Wales Kidney Research Unit online annual meeting 2021

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The 2021 WKRU annual meeting will be held online. Please join us on 8/10/21 to hear about the ongoing research and new COVID19 projects

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As in previous years there will be some updates from the laboratory based research and Social Care and Integrated Health Services Research.


Welcome and Summary of WKRU Progress

10.00 – 10.20 Professor Donald Fraser, Cardiff University

Social Care and Integrated Health Service Research

10.20– 10.35 Professor Jane Noyes & Dr Leah McLaughlin, Bangor University

Clinical Trials in Swansea Bay UHB

10.35– 10.50 Dr Karen Brown: Investigating the Cardiovascular Effects of 12 months Home-Based Nocturnal Haemodialysis versus Conventional Unit Haemodialysis Treatment: A Non-randomised Controlled Pilot Study.

10.50 – 11.05 Dr Chris Brown: Tests for Iron Deficiency in Chronic Kidney Disease does it matter which we use?

11.05 – 11.15 Break

COVID-19 research

11.15 – 11.30 Dr Bnar Talabani: ‘Public engagement in the age of social media’

11.30 – 11.45 Dr Mark Ponsford: COVID vaccine-induced immunity in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

WKRU selected on-going projects

11.45 – 12.00 Dr Yueh-An Lu: "New Research Tool: Single-Nucleus RNA Sequencing Identifies New Classes of Proximal Tubular Epithelial Cells in Kidney Fibrosis"

12.00 – 12.15 Dr Sian Griffin: Improving transplant opportunities for patients who are sensitised

12.15 – 12.30 Dr Gareth Roberts: Dialysis choices study - findings and recommendations

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch & Posters

All attendees will be asked to vote for their favourite poster. The result will be announced at the end of the meeting

Engagement and Social Care studies

13.30 - 13.45 Mr Andrew Barnett, Renal Social Worker: A patient view

13.45 – 14.00 Dr Leah McLaughlin: Engaging with patients and public in lockdown 14.15 – 14.30 Dr Robert Steadman: Recent outreach activity

14.30 Poster Prize Award (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and close

We will have a poster session and would like to encourage you to submit a poster of your work to present at the lunchtime session and let us know if you intend to. There will be prizes for the top three posters.

You will need to register to the event to get the link to attend the meeting, held on zoom. If you have any questions, please contact Kim ( or Chantal (

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