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Research at the Sheffield Kidney Institute

What is research?

Research is an organised study that:

  • Investigates theories
  • Suggests new ways of understanding data
  • Asks new questions for future research to explore.

Research consists of:

  • Asking a question that nobody has asked before;
  • Doing the necessary work to find the answer; and
  • Communicating the results to renal staff and patients locally, nationally and internationally

What research is taking place at SKI?

The Sheffield Kidney Institute has been involved in important kidney research for more than 25 years in clinical and basic science research.

Clinical research involves patients at the renal unit for example, testing new drugs and new ways of managing patient care. The Clinical Research Facility (CRF) helps us to manage our studies. A research nurse from the CRF may ask you to be involved in one of our studies. This is led by Dr Arif Khwaja.

Basic science research looks at how kidneys work and how they are damaged by different kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease and fibrosis. This work is based at the University of Sheffield, and is led by Professor Albert Ong.

We are currently involved with 20 studies. We work with other renal units locally, nationally and internationally. By working with other units the research results are good quality and representative of all kidney patients.

All of our consultants and transplant surgeons are involved in a research study in key areas of renal services:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease (Dr Bisher Kawar, Dr Shareen Siddiqi)
  • Genetics (Prof Albert Ong)
  • Renal Bone Disease (Dr Arif Khwaja, Dr Syazrah Salam)
  • Dialysis (Dr Martin Wilkie, Dr Veena Reddy, Dr Nick Fardon, Dr Sarah Jenkins)
  • Health Services Research (Dr James Fotheringham)
  • Transplantation (Dr Will McKane, Mr Badri Shrestha, Mr Simon Boyes, Mr Ahmed Halawa, Mr VC Nathan)

Who can I contact for more information?

Louese Dunn (Directorate Research Co-ordinator)
Sheffield Kidney Institute
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU

0114 271 5199
Or email:

A lot of research studies do not finish because not enough people take part. For research to be successful we need your help! If you’d like to be involved, please contact Louese or the “pink team” at the Clinical Research Facility:

Clinical Research Facility
1st Floor, Centre for Biomedical Research
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU
0114 271 5779

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