Kidney Disease

Improving kidney patient care and outcomes through health informatics research

Kidney Disease@Farr brings a multidisciplinary group of researchers with interests in health informatics and kidney disease from across the four Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research Centres together with the UK and Scottish Renal Registries, Patient View and the UK Renal Data Collaboration to:

  • Generate opportunities to share ideas, challenges and learning
  • Foster collaborations around kidney research


Kidney disease is a substantial public health problem, with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affecting approximately 10% population, and Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) up to 7% of hospital admissions. Internationally and in the UK, there has been substantial focus on raising awareness, facilitating early diagnosis and developing clinical practice guidelines. The UK Renal Registries’ provide longstanding exemplars for high quality data collection for people with severe kidney disease requiring renal replacement therapy. Data linkage provides a growing opportunity to improve our understanding of kidney disease and care across the spectrum of kidney disease.

Across the UK, researchers in the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research Centres have been developing novel data linkages to support kidney disease research. Linkages include examples from laboratory, primary care, hospital episode, prescribing, clinical cohorts and registries. The Farr Institute has already enabled cross centre working, for example, Wellcome Funded Clinical Research Fellows in Farr Institute, London and Farr Institute, Scotland are working together on Acute Kidney Injury.

Kidney Disease@Farr is a new initiative that aims support the development and sharing of research ideas, foster collaborations and utilise the Farr Infrastructure to improve kidney patient care and outcomes through collaborative health informatics research.


  • Kick-off meeting (via telepresence): 26th March 2015
  • Follow-up meeting (via telepresence): 7th July-2015
  • Kidney session at The Farr Institute International Conference 2015 (St Andrews, Scotland): 26th to 28th of August 2015
  • Farr Frontiers meeting (Manchester): 8th October 2015

For more information, or to express your interest in collaborating contact:

Theme Manager:
Jennifer Johnston,

Theme coordinators:
Prof Corri Black,
Dr Sabine van der Veer,



Farr Institute @ CIPHER: Dr James Chess, Prof Ronan Lyons, Dr DJ Fraser
Farr Institute @ HeRC: Dr Sabine van der Veer,  Prof Tjeerd van Staa
Farr Institute @ Scotland: Prof Corri Black, Dr Angharad Marks
Farr Institute @ London: Prof Liam Smeeth, Dr Laurie Tomlinson
National CKD audit: Dr Dorothea Nitsch
UK Renal Registry: Dr Fergus Caskey
Scottish Renal Registry: Dr Wendy Metcalfe
Patient View: Dr Neil Turner
UK Renal Data Collaboration: Dr Keith Simpson


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