Chronic kidney disease is prevalent in approximately 10% of the population and up to 20% of hospitalized patients have acute kidney injury. Both conditions are associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. To prevent and improve the prognosis of acute kidney injury there is a need for better understanding the disease mechanisms as well as the potential link between acute kidney injury and long-term prognosis, including development or worsening of chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular diseases, and death.
At Department of Clinical Epidemiology, the purpose of our research in kidney diseases is to improve prevention and optimize treatment and thereby the long-term prognosis of kidney diseases, with a particular focus on acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease. We use a number of national and local data sources to identify patients with impaired kidney function, to characterize the etiology of kidney dysfunction, and to identify factors associated with the risk and prognosis of kidney diseases. Complete long-term follow-up, including the ability to track kidney function during decades using population-based laboratory databases, is a major strength of our research.