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My Ride London

Calling cyclists and wheely great supporters everywhere to take part in the PRUDENTIAL RIDELONDON!

  The first ever virtual edition of Prudential RideLondon – the world’s greatest festival of cycling – will take place on 15 and 16 August to celebrate cycling and raise funds to help save the UK’s charities. It’s open to anyone on wheels and you don’t even need to be anywhere near London! Take part…

Elizabeth Ward OBE

Elizabeth Despard Ward OBE

Fearless kidney patient advocate 1926-2020 RIP ‘A life in the day’ Elizabeth Ward passed away on 20 July. Without her endeavours, thousands of UK kidney disease sufferers leading very hard lives would have perished before their time. The quality of thousands more lives has been improved dramatically. Her key achievements were raising an estimated £70…


Transplant research critical beyond COVID-19 disruption

The latest annual transplantation report produced by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has confirmed the number of organ transplants taking place suddenly dropped when COVID-19 hit the UK in March 2020.   Before transplant centres were forced to close the number of transplants were on track to top the previous year’s numbers, continuing the upward trend…

Survivors Life Unfiltered: Rudina Hatipi

New virtual art exhibition shines a spotlight on those living with chronic kidney disease

New virtual art exhibition brings life with kidney disease into focus An art exhibition featuring photographic portraits and compelling stories of kidney patients has launched online, after the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily stalled its tour of public galleries and exhibition spaces across the UK.  Survivors Life-Unfiltered is a joint creative project by award-winning photographer and director…

Dr Emily Thompson

No kidney left behind: reviving kidneys for transplant

New research suggests it could now be possible to revive and recondition kidneys for transplant that might otherwise be discarded.  The UK kidney transplant waiting list is already around 5,000 people long yet only 3,200 transplants happen each year. People can wait years for a life-saving kidney and, sadly, five people die every week while…

Pamela Scarborough, Beam Co-Founder

Kidney Beam – helping kidney patients feel good

A new free, online service for the kidney community is launched today. By joining Kidney Beam and taking part in the sessions, you will be helping to provide further evidence that looking after physical and mental health is so important for kidney patients’ overall wellbeing. Through the platform, you will be able to choose from…


Let’s change the game

In the three years since Andy Cole received his kidney transplant, the legendary footballer has welcomed Kidney Research UK’s involvement in his journey, which has helped him understand more about the disease and its impact. Compelled by his desire to make a difference, Andy has now taken the huge step of launching a new research…

Roman Harding

Young family fighting to improve prospects for other babies

A bubbly baby who will need a life-saving kidney transplant once he is old enough, became one of our youngest fund raisers by doing 26 high fives as part of the national 2.6 challenge.  Little Roman Harding, (nine months), raised a massive £710 over 26 days, which was just one of a host of challenges…


Scientists discover brain chemical neuropeptide Y plays crucial role in the kidney

Scientists at Bristol University have found a neurotransmitter, usually seen in the brain, could help control kidney function and ‘block’ the loss of protein that occurs in kidney disease.  What is albuminuria?  When kidneys are healthy, they are amazing filters that get rid of all the waste products in your blood to make urine. They also make sure that important proteins (such as albumin) do not escape.   Albuminuria is…


Flexibility needed to reopen transplants amid shocking statistics

There have been 555 fewer kidney transplants so far this year, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to estimates by NHS Blood and Transplant. The enormous slow down is largely due to many transplant centres closing to avoid exposing vulnerable patients to the risk of infection, as well as NHS resources being diverted to the COVID-19 frontline. Fewer…

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