Walls Bursary awarded to Helen MacLaughlin

The Walls Bursaries were established in memory of the late Professor John Walls, President of the Renal Association 1995-1998, who died in 2001. Their aim is to help Renal Association members to spend short periods (e.g. weeks or months) at other centres, generally outside the UK, to learn new laboratory techniques or gain new clinical skills.

The Renal Association is delighted to award a Walls Bursary to Helen MacLaughlin.

Helen decribes her work:

” I am a Consultant Renal Dietitian at King’s College Hospital, where I lead a team of brilliant renal dietitians, working across clinical dietetics and research. Our research focuses on the effects of obesity on kidney function.  In particular, how weight loss interventions may improve the health of those with obesity and chronic kidney disease or acute kidney injury.

I will be using the Walls Bursary to help fund a visit to Professor Alp Ikizler’s lab at the Vanderbilt O’Brien Center for Kidney Disease at Vanderbilt University.  We have developed a collaborative study entitled “Obesity and CKD development and progression after acute kidney injury in the ASSESS-AKI study”.  The ASSESS-AKI study is a multi-centre collaboration in the US, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, conducting long term follow-up of kidney and cardiovascular outcomes and mortality in a prospective parallel-matched cohort of 1600 patients with and without acute kidney injury.

During my time at Vanderbilt I will learn new epidemiological techniques and methods for analysis of large data sets – building on the analysis techniques I learnt during my post-doctoral fellowship.  These skills will be directly transferable to use in the UK, particularly with the large data sets in the UK Renal Registry.”