Kidney Data Science Catalyst

This partnership between the BHF Data Science Centre, Kidney Research UK and HDR UK will enable researchers to securely access, link and analyse existing UK health data, speeding up the search for better kidney and cardiovascular disease prevention, treatments, and care.

What do we mean by Kidney Data Science Catalyst?

Funded by Kidney Research UK in partnership with the BHF,  the overarching aim of the Kidney Data Catalyst is to accelerate research at the interface of kidney and cardiovascular disease by facilitating data-led research. 

Why is kidney-related data important for cardiovascular disease research?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common, affecting 1in 10 people. CKD is a strong risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of adverse outcomes, including death, in people with CKD. The mechanisms to prevent and treat CKD and cardiovascular disease are intricately connected; more high quality data on these connections will be of great value to policymakers, healthcare providers, researchers and industry partners. 

What are we doing?

The catalyst will enable researchers to securely access, link and analyse existing UK health data, speeding up the search for better kidney and cardiovascular disease prevention, treatments and care. 

We aim to achieve this by: 

Working with stakeholders (including patients, research, clinical professional societies, industry) with an interest in and expertise across the spectrum of health relevant data types 

Identifying research priorities for large-scale, data-enabled kidney research 

Understanding and addressing the infrastructure and analytics challenges that need to be overcome to enable linkage across health data and their analyses at UK-wide scale, to improve people’s kidney and cardiovascular health and care. 

Areas of work

Find out more about our data-led research.