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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…

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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…


Our scientists reveal how a faulty gene leads to kidney disease

Research led by scientists at the University of Bristol and funded by us has today provided new insights into why a faulty gene involved in a devastating form of a kidney condition called nephrotic syndrome leads to disease in some patients. Dr Louise Farmer Dr Louise Farmer and the research team have discovered that a…

Oliver, owner of Opus Property Maintenance Ltd

Huddersfield business picks Kidney Research UK as chosen charity

Oliver Cahill, owner of Opus Property Maintenance in Huddersfield, spent years battling with kidney disease. Now, with much improved health and running a successful business, he has turned his passion into pounds by choosing Kidney Research UK as his chosen charity. “My kidney patient journey has been full of ups and downs and frankly some…

Speak study findings

Young adults speak out about kidney disease

A hard-hitting study has revealed the stark reality of being a young UK adult on renal replacement therapy. It highlights the many challenges faced by young people on dialysis and with a kidney transplant. And its findings have enabled the start of further research to find effective ways to improve physical and mental health and…

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