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High Hopes For Kidney Study

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High Hopes For Kidney Study

A new research grant could help doctors predict outcomes for critically ill kidney patients, a researcher says.

University of Otago Christchurch Kidney Research Group senior fellow John Pickering said today the grant of more than $300,000 would provide a much needed boost to his study on kidney failure.

"With this grant I hope to make a positive difference to the health of thousands of people. It's a privilege to be part of a team at the University and in the hospital doing good science with such positive intent," he said.

"Rapid deterioration in kidney function affects about one third of all critically ill patients in intensive care units and drastically reduces their chance of survival."

Dr Pickering said kidney failure was difficult to detect and relied upon measuring the build-up of creatinine in the blood.

The build-up usually took between one and three days to detect, making treatment difficult.

Dr Pickering is developing a mathematical model to predict creatinine concentration and will test the model on patients at Christchurch Hospital.


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