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Big steps towards a wearable kidney

Big steps towards a wearable kidney 18 October 2023 What if haemodialysis was portable, contained inside something no bigger than a backpack? Transforming treatments such as haemodialysis is one of our key strategic ambitions and a Kidney Research UK-funded team at the University of Edinburgh are making great headway in the search for a ‘wearable…

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What is the impact of different types of dialysis on levels of protein?

What is the impact of different types of dialysis on levels of protein? 03 August 2023 Bruno Mafrici from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has been awarded an Allied Health Professional Fellowship grant of £211,000 to investigate whether different types of dialysis affect nutritional loss and whether increased protein consumption could improve outcomes in patients…

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How important is peer support for patients new to dialysis or transplantation?

How important is peer support for patients new to dialysis or transplantation? 28 July 2023 Dr Anna Winterbottom from St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, has received a Kidney Research UK-Stoneygate Award of £48,000 to study the role of peer support in helping patients adjust to dialysis and transplant. The problem People on dialysis and those…

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A new way to measure the burden of dialysis for kidney patients

A new way to measure the burden of dialysis for kidney patients 12 July 2023 Kidney Research UK have awarded Dr David Wellsted from the University of Hertfordshire a £82,000 PhD Studentship to develop a new tool to measure treatment burden for patients who are receiving dialysis treatment.  The problem Dialysis is an effective treatment…

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New research aims to reduce complications in children on haemodialysis

New research aims to reduce complications in children on haemodialysis 07 July 2023 Dr Claudio Capelli’s work is supported by a Kidney Research UK grant of £81,000.  The problem As kidney function declines patients may need kidney replacement therapy. This either involves dialysis, using a machine to clean the blood, or a kidney transplant. Finding…

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Transforming the dialysis experience

Transforming the dialysis experience 21 June 2023 Dialysis is one of the most challenging forms of treatment for people with kidney failure and we are determined to accelerate improvements. Making the journey through dialysis treatment kinder on patients is the focus of one of our new methods of research funding. Three exciting new projects to…

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New study offers insights into how infections can cause treatment-limiting damage in peritoneal dialysis

New study offers insights into how infections can cause treatment-limiting damage in peritoneal dialysis 15 June 2023 Research published in The Journal of Immunology has highlighted the biological pathways that can lead to scarring and damage (known as ‘fibrosis’) in patients who have infections during peritoneal dialysis (PD). Lead by Professor Simon Jones from the…

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First patient joins new dialysis study

First patient joins new dialysis study 08 June 2023 We are delighted to announce that the first patient has joined StAFF, a new research study designed to show the best option for safe, long-lasting access to blood vessels for patients who require haemodialysis but have sub-optimal blood vessels.   Haemodialysis is a medical procedure designed to…

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First itch treatment for haemodialysis patients recommended for approval by NICE

First itch treatment for haemodialysis patients recommended for approval by NICE 17 April 2023 For the first time, a treatment specifically licensed to treat pruritus (distressing, itchy skin) has been recommended for approval by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in their draft guidance today. Difelikefalin, which is administered during dialysis,  would…

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Our second MedTech competition launches with a focus on dialysis

Our second MedTech competition launches with a focus on dialysis 12 September 2022 Following the success of last year’s MedTech competition, we are excited to launch a brand-new competition which will focus solely on innovations in the field of dialysis.  Six awards worth £30,000 each are available to UK based teams working to transform dialysis…

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