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From bench to bedside: how research changes lives

From bench to bedside: how research changes lives 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…

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Funding ways to save patients’ kidneys from polycystic kidney disease

Funding research to save patients’ kidneys from polycystic kidney disease Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an inherited condition that causes small, fluid-filled cysts to form in the kidneys. The cysts grow, forming balloon-like swellings, enlarging the kidney and impairing its function. In the early stages there may be no symptoms and often symptoms won’t appear…

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Working towards a cure for kidney cancer

Working towards a cure for kidney cancer With a grant of £99,707 from us, Dr John Bradley has made a breakthrough that could one day lead to a new treatment for kidney cancer. We are funding the next stage of his vital research in partnership with Garfield Weston. Within the next hour, someone in the…

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Eculizumab a new drug to treat aHUS

New hope for aHUS patients With funding from Kidney Research UK, Professor Tim Goodship and his team have discovered a new way to treat a rare and life-threatening kidney disease. Atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (aHUS) is a destructive kidney condition that affects the immune system, causing it to attack the patient’s kidney cells. Blood clots…

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Normothermic perfusion

Changing the way we transplant kidneys with normothermic perfusion Over £850,000 in funding from Kidney Research UK has enabled Professor Mike Nicholson to develop and test a new technique to revolutionise the way kidney transplant operations are done. The first project to be funded through our Making Every Kidney Count Appeal is being led by…

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NURTuRE – the first kidney biobank covering England, Scotland and Wales.

The UK Renal Research Strategy recognised the need for a kidney biobank. Kidney Research UK has led the collaboration with industry and academia to launch NURTuRE (the National Unified Renal Translational Research Enterprise) – the first kidney biobank covering England, Scotland and Wales and a key resource for the renal research community. What will be…

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PIVOTAL – A pioneering trial of worldwide importance

A pioneering trial of worldwide importance We have co-ordinated a pioneering clinical trial investigating the optimum amount of intravenous iron that can be given to patients on dialysis to treat anaemia effectively and safely. A complication of being treated for kidney failure using haemodialysis is that patients develop anaemia and iron deficiency. This is a condition…

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Using patient data to improve dialysis treatment in the UK

Using patient data to improve dialysis treatment in the UK In 2010 Kidney Research UK awarded Dr James Fotheringham, a Consultant Nephrologist at the Sheffield Kidney Institute, a fellowship to analyse the performance of renal care services and associated health outcomes. Patient data from the Renal Registry, the Hospital Episode Statistics, and mortality data from…

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