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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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Keeping research going

The world is a very different place than it was a few months ago. Our lives are constantly changing, and this has naturally impacted those working in kidney research. Most labs in the UK are temporarily closed and many of our patient-led studies have paused in line with government guidance. Many kidney researchers have downed…

Dave Hudson Harvey

Grandfather’s transplant believed to be in the top three longest surviving in the UK

A man who is celebrating 49 years since his kidney transplant wants to spread a message of hope about how the operation transforms lives. Dave Hudson Harvey was the first person to have the operation at Bart’s Hospital in London in 1971 and is believed to be in the top three people in the UK…

Dr Rachel Floyd
Kidney Research UK Fellow
Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Institute of Translational Medicine
University of Liverpool

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for grant applicants and grant holders

This page has information for anyone applying for, or who holds a Kidney Research UK grant.  The coronavirus pandemic has created significant challenges for the charity. We are doing everything we can to keep our research going by protecting research grant awards we have already committed to and safeguard it for the future. But we…

Steve Burton

Shielding grandfather tells of plan to take tentative but scary first step out

A grandfather who has not left his home for more than two months for fear of catching coronavirus said that while the thought of going out is “absolutely terrifying” he will take his first tentative steps beyond his garden as guidance to people shielding is eased. Steve Burton has remained at his Blackpool home since…

Farhan Narwaz

Coming out the other side from COVID-19

Farhan Narwaz had had less than a year to get used to relying on dialysis to survive when he contracted COVID-19. Despite his best preparations, the 34 year old pharmacist from Sutton Coldfield caught the virus from his wife and spent 23 days in hospital as a result.  Twelve months earlier Farhan’s kidney failure had hit him like a…

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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…

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