A doctor based at Lister Hospital in Stevenage has been awarded a grant which will enable him to have dedicated time looking at the significance of liver health in people with established kidney disease.
Clinical Research Fellow Dr Oscar Swift been awarded £3,125 under the Widening Access to Research scheme, run by the National Institute for Health and Care Research’s Clinical Research Network for the East of England.
The funding will support Dr Swift one day a week for the next three months working on the research project, which is being led by the Trust and taking place at several kidney units across the country.
Dr Swift said: “This award is fantastic news as it will provide our research group with dedicated funding support to continue focusing on recruitment of participants from traditionally underrepresented groups in research (for example ethnic minority populations and people from areas with high levels of deprivation).
“This is extremely important as these populations are often at the highest risk of both kidney and liver diseases and poorer outcomes. By involving these groups in our research it ensures that the results are applicable and beneficial to the wider kidney patient community in the broadest sense.”