Vascular Physiology Research Laboratory

Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have a high risk of developing heart disease. The Renal Rehab Program gives patients with Chronic Kidney Disease access to regular, supervised exercise.

The program is open to Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis and Kidney Transplant patients. Patients are provided with an individually tailored exercise prescription with all exercise sessions monitored by a clinical exercise physiologist. If you would like to participate in the program or if you would like to refer patients on to the program please contact us at 302-831-4659 or email: kidney-disease-research@udel.edu
(clinicaltrials.gov NCT02364648)

Mitochondria Health & Vascular Functions

In CKD mitochondria become damaged and may impact blood vessel function. Since they are responsible for producing our energy, damaged mitochondria may contribute to the feeling fatigue often reported in CKD. This study investigates the role of the mitochondria in blood vessel function as well as exercise tolerance in CKD. Participation in the study will involve 5 visits to the lab and a 4 week intervention period whereby the participant will take a daily mitochondria targeted antioxidant supplement or a placebo. On completion of the study participant will be compensated for their time and travel.
(clinicaltrials.gov NCT02364648)

Exercise & Vascular Functions

This study is exploring how regular exercise can improve blood vessel health and function in order to reduce the high risk of heart disease faced by patients with CKD. Participation in the study will involve 6 visits to our lab with a 12-week exercise training intervention period. Participants will receive 12 weeks of free supervised exercise training. On completion of the study participants will receive compensation for their time and travel.
(clinicaltrials.gov NCT02050035)

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