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Coralin Harrison

Retired nurse is race-walking 500 miles

A retired nurse is race-walking 500 miles around the Yorkshire Moors to raise money for charity. Coralin Harrison, 74, began the challenge in December 2019 and aims to complete it on her 75th birthday in April. She was inspired to support Kidney Research UK after seeing the impact kidney disease has had on her niece,…

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Flex your science writing skills – the creative kidney competition

Interested in sharing your kidney research story? Fancying flexing your writing skills? Then listen up!  If you’re a budding writer, a kidney research scientist with a story to tell, and you reckon you might enjoy winning a trip to New Scientist Live 2020 in London, then this is the competition for you. You see, the…


Behind-the-scenes at the lab for transplant games’ dad

A father of three, who had a kidney transplant a month after celebrating his 50th birthday, went behind-the-scenes at a research lab after winning a competition at the British Transplant Games. Ian Tennant, from Warrington, glimpsed first hand the work that happens in the Lennon Lab at the University of Manchester during a visit to…


Type 2 diabetics are missing out on an annual kidney test

A new UK-wide survey found that a urine test, which identifies early markers of kidney damage, is not routinely carried out by GPs and nurses in annual reviews This is mainly because many patients are reluctant to provide a urine sample A new survey has found that over half of GPs and nurses who treat…

Dr Victoria Shuttleworth (aHUS lab manager) with the Mayor

Lord Mayor visits Newcastle researchers shortlisted for national award

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor David Cook, visited the Royal Victoria Infirmary to see the work of specialist scientists first-hand. The team at the National Renal Complement Therapeutics Centre is part of a film created by Kidney Research UK, which has been shortlisted for a National award. Councillor Cook’s support is extending even further,…

Ben Bayliss

A new lease of life thanks to a life-saving transplant operation

A Cambridgeshire footballer, with a new lease of life thanks to a life-saving transplant operation, is running a half marathon to raise funds into kidney disease treatment research. Ben Baylis, 55, was down to just five per cent kidney function and had no idea he was critically ill, when an annual health check showed he…


Kidney Research UK film shortlisted for National award

A short film by Kidney Research UK about the impact medical research has had on the lives of people with a rare kidney condition has been shortlisted in the 2020 Charity Film Awards. Shortlisted from 400 applicants the film tells the story of Ros, a 27-year-old farrier who received life-saving treatment when her kidneys started…

Gill and Colin Notts Kidney Unit Appeal

Q&A with the Nottinghamshire Kidney Units Appeal group

Colin, along with his wife Gill, and friends Richard and Chris, have been running the Nottinghamshire Kidney Unit Appeal fundraising group for over a decade now, raising vital funds for both Kidney Research UK and the renal units at two local hospitals. We are so amazed with the dedication and loyalty Colin and the group…

World Kidney Day 2020

World Kidney Day 2020 #KidneysMatter – our new campaign

For 2020’s World Kidney Day, the major kidney charities and professional organisations in the UK are working together to raise awareness about the vital role our kidneys play. Our new campaign #KidneysMatter –The BIG topic everyone is ignoring – will show how important kidneys are, what can happen when they go wrong and how to…

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All trial and no tribulation

Clinical trials for kidney patients are at an all-time low. Despite trials being imperative for the development of new treatments, clinicians find it increasingly difficult to recruit patients. The challenge Often, when we think of clinical trials, we assume the very worst: we assume that we will be taken into unneeded surgery, spend hours of…

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