Around three million people in the UK have kidney disease

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UK kidney biobank study hits target

UK kidney biobank study hits target Angela Lumsdon

30 August 2019
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We are delighted that our NURTuRE-CKD biobank project has hit our target of 3,000 people.

NURTuRE is the first unique biobank for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) across England, Scotland and Wales. It will provide a vital resource for researchers and industry partners to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding kidney disease and help us discover new treatments, faster.

The last few patients needed to reach 3000 were recruited this week in Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and York. In total, 15 hospitals have been involved in the NURTuRE-CKD project over the past two years. NURTuRE also plans to collect samples from 800 people with INS, and we are over halfway to reaching that target too.

Each person who takes part gives samples, including blood and urine, and consent to their anonymised clinical information being held in the NURTuRE biobank.

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A fantastic achievement

Maarten Taal, Professor of Medicine at the University of Nottingham and Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Derby Hospital, and joint NuRTURE project lead said: “NURTuRE is an exciting project that will accelerate much needed research into kidney disease in the UK. This is a fantastic achievement and really something to be celebrated by everyone involved.”

“We are extremely thankful for the effort that has been made by staff at all the hospitals involved in recruitment and very grateful to the patients who have agreed to take part,” he continues. “Our task now is to encourage the 3,000 people taking part to continue to work with us and attend their follow-up appointment so that we can obtain further samples needed to complete the study”.

Elaine Davies, Director of Research Operations at Kidney Research UK said: “We are delighted that 3000 people with chronic kidney disease are taking part in the NURTuRE-CKD biobank project. We will shortly start to analyse their samples and hope they will eventually reveal new ways to prevent or slow down the progression of kidney failure.”

We need your help

We are still recruiting people across the UK to the NURTuRE-INS (NephroS) biobank. If you are a kidney patient with nephrotic syndrome in one of the participating hospitals, you may be able to be part of this exciting project. Find out if your hospital is taking part.
Further details are available here.

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