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Dr Kate Bramham

Researcher focus: Dr Kate Bramham

Dr Kate Bramham is a Consultant Nephrologist at King’s College Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London. She heads up a number of projects we fund. We caught up with her for a quick Q&A to find out what makes her tick. First off Kate, how did you get into science and research?…

Laura Boylan - prior to kidney disease

“My bodybuilding lifestyle damaged my kidneys”

A mum of two from Speke, Liverpool, is raising awareness this World Kidney Day (Thursday 9 March), after suspecting that she caused irreversible damage to her own kidneys when training to be a body builder.  Laura Boylan, 37, has started volunteering for Kidney Research UK as she wants more people to take better care of…

Blood samples

Looking for new markers of kidney rejection in children to support personalised care

The problem Although dialysis is an important treatment for kidney failure, the best long-term approach is a kidney transplant. After a kidney is transplanted, rejection may occur. This happens because the immune system of the patient recognises the new kidney as foreign and attacks it, potentially leading to the loss of the new organ. Currently,…

Megan Hackett and her nan, Elaine

“I want my animation to get people talking about kidney disease”

It’s often the case that kidney disease has a huge impact on not just the person who’s living with it, but those closest to them, too. This is certainly true for Megan Hackett, 21, who lost her nan four years ago as a result of kidney disease, and is now witnessing her mum Stephanie, 52, sadly anticipating the same future path. Megan, a Graphic Communication and Illustration…

Dr Jane Carré

Looking to return to research?

Applications now open for the Kidney Research UK and Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship Taken a break from your research career in kidney disease and are now looking to return to work? Seeking an opportunity to re-establish your skills and make a positive impact in your field? Applications are now open for our two-year fully-sponsored Fellowship. …

Kidney Kit bundle

Take action this World Kidney Day!

World Kidney Day takes place on Thursday 9 March – and there’s plenty you can do to get involved. Supporting kidney wellbeing Do you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with kidney disease? We can give them a helping hand with their wellbeing! This World Kidney Day we are offering patients a free kidney…

Kidney Wales Kidney Research UK partnership asset

£150k kidney research funding awarded to Wales

Neath Port Talbot kidney patient Jamie Bowen is excited about the prospect of vital research taking place on his doorstep. Two joint research awards totalling £150,000 have been awarded by two charitable organisations, Kidney Research UK and Kidney Wales, who have combined efforts to support research in Wales.  Research to help people like Jamie Two…

Image of donor card

Northern Ireland legislation offers more hope to transplant patients

New legislation has been passed to allow an opt-out organ donation system to be implemented in Northern Ireland, bringing greater hope to people on the transplant waiting list. The law was named after six-year-old Dáithí Mac Gabhann, who needs a heart transplant. The opt-out system The new legislation will bring arrangements in Northern Ireland in…

Patient receiving a vaccine

New study shows importance of Covid-19 vaccines in patients who have had a kidney transplant

The MELODY study, co-funded by Kidney Research UK, involved more than 28,000 immunocompromised patients across the UK, including those with solid organ transplants, patients with blood cancer and autoimmune diseases (including vasculitis and lupus). MELODY is the largest study ever to be performed in people with rare diseases and solid organ transplants. Crucial new data…

Woman in hospital on a drip

NICE U-turn gives kidney patients much needed Covid-19 treatment

Kidney Research UK has welcomed the revised decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to continue access to sotrovimab (Xevudy) for the treatment of kidney disease patients who are at high risk of progressing to severe Covid-19. What is sotrovimab? Manufactured by pharmaceutical company GSK, sotrovimab is a monoclonal antibody treatment…

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