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Kidney pioneers – personal reflections on the development of UK renal services

Kidney pioneers – personal reflections on the development of UK renal services 13 October 2021 In the UK today, over 70,000 people are either on dialysis or have received a kidney transplant. But 60 years ago the medical profession was highly sceptical of these fledgling innovations – and the pioneering renal teams who championed them.…

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60 years of life-changing research

60 years of life-changing research 07 October 2021 This year marks our 60th anniversary: 60 years of fighting to end kidney disease through cutting-edge research. On this important milestone, we have handpicked some of our successes to celebrate together. Dialysis Dutch physician Dr Willem Kolff, known to many as the ‘father of dialysis’, constructed the…

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Talk to your family this Organ Donation Week

Talk to your family this Organ Donation Week 23 September 2021 Our health equalities programme manager, Neerja Jain, explains why Kidney Research UK is encouraging families from all communities to talk about organ donation. This Organ Donation Week, we’re encouraging families to talk about organ donation. Whilst great strides have been made in England, Scotland…

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New vice chair Ben humbled by appointment

New vice chair Ben humbled by appointment 23 September 2021 Growing up with kidney disease, our newly appointed vice chair of trustees is in a good position to know how it feels to live with compromised health.  Ben Digby, 36, was diagnosed with minimal change nephrotic syndrome at 20 months old, an auto immune condition which attacks the kidneys.  After a childhood spent in and out of hospital, Ben was discharged with a…

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New lead of our lay advisory group promises an exciting future

New lead of our lay advisory group promises an exciting future 27 July 2021 Miranda Scanlon has recently taken up the reins as the new lead of Kidney Research UK’s lay advisory group. Speaking from her home as lockdown eases she’s conscious the path ahead for her and other kidney patients is still uncertain. “As…

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Transplant report confirms more kidney patients face agonising wait for life-changing operations

Transplant report confirms more kidney patients face agonising wait for life-changing operations 15 July 2021 The impact of the pandemic on kidney patients’ prospects of a transplant has been highlighted in the annual activity report released today by the National Health Blood and Transplant Service (NHSBT).   With transplant operations temporarily suspended in a number of centres in the last year and…

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We remain concerned about ‘easing lockdown’ for kidney patients

We remain concerned about ‘easing lockdown’ for kidney patients 14 July 2021 Following the announcements confirming most lockdown restrictions will be eased in England and Scotland on Monday 19 July, we realise that many kidney patients will be feeling even more anxious. Although hospital numbers are low at the moment, the number of cases in…

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Dad’s second opinion plea saves Luke’s life

Dad’s second opinion plea saves Luke’s life 18 June 2021 An East Lothian dad saved his son’s life by challenging a health diagnosis and urging the 23-year-old mechanic to get a second opinion. Michael Horne knew something was seriously wrong when he saw Luke’s skin turn grey and his face and feet become swollen and…

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Kidney experts meet to discuss how best to protect kidney patients from Covid-19

Kidney experts meet to discuss how best to protect kidney patients from Covid-19 17 June 2021 On Thursday 17 June, kidney doctors and scientists gathered online to share and discuss the very latest research working out how best to protect kidney patients from Covid-19.    At the webinar, hosted by the UK Kidney Association, the British Transplant Society, the Royal Society of Medicine and Kidney…

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