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My daughter is a real ‘kidney warrior’ but Christmas is hard

Since being diagnosed with kidney disease in 2020, Harley-Ray has shown great strength in facing the challenges in front of her. Her mum, Chloe-Jade, says: “She’s seven years old now and can tell you so much about how her kidneys work and how she looks after them. She’s a very bright and happy little girl…

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Charlie transformed into a doll as part of child transplant campaign

Charlie is one of many children waiting for life-saving organ transplants this Christmas. Now 13 years old, Charlie has been on the waiting list to receive a kidney transplant for two years since his body went into kidney failure in 2021. Since then, dialysis has been a necessity to keep him alive.  There are more…

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NURTuRE Showcase 2023: driving progress through collaboration

92 researchers, healthcare professionals, patients and members of the Kidney Research UK team met in London on 22 November for our first-ever NURTuRE Showcase. This event provided important updates on the next steps for the NURTuRE biobank, while also promoting new partnerships within the renal research community.  Meeting the growing challenge of kidney disease through…

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New lease of life for patients thanks to Kidney Beam

A kidney patient from Preston has found a new lease of life after joining Kidney Beam, the interactive exercise and lifestyle management app supported by Kidney Research UK since its inception. Designed to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of kidney patients, the app offers on demand and live exercises and the chance to connect…

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Celebrity support for The Book of Nuggets set to drive charity fundraising

Celebrities from the worlds of TV, film, sport, politics, literature, news and science have shared their wise words in a book raising funds for Kidney Research UK.    The Book of Nuggets book launch. Image credit Matilda Baxendale-Kirby ‘Nuggets’ of wisdom Compiled by Juliet Solomon in memory and honour of her mother Lady Judith Solomon, The…

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Do chemical changes to kidney DNA cause diabetic kidney disease?

Dr Abigail Lay from the University of Manchester has been awarded an Intermediate Fellowship grant of £235,000 to investigate whether chemical changes to DNA can cause diabetic kidney disease and medications which reverse these changes could be used as a novel treatment option.  The problem Diabetic kidney disease is a growing global problem, occurring in…

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Children’s book creator inspired by own kidney journey

When Georgina Potier created the children’s book, My New Kidney, five years ago in collaboration with senior consultants and play specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital, she had no idea what a huge impact it would go on to have.   The interactive book helps children awaiting a kidney transplant to understand what to expect in…

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Why Alan is ‘walking all over’ kidney disease

There is still time to sign up for our Peterborough Cathedral Winter Walk taking place on Sunday 3 December. Everyone is welcome to join the picturesque five-mile fundraising walk, which starts and finishes at Peterborough Cathedral, including Nene Park as part of the route. Alan, his partner, and his two dogs, Amber and Ozzie, will…

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Exploring rare kidney diseases: insights from the world’s largest registry – RaDaR

In a recent paper, published as a preprint (an academic paper that has been shared publicly but has not yet been published in a journal), a team of researchers led by Professor Danny Gale from University College London, have shown that people from different ethnic and social backgrounds seem to be represented fairly in the…

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Kidney transplantation in older adults: new research highlights need for social support

Study results presented at the UK Kidney Week conference held in Newport, Wales on 3-5 June 2023, offer new insights into how we might improve the experiences of older patients with end stage kidney disease considering transplantation. A closer look at the views of older adults with end stage kidney disease As the number of…

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