National Institutes of Health study of AV fistulas

Thomas Huber, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of surgery and chief of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy, is the principal investigator in an observational study of arteriovenous (AV) fistulas, which are created for hemodialysis access.

Dr. Huber noted that currently, only about 40 percent of attempts to create AV fistulas are successful. The purpose of the study is to understand why the success rate is so low, what makes an attempt to create a fistula succeed or fail, what factors may predict success or failure in AV fistula creation and whether certain individuals are better candidates for AV fistula creation than others.

Other UF researchers involved in the study include Scott Berceli, M.D., Ph.D., and Lyle Moldawer, Ph.D.

The University of Florida is the leader in this six-center study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The University of Cincinnati, the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of Utah, Boston University and the University of Texas at Dallas also are involved in the study. The Cleveland Clinic is the data coordinating center for this study.