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Elizabeth Despard Ward OBE

Elizabeth Despard Ward OBE 23 July 2020 Fearless kidney patient advocate 1926-2020 RIP ‘A life in the day’ Elizabeth Ward passed away on 20 July. Without her endeavours, thousands of UK kidney disease sufferers leading very hard lives would have perished before their time. The quality of thousands more lives has been improved dramatically. Her…

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Transplant research critical beyond COVID-19 disruption

Transplant research critical beyond COVID-19 disruption 23 July 2020 The latest annual transplantation report produced by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has confirmed the number of organ transplants taking place suddenly dropped when COVID-19 hit the UK in March 2020.   Before transplant centres were forced to close the number of transplants were on track to…

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New virtual art exhibition shines a spotlight on those living with chronic kidney disease

New virtual art exhibition brings life with kidney disease into focus 22 July 2020 An art exhibition featuring photographic portraits and compelling stories of kidney patients has launched online, after the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily stalled its tour of public galleries and exhibition spaces across the UK.  Survivors Life-Unfiltered is a joint creative project by award-winning…

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No kidney left behind: reviving kidneys for transplant

No kidney left behind: reviving kidneys for transplant 15 July 2020 New research suggests it could now be possible to revive and recondition kidneys for transplant that might otherwise be discarded.  The UK kidney transplant waiting list is already around 5,000 people long yet only 3,200 transplants happen each year. People can wait years for…

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Kidney Beam – helping kidney patients feel good

Kidney Beam – helping kidney patients feel good 08 July 2020 A new free, online service for the kidney community is launched today. By joining Kidney Beam and taking part in the sessions, you will be helping to provide further evidence that looking after physical and mental health is so important for kidney patients’ overall…

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Let’s change the game

Let’s change the game 02 July 2020 In the three years since Andy Cole received his kidney transplant, the legendary footballer has welcomed Kidney Research UK’s involvement in his journey, which has helped him understand more about the disease and its impact. Compelled by his desire to make a difference, Andy has now taken the…

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