The remit of the Renal Specialty Group is to support a national portfolio of structured research studies in the field of renal medicine, including transplantation.The Group has representatives from 17 of the 25 Comprehensive Local Research Networks and in other CLRNs research in renal disease is being coordinated by the local UK renal research consortium. Other group members include representatives of the Devolved Nations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). One of the main purposes of the Specialty Group is to ensure that high quality clinical research studies deliver to target and in timely fashion by developing and supporting a research infrastructure within the specialty.The network will actively support both non-commercial and commercial research, and will constructively engage with industrial partners to help the smooth delivery of appropriate well-designed clinical trials and other studies.
Naturally, there is significant overlap of studies with other Specialty Groups and also with some of the NIHR Topic Specific Clinical Research Networks. The Renal Specialty Group will work with these related Specialty Groups and research networks to ensure that patients are recruited for suitable studies in a timely manner.These include (but not limited to) the following : Diabetes Medicines for Children Primary Care Cancer Genetics
Links will also be encouraged with the relevant specialist societies, including Diabetes UK, the British Cardiac Society, Heart UK, the Association for the Study of Obesity and Cancer UK to ensure that members are aware of what the network can offer, to encourage them to develop suitable collaborative studies that the network can help deliver, and to help provide a resource to publicise and support the network.
The Renal Specialty Group will work closely with the British Transplant Society, the British Association of Paediatric Nephrology, the UK Renal Association, Kidney Research UK, the British Renal Society, the UK Kidney Research Consortium and other stakeholders, to ensure that new developments in the field of Renal research are informed by a national clinical research strategy and can be successfully delivered in the NHS setting.