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Daughter Georgia, mum Katy and son John

Family’s tribute fund for mum’s chosen charity

When John Lewis met his wife Katy, he knew from the outset that she had a hereditary kidney condition called PKD, where cysts form around the organ.   After her health started to deteriorate in the mid-noughties, Katy had a living organ transplant from her younger sister Julie, and was able to live life to the…

Researchers at the Driving Discoveries 2022 conference.

Driving Discoveries 2022: connecting the renal research community

125 researchers, patients and members of the Kidney Research UK team came together in Edinburgh on 9-10 November for Driving Discoveries 2022, our first in-person congress since 2019. With two days showcasing the latest advances in renal science, this event was a unique opportunity to promote innovation and collaboration within the kidney research community.  Delegates…

Helen Woodward and mum Sally on her graduation day

Kidney problems from birth inspire medical career

When Sally Woodward was, unknown to her, six weeks’ pregnant with daughter Helen, she contracted chickenpox. After Helen was born in 1997, the family were told either the virus or the anti-viral medication Sally had taken had interfered with the process whereby cells develop into organs in the foetus. Helen was born with a hole…

Melina and son Charlie

To be told you can’t be a solution to your son’s problem is absolutely devastating

Melina and her son Charlie are leading our latest campaign to fight the disease that has kept the 12-year-old requiring life-saving dialysis treatment. Charlie has bravely battled kidney disease since he was just eight years old. Charlie was diagnosed with nephronophthisis, an inherited condition that causes scarring and cysts to form in the kidney. It…

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Genetic link to common cause of kidney disease in children identified

Babies born with posterior urethral valves (PUV) have a thin piece of membrane blocking the exit of their bladder. This barrier prevents urine from leaving the body and can lead to kidney damage. PUV is found in 1 in 4,000 male babies; it is the most frequent cause of end-stage kidney disease in children. Exciting…

Woman in hospital on a drip

Supporting patients for fair access to anti-virals for Covid-19

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published draft recommendations to drastically reduce the number of anti-viral treatment options available for people with Covid-19. With large numbers of people on immunosuppressants or with poor kidney function left exposed by an inadequate response to the vaccines, we are fighting this discriminatory, unjust…

Professor John Cunningham sat at his desk

Former Queen’s physician on his trustee role

Professor John Cunningham has always recognised the importance of relationships – through his research into the corelation between the kidney and other body systems and through his close bonds with his patients, students and colleagues.   Now he is working with Kidney Research UK to bring groups together to fight kidney disease and highlight its…

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True job satisfaction at board level

Lisa Chan is a seasoned financial expert and a specialist in risk management. Using skills gained from an international career in corporate and investment banking, Lisa is now helping to accelerate kidney research – a cause close to her heart.   Lisa became a trustee for Kidney Research UK in 2020, after being alerted to the…

Andy Cole and Nina Nannar

Manchester United legend hosts star-studded charity gala 

We are very grateful to footballing legend Andy Cole who hosted a star-studded charity gala raising over £100,000 for vital research into kidney disease last night.   The Andy Cole Gala Dinner took place at The Dorchester in London and was an incredible evening, full of fun, emotion and hope. It brought together famous faces from…

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Pioneering research uses human muscle cells to better understand muscle loss in chronic kidney disease

In a recent study published in the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, our researchers from University of Leicester have, for the first time, developed a model using human muscle cells to identify factors that contribute to differences in muscle mass between patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and non-CKD patients.  CKD patients often experience…

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