We are an award winning, vibrant department driven to succeed in our research which ultimately improves future treatment of renal disease for our patient population.
We pride ourselves on being a consistently successful recruiting team, with over 600 patients recruited into our trials over the past few years. Our patients have chronic kidney disease, and due to the nature of this disease pattern, often remain in our care for many years.
We see them from pre-dialysis stage, through to renal replacement therapy and often transplantation. This enables us to build and maintain strong, trusting relationships, leading to enthusiastic involvement within renal research.
Research in the Renal Department is of four main types;
NIHR Portfolio studies: Research studies in the UK are entered onto a portfolio administered by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The idea is to invite research centres to contribute to the studies so that they are completed as efficiently as possible. Our unit has actively and successfully engaged in this initiative and is involved in around 10 portfolio studies at any given time. The rate of turnover of studies is fast, but details of currently active trials are available from the research team.
Commercial studies: We have received income from commercial companies wishing to pursue research ideas at our unit. Current studies relate to haemodialysis, particularly home therapy. Commercial funds generated in this way finance upkeep of the fabric of the research department and help support original and innovative research.
University of Portsmouth: The renal department is part of the Faculty of Science atUoP and contributes to the undergraduate syllabus of a number of departments. Several research projects are also in preparation.
In-house research: We have developed academic fellowships to undertake research projects which will be submitted for higher degrees at local universities. In addition a nurse doctoral fellow is undertaking a PhD in a project relating to older people with kidney disease. Output from these projects (publications and presentations at congresses) will enhance our national reputation for producing high-quality clinical research.
Watch the short video below if you would like to learn more about renal disease.