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Dr. Oni and Dr. Chetwynd in the research lab wearing white coats and green latex gloves and looking at samples in a test tube

Can sugar patterns help to predict kidney disease?

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) is an immune system protein that helps to protect the body…

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If I can walk The March March with one kidney, you can too!

Grant from Edinburgh was left reeling in 2016 when, at 30 years old, doctors discovered he’d been living with just one kidney – and its function was declining. He says: “It was a big shock. I feel like I’ve had no control over anything. My kidney function keeps going down, and I’ve not been able…

Dr Jennifer Chandler in her lab

Unlocking the potential of kidney blood vessels in the treatment of childhood kidney disease

Dr Jennifer Chandler from the University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health has received a PhD studentship grant of £100,000 to understand the potential of targeting the blood vessels to treat childhood kidney disease.  The problem for children with kidney disease Many children with kidney disease do not respond to conventional drugs…


Can diabetic eye disease treatments affect kidney function?

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 damage that is common in people with diabetes, could lead to…

Human kidneys and circulation with a skeleton medical diagram on a black glowing background with red and blue arteries as a health care and medical illustration of the anatomy of the urinary system.

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

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 is a serious condition where the body’s immune defence system malfunctions and attacks the tiny filtering units of the…

Sarah Hosgood

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

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 donors for transplant.  The problem with transplantation Kidney transplant is usually the best treatment…

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Diabetes and kidney research charities team up to tackle diabetic kidney disease

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease in the UK, so Diabetes UK, JDRF UK and Kidney Research UK have joined forces to identify the research gaps and care needs in the field. Delegates at the kidney disease and diabetes workshop Diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys and impair their function,…

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Ground-breaking clinical trial offers treatment hope for IgA nephropathy

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 first use of drug as a potential treatment for kidney disease The…

Andy in a hospital bed and his wife next to him

My BMI was too high for a transplant, so I took up running.

In 2018, Andy Jones was told by a nephrologist that his kidney function had declined to the point where dialysis or a transplant would be needed imminently. He was dealt a further blow when he was told that his weight would prevent him from being added to the waiting list for a transplant.   He says:…

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Meet Professor Claire Sharpe

An interview for International Day of Women and Girls in Science 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 up with her for a quick Q&A…

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