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New data science ‘catalyst’ aims to transform kidney patients’ lives

Nephrologist Dr Samira Bell has been named Associate Director of the new Kidney Data Science Catalyst – a partnership between the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre at Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), Kidney Research UK, and the BHF – where she will lead on urgently needed data-led research to improve kidney and…

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Celebrating our volunteers

This Volunteers’ Week (3-9 June), we want to thank the amazing people who dedicate their time to support our charity in ending kidney disease.  Whether raising awareness, cheering on fundraisers, educating communities, contributing to research, sharing lived experience, supporting patients, being a trustee or working in our charity shop, our 320 volunteers continue to make…

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Uniting to meet the challenge of Alport syndrome

We caught up with Professor Rachel Lennon, Director of the Stoneygate and Kidney Research UK Alport Research Hub – a collaboration funded by the Stoneygate Trust in partnership with Kidney Research UK that aims to enable vital new research into Alport syndrome. Alport syndrome is a rare genetic disorder and the second most common cause…

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“Challenging myself to make my brother proud”

Losing her 49-year-old brother David, after his lifelong battle with kidney disease, was devastating for Joanne Wallis and her family.   After David died in November 2023, Joanne, 39, from Derby, decided to take on a series of challenges in his memory to raise money for Kidney Research UK. From a skydive to swimming and walking…

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Volunteering in memory of my dad

After a 23-year struggle with kidney disease, Eleanor Senior’s dad, Bill, died in November 2023 at the age of 80. This heartbreaking loss spurred Eleanor, a 29-year-old microbiologist from Chester, to become a volunteer with Kidney Research UK, and support the charity’s vision of putting an end to kidney disease. Eleanor says: “My dad was…

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Identifying priorities at the Primary Prevention Workshop

A team from Kidney Research UK travelled to London on 16 May to host our Primary Prevention Workshop, with the aim of identifying the key research priorities to reduce the burden of kidney disease in children and young people. We were joined by researchers and healthcare professionals with experience in this area, and by patients,…

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London Marathon runners raise £150,000

On Sunday 21 April 2024, 68 amazing supporters pulled on their purple running tops and participated in the TCS London Marathon for Kidney Research UK. Thanks to their huge efforts in completing the 26.2-mile-long course, an incredible £150,000 was raised to fund life-saving research into kidney disease.  Our runners were willed on by wonderful volunteers…

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“Nail salon discovery changed my life”

A routine trip to a nail salon in February 2022, led Louise Whymark to the shock discovery that she had been living with kidney disease. She says: “I went to have my nails done and told my nail technician that I had a problem with one of my toenails. She had a look and told…

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The March March raises more than £23,000 for Kidney Research UK

Over the course of 31 days in March, 233 participants took over 72 million steps as part of a huge collective effort to raise money for Kidney Research UK. Walking a minimum of 10,000 steps a day each throughout the month, our Team Kidney community raised more than £23,000 to support life-changing research. Grant during…

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Investigating how problems with memory and other thought processes might affect treatment-related decision-making in patients with CKD

Dr Kerry-Lee Rosenberg from University College London has received an Andy Cole Fund Award clinical training fellowship of £318,000 to study the impact of undiagnosed problems with memory and other thought processes (known as cognitive impairment, CI) in a multi-ethnic population with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The problem CI is a term used when…

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