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PKD patients set to benefit from £0.5m research investment

PKD patients set to benefit from £0.5m research investment 27 May 2022 Kidney Research UK and The PKD Charity, have teamed up to fund three research projects to improve the lives of polycystic kidney disease (PKD) patients, with grants worth a total of £537,000. The awards mark the start of a new collaborative approach to…

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New longterm mental health and wellbeing plan for England

New longterm mental health and wellbeing plan for England 06 May 2022 On 12 April the Westminster Government published a consultation on its new Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan for England. The ‘call for evidence’ is designed to inform a new 10-year mental health plan to prevent mental ill-health, improve mental health support across the…

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Bringing positive change to mental health

Bringing positive change to mental health 06 May 2022 This year kidney patients have been sharing their mental health experiences as part of our campaign calling for improved access to specialist mental health support from renal counsellors. Now, a new Government consultation on mental health provides a key opportunity for kidney patients’ voices to be…

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The public don’t know the kidney basics

The public don’t know the kidney basics 10 March 2022 This World Kidney Day we are uncovering the uncomfortable truth that the general public have a shocking lack of knowledge about their kidneys and aren’t aware of the devastating consequences of kidney failure. Our survey asked over 2,000 UK adults basic questions about the kidneys…

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Quality in Organ Donation programme named UK Biobank of the Year 2022!

Quality in Organ Donation programme named UK Biobank of the Year 2022! 08 March 2022 We are delighted to share that the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre has awarded the Quality in Organ Donation (QUOD) programme first place in the UK Biobank of the Year. We are proud to be charity partners and to…

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Survey reveals impact on kidney patients’ mental health – time for action

Survey reveals impact on kidney patients’ mental health – time for action 23 February 2022 We are calling for better mental health support for kidney patients after a recent survey of over 1,000 kidney patients uncovered the significant impact the disease has on their mental health. Our survey discovered that two thirds (67%) of kidney…

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Northern Ireland organ donation law progress

Northern Ireland organ donation law progress 09 February 2022 Legislation intended to increase the number of organs available for transplant in Northern Ireland has passed through the final stage in the Assembly. The ‘soft opt in’ legislation will bring Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK. It means that people who die…

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Much to be proud of after the most difficult year

Much to be proud of after the most difficult year by Sandra Currie 01 November 2021 When the UK went into the first Covid-19 lockdown, we had been preparing to interview applicants for research fellowships. We cancelled the interviews immediately, hoping it would be a short postponement.   But as the impact of the pandemic developed…

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