BiCARB Study - Does oral sodium bicarbonate therapy improve function and quality of life in older patients with chronic kidney disease and low-grade acidosis?

NHS Tayside

Dr Miles Witham – Lead Investigator

Dr Witham is Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ageing and Health at the University of Dundee, and also works as a consultant geriatrician at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. His major research interests are in clinical trials in older people, testing treatments to improve muscle function and prevent vascular disease in older people.

Dr Witham is the Lead investigator for the BiCARB trial, and is also the local principal investigator for recruitment in Tayside.

Dr Miles Witham, Chief Investigator – e:  t: 01382 383086

Margaret Band, Research Nurse – e:   t: 01382 383993
Postal Adrress – Research Nurse, Ageing and Health  Mailbox 1, Division of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Medicine, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY


Margaret Band

Clinical Trial Manager for the BiCARB study and will be co-ordinating the study across all the sites in the UK.

Margaret trained as a nurse in Glasgow in 1988 and worked as a Staff Nurse in Tayside and Fife before joining the Clinical Pharmacology Department at Dundee University in 1999 where she worked as a research nurse on clinical trials in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She then spent 6 years at University College London Hospitals where she ran two study sites for a trial investigating the use of continuous blood glucose monitors in patients with diabetes. Margaret gained her MSc in Nursing from Middlesex University in 2007. She returned to Scotland in 2009 and joined the Department of Ageing and Health where she was the Project Co-ordinator for a multi-centre study investigating the use of exercise and ACE inhibitors in older frail people.

Margaret Band, Clinical Trial Manager – e:  t: 01382 383993


Local patient support groupTayside Kidney Patients Association