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Ben Bayliss

A new lease of life thanks to a life-saving transplant operation

A Cambridgeshire footballer, with a new lease of life thanks to a life-saving transplant operation, is running a half marathon to raise funds into kidney disease treatment research. Ben Baylis, 55, was down to just five per cent kidney function and had no idea he was critically ill, when an annual health check showed he…


Kidney Research UK film shortlisted for National award

A short film by Kidney Research UK about the impact medical research has had on the lives of people with a rare kidney condition has been shortlisted in the 2020 Charity Film Awards. Shortlisted from 400 applicants the film tells the story of Ros, a 27-year-old farrier who received life-saving treatment when her kidneys started…

Gill and Colin Notts Kidney Unit Appeal

Q&A with the Nottinghamshire Kidney Units Appeal group

Colin, along with his wife Gill, and friends Richard and Chris, have been running the Nottinghamshire Kidney Unit Appeal fundraising group for over a decade now, raising vital funds for both Kidney Research UK and the renal units at two local hospitals. We are so amazed with the dedication and loyalty Colin and the group…

World Kidney Day 2020

World Kidney Day 2020 #KidneysMatter – our new campaign

For 2020’s World Kidney Day, the major kidney charities and professional organisations in the UK are working together to raise awareness about the vital role our kidneys play. Our new campaign #KidneysMatter –The BIG topic everyone is ignoring – will show how important kidneys are, what can happen when they go wrong and how to…

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All trial and no tribulation

Clinical trials for kidney patients are at an all-time low. Despite trials being imperative for the development of new treatments, clinicians find it increasingly difficult to recruit patients. The challenge Often, when we think of clinical trials, we assume the very worst: we assume that we will be taken into unneeded surgery, spend hours of…

Dean Wicks and brother Kyle

Kidney disease can be a family affair

Dean Wicks works at roofing and cladding suppliers AJW Distribution as an External Sales Executive. His company have recently adopted Kidney Research UK as their charity of the year, inspired by Dean’s striking family story and his passion for the cause. Dean and his five brothers had lived with some knowledge of kidney disease all…


Treating Joubert syndrome – paving the way for a personalised approach

Years of research have uncovered a gene that directly changes the severity of Joubert syndrome – a rare condition affecting the brain and often the kidney. What is Joubert syndrome? Joubert syndrome affects around one in 80,000 newborn babies. A faulty gene means that the brain doesn’t develop properly. This can also often cause the…

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Why you should share your research stories

There’s a whole lot more to sharing your research than just putting it out there through the traditional journal-publishing approach. Everyone obviously loves the peer review process, the costs, the time, the comments from reviewer #3!   But it’s definitely worth considering other ways of getting your work ‘out there’ wider. Not everyone reads journals, so…

Keith Buckley

A lifesaving gift is on the Christmas list of thousands of people this year

More than 6,000 people are facing Christmas on the waiting list for an organ transplant, with 90% waiting for a kidney. Families are being urged to share their organ donation decision this festive season so that their loved ones know what they want when they die, and more patients can receive the transplants they need.…


New podcast out now – Keep it Renal

Get ready to hear from patients, clinicians and even science celebrities, in the brand-new podcast for all things kidney, Keep it Renal! We are delighted to have supported kidney scientist Dr Carl May, who has just launched a brand new podcast, Keep it Renal, that he co-hosts with kidney doctor Dr Caroline Platt. The podcast…

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