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Investigating the impact of haemodialysis on response to vaccination and infection

Dr Douglas Fink from University College London (UCL) has received a Start-up Grant of £39,500 to investigate why responses to vaccination and infection is reduced in patients receiving haemodialysis (HD) and with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Dr Douglas Fink The problem  Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and who are receiving haemodialysis (HD) are at…

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ITV weather presenter and dad to celebrate kidney donation at Newcastle Bridges Walk

ITV Tyne, Tees and Border weather presenter, Ross Hutchinson, 41, donated a kidney to his dad, Robin, 65, in November last year, after Robin’s kidneys failed. On Sunday 16 June, Ross and Robin will go out together for the first time since their operation to celebrate Father’s Day at Kidney Research UK’s Newcastle Bridges Walk.…

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Urgent call to our political leaders at election time

As the country prepares for a Westminster general election, it is also now a year since we published our report Kidney disease – A UK public health emergency. Action is needed The report clearly spelled out how more than 7million people are already living with kidney disease in the UK – more than 10% of…

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Studying how communication between cells can lead to cyst development in autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).

Dr Rebecca Walker from the University of Sheffield has received a Paediatric Award Grant of £240,000 to study how cell signalling can lead to the growth of kidney cysts in ARPKD and how to prevent it.    “Since little is known about the function of PKHD1, the research will provide some important information about the function…

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Protecting vulnerable individuals from cytomegalovirus: a new approach

Dr Matthew Reeves from University College London has received a Paediatric Award Research Project Grant of £210,000 to develop a safe and effective vaccine against cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in at-risk groups including kidney transplant patients and babies.   The problem  CMV is a common virus which can usually be controlled by the immune system. Over half…

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Understanding kidney disease risk and treatment possibilities using a new laboratory model

Dr Helen Weavers from the University of Bristol has received a PhD studentship grant of £100,000 to develop kidney research methods using a new laboratory model.   “We are very excited to receive this studentship award from Kidney Research UK. This work will use a new unconventional approach to understand the biological mechanisms underlying kidney disease…

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“Walking London’s Bridges to end kidney disease after my husband’s diagnosis”

Joining our London Bridges Walk has become an annual tradition for Deb and her daughter, Tasha, from Haverhill in Suffolk, and they will be there again this summer alongside hundreds of people raising money for life-saving kidney research.  Deb and Tasha will participate in the walk, which takes place on Sunday 14 July 2024, for…

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“Joining Kidney Research UK’s Newcastle Bridges Walk after donating a kidney to my son”

Brian Watt and his family are dedicated supporters of Kidney Research UK and the Newcastle Bridges Walk, having participated five times over the years to raise awareness and funds to help fight kidney disease.  Hundreds of people will gather in Newcastle for this year’s event on Sunday 16 June, and Brian will be there again…

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“My sudden diagnosis felt like being dropped into a warzone”

When Nick Angell, a 42-year-old IT professional, left his home in Swindon to attend a training course, the last thing he expected to learn was that his kidneys were failing.  Nick says: “While I was away with work in 2019, I began feeling unwell. I was sick the night before, but just put it down…

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New data science ‘catalyst’ aims to transform kidney patients’ lives

Nephrologist Dr Samira Bell has been named Associate Director of the new Kidney Data Science Catalyst – a partnership between the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre at Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), Kidney Research UK, and the BHF – where she will lead on urgently needed data-led research to improve kidney and…

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