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Pivotal trial patient, Mimi Hoare, and nurse, Elizabeth Clarke

Iron treatment decreases risk of heart failure in patients on haemodialysis

New analysis from a pioneering clinical trial that we coordinated to tackle anaemia in patients on dialysis show that high doses of intravenous iron can also improve outcomes for patients who have recently started haemodialysis and develop heart failure.  The PIVOTAL trial Anaemia and iron deficiency are common side effects of haemodialysis and these conditions…

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JCVI recommends kidney transplant patients receive third Covid-19 vaccine dose

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued new advice that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third Covid-19 vaccine dose. Research studies, including one we have supported, have shown that people who are severely immunocompromised are not as well protected by Covid-19 vaccines as the wider population. It is…


Ethnicity adjustment for kidney function testing removed from NICE chronic kidney disease guideline

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) chronic kidney disease (CKD) guideline update, released today, has removed the recommendation to adjust for Black ethnicity when estimating how well a patient’s kidneys are working; a change that will prevent overestimation of kidney function in people from Black ethnic groups and enable early treatment for chronic…

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New grant call to fund collaborative immune research

We are delighted to have been invited to participate in an innovative new £1.3 million grant call focussing on developing new treatments for multiple autoimmune or immune mediated conditions. Our friends at the Lorna and Yuti Chernajovsky Biomedical Research Foundation have partnered with Connect Immune Research to launch this innovative new grant call ‘Targeting shared…

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Thousand mile challenge for (Four) Kidney Tom

A 32-year-old man born with four kidneys has embarked on a personal challenge to walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Kidney Research UK. Inspired by the late Sir Captain Tom, who raised £32.5 million for the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic, Tom Goodwin, 32, is setting out on a unique personal challenge to raise…

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Kidney dialysis patients could benefit from third doses of mRNA Covid-19 vaccines

The research by London’s Francis Crick Institute found that in patients who had not been previously infected with the Covid-19 virus (coronavirus) those who had received the ‘Pfizer-BioNTech’ mRNA vaccine had six-times higher levels of neutralising antibodies (proteins that defend a human cell from infectious particles such as viruses by neutralising any effect they have…

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The Kidney Charities Together group strongly recommends that precautions are still taken to remain COVID safe

New research published in The Lancet has shown that, unlike the general population, many people who have kidney failure and who are on haemodialysis have a poor antibody response to two doses of covid19 vaccine. The research also shows that the antibodies are less effective against the delta variant; and that people on haemodialysis have…

Janice Richardson

Bloomin’ Yorkshire fundraisers success in thorny times

A Yorkshire woman has made a large donation of £20,000 to Kidney Research UK after winding down her charity Bloomin’ Yorkshire, which raised awareness of organ donation. Janice Richardson, 58, from Leeds had suffered from recurrent kidney infections since she was a teenager. An infection which she contracted at the age of three prevented her left kidney from developing properly but it wasn’t until she hit her twenties that she was finally diagnosed. Janice Richardson,…

Angela Deighton and Jim Thompson

Donor hero Jim pushes the boat out for Kidney Research UK

A chance meeting at a funeral was all it took for Angela Deighton’s life to be changed overnight. The 74 year old had suffered from kidney disease since the age of 12, and her kidneys failed completely in 2018.   On dialysis for a year, Angela was at a funeral when she met Jim Thompson, then aged 78, an old school friend…

Miranda Scanlon

New lead of our lay advisory group promises an exciting future

Miranda Scanlon has recently taken up the reins as the new lead of Kidney Research UK’s lay advisory group. Speaking from her home as lockdown eases she’s conscious the path ahead for her and other kidney patients is still uncertain. “As transplant patients we’ve been advised that we still have to be very cautious while…

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