DNA Editing

DNA Editing: Future therapy for genetic conditions?

DNA Editing: Future therapy for genetic conditions? It can’t have escaped your notice that in the past few days the latest development in DNA editing has featured heavily in the media as news emerged of scientists from the USA and South Korea successfully removing a piece of faulty DNA from an embryo. Not untypically, the[…]

DNA Editing

100,000 Genomes Project

100,000 Genomes Project With thanks to Jackie Evans, Mel Kershaw and Emma Wolfenden, a few words on signing up for the 100,000 Genomes project… I’ve taken part in several research studies over the years, the first being a comparative study of Ciclosporin and Sirolimus to which I enrolled on the day of my kidney transplant[…]

NIHR Patient Research Ambassadors

A message from Professor Kalra about becoming a Patient Research Ambassador The Comprehensive Research Network (CRN) is trying to encourage people to sign up to be patient research ambassadors in Greater Manchester. The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) is committed to raising awareness and involving more people in research and ensuring research is designed[…]

To glove, or not to glove, that is the question

Recently I’ve noticed in some other renal support groups that home haemodialysis (HHD) patients state they are wearing gloves. The home environment is different from a clinical setting and I began to question why these patients were wearing gloves. Firstly let us look at the reasons clinicians wear gloves: Rationale for using medical gloves: Medical[…]

Professor Kalra in conversation about kidney disease and research

Professor Phil Kalra of Salford Royal and CKD patient Michael Lomax in a series of videos taking about kidney disease and kidney research.  I’m involved with a few research projects and echo Michael’s comments about it giving you a greater understanding of the disease but I’d also emphasise that, in my case, it has also[…]

Using CKD lab results

Researchers at Manchester University are running a study to improve how CKD patients view and use their lab results online.  Initially the study is looking for patients from Salford Royal or Manchester Royal who have been transplanted for at least one year.  Checkout the poster below for details.  There are links below the poster for[…]

Patients can change the future of research

October 15th, 2003 is a date I celebrate with my family every year, it isn’t my birthday but to me it felt like a rebirth.  It was the day I received my kidney transplant.  It was also the day I enlisted in my first research study.  The details of the research escape me although I[…]

Research study into the effects of exercise on dialysis patients

PEDAL Is one of our EXCITING new studies being run from the Salford Renal Unit and the Bolton Unit. This study looks at the benefits of exercise whilst on dialysis!!!! Patients will need to meet specific criteria to take part e.g. being over 18, on haemodialysis for more than 3 months and able to provide[…]

Invitation to join Patient Focus Groups to influence Renal Research

Greater Manchester Kidney Information Network (GMKIN) seeks patient involvement from across Greater Manchester in setting priorities and refining kidney research in Salford and Manchester Do you want to influence kidney research in Greater Manchester? Are you passionate about patients and their families having a voice within their healthcare service?                 Improving care for patients is at[…]

Research at SRFT: My experience as a Clinical Research Fellow

Research at SRFT: my experience as a Clinical Research Fellow Hi! My name is Diana and I am one of the Clinical Research Fellows within the Renal Department at SRFT. My career in Renal Medicine started in 2011 as a Specialist Trainee in Renal Medicine. I have always been intrigued by the world of research[…]

Acute Kidney Injury: It is not just all in the name!

It is with some trepidation that I am embarking on my first ever blog. My name is James and I am a doctor training as a kidney specialist. When I qualified in 2008 I had the same perceptions as most non-kidney doctors; kidneys are the sacrificial lamb of many illnesses. Be it surgery, major infection[…]

Atypical HUS – a story of tragedy and triumph

“To watch people you love die is very hard to take”.  These are the simple yet poignant words of a man who has battled with the ultra-rare illness atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) for around 30 years.  It causes sudden kidney failure and is rapidly fatal in at least a third of cases.  Those who[…]

Personalised Medicine

Personalised Medicine

Personalised medicine is one of the current buzz phrases knocking around the healthcare community.  It is high tech, innovative and smart.  People speak about it in an excited way as the next big step for medicine in the 21st century. Personalised medicine is jargon for the development and use of medicines targeted to the individuals[…]

Getting and using your medicine: what are your views?

We are a team of researchers who are interested in the safe use of medicines. We would like to find out how medicines are supplied to patients and how patients use the medicines they are given. Would you be willing to take part in a group discussion to share your experiences of getting and using[…]

Healthy Kidneys, Healthy Lives

I spoke briefly at yesterday’s Healthy Kidneys, Healthy Lives event at the Reebok Stadium in support of Cristina Vasilica’s excellent work in developing and promoting GMKIN. This is what I had to say… “Good day everybody, it’s a pleasure to see such a well attended and supported event. Cristina has asked me to talk about[…]

ADPKD Information Event

This short blog is on the excellent Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) event held at Salford Royal Hospital on Saturday 16th November, 2013.  The event was organised by Tess Harris of the PKD Charity and hosted by Dr Grahame Wood, consultant Nephrologist at Salford Royal. If I had to sum up the event in[…]