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Covid-19 autumn vaccine programme

After the identification of a new Covid-19 variant, BA.2.86, health officials have brought forward this year’s autumn flu and Covid-19 vaccine programmes. Although BA.2.86 is not classified as a variant of concern, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have recommended speeding up the autumn vaccine programme as a precautionary measure to protect those who are…

Andy Cole and Mohammed Yasin MP holding signs of support for raising the importance of kidney disease during an event in parliament

Super show of political support

Thank you so much to the hundreds of supporters who contacted their MPs and encouraged them to attend our Westminster reception on Monday 11 September. The parliamentary launch The event was the parliamentary launch of our report warning that kidney disease has become a public health emergency and gave us the opportunity to highlight the…

Erin holding a banner in the basketball sports centre

World Club Basketball Tournament helps to raise awareness of kidney disease

Basketball players from around the world descended on Hastings last weekend to take part in the World Club Basketball Tournament. Brought together by event organiser and kidney transplant recipient Eric Douglin, the tournament was an opportunity to raise awareness of kidney disease and the importance of organ donation. Eric’s kidney diagnosis Eric was diagnosed with…

Parliament building at sunset

Getting political buy-in to kidney disease

On Monday 11 September we are hosting a parliamentary reception, providing the kidney community with the chance to speak directly to politicians and decision makers who influence and shape government policy.  This Westminster event is a key milestone since the publication of our report warning that kidney disease has become a public health emergency, and…

Simon wearing his charity running top next to his wife

Great North Run challenge for 10 stone loss kidney patient

When Simon Cooper takes to the starting line at the Great North Run this Sunday, he’ll be thinking back to the moment when doctors told him he would soon face life on dialysis or need a kidney transplant.   Weighing over 22 stone, and suffering from high blood pressure Simon was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney…

Walkers waving and wearing their Kidney Research UK t-shirts at Glasgow Bridges Walk

Glasgow goes purple for kidney disease

Over 600 people descended on Glasgow to take part in an annual charity walk on Sunday 20 August. Kidney patients and their families and friends took part in the Glasgow Bridges Walk to come together and raise money for research into kidney disease. The 6.5-mile course across the city took supporters from the Glasgow Science…

Susan and Wullie on their wedding day

A walk to remember brave ‘Captain Wullie’

Susan McCall took part in the Glasgow Bridges Walk this month in memory of her husband, Wullie. He first fell ill during a holiday in Turkey. The couple were enjoying a sunshine getaway in the town of Dalyan, “Wullie’s happy place”, when he became terribly unwell. Susan McCall and ‘Captain Wullie’ Kidneys failed after heart…

Kidney organoids with nuclei (Blue), integrin beta 1 (Green) and Tight junction protein ZO1(Red)

Engineering mini kidneys to understand development and disease

Dr Mattia Gerli, from University College London and the Royal Free Hospital, has been awarded a PhD studentship of £89,000 to grow miniature, simplified versions of kidneys called organoids to support personalised approaches to kidney disease management. The problem The kidney is an extremely complex organ with many different types of cells working together, making…

Cheryl Malko as a small child being held by a nurse in hospital

Mother and daughter celebrate kidney transplant success four decades on

The Glasgow Bridges Walk on 20 August marked a major milestone for Cheryl Malko and her mother Kathleen Noonan. 40 years ago, Kathleen donated one of her kidneys to Cheryl – who was then just five years old – and both mother and daughter are still in good health. Cheryl Malko in hospital when she…

Dr Sadr Shaheed looking in a microscope in the research lab

Does the environment inside a kidney transplant recipient’s body play a role in transplant success?

Dr Sadr Shaheed from the University of Oxford has been awarded a Start-Up grant of £31,000 to investigate whether the environment inside a kidney transplant recipient’s body could be linked to the success of a transplant.  Dr Sadr Shaheed “The Kidney Research UK Start-Up Award enables us to investigate how molecular changes in the recipient…

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