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Dr Soma Meran

From war child to leading the fight against kidney disease

Growing-up in a war-torn country, separated from her parents hundreds of miles away in London, kidney specialist Soma Meran says the childhood memories of the Iraq war will always shape her. Today, she pours her energy into finding a cure for kidney disease, with a drive that can be attributed to the wonderful relationship she…


Scientists discover molecule protects against kidney disease in diabetes

In September, our funding helped scientists make an exciting discovery – that boosting a molecule called soluble Nogo-B (or sNogo-B) can improve diabetic kidney disease in mice by protecting blood vessels. This finding suggests that targeting and boosting this molecule using drugs could be a way to prevent kidney blood vessel damage in diabetes. This…


Family’s loss moves a community

A family from Leighton Buzzard, whose dad died on Father’s Day, are raising money for research in the hope that one day no one will die prematurely from kidney disease. Kevin Grimshaw, a produce buyer for New Covent Garden, was just 46 when he passed away earlier this year. His daughter Hallie (19), son Joe…

Peter Ratcliffe

Former Kidney Research UK trustee wins prestigious Nobel Prize

Congratulations to Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe, a former trustee of ours who has won one the most prestigious awards in science – the 2019 Nobel Prize.

Fellows Day patient panel 2019

Research highlights at Fellows Day 2019

Researchers across the renal disciplines, as well as people living with kidney disease attended Kidney Research UK’s annual Fellows Day event, which took place at the University of Leicester this month. A total of 43 researchers funded by the charity presented on the outcomes of their work, showing the progress the organisation is helping to…

Scottish Peer Educators

Charity scheme gives Scottish organ donor register a boost

by Rosie Loft Over a 1,000 people from black, Asian and ethnic minority groups in Scotland have been inspired to sign the organ donor register, thanks to the work of Kidney Research UK. The charity-led initiative is funded by the Scottish Government and has been running for over five years in Scotland, predominantly in Glasgow…

organ donation BAME

Highest ever numbers of organ donors and recipients from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities last year, but shortage remains critical

More black, Asian and minority ethnic people are giving the gift of life through organ donation and receiving lifesaving transplants than ever before, but too many donation opportunities are being missed because families are not discussing the subject and making their decisions clear. New figures from NHS Blood and Transplant reveal that 121 people from…

Glasgow Bridges Walk 2019

Fundraisers’ spread awareness of kidney disease at charity walk in Glasgow

Hundreds of walkers put their best feet forward to raise awareness of kidney disease on the streets of Glasgow. More than 400 families, friends, dogs, patients, donors, doctors and scientists came together for Kidney Research UK’s sixth annual Glasgow Bridges Walk on 1 September. Starting and finishing at its new venue on picturesque Glasgow Green,…

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UK kidney biobank study hits target

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…

Sarah and Wolfie

World Transplant Games place for Kidney Research UK employee

Kidney Research UK are keeping everything crossed for their employee who is taking part in the World Transplant Games in Newcastle this week. Patient involvement coordinator, Sarah Harwood, who lives in Peterborough, won her place on the darts team at the British Transplant Games in Birmingham in 2018. She said: “I don’t know how I…

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