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27th January 2020 Latest News Kidney Disease

CNARTS fighting kidney disease

CNARTS fighting kidney disease

The CNARTS* Clinical Research Group at the world-class Royal Adelaide Hospital continue the fight to help those suffering from kidney disease!

Thanks to the support from our generous donors, The Hospital Research Foundation and our charity Kidney Transplant & Diabetes Research Australia have funded a grant for the CNARTS team to develop a clinical and research database to help patients suffering from kidney disease.

The CNARTS team is one of the largest renal units in Australia, but clinical research capacity is limited due to the lack of adequate data.

Dr Richard Le Leu, Clinical Research Coordinator for the CNARTS Clinical Research Group, says the database will be beneficial for medical, research and audit work.

“The two main purposes for this database is so that clinicians can capture who their patients are and critical information about them in one location. If the patient has been involved in research studies then we have that information to measure outcomes from them,” Dr Le Leu said.

“This database covers patients who are on dialysis, transplant patients as well as all kidney disease complications.”

With the funding from KTDRA, the team hopes to employ a data manager to scope out the best database to implement within CNARTS.

“Not only will this database be beneficial for patients, but it will also aid in our research as the information will be available in real time. This will be quite exciting as it will help us identify any issues that need our attention,” Dr Le Leu said.

“We will be able to develop interventions or treatments for those issues in a quick and timely manner which will be a great benefit for patients, thanks to the support from KTDRA.”

Nephrologist and Chair of the CNARTS Group, Associate Professor Shilpa Jesudason says the database would be invaluable.

“Without good information on the patients we see in CNARTS, we cannot hope to bring cutting edge research to the unit. When we conduct research studies, we need a really well set up, secure and user-friendly database to hold the important information we collect about the patients. Then we can turn that knowledge into advances for their kidney care.

“Knowledge (and data) is power!”

Thanks to our wonderful KTDRA supporters, our researchers and clinicians can continue making progress to help those living with kidney disease.

*Central and Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplantation Service