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Kidney Conversations

Join us for a virtual event

Join us for a special virtual event to showcase our latest research project focused on protecting kidney patients against Covid-19 and how we are improving treatment for children with kidney disease.  

Kidney Conversations

Hear from Dr Michelle Willicombe, who is leading the latest national Covid-19 vaccine research study, MELODY, and Professor Rukshana Shroff, who will update us on her work to improve treatment for all children receiving dialysis.

Both Michelle and Rukshana will give an overview on their research projects with time for guests to ask questions.

We will also hear from Aphria who was diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome at a year old. She is now 23 years old and has just received her second successful kidney transplant.


26 January 2022


Free to attend

Meet our speakers...

During our Kidney Conversations virtual event, you will hear from the following people

Dr Michelle Willicombe

Dr Michelle Willicombe

Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 

Michelle and her team have been instrumental in our Covid-19 response over the last 18 months. She has been working tirelessly to understand how well the Covid-19 vaccines work in kidney patients so that we can do all we can to keep patients safe and make sure that vulnerable patients are prioritised for new treatments. She is currently leading the new national study, MELODY, to investigate how well third doses of Covid-19 vaccines protect immunocompromised patients.

Dr Rukshana Shroff

Professor Rukshana Shroff

Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital  

Rukshana works with children receiving dialysis and is passionate about research in this field. Through Kidney Research UK-funded projects she has performed an international trial comparing different types of dialysis, aiming to find the optimal type of dialysis treatment for children. She has also teamed up with biomedical engineers to improve the catheters that are inserted into the blood vessels to perform dialysis.   

Aphria Sheridan


Kidney transplant recipient

Aphria was diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome at a year old. Both her kidneys were removed at 18 months old, and she was on dialysis until receiving a kidney from her dad.  The kidney began failing when she was 17 years old, and after being on dialysis again she has just received her second successful kidney transplant.   

Aphria hopes that research can find a cure for congenital nephrotic syndrome and would love to see artificial kidneys as a standard treatment option, so people don’t have to wait for a match or live with the worry of organ rejection.

Got a question? Get in touch

If you have a question or would like to chat to one of the team here at Kidney Research UK, we are happy to help. Please get in touch.

0300 303 1100

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