Two postgraduate researchers from the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research (CLiCIR) were recognised at this year’s British Renal Society Conference (BRS) in Manchester.
Vari Wileman, a doctoral research student, won the best Abstract prize based on her work – investigating the use of “self-affirmation” as a method of helping those people on dialysis for end stage kidney disease to manage their condition and treatment better. People with long-term illnesses, such as those with end stage kidney disease, need to make changes to the way that they live, including what they eat and drink and also taking their medication. But unsurprisingly, many find this very difficult!
Vari’s research on adherence to phosphate binding medication among patients with End Stage Renal Disease is in collaboration with Professor Ken Farrington , from the University’s Post Graduate Medicine, and a number of NHS hospital trusts (Royal Free, East and North Hertfordshire, and Southend).
An abstract presented by Dr Miriam Bell (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust) and Professor Ken Farrington was also recognised at the conference. Lewis Carpenter, a Research Assistant with CLiCIR, provided the statistical analysis to evaluate the pattern of health decline in the last year of life for patients who are on haemodialysis due to end stage renal disease. Statistics and mathematical modelling are vital to all health-related research.