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Tim Bowen and postdoc Dan Smith

Developing a new simple urine test to spot kidney transplant problems

Thanks to a new grant from us, Dr Tim Bowen and his multidisciplinary team at Wales Kidney Research Unit at Cardiff University are working to develop a quick test to monitor how well kidneys are functioning after transplant without the need for unpleasant biopsies. Tim Bowen and postdoc Dan Smith Some kidneys don’t function well…

Rick Johnson with his family

Wigan man sky dives to raise money in memory of his dad

A Wigan car body paintspray specialist is jumping out of a plane to raise money for research in memory of his inspirational dad who urged him to keep a positive mental attitude – whatever life throws at you. Rick Johnson, 36, is sky diving for Kidney Research UK as he knows one day in the…

Jasmine Shen

Musical theatre actress with rare kidney disease supports our Transforming Treatments campaign

A musical theatre actress is telling her story to raise awareness of an urgent need for research to improve treatments for kidney disease. Jasmine Shen, who played Catherine of Aragon in the musical Six, is supporting our Transforming Treatments campaign after living with a rare form of kidney disease for five years. “I’m taking a…

Dr Louise Farmer

Passing on her passion for science!

Students at a Bristol school have been inspired to learn about kidneys thanks to a science teacher who was formerly funded by us to research a rare type of kidney disease. Dr Louise Farmer spent three years studying a genetic mutation which can cause nephrotic syndrome and is passing on her passion for research to…

Colin Worboys with Tessa and Joe

Cambridge dad cycles 85 kilometres in a day to say thanks for his daughter’s kidney transplants

A family stepped in to support Tessa Impey after she was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease and then needed two kidney transplants. Tessa’s dad Colin Worboys was the first to donate a kidney and when that failed 17 years later, her younger brother Joe, 34, became the second person in the family to give…

Paul Cookson

Paul hopes research finds new treatments after four kidney transplants and four rejections

A 43-year-old software engineer is supporting our Transforming Treatments campaign after having four kidney transplants, four rejections and 20 years of dialysis. Paul Cookson from Cambridge knows how challenging living with kidney failure can be having suffered kidneys problems since birth. As a baby he had an operation to re-implant his badly positioned ureter (which carries urine…

Luke Horne with Dad Michale Horne and friend Liam Ross Campbell

Dad’s second opinion plea saves Luke’s life

An East Lothian dad saved his son’s life by challenging a health diagnosis and urging the 23-year-old mechanic to get a second opinion. Michael Horne knew something was seriously wrong when he saw Luke’s skin turn grey and his face and feet become swollen and puffy. A responder on an out of hours helpline number…

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Kidney experts meet to discuss how best to protect kidney patients from Covid-19

On Thursday 17 June, kidney doctors and scientists gathered online to share and discuss the very latest research working out how best to protect kidney patients from Covid-19.    At the webinar, hosted by the UK Kidney Association, the British Transplant Society, the Royal Society of Medicine and Kidney Research UK, experts presented recent results from lab studies investigating how well vaccines work in kidney…

Richard Naylor in his lab doing research

We award new grant to understand how kidney cysts form

Thanks to our funding, Dr Richard Naylor from the University of Manchester will begin a study to understand what makes kidney cysts grow. Understanding this better may reveal clues for new treatments to improve the lives of people living with cysts in their kidneys. Kidney cysts can be harmful One in ten people under 50,…

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New study to predict low blood pressure during dialysis

We’ve awarded a grant to a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham, the University of Derby and the Royal Derby Hospital to tackle the sudden drop in blood pressure some patients experience during haemodialysis using novel pressure sensors on the dialysis tubing. A sudden drop in blood pressure during dialysis can be dangerous…

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