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Under the guidance of Dr Michael Bending, Clinical Director, and with the tireless support of Dr Jonathan Kwan, the Institute, which is one of only three of the kind in the UK, has been growing and developing since it opened in 1998.

The Institute Board of Directors.

Research in the Institute laboratories was led by Dr David Newman until his tragic death on 31 March 2003. Dr Paul Colville-Nash was Scientific Director from May 2004 to March 2008. The work at the Institute is currently led by Dr Mark Dockrell and Dr Mysore Phanish as Scientific and Clinical Research leads respectively.

The Institute forms the focal point for research within the South West Thames Renal Unit which is part of the Epsom & St Helier University NHS Trust, based at St Helier Hospital in Carshalton on the Surrey/Southwest London border. The Institute has a growing reputation for its pioneering work in improving the detection of renal disease, ground breaking laboratory research, and new and innovative practices in patient care.

In addition, the Institute combines its aims of high quality research with improving education of renal disease and science in the greater community by hosting Nuffield Foundation Scholars to undertake summer research projects each year.

The combined aims of the Institute, the patient-led South West Thames Kidney Fund, and the medical and nursing staff of the South West Thames Renal Unit are:

  • To improve the understanding of renal pathology
  • To improve the treatment of renal disease
  • To improve the care of renal patients
  • To train and stimulate scientific, nursing, and medical staff
South West Thames Institute for Renal Research
Mr Richard Sammons
Dr Michael Bending
Dr Mark Dockrell
Mr Graham Morrow
Finance Director
Mrs Patricia Godden
Company Secretary