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Memorial post to be filled by April
7:00am Wednesday 19th September 2012 in News
A NEW £190,000 post set up in memory of an Oxford doctor is expected to be filled by April.
The application process for the new role at the UK Renal Registry, in memory of Dr Tony Wing, has already started.
The position will focus on the collection of data from young kidney patients, and it is hoped someone will be in post within seven months.
The three-year post, to be known as the Dr Tony Wing Award, is funded by the British Kidney Patient Association (BKPA) and will be managed by charity Kidney Research UK.
Dr Wing, who was born in Oxford and returned to study at Oxford University ’s Lincoln College, went on to become a consultant neph- rologist at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.
He had a leading role in developing kidney units around the UK.
Sally Taber, BKPA chairman of trustees, said: “This award means that better links will be made with children’s kidney units across the UK to supply quality data that can be interpreted for the good of young kidney patients.
“The post will also help with analysis of the progress of young adult patients, a group of patients recognised as particularly vulnerable in the kidney care system.”
Dr Wing, who died in January, devoted time to setting up a European kidney registry, sharing data to help improve knowledge and understanding about kidney disease and kidney care.
He was also a member of the BKPA Grants Committee for more than 21 years.
Ron Cullen, UK Renal Registry director, said: “This is a real opportunity provided to us by the BKPA to help improve the care for children with kidney disease across the whole of the UK.”
Kidney Research UK’s chairman Prof Tim Goodship said: “The Tony Wing Award is an extension of our ongoing commitment to promote excellence in renal research for the benefit of kidney patients.
“In addition to being an important step forward, this award is a true example of collaboration within the sector between three very dedicated organisations, Kidney Res-earch UK, the BKPA and the Renal Registry.”
The post was announced on Monday at Kidney Research UK’s annual Fellows Day, held this year at Trinity College, Oxford.