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Alport Research Hub - research project grant

The diagnosis and treatment of Alport syndrome have improved in the last decade but, more progress is urgently needed.

In partnership with the Stoneygate Trust, we have established a UK hub for Alport syndrome research dedicated to the study and treatment of Alport syndrome. The Stoneygate and Kidney Research UK Alport Research Hub aims to accelerate research, transform early diagnosis, and develop specific treatments for the disease. The funders expect to enhance the existing collaborative network and raise the profile of Alport research within the UK and Internationally.

The UK hub includes a physical hub with in-vitro and in-vivo methodologies, a virtual hub focusing on the deep characterisation of clinical features and genetic in Alport syndrome and two funded projects exploring biomarkers for disease progression and increased susceptibility to kidney damage. It's led by Professor Rachel Lennon from the University of Manchester, in collaboration with Professor Daniel Gale from University College London and Professor Neil Turner from the University of Edinburgh.

We're optimistic that results and transformative treatments could come from the hub and linked projects within the next five years.

Can your research transform Alport syndrome?

We want to hear from you!

  • We are now seeking applications from UK-based researchers who can help us achieve these goals.
  • Do you have an interest in Alport syndrome and would your research have the potential to help our understanding and transform the outcomes for Alport patients?
  • You may be already planning or carry out research into Alport syndrome or your research may support and be translatable to Alport syndrome.
  • Your idea may be the next research project to align with the UK Hub. Your research would be funded as the next exciting project and led by you, from your institution whilst being collaboratively linked with the UK hub.

Submitting an application

We welcome applications for a research project for up to £250k over a maximum of three years. 

All submissions to this call will be subject to peer review involving members of our Research Grants Committee and Lay Advisory Group and both scientific and lay external reviewers. Information about the peer review process.

All lead applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom and the research must be led from a UK establishment, although we encourage international collaboration on applications.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 30 August 2023

If you have a question or would like further information contact:

Elaine Davies: 01733 367 835

Dr Soma Meran

What difference can funding make to you?

"Funding has enabled me to set up preliminary data to apply for intermediate fellowship applications and enabled me to be more competitive in these applications."

Dr Soma Meran, Innovation grant recipient

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