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Rare glimpse into UK dialysis unit to show reality of care and research needs

A renal nurse in Scotland is sharing her 30 years of experience this International Nurse’s Day to help raise awareness of the huge undertakings faced by renal nurses across the UK. Rachel Cox, a renal practice educator at University Hospital Crosshouse in Kilmarnock, has teamed up with Kidney Research UK to provide a rare glimpse…

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MELODY study update to include immunocompromised young people

We are pleased to share that we are funding an extension to the MELODY study to understand how well immunocompromised young people are protected against Covid-19 after vaccination.   What is the MELODY study?  Back in December, we shared details of the MELODY study that we are funding alongside the Medical Research Council, Blood Cancer UK,…


Understanding health-related quality of life and its impact among people with chronic kidney disease

With our funding, Dr Simon Fraser from the University of Southampton, will study factors that might impact health-related quality of life in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are not yet on dialysis. Early stages of CKD and quality of life CKD is a common, long-term condition affecting about one in ten adults in…

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I’ve lost too many friends

Simon Elmore is lucky to be alive. The 46-year-old who lives near Derby, was first diagnosed with kidney failure 14 years ago, in May 2008, after a stressful period in his life. Since then, he’s battled a wealth of health problems, had a stroke, and even died on the operating table. His life was turned…

Abigail Lay in research lab

New study to investigate whether changes in gut bacteria can cause kidney disease in people with diabetes

We have awarded Dr Kaitlin Wade from the University of Bristol and Dr Abigail Lay from the University of Manchester a grant to recruit a PhD student to study whether, and how, changes in the gut bacteria are causing diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Dr Abigail Lay DKD can lead to kidney failure Over one-third of…

Nikki Fretwell

Accepting help was the best decision of my life

Nikki Fretwell was just 17 years old when she was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Now, the 51 year old is thought to be one of the UK’s longest surviving dialysis patients, after more than three decades receiving the treatment.    A full and active life During that time, Nikki has become a mum, led…

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New longterm mental health and wellbeing plan for England

On 12 April the Westminster Government published a consultation on its new Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan for England. The ‘call for evidence’ is designed to inform a new 10-year mental health plan to prevent mental ill-health, improve mental health support across the country and put mental and physical health on an equal footing.  The…

Ayesha and Christian Wakeford MP

Bringing positive change to mental health

This year kidney patients have been sharing their mental health experiences as part of our campaign calling for improved access to specialist mental health support from renal counsellors. Now, a new Government consultation on mental health provides a key opportunity for kidney patients’ voices to be heard. Timed to culminate on World Kidney Day, the…

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Understanding medication-taking behaviours in kidney transplant recipients

We have awarded Dr Antonia Cronin from King’s College London a grant for a PhD student to explore the factors that may affect whether patients take their medications as prescribed after kidney transplant. Kidney transplants are lifesaving but still require life-long medications Kidney transplant is the most effective treatment for kidney failure, but after a…

Dr Laura Denby

Winners revealed for our first ever MedTech Competition!

In an exciting new venture for the charity, we launched our brand-new MedTech Competition back in November 2021 to accelerate the development and availability of transformational technologies addressing the crucial challenges of kidney disease.   We were thrilled to receive more than 25 individual applications from a diverse range of sectors including artificial intelligence, engineering, and…

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