From bench to bedside: How research changes lives.
A major problem!
There is no known cure for kidney disease. Every year, more than 60,000 people in the UK are treated for kidney failure. For people with kidney failure the only way to stay alive is through unremitting dialysis or a kidney transplant. Even then, life expectancy on dialysis is reduced and kidney transplants rarely last beyond 10-15 years. For some people, sadly, the waiting list for transplantation is too long.
Research holds the key
At any one moment, we are funding as many as 140 pioneering research projects. Every one of these projects is looking for new and better ways to diagnose and treat kidney disease. One day we will find a cure, but we need to raise more money to get us there faster.
Every breakthrough begins with an idea
Researchers like Dr Rachel Floyd work around the clock at the laboratory bench, looking for the bold new ideas that will revolutionise the treatment of kidney disease.
Translating to the bedside
Major scientific breakthroughs begin in the lab. But that's just the beginning of the story.
Once a ground-breaking idea has been developed, it needs to be turned into a technique or process that can begin to help kidney patients as soon as possible.
Clinical trials refine the treatment and then it can be brought directly to the bedside of people who really need it. Researchers like Rachel can bring new treatments and change people's lives.
Your support makes all the difference. Thank you.
We rely on the generous contributions of our supporters to help pay for research projects. In the last year, we were able to invest almost £6 million into kidney research. But it’s still not enough.
Without people donating to Kidney Research UK, vital research wouldn't happen. We wouldn't be able to help anyone.Dr Rachel Floyd
Due to a simple lack of funds, we still have to turn away around half of the research proposals we are presented with. Any one of these could potentially lead to a lifesaving medical breakthrough.
Please, will you help us fund even more research – and help us get closer to beating kidney disease for good – by making a donation today?