Improving kidney health

Lab head: Dr Vincent Lee
Location: Centre for Kidney Research, Westmead

My research aims to identify and solve problems related to people with chronic kidney disease. This is done using several strategies, including benchside scientific work, analysis of cohorts from observational studies, and clinical trials.

Current directions in my research are:

- Evaluating the benefits and harms of using technology to optimise health in people with chronic kidney disease

- Identifying ways of helping people with chronic kidney disease during pregnancy

- Identifying molecular mechanisms for progression of chronic kidney disease and its most significant extrarenal complication - cardiovascular disease.

Kidneytext - improving dietary and lifestyle behaviour in people with chronic kidney disease on haemodialysis using a text message-based intervention

Primary supervisor: Vincent Lee

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common condition affecting 1 in 6 Australian adults. Causes include diabetes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis and cystic disease. An integral part of management of CKD is optimising diet and lifestyle behaviour.

In the KIDNEYTEXT trial we will be evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of a text message intervention to improve dietary and lifestyle behaviours of people on haemodialysis. The renal diet for people on haemodialysis is complex and dynamic, with more dietary support for people on haemodialysis needed. The messages have been developed and reviewed by a diverse group of stakeholders including nephrologists, renal nurses, renal dietitians and people on haemodialysis. Messages will be tailored to meet individuals’ needs and will cover a range of dietary topics. This will be a 6 month randomised trial conducted over a number of dialysis units across Sydney.

The honours student will be integrally involved in the running of this clinical trial and will also have the opportunity to be involved in other projects in people with CKD.

Discipline: Applied Medical Sciences, Westmead
Keywords: Nephrology, Diet, Education