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Who we are

As the leading kidney research charity in the UK, nothing is going to stop us in our urgent mission to end kidney disease. We’re here to be heard, to make a difference, to change the future. This is a disease that ruins and destroys lives. It must be stopped. 

Over the past 60 years, our research has made an impact. But kidney failure is rising, as are the factors contributing to it, such as diabetes and obesity.  

Today, we are more essential than ever. 

There are estimated to be 7.2 million people in the UK currently living with chronic kidney disease, treatments can be gruelling and currently there is no cure. Only research will end this and nobody can do it but us, by offering kidney patients and their families hope for the future. We’re taking it on. But we can’t do it without you.

Researchers in the lab

Our ambition

BIGGER, faster and bolder than ever before, and grounded in the hopes and needs of the kidney community. With your help we can protect kidney health and give people the power to live life better with kidney disease.

Kacey Zinkambani in hospital bed having dialysis

Our vision

The day when everyone lives free from kidney disease.

In the lab at the Alport Research Hub

Our purpose

Prevent kidney disease by finding ways to see it coming and stop it happening.

Protect people from reaching kidney failure by learning how to spot disease early, halting disease progression, and repairing kidney damage.

Treat: Transform treatments by making dialysis more tolerable and making transplants last longer until better alternatives are available.





Leading transformation in kidney health

Worldwide, around one in 10 people have chronic kidney disease, for which there is no cure. Here in the UK, 20 people develop kidney failure each day, and 30,000 are reliant on dialysis to stay alive.

Six people every week die while on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Over the past decade some progress has been made in treating kidney disease, but not nearly enough. Kidney disease continues to rise, and history is repeating itself, with successive generations experiencing the same life-limiting health problems and inadequate treatments.

Enough is enough.

The time has come for change. Alongside everyone living with, affected by, or at risk of kidney disease, we will lead that change. Over the next ten years we will drive a revolution in kidney health. We’ll do this by working with others to put it on the UK’s health agenda. We’ll drive research and see it through so that discoveries quickly translate into life-changing advances. We’ll be responsive; adapting to changes in the landscape that affect kidney health.


Our strategy

Bigger. Faster. Bolder. To free lives from kidney disease.

Read our strategy to find out how we will achieve our mission and strategic outcomes.

Our affiliations

Kidney Research UK are members of the ABPI Patient Organisation Forum.

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