The Liverpool Renal Clinical Research Centre (LRCRC) was established in 1998 under the leadership of Associate Professors Michael Suranyi and Josephine Chow and continues to support an active clinical research program within Renal Services. The selected studies are supported by all the accredited nephrologists of South Western Sydney Local Health District. The Centre actively participates in a number of clinical trials, unit based research initiatives and projects, quality management projects and educational initiatives.
Clinical research studies currently being undertaken range from management of renal disease, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, anaemia, iron therapy, dialysis (haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis), hypertension in pregnancy and psychological aspects of dialysis. Many of the studies are internationally conducted multi-centre, randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled studies. In addition to externally funded studies, there has been a continuous increase in in-house research studies in the disciplines of nursing, medicine and allied health.
At completion, the results from research projects are disseminated to all stakeholders. As part of the research activities, patients who participate in any of the research studies receive additional visits by the research coordinators. This produces additional benefit for the patients' welfare. Their clinical parameters such as physical status, pathological data and quality of life status are monitored in a more regular way than usual practice, by both the research coordinators and the study doctors. In most cases, existing and potential problems that may adversely affect the participants’ health status are identified in a timely fashion and subsequent referral and intervention attended.