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Our second MedTech competition launches with a focus on dialysis

Following the success of last year’s MedTech competition, we are excited to launch a brand-new competition which will focus solely on innovations in the field of dialysis.  Six awards worth £30,000 each are available to UK based teams working to transform dialysis treatments.   In collaboration with In-PART’s Discovery platform, this year’s competition will encourage scientists,…

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Predicting kidney rejection in paediatric kidney patients

Although dialysis is a treatment option for kidney failure, the best treatment is a kidney transplant. This is true for adults and for children. After a kidney is transplanted, kidney rejection may occur. This is usually because the immune system of the patient naturally assumes that the new kidney is foreign and attacks it. This…

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Increasing the lifespan of kidneys from elderly donors

Renal failure can be quite devastating, and the current treatments are either dialysis or kidney transplantation. Kidney transplantation is the most effective form of treatment but there is a shortage of kidneys available for transplant. Because of this shortage, many patients wait long periods before they can receive transplants. To reduce waiting times, more than…

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Improving assessment criteria of transplant kidneys

Demand for transplant kidneys has been rising faster than the availability of donor kidneys, so kidney patients must often spend longer on waiting lists. To meet this demand, kidneys are increasingly being transplanted that would have previously not been considered based on factors such as age of donors, and quality of kidneys. This poses a…

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Growing up, gaining independence: supporting teenagers to take control of managing their chronic kidney disease

A recent study, funded by Kidney Research UK, has found new ways to help teenagers develop independence in managing their chronic kidney disease (CKD).  What happens as teenagers with kidney disease get older? Some young people with CKD can find it challenging to develop independence in managing their condition as they get older. As a…

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Collaborating with high-risk communities to reduce kidney health inequalities

Among the African and Afro Caribbean community (AACC), kidney disease is known to be more common but also more often undiagnosed. With funding from Kidney Research UK, Roseline Agyekum and her team at King’s College Hospital, are developing a peer educator led approach using urine testing technology and culturally appropriate educational materials to improve early…

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Funding research to transform treatments

With thanks to the enormous generosity of the Solomon family, we are delighted to have awarded two research project grants in the Lady Judith Solomon award round. These projects will look to address one of our strategic priorities- transforming treatments, by reducing the fear and anxiety associated with dialysis, making it kinder and more tolerable,…

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Arteriovenous fistula monitoring using ultrasound scans

Dialysis, one of the treatment options for chronic kidney disease, is a procedure to remove waste and excess fluid from the blood. To administer dialysis, there must be a pathway for blood to flow into an external machine where it is filtered, and the clean blood to be passed back into the patient. This pathway…

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Using virtual reality training to potentially increase the uptake of home dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis, in-centre dialysis and home haemodialysis are types of dialysis that kidney patients can receive. More patients are being offered the option of home dialysis, but this shifts the responsibility of care more towards the patient and their carer and has the tendency to increase anxiety regarding administration of dialysis and feelings of isolation.…

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Family experience leads to PhD award

The Sutherland family has been touched by kidney disease in many ways. When Paul Sutherland, 60, was 11 years old he was diagnosed with reflux (a condition where the urine flows backwards from the bladder to the ureter and sometimes to the kidneys), but already had suffered significant kidney scarring. Shortly after his son Jamie,…

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