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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, Keeping 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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Fixing leaky kidneys

Diabetes can cause the kidney’s filter to become damaged so it leaks out protein, and this can lead to kidney failure. But interesting new research that we funded shows that it might be possible to plug those leaks before they cause too much damage. For people with diabetes, the chances of developing kidney disease are…

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Advent Procession provides a poignant moment for Kidney Research UK

A 500-strong congregation marked the beginning of the festive season and the special relationship between Kidney Research UK and Peterborough Cathedral with the annual Advent Procession yesterday. The cathedral choir brought beautiful music to the candlelit service, and readings were given by members of the congregation, including the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Neil McKittrick; Ruth…

Sikh Temple

Kidney Research UK joins thousands for Sikh celebration

  Our work to raise awareness of kidney disease and organ donation within communities most affected, was showcased to thousands at a Sikh celebration in Gravesend recently. Thousands of people attended the event to mark the 550th birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru at Gravesend Temple. Kidney Research UK peer educator Dr Kiran…

Paul Spree, Pivotal trial

A pivotal result for people on dialysis

  In 2019, our ‘PIVOTAL’ study concluded, publishing evidence around the safest way to treat anaemia in dialysis patients. We were delighted to have delivered one of the largest renal clinical trials to have taken place in the UK. Anaemia is a common problem in dialysis, for which patients take iron and erythropoietin (EPO). EPO…


A £2.50 blood test could better predict risk of kidney and heart disease

Dr Jennifer Lees at the University of Glasgow, along with other researchers, have come up with a blood test to better measure the risk of both kidney and heart disease than what doctors use at the moment. This blood test gives a more definite diagnosis, which could lead to better health outcomes, and could easily…

Mayor visits Kidney Research UK

Local dignatories visit charity to learn more about kidney disease

  We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Peterborough to our head office at Lynch Wood, Peterborough last week. Councillor Gul Nawaz and Councillor Diane Lamb visited our offices to meet members of staff and to find out more about the charity’s research. Back row left to right: Sandra Currie, Chief…

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