Medical and Scientific Research Grant 2018 Funding Round

The Kidney Health Australia Research Medical and Scientific 2018 funding round is now closed.

Kidney Health Australia focuses on three streams of kidney disease research:

•   Stream 1: Improving quality of life and duration of life for those living with CKD
•   Stream 2: Making kidney transplants last longer
•   Stream 3: Preventing the progression of chronic kidney disease

Kidney Health Australia Research will fund a single stream each year, rotating annually. In 2018, Kidney Health Australia Research sought applications from:

Stream 1: Improving quality of life and duration of life for those living with chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Kidney Health Australia Research prioritises three areas:

•   Basic science
•   Psychosocial
•   Clinical science/population health

In 2018 KHA awarded five grants, totalling $250,000 to the following recipients:

Basic Science:
Professor Jonathan Gleadle
Flinders University, South Australia
“Roles for microRNAs in Compensatory Renal Hypertrophy?”

After kidney donation by a healthy individual, the remaining kidney by the donor increases in kidney cell size, compensating for a functional capacity of approximately 60-80% of kidney function of two kidneys. The mechanism that drives this still remains elusive. This project will use novel genetic tools to identify key components that lead to healthy kidney growth.


Associate Professor Rachael Morton
University of Sydney
“Symptom Monitoring with Feedback Trial (SWIFT) Pilot: A feasibility and acceptability study of ANZDATA E-PROMs data capture and feedback”

People on kidney dialysis often suffer from symptoms of severe and overwhelming pain, tiredness, nausea, cramping, itching, trouble sleeping, depression and anxiety, which contributes to a poor quality of life. The Symptom monitoring With Feedback Trial (SWIFT) pilot will test how easy it is to measure symptoms and quality of life every 3-6 months through the use of a table that will feed this information back to the patients' dialysis nurse and kidney doctor. SWIFT aims to improve quality of life and survival by focussing on symptom management and encouraging communication between doctors and their patients.

Dr Louise Purtell
Queensland University of Technology
“The REPOSE Study (Randomised Evaluation of the Provision of a Sleep Intervention in End-stage Kidney Disease)”

Many people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) experience sleep problems like difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and drowsiness during the day. This can lead to poor quality of life and can also worsen other health problems. Our team will test whether a personalised program including activities such as relaxation techniques and simple exercise may improve sleep quality. An individual sleep plan will be developed for each patient.


Professor David Castle
St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
“A randomised controlled trial of psychosocial intervention to improve health outcomes in people with kidney disease”

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious health problem. On top of physical effects, CKD patients often experience depression and anxiety which then affects their ability to follow treatment, their quality of life, social interaction and general wellbeing. The Kidney Optimal Health Program (KOHP) provides one-on-one individual support about stress and vulnerability and its impact on health and well-being.

Professor Angela Webster
University of Sydney
“SUCCESS: Supporting culturally-diverse adults with CKD to engage in shared decision making successfully (Phase II)”

We have developed a way of helping dialysis patients through the use of tablet and phone app. The aim of this research is to help people on dialysis understand the choices they have about their health, and help them be more involved with those decisions. To support our multi-cultural community we have translated the app into Arabic and Mandarin initially. The intention is for dialysis patients to use the app to make changes that will improve their health and quality of life, and reduce their need for unscheduled or emergency health care visits.


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