Young adult kidney patient focus groups

Belfast based researcher Michael Corr is interested in working with some kidney patients under 30 years of age on a couple of different projects.

Literature review discussion
He has completed a large literature review of how health care providers help young transplant recipients – before moving on to publication, his next step is to discuss the findings with key stakeholders, including young kidney transplant recipients. He would also like to include a patient voice in recommendations for future research.

Research proposal development
He is currently developing a research proposal for a PhD project which aims to look at why younger transplant recipients seem to lose their transplants at a faster rate compared to other age groups. This will be using data collected to look at demographics and also using a novel technology to measure proteins in the blood (proteomics) to try and figure out why this is happening. He is keen to include younger kidney transplant recipients in the early stages of developing the proposal and to discuss their opinions of what the study ought to include.

The initial time commitment for these opportunities would be 1-2 hours, although there will probably be scope to add to this as projects develop. However, continued participation would be fully up to the participants and you would be free to stop being involved at any time.

All meetings would be online given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, there is currently no funding available to offer remuneration (payment) at present, although this has been budgeted for in the research proposal so may be available in future.

If you are interested in participating in either the literature review or the research proposal development, or would like more information about what is involved, please contact Michael Corr via email ( by October 31st 2021.

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