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Oxford Kidney Unit

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Research

Research improves knowledge, and therefore ultimately patient care.

The Oxford Kidney Unit works closely with the University of Oxford, the Oxford National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre and other sponsors, and in close collaboration with the Oxford Kidney and Transplant Team.

Many members of our staff are also members of University departments, including the Nuffield Department of Medicine, the Nuffield Department of Population Health and the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences.

Research participant patient story

AM - Oxford Dialysis Patient

"I have been a dialysis patient for 15 years now, and I have been happy to participate in several trials over the years. The first trial I was involved in was in the 1960s, long before I was a kidney patient.

"I know that my consultant is very interested in research and this has made me interested too.

"The trials that I have been in have fitted in around my care - I have been in drug trials and also studies that do not involve medications. I see my participation as helping future patients, myself and future treatments and I have been glad to take part."

Studies recently completed

Other areas of research activity undertaken by doctors who work in the Oxford Kidney Unit

National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases (RaDaR)

The National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases (RaDaR) is an initiative by UK kidney specialists (the Renal Association).

It is designed to pull together information from patients who have certain rare kidney diseases. This will give a much better understanding of how these illnesses affect people. It will also speed up research.

This work is done in partnership with patients. Where the research leads to practical benefits, such as better diagnosis, treatments or general advice this will be publicised on this website.

Dr Ed Sharples is the consultant in charge of this project in Oxford. We will be approaching patients with rarer kidney diseases, but please feel free to contact us if you are interested:

  • Karen Parsons: 01865 225096

The rarer kidney diseases included in this project include Alport Syndrome, IgA Nephropathy and Membranous Nephropathy as well as many others.

The list of rarer diseases and further information is available on the RaDaR website:

Contact us

For information about any of our work please contact our Research Nurse Team:

For general information about participating in research:

Quality in Organ Donation (QUOD)

The Quality in Organ Donation (QUOD) initiative is a nationwide programme which aims to identify pathways of injury and repair in donor organs.