WKRU has three main programmes of research:
- Scientific study of kidney disease in particular Chronic Kidney Disease, Acute Kidney Injury, Renal Replacement Therapy and Peritoneal Dialysis. This department is based at Department of Nephrology in Cardiff which 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. The department 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. Read more about our ongoing research here. The Clinical Trials in Nephrology and Transplantation has expanded rapidly, see also our impact cases for more examples.
- Social contexts of kidney disease. Professor Jane Noyes at the School of health sciences in Bangor University is the executive lead for the social care arm of the Unit. We have developed a programme of integrated health and social care research involving the whole of the renal community in Wales and further afield. Read more about core research areas, research interests and contact details here.
- Secure Anonymous Integrated Linking (SAIL) of renal disease data. The Swansea section of the WKRU (led by Dr James Chess) uses 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.
We work with researchers across the health and care including; clinical, basic science, statistics and social care. Please see our projects and impact cases for specific examples of our research portfolio.