Translational Cardiovascular and Renal Research Group
Acute kidney injury is defined as a ‘sudden loss of our kidney function’. Even mild episodes of acute kidney injury lead to a greater chance of dying in the hospital, longer stays in hospital, and results in increased healthcare costs (about $400 million in Australia per year).
Unfortunately, acute kidney injury develops in 30% of patients following open heart surgery (about 3,000 cases in Australia per year). Up to 50% of patients who acquire severe infections (called ‘sepsis’) also develop acute kidney injury (about 7,500 cases in Australia per year).
There are no effective ways to prevent kidney injury after open heart surgery or sepsis due to our poor understanding of the underlying causes and, inability to assess the risk of kidney injury before it is too late to intervene.
Our research group will use established clinically relevant models of open-heart surgery and sepsis.
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