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Can sugar patterns help to predict kidney disease?

Can sugar patterns help to predict kidney disease? 23 February 2024 Dr Andrew Chetwynd from the University of Liverpool has been awarded a Kidney Research UK senior fellowship award of £303,000 to investigate whether the patterns of sugars on immune proteins can predict kidney damage.  The problem when IgA attacks the kidneys Immunoglobulin A (IgA)…

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Can diabetic eye disease treatments affect kidney function?

Can diabetic eye disease treatments affect kidney function? 20 February 2024 Dr Bang Zheng and Professor Laurie Tomlinson from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have been awarded a Kidney Research UK-Stoneygate project grant of £80,900 to investigate whether drugs called ‘vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors’, which are used to treat the eye…

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Understanding the link between genetics and the immune system in the development of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome

Understanding the link between genetics and the immune system in the development of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome 20 February 2024 Dr Gabriel Doctor from University College London has received a Kidney Research UK clinical training fellowship award of £300,000 to investigate the genetic causes of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS). The problem with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome INS…

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Can stem cells help us improve the condition of donor kidneys?

Can stem cells help us improve the condition of donor kidneys? 14 February 2024 Dr Sarah Hosgood from the University of Cambridge has received a Kidney Research UK research project grant of £114,000 to investigate whether stem cells from the urine of premature babies could be used to improve the condition of kidneys from older…

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Ground-breaking clinical trial offers treatment hope for IgA nephropathy

Ground-breaking clinical trial offers treatment hope for IgA nephropathy 12 February 2024 A world-first clinical trial, designed around the insights of a kidney patient, has shown that the drug fostamatinib can reduce levels of protein in urine (proteinuria) – a common sign of kidney damage – in people with advanced IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Trial marks…

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Meet Professor Claire Sharpe

Meet Professor Claire Sharpe An interview for International Day of Women and Girls in Science 11 February 2024 Professor Claire Sharpe is the dean of education in the school of Medicine at the University of Nottingham and a consultant nephrologist at two locations in London. In 2024, she joined our board of trustees. We caught…

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Identifying a new drug target for diabetic kidney disease

Identifying a new drug target for diabetic kidney disease 06 February 2024 Dr Mark Dockrell from St Helier Hospital has been awarded a PhD studentship of £86,000 to investigate why a new class of diabetes drugs have shown unexpected improvements in people with diabetic kidney disease.   The problem of understanding diabetic kidney disease progression A…

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Understanding the genetic causes of common childhood kidney disease

Understanding the genetic causes of common childhood kidney disease 05 February 2024 Dr Horia Stanescu from University College London has been awarded a research project grant of £220,000 to investigate the genetic causes of steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome (SSNS).  Why is steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome a problem? SSNS is the most common cause of kidney disease in…

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