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Genes may help to explain why kidney stones come back

New research published today and co-funded by us has revealed 20 genetic areas linked to kidney stone disease, seven of which have never been linked to the condition before. As well pinning down which genetic areas are linked to kidney stones , Dr Sarah Howles at the University of Oxford has identified that two of…

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Kidney research funding open

Get support and funding to tackle the big renal questions with our career development grants The academic year is in full swing, and many are scrambling to start work in the lab, planning experiments, poring over the literature and looking at where their research could go next. Others are still waiting to start because they…


Risk calculator helps GPs predict which kidney disease patients need hospital care

Rupert Major A new study has discovered a way to help GPs predict which people with kidney disease are more likely to go on to develop kidney failure and need dialysis or a kidney transplant in the future. With the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) East Midlands, we funded Dr Rupert Major and the team…

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Q&A with trustee Angela Watt

Our trustee Angela Watt is a registered renal nurse and has worked in renal care for 20 years. Angela, whose family has been affected by kidney disease for over five generations, tells us what sparked her interest in becoming a trustee for the charity and about her work in renal nursing. Q. What inspired you…

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Q&A with trustee Dr Adnan Sharif

Our trustee Dr Adnan Sharif is a consultant transplant nephrologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. In a Q&A he explains what he enjoys most about being a trustee as well as his role in renal medicine, transplantation and research. Adnan Sharif at the Kidney Research UK Health Inequalities report launch. Q. What inspired you…

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Kidney patients urged to get flu vaccine

If you have an underlying health condition the best thing you can do to protect yourself against flu is get the vaccine. This is the advice from health officials as the flu season gets under way. Dr John Rodriguez, Screening and Immunisation Lead for Kent, Surrey and Sussex said: “Flu is a serious illness and…

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Giving donor kidneys a boost so more transplants are possible

What is the problem? More than 5000 people are on the kidney transplant waiting list. Around half of all donor kidneys can’t be transplanted because they are not healthy enough, or doctors use ‘marginal’ kidneys of lower quality – but these are more susceptible to injury during the transplant process. We urgently need to make…

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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…

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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.…


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…

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