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Identifying who will develop diabetes after kidney transplant

Professor Amy Jayne McKnight, from Queen’s University Belfast, has been awarded a Stoneygate research project grant to study who is at higher risk of developing diabetes after receiving a kidney transplant. Developing diabetes post transplant New onset diabetes after transplant is a serious complication that affects up to half of people who receive a kidney…


How do excessive blood clots form in ANCA associated vasculitis?

We have awarded Dr Tom Mckinnon from Imperial College London a grant to recruit a PhD student to investigate how AAV causes excessive clotting. What is antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis? Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is an autoimmune disease where the body makes antibodies-proteins that the immune system makes to fight disease- called…

Joseph playing with sister Annabelle on their parents bed.

My son Joseph is still waiting for a transplant

Blog post by Sara Turkentine I recently wrote to supporters of Kidney Research UK and shared my family’s story. I’m Sara, and my husband’s name is Matt. If you received the letter with our story in, you might remember that we were getting ready for our three-year-old, Joseph, to have his first kidney transplant operation…

Kailash Malhotra with Nicola Sturgeon

Giving back through volunteering

After Kailash Malhotra retired from the nursing profession, she was determined to carry on giving back to society. The 70-year-old, who lives in Glasgow, decided to turn to volunteering, using her exceptional language skills to go out into the community and educate people about organ donation. For Volunteers Week, she is spreading the word about…

Volunteers at Redcar shop

Double celebrations for Redcar charity shop

Our Kidney Research UK shop in Redcar will be in a celebratory mood this week as it looks to mark volunteer’s week alongside the all-important Platinum Jubilee. The charity  shop has been adorned in red, white, and blue to mark the occasion with a stunning window display to spread the jubilee joy and celebrate the…

Sarah Gwalchmai

Finding the rewards in volunteering

For the past two years, Sarah Gwalchmai has been shielding at home in Guilsfield, Wales. Finding it isolating, transplant recipient Sarah, who used to work in a garden centre, has turned to volunteering for Kidney Research UK – a role she says she finds incredibly rewarding. Now, to mark Volunteers Week, she’s telling her story…

PKD and Kidney Research UK partnership

PKD patients set to benefit from £0.5m research investment

Kidney Research UK and The PKD Charity, have teamed up to fund three research projects to improve the lives of polycystic kidney disease (PKD) patients, with grants worth a total of £537,000. The awards mark the start of a new collaborative approach to funding by the charities, in order that research benefits patients faster.   Teams…

Delegates at Industry Day

Opening new opportunities

With more than 60 delegates and 30 companies in the room, Kidney Research UK’s Industry Day 2022 opened new opportunities for collaboration in our ambitious plans to drive a step change in defeating kidney disease.  Our aim is to work with partners to deliver our research priorities to prevent kidney disease, end kidney failure and…

Peter Garrod and family

Cycling for 20,220 minutes in 2022 – I’m not just doing it for me

A father of three facing kidney failure has set himself the mammoth task of cycling 20,220 minutes this year in order to raise money for Kidney Research UK.  Peter Garrod, 34, from County Durham, works in community development. He has a kidney condition, but was inspired to take up the challenge after discovering his kidney…

Professor David Kavanagh

Using the kidney biopsy to personalise management of atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome

With our funding, Professor David Kavanagh from Newcastle University and Professor Ian Roberts from Oxford University Hospitals will study ways to identify which kidney patients will respond to drug treatment for atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). Professor David Kavanagh What is aHUS? aHUS is a destructive kidney condition that affects a patient’s immune system, causing…

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