@york.nhs.uk 01904 72 5917
Mike Szpak, Research Nurse mike.szpak@York.nhs.uk 01904 72 5917
Eleanor Webster, Clinical Trials Assistant Eleanor.Webster@York.nhs.uk 01904 72 5917
Laura Griffiths, Senior Research Nurse laura.Griffiths@York.nhs.uk 01904 72 5125
Lisa Carr-Knott, Research Delivery Facilitator research.governance@york.nhs.uk 01904 72 5122

Our Researchers

Name, Job Title
Dr Colin Jones, Consultant Nephrologist and Renal Research Lead
Dr Keith McCullough, Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Lead
Dr Paul Laboi, Consultant Nephrologist
Dr Donald Richardson, Consultant Nephrologist
Dr Rebekah Molyneux, Consultant Nephrologist
Dr Santhanakrishnan Balasubramanian, Consultant Nephrologist
Dr Vicky Robins, Consultant Nephrologist
Dr Dave Border, Consultatnt Nephrologist
Dr Waheed Aliyu, Consultant Nephrologist

Useful Websites

RaDaR; Comprehensive information for patients and clinicians on rare kidney diseases

SHAREHD; Information and resources about the various areas of Shared Haemodialysis Care

National Institute of Health Research; Information about Research, the Clinical Research Networks, Funding and Support and much more

Kidney Research UK; Charity committed to developing treatments, information, and raising awareness of Kidney problems

1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

York and Scarborough

147 research studies open to recruitment

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4588 patients recruited into clinical trials