Paul Neil Harden

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Acute rejection is a major cause of reduced survival of renal allografts. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a mitogen for endothelial cells and is expressed widely by renal tissue and T cells. VEGF influences adhesion and migration of leukocytes across the endothelium. This study investigates whether genetically determined variation in VEGF(More)
BACKGROUND Caucasian renal transplant recipients living in Queensland, Australia, have the highest risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer in the world. OBJECTIVE To determine clinical and environmental factors associated with posttransplantation nonmelanoma skin cancer in Queensland. METHODS 361 Caucasian adult recipients completed a structured interview and(More)
PROBLEM Transition from paediatric to adult care of young adults with chronic diseases is poorly coordinated, often delayed, and usually managed through a single referral letter. About 35% of young adults lose a successfully functioning kidney transplant within 36 months of transfer from paediatric to adult services. DESIGN Before and after study of the(More)
BACKGROUND Viral-mediated oncolysis is a novel cancer therapeutic approach with the potential to be more effective and less toxic than current therapies due to the agents selective growth and amplification in tumor cells. To date, these agents have been highly safe in patients but have generally fallen short of their expected therapeutic value as(More)
BACKGROUND Placement of renal-artery stents has a high technical success rate in atherosclerotic renovascular disease, but little is known about the clinical benefits of the procedure. We monitored renal function serially before and after stent insertion in patients with renovascular renal failure. METHODS Renal function was assessed before and after(More)
A single-center, cross-sectional, longitudinal study was conducted to determine the prevalence, annual incidence, and clinical risk factors for skin cancer in a white renal transplant population. One hundred eighty-two white patients (95% of population) with functioning allografts, a mean age at transplantation of 38.9 +/- 15. 6 (SD) years, and a mean(More)
The European Best Practice Guideline group (EBPG) issued guidelines on the evaluation and selection of kidney donor and kidney transplant candidates, as well as post-transplant recipient care, in the year 2000 and 2002. The new European Renal Best Practice board decided in 2009 that these guidelines needed updating. In order to avoid duplication of efforts(More)
Caucasian renal transplant recipients from Queensland, Australia have the highest non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) risk worldwide. Although ultraviolet light (UVR) exposure is critical, genetic factors also appear important. We and others have shown that polymorphism in the glutathione S-transferases (GST) is associated with NMSC in UK recipients. However,(More)
Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) represents a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among renal transplant recipients, with tumors behaving more aggressively than those in nontransplant patients. Not all immunosuppressed patients develop NMSC, however, and in those that do, the rate of accrual and numbers of lesions vary considerably. Though(More)
The transfer of young patients from pediatric to adult renal care takes place after a transition process which involves both sides. It is important that it is individualized for each young person, focusing on self-management skills as well as assessing support structures. The consensus statement has been developed by the panel of adult and pediatric(More)