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The BioIndustry Association and Kidney Research UK announce new Charity of the Year partnership

Kidney Research UK has been chosen to be the BioIndustry Association‘s charity partner for 2022. The partnership aims to raise funds, increase awareness of kidney health, and promote kidney research to the life sciences ecosystem.     The BIA, the UK’s trade association for innovative life sciences, will support Kidney Research UK both through employee fundraising activities and strategic opportunities across the next 12 months. The partnership…

Andrew Smith with wife, two daughters and two dogs

Local showbiz family on a mission to create a film about organ donation

Andrew Smith, Chipping Norton resident and a former director and producer for the BBC, is creating a thought-provoking film about kidney donation, appropriately titled Donate. Andrew who was the recipient of a life-saving transplant in 2017, is looking to combine humour and serious issues to bring the reality of transplantation to life.   Andrew and his wife, Sue Tanner who between them have worked across classic programmes including, Only Fools and Horses,…

Nurse supports the person's kidney on a blue background.

Our new MedTech Competition to fund new academic research

We are excited to have launched our brand new Kidney MedTech Competition to accelerate the development and availability of new technologies to make research count for patients sooner.   We are now accepting research submissions from academic researchers based in the UK. Each prize will consist of £25,000 funding and attendance for two representatives, per project, as part of our bespoke…

Dr David Long in the research lab

Researchers zoom into individual kidney filters in whole human kidneys using brightest ever X-ray

Blog by Dr David Long and Daniyal Jafree, University College London Each kidney contains around one million tiny filters called glomeruli. Working together, glomeruli remove harmful waste from the blood. Injury to glomeruli is a common feature of kidney diseases, and reduces the kidney’s ability to function, eventually requiring dialysis or transplantation.  Hospital scans such as ultrasound or CT, are performed to assess the…

Dr Rashida Lathan

Could fat help make more kidneys suitable for transplant?

Fat has notoriously been given a bad name. But what if it could be used for good? With funding from Kidney Research UK, Dr Rashida Lathan and her colleagues at the University of Glasgow are investigating whether fat cells could repair damaged kidneys and make more organs suitable for transplant.  Dr Rashida Lathan More donor…

Dialysis chairs in a renal unit

Study paves the way for more personalised haemodialysis care

Results from a pioneering collaborative trial have highlighted the potential benefits of empowering dialysis patients to be active partners in their own care.  Studies have shown that home haemodialysis is associated with better survival and quality of life. However, since haemodialysis was first developed, there has been a shift from most kidney patients undertaking the procedure at home, to the majority…

Sandra Currie

Much to be proud of after the most difficult year

by Sandra Currie When the UK went into the first Covid-19 lockdown, we had been preparing to interview applicants for research fellowships. We cancelled the interviews immediately, hoping it would be a short postponement.   But as the impact of the pandemic developed over the coming weeks, it became clear we wouldn’t be able to commit…

Elaine Sherlock and her brother Jim Hayton

A tribute to Elaine Sherlock

We are sad to announce that one of our longstanding supporters, Elaine Sherlock, passed away this summer. Elaine, 57, had a hereditary kidney disease and started dialysis in 2010. She received a kidney as part of the paired donation scheme in 2011, and lived a full and active life up until her death this year…

Fiona Karet in the lab

A way to empower kidney patients to monitor their blood potassium levels

At Kidney Research UK, we are determined to push research beyond the discovery stage to the point where it can make a difference to kidney patients’ lives. We caught up with Professor Fiona Karet, professor of nephrology at the University of Cambridge, honorary consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and former Kidney Research UK trustee, whose work…

Royal Free Hospital Renal Unit patient and nurse with dialysis machine, 1968.

Kidney pioneers – personal reflections on the development of UK renal services

In the UK today, over 70,000 people are either on dialysis or have received a kidney transplant. But 60 years ago the medical profession was highly sceptical of these fledgling innovations – and the pioneering renal teams who championed them. Here, some of the individuals who helped to shape and develop modern kidney care share…

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