Volunteer signs up to aid researchers
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