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Academic wins award for pioneering research on kidney care

Professor Nicola Thomas has won a top award by the British Renal Society for her ongoing and vital research into care of people who have kidney disease
29 June 2018

Professor Nicola Thomas, Professor of Kidney Care at LSBU, was awarded the Donna Lamping Award for Outstanding Research in Kidney Care at the UK Kidney Week conference in Harrogate last week.

The prestigious award is recognised widely amongst health care practitioners working in kidney care. Professor Thomas has worked in the kidney care speciality for 35 years. She was awarded the award for her research work with patients and carers.

Professor Thomas said: “I am delighted to win this award. It highlights the importance of my research, which involves people in every aspect of the research process such as identifying the topics that matter to them and involving them in designing the methods.

“As health care clinicians and researchers, it’s important to involve the patients, the public and carers throughout any research process. This gives me a chance to understand where their priorities, concerns and challenges lie, and presents a realistic picture that I can work with going forward. It is an absolute privilege to undertake research alongside people who have experience of kidney disease.”

Professor Thomas is currently working within the East London Community Service, with nursing colleagues and with patients to evaluate the educational aspects of service. She is also working within the newly formed national Kidney Patient Involvement Network (KPIN).