The WKRU has three core Research Centres in Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea. Here are brief descriptions of their roles within WKRU and links for more details.
The School of Social Sciences at Bangor University is a collaborating partner with the WKRU and the Bangor section of WKRU is led by Professor Jane Noyes. A social care research officer is based in the School to support development of a programme of integrated health and social care research involving renal patients, carers and families in Wales. A significant proportion of social care is also provided by Third Sector and not for profit organisations and public private partnerships, including Welsh volunteer organisations (Welsh Kidney Patients Association, People Like Us) and other kidney charities (Kidney Research UK) that are also WKRU partners.
The Department of Nephrology in Cardiff was established in 1969 as a department within the Welsh National School of Medicine. The Cardiff Section of WKRU is led by Professor Donald Fraser. Research strengths span the molecular and cellular biology of renal and peritoneal inflammation and fibrosis as well as clinical studies in Acute Renal Injury, Chronic Kidney Disease and Peritoneal Dialysis. In addition the Section of Nephrology has strong international clinical and scientific links highlighted by the International Society of Nephrology Sister Center Program linking us with the renal units at Zhang Da Hospital, Nanjing, China and Tikur Anebessa Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Department of Nephrology at Morriston Hospital was established in 1985 to provide a service for patients with renal disease living in South West Wales. This covers a relatively large geographical area extending from Bridgend and Milford Haven in the south east and west to Llanidloes and Machynlleth in the north. The Swansea section of the WKRU (led by Dr James Chess) will use the SAIL databank to utilise routinely collected clinical data with advanced linkage analysis techniques to perform studies into the management of both acute and chronic kidney disease across primary and secondary care.
Details of the projects in Swansea can be found here