Vol­un­teer signs up to aid re­searchers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

The fi­nal par­tic­i­pant to take part in a study into kid­ney dis­ease has signed up to the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal pro­ject.

The East Kent Kid­ney Re­search Team re­cruited Roger Burke – the last vol­un­teer re­quired for the study – mak­ing the East Kent cen­tre the first in the coun­try to reach its re­cruit­ment tar­get.

The aim of the eGFR-C pro­ject, run by the NHS, is to see whether a new test – cystatic C – would im­prove mea­sure­ment of kid­ney func­tion and en­able a more ac­cu­rate iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of kid­ney dis­ease and mon­i­tor­ing.

Around 1,230 vol­un­teers with chronic kid­ney dis­ease will be tested in the £2.2 mil­lion study, which is funded by the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Health Re­search Health Tech­nol­ogy As­sess­ment pro­gramme.

Mr Burke, as a long stand­ing sup­porter of re­nal re­search, said he was thrilled to be part of the study.

Dr Ed­mund Lamb, chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the study, vol­un­teer Roger Burke and re­search nurse Frances Mor­ris

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