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Reseacher in the lab

New research projects for 2023

We are delighted to announce that £2.5 million of research funding has been awarded to projects aiming to change the lives of kidney patients and their families across the UK. Lab image from previously funded research Supporting innovation for the kidney disease community  Fourteen new projects have been funded following our grants programme in November…

Melany Grey

Kidney disease can be life-changing

Kidney Research UK volunteer Melany Gray wants to make a difference. She hopes that by sharing her story, she can help to persuade the Scottish Government to create a national strategy to combat chronic kidney disease (CKD). Melany Grey The effect of a long-term condition Melany has lived with chronic health conditions since the age…

Jamie McGregor

Rugby referee joins campaign for kidney strategy

Scottish Rugby Union referee Jamie McGregor wants policymakers to tackle kidney disease head on.  Just as strategy and cohesion are key to a team’s success on the pitch, he believes that governments throughout the UK need to develop clear national strategies to combat chronic kidney disease (CKD) and ensure consistency of high quality care.  Jamie…

Francis Crick Institute

Working together for better future for kidney disease patients: our showcase with the Francis Crick Institute

71 researchers, patient representatives and members of the Kidney Research UK and Sir Francis Crick Institute met in London on 17 January to share their latest scientific findings on kidney disease and discuss future opportunities to work together. With speakers from many notable institutions, including representatives of the Francis Crick Institute, and Kidney Research UK-funded…

Angela Riley outside Holyrood

Supporting the kidney community to campaign for change in Scotland

Kidney disease forced Angela Riley to cut short a career in social care, but she is determined to keep helping people as a campaigner for change and as a community ambassador volunteer for Kidney Research UK.  Angela, who has type 2 diabetes, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in 2020. Although 40 per cent…

Bushra, Angela and Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP at Holyrood

Taking the kidney cause to Holyrood

We’re calling on the Scottish Government to tackle kidney disease as a core priority.   In the first of a new wave of activity aimed at the UK’s decision makers, we are asking people across Scotland to support our drive for a national strategy to combat chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Report recommendations Based on the…

Professor John Stone and researcher in the lab

Looking back at 2022: our top research stories

2022 has seen some of our most important research to date, with our scientists working harder than ever to improve the lives of people living with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Here we share our most popular research stories from last year. Understanding medication-taking behaviours in kidney transplant recipients Dr Antonia Cronin from King’s College London …

Charlotte De Paepe and brother Ashley

‘I’m running the London Marathon to say thanks for my brother’s transplant’

When Charlotte De Paepe runs this year’s London Marathon for Kidney Research UK, she will be thinking of two people very close to her heart.   Her grandfather Gordon “Jack” Mason passed away in 2021 at the age of 87, after surviving a kidney transplant 33 years earlier. Her brother Ashley, meanwhile, had a successful kidney…

Dan Hogben playing football

Football dreams realigned after kidney diagnosis

Ever since he was a small boy, Dan Hogben, 19, had dreamed of being a footballer. As a 16-year-old, he was part of the Hull City youth squad and was on the verge of being offered a two-year scholarship there.  Then, devastatingly, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, with his kidney function at around…

Peter Hewitt and Mark at their farm

Nearly 100 Lancashire tractors to run for Kidney Research UK

Up to 100 farmers and their tractors will be gathering at the Farmyard Brew Company in Cokerham on December 27 for a sponsored event to raise money for kidney research. Peter Hewitt, a 42-year-old farmer from Cokerham, went through a transplant operation in 2007 after secretly having tests to see if he could be a…

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