Nephrology Department

Research Overview

Our clinicians, nursing and allied health staff are actively involved in research to help better understand and treat kidney diseases and improve patient outcomes. We lead and participate in national and international research trials including quality improvement projects, pharmaceutical sponsored trials while strongly collaborating with the Australian Kidney Trials Network to contribute to research initiated by some of Australia’s leading nephrologists.

Current active research includes:

AKTN CKD-FIX:  Controlled trial of slowing of Kidney Disease progression From the Inhibition of Xanthine oxidase

ASCEND Trials: Phase III, investigating efficacy of Daprodustat (hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl-hydroxylase inhibitor) (HIF-PHI) in anaemia associated with CKD.

Chronic Disease IMPACT:  Chronic Disease IMPACT (Chronic Disease early detection and Improved Management in PrimAry Care ProjecT)

FIGARO/FIDELIO: Efficacy and safety of finerenone in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus and the clinical diagnosis of diabetic kidney disease

PODOCYTE: Phase II investigating efficacy on and safety of Corticotropin in the Treatment of Proteinuria due to Treatment Resistant/Treatment Intolerant Primary FSGS.

REDUCCTION: Reducing the burden of dialysis Catheter Complications: a National approach (He REDUCCTION partnership project

REMOVAL HD: A tRial Evaluating Mid cut-Off Value membrane clearance of Albumin and Light chains in HaemoDialysis patients

A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Phase 3 Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of CCX168 (Avacopan) in Patients with Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody (ANCA)-Associated Vasculitis Treated Concomitantly with Rituximab or Cyclophosphamide/Azathioprine.


Associate Professor  Vicki Levidiotis Nephrologist Western Health, Honorary associate Professor
Associate Professor Shlomo Cohney Nephrologist Western Health
Dr Kushma Nand Nephrologist Western Health
Dr Sandra Crikis Nephrologist and Director of home therapies, Western Health.
Dr John Katsoulis Nephrologist and Head of Unit, General Internal Medicine Unit, Western Health.
Dr Leny Hidayati Nephrologist Western Health
Dr Khai Yang Ooi Nephrologist Western Health
Dr Kate Robson Nephrologist Western Health
Dr Andrew Talbot Nephrologist Western Health
Dr Peggy Teh Nephrologist Western Health
Dr Julia Jones Nephrologist Western Health
Ms Jenny Connor, Vascular Access Coordinator Nurse Western Health
Dr Natalie Lumsden, Project Manager Western Health

Ms Valerie Frattaroli, Project Officer Western Health
Mr Jason Bennier, Research Coordinator Western Health
Ms Monika Loskot, Research Coordinator Western Health
Ms Ameena Jabbar, Research Coordinator Western Health


  • Australian Kidney Trials Network
  • University of Melbourne
  • Victoria University
  • Victorian Renal Clinical Network
  • North West Melbourne Primary Health Care Network
  • Kidney Health Australia
  • Stroke Foundation
  • Heart Foundation
  • Diabetes (Victoria)
  • The Nephrology Department is also a part of the Western Chronic Disease Alliance 
    (Western Health Units: Endocrinology & Diabetes, Internal General Medicine, Cardiology and Stroke) which has been established to improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases in the western suburbs of Melbourne.


  • Better Care Victoria Innovation Project Grant: Chronic Disease early detection and Improved Management in PrimAry Care ProjecT (Chronic Disease IMPACT) (2017-2018).
  • SCOUP-HOME DIALYSIS-VIC (Funded by the Victorian Renal Clinical Network): Standardising Care, Outcomes, Uptake and Persistence in HOME DIALYSIS in Victoria. (2016-2018)
  • Macedon Ranges North West Melbourne Medicare Local Legacy Grant: Chronic Disease early detection and Improved Management in PrimAry Care ProjecT (Chronic Disease IMPACT)    (2016-2018)
  • NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in CKD (2014-2020)

Research Projects

For project inquiries, contact our research group head.

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Group Leader Craig Nelson

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