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Principal and intercalated cells in the kidney

Our research progress in action

Before the pandemic took hold, we funded some exciting research grants. This work continues, as our scientists work hard to stop kidney disease destroying lives. Can kidney cells switch roles and does this process go wrong in kidney disease? Each part of your kidney has specialised cells that do specific jobs. The collecting duct, which…

Kidney patient in bed using the cycle during dialysis

Cycling on dialysis improves heart health

  Researchers at the University of Leicester have discovered that cycling at moderate intensity for just 30 minutes during dialysis could transform the heart health of patients with kidney failure. Sponsored by the University of Leicester and supported by both Kidney Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research also revealed…

Lewis Daniels head and shoulders

Podcast series shines magic spotlight on transplants and sport

The grandson of the late Paul Daniels is creating some magic of his own through a podcast looking at the lighter side of life and also delving into the struggles of people living with kidney disease. Lewis with his grandad Paul and dad martin Cricket fan Lewis Daniels, who is on his second innings thanks to a kidney transplant from his mum Jo, has interviewed a host of sporting guests for his podcast Transplants…

Sandra Currie

An update on funding research from Sandra Currie

  The past year has been a challenging one but thanks to your support we are ending our financial year in a positive and stable position. In her Easter message, our chief executive Sandra explains how we are beginning to fund new research once again. Watch her full update below. Our life-saving research is only…

Tracey and brother Pete

Brother’s gift is going strong 14 years on

  A Birmingham mum, who was told she had just six months to live, was given the best ever Christmas present when her big brother Pete offered her the gift of a kidney. From the moment she was born, Pete Hodson always looked out for his baby sister Tracey Hodges and then 38 years later…

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Comedian Rhys James competes on Celebrity Mastermind for Kidney Research UK

Comic Rhys James features in the latest series of Celebrity Mastermind to raise money for Kidney Research UK as a way of saying thanks for an easy recovery after having a kidney removed at the age of 10. Rhys James The London-based comedian jumped at the chance to support a charity close to his family’s…

Kudz Munongi

Kudz enjoys university lecturer career success thanks to his kidney donor

A Sunderland man hopes to inspire people to consider organ donation after a kidney transplant helped him follow his dream of being a university lecturer. Kudz Munongi was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of 22 and waited for nearly five years on dialysis to have a kidney transplant. Now 39 and a senior…

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New opt out organ donation law begins in Scotland

Scotland’s organ and tissue donation law changes to an ‘opt out’ system from today (26 March 2021). This means people are assumed to be potential organ donors after they die, rather than having to sign the register, or opt in, to be a donor.  This ‘opt out’ system, also called deemed consent or presumed consent, means people need to sign the opt out register if they do not wish to donate their organs when they die. Most people over 16 living in Scotland will…

Pamela Scarborough, Beam Co-Founder

Securing the future for Kidney Beam

We are funding the first ever research project involving Kidney Beam, the online service helping kidney patients take care of their physical and mental health. The unique service was originally developed to help kidney patients who were shielding during the first lockdown and is likely to also help those who struggle to access in-person classes in…

Eloise Burgess on the left

Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit choose Kidney Research UK as their charity of the year

Students at the Liverpool University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) are looking forward to lockdown restrictions lifting so they can organise a host of fun-packed activities to fundraise for Kidney Research UK. Students chose us as their charity of the year for 2021 after learning that kidney disease can strike anybody at any age and hearing…

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