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Have your say on the emotional impact of living with kidney disease

Kidney patients and their families can share their experiences of living with a long-term health condition to help shape new research into emotional support needs. The charities National Voices and Centre for Mental Health have teamed up to investigate the emotional and psychological impact of living with a long-term physical health problem. They are hoping…

Andrew Butler

Grandad set to swim the English Channel

A life or death phone call when his granddaughter was just five days old, has prompted a Devon mental health nurse to swim the English Channel to raise money for kidney disease research. Andrew Butler has put himself through gruelling training since 2017 to prepare for the famous swim and says little Rosie is his…


Kidney patients need better mental health support – we’re taking action

People living with kidney disease are twice as likely to have a mental health problem – a stark statistic we are highlighting with the charity Centre for Mental Health today.   Our new joint statement ‘Kidney disease and mental health’ highlights how vulnerable kidney patients already were before the coronavirus pandemic and shows their mental health…

Douglas Craft

Sitting tight and waiting for the life-changing call

When Douglas Craft discovered he had kidney failure in the mid 1980s brought on by the inflammatory disease lupus, he relied on peritoneal dialysis to stay alive, hoping that his chance of having a kidney transplant wasn’t too far in the future. At that time, the prospect of an op-out law through which almost everyone…

organ donation

‘Opt out’ organ donation law changes in England

New organ donation laws have come into effect, with England moving to an ‘opt out’ system from today, Wednesday 20 May.  Under the new system (known as ‘deemed consent’ or ‘opt out’), all adults in England are considered to be a potential organ donor when they die, unless they have informed the NHS Organ Donation…


Kidney Research UK wins National film award

We are pleased to announce that we have won a People’s Choice award at the 2020 Charity Film Awards. The film is about the impact medical research has had on the lives of people with a rare kidney condition beat stiff competition in the longform category and gained enough public votes to be crowned the…


Speaking with a Nobel Prize winner

Sir Peter Ratcliffe Oxford. Courtesy of Ludwig Cancer Research. There was a flurry of excitement in the kidney world when nephrologist Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe was announced as joint winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. Sir Peter was a Kidney Research…


From the red carpet to the renal ward

ITV correspondent and celebrity interviewer Nina Nannar has just celebrated the first anniversary of her husband Steve’s kidney transplant – his kidneyversary. She tells us about their family’s journey. It was a year ago. I had just been on ITV News at Ten, talking to Peter Jackson, film director. My husband is from New Zealand…

Graham Roper

My time will come for second transplant

My time will come when this has settled, says Kidney Research UK supporter Graham Roper, whose second transplant surgery plans were put on hold as the country went into coronavirus lockdown. First-round tests looked promising for donation from his sister in law at the start of this year, but further tests, booked for March 2020,…


Andy Cole starts research fund with our charity after his own kidney failure

Footballing legend and Kidney Research UK ambassador Andy Cole is launching a new fund to help kidney patients across the UK, after facing the toughest battle of his life when his own kidneys failed. The Andy Cole Fund will focus on research into improving kidney transplants and patient wellbeing. The former England star was inspired…

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