The pages below give an outline of the research being undertaken by the kidney units at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust.
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Research at King's College Hospital
Studies are underway to improve the treatment of anaemia in kidney patients.
The kidney department at King's College Hospital is currently conducting over 30 clinical trials in kidney care and also undertaking laboratory based research into chronic kidney disease. There is a strong focus on anaemia associated with kidney disease, diabetic kidney disease, and progression of kidney failure.
Studies in the Kidney Clinic
Studies in the Research Laboratory
- The research laboratory at King's is led by Dr Claire Sharpe and Dr Qihe Xu. Some chronic kidney diseases gradually get worse over time causing kidney failure. The kidney laboratory based at King's College Hospital is studying potential new drugs for slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease. Specific areas under study include:
- Examining Chinese herbal medicines for their anti-scarring effects in the kidneys (some Chinese herbs can also cause kidney deterioration so please do not try these without seeking medical advice)
- Looking at the role of vitamin A in kidney disease
- Looking at drugs that block certain calcium channels and investigating whether these can be used in the treatment of chronic kidney disease.
- Examining ways in which gene therapy designed to remove a disease-causing protein called Ras in the kidneys can help in preventing kidney failure from scarring and cyst formation.
Updated Aug 2018