Kidney research

Richard Bright pioneered kidney research in the 1800s and in the 1960s Professor Stewart Cameron set up Guy’s renal unit and defined the many types of kidney inflammation called ‘glomerulonephritis’. Since then research has been carried out at Guy’s for the benefit of all kidney patients. The treatment you receive today will be as a result of past and current research.

The Medical Research Council’s Centre for Transplantation is based at Guy’s and leads the UK in transplantation research. Successful clinical research depends on patients working together with researchers and the KPA are proud to have supported the centre with funding and patient involvement.

Mike Robson
PAVE the way to a better quality of life on haemodialysis

(Paclitaxel assisted balloon Angioplasty of Venous Stenosis in haEmodialysis access)

The PAVE Trial is a randomised controlled trial (people taking part are put into one or other group at random - see below). It aims to preserve arteriovenous fistulae (AVF), used for haemod...

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PIVOTAL (Proactive IV irOn Therapy in haemodiALsis patients)

People with kidney failure do not make enough erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that triggers the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Haemodialysis patients are also deficient in iron as it is lost during dialysis and patients are unable to absorb enough in their diet. Iron makes up the haemoglobin in the red blood cells which transports oxygen around the body. Ther...

David Goldsmith (new)
Latest Research into Adult Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)

This comes in all sizes, shapes and flavours. Sometimes it is about how genes contribute to diseases, sometimes it is about how certain drugs work, and sometimes it is a direct question “will this treatment help prevent or cure this disease”?  All of these types of research are important – without the basic understanding of how faults in the genetic code are translated into dis...