Dr Andrea Viecelli is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland and nephrologist at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. She completed her PhD on strategies to improve vascular access outcomes in patients on haemodialysis through the University of Queensland in 2019. She is a clinical trialist of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network and a lead investigator of the FAVOURED study, an international, multicentre randomised controlled trial of fish oil and aspirin for preventing arteriovenous fistula failure. As a coordinating committee member of the global Standardised outcomes in Nephrology (SONG) initiative, she is leading an international collaborative study (VALID) to validate a standardised core outcome measures for vascular access function. Her research focus is in clinical trials, meta-analyses, and qualitative research in patient-important outcomes. She is an academic editor for PLOS ONE and reviewer for several international high-impact journals. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, 5 book chapters and received numerous awards, including a Kidney Health Australia Clinical Science Award and a Young Investigator Award at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting in 2016 and 2017, and two Young Investigator Award at the ERA-EDTA congress in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Professor Ann Bonner is Director of Research (School of Nursing) and Chronic Conditions Management program leader (IHBI) at Queensland University of Technology. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kidney Health Service, Metro North Hospital and Health Service where she leads the Renal Nursing Professorial Unit, and a Visiting Scholar at Princess Alexandra and Logan Hospitals. She is a Chief Investigator with two NHMRC funded Centres of Research Excellence, one in Chronic Kidney Disease and the other in End of Life Care, and has attracted over $6 million in competitive research funding. Ann has over 30 years’ experience in nephrology. She has published 200 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has delivered over 200 peer reviewed conference presentations and invited papers. Ann is recognised nationally and internationally as an expert renal nurse, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Australian Kidney Trials Network (AKTN), an Associate Editor for the Renal Society of Australasia Journal, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Renal Care and member of the Scientific Committee for the Renal Society of Australasia.