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Research interests

My research concentrates on the epidemiology and treatment of kidney disease – acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease.


Much of my research over the years has involved registries, indeed this was why I chose to undertake my renal training in Bristol, home of the UK Renal Registry. I have been very fortunate to be medical director of UKRR from October 2013 - January 2019 and continue to work closely with colleagues there on ongoing projects, most notably:

  • Why do children with severe chronic kidney disease present late to specialist services? A mixed-methods observational study. (A doctoral research fellowship funded by NIHR for Dr Lucy Plumb.)
  • The European Quality Study (EQUAL), an international prospective cohort study looking at the optimal time to start dialysis in people over 65 years of age (www.equal-study.org). (Funded by the ERA-EDTA.)
  • Erythropoietin therapy for treating anaemia among haemodialysis patients: associations with survival and comparison of treatment strategies. (A post-doctoral fellowship funded by the MRC for Dr Kate Birnie.)
  • The Prepare for Kidney Care Study – a randomised controlled trial comparing preparation for responsive management with preparation for renal dialysis in multi-morbid, frail older people with end-stage kidney disease (www.bristol.ac.uk/population-health-sciences/projects/prepare-kc-trial/). (Funded by the NIHR HTA Programme.)
  • The High-volume Haemodiafiltration vs High-flux Haemodialysis Registry Trial (H4RT) – a randomised controlled trial using the UKRR and linkage to other healthcare databases to provide efficient follow up (see www.bristol.ac.uk/population-health-sciences/projects/h4rt-trial/). (Funded by the NIHR HTA Programme.)


The UK Renal Registry collects data on all patients in the UK with end-stage kidney disease (on dialysis or with a kidney transplant) and follows them automatically through electronic data capture. In recent years its remit has been broadened to cover:

  • Acute kidney injury occurring in primary or secondary care
  • Pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease managed in secondary care
  • Dialysis for acute kidney injury
  • Patient-reported outcomes.

For more information about the work of the Registry, please visit www.renalreg.org.


External positions

Associate Editor, African Journal of Nephrology

1 Jun 2020 → …

Treasurer, International Society of Nephrology

1 May 2020 → …

Executive Committee, International Society of Nephrology

1 Apr 2019 → …

Medical Director, UK Renal Registry

1 Oct 201331 Jan 2019

Consultant Nephrologist, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol

1 Sep 2005 → …

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Research Output

Alendronate use and bone mineral density gains in women with moderate-severe (stages 3B-5) chronic kidney disease: an open cohort multivariable and propensity score analysis from Funen, Denmark

Ali, M. S., Ernst, M., Robinson, D. E., Caskey, F., Arden, N. K., Ben-Shlomo, Y., Nybo, M., Rubin, K. H., Judge, A., Cooper, C., Javaid, M. K., Hermann, A. P. & Prieto-Alhambra, D., 1 Jun 2020, In : Archives of Osteoporosis. 15, 1, 12 p., 81 (2020) .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Capturing and monitoring global differences in untreated and treated end-stage kidney disease, kidney replacement therapy modality, and outcomes

    Pecoits-Filho, R., Okpechi, I. G., Donner, J. A., Harris, D. C. H., Aljubori, H. M., Bello, A. K., Bellorin-Font, E., Caskey, F. J., Collins, A., Cueto-Manzano, A. M., Feehally, J., Goh, B. L., Jager, K. J., Nangaku, M., Rahman, M., Sahay, M., Saleh, A., Sola, L., Turan Kazancioglu, R., Walker, R. C. & 5 others, Walker, R., Yao, Q., Yu, X., Zhao, M. H. & Johnson, D. W., 1 Mar 2020, In : Kidney International Supplements. 10, 1, p. e3-e9 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article (Academic Journal)

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Ethics of kidney care in the era of COVID-19

    Martin, D. E., Parsons, J. A., Caskey, F. J., Harris, D. C. H. & Jha, V., 3 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Kidney International.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Supervised Work

    Understanding generalisability, and issues of recruitment in cohort studies: the example of advanced CKD in the elderly

    Author: Rao, A., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Biddle, L. (Supervisor), Caskey, F. (Supervisor) & Ben-Shlomo, Y. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)