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Lewis Daniels

Paul Daniels’s grandson brings a touch of magic to The 2.6 Challenge

Lewis Daniels is a regular 21-year-old university student who has more than one special gift. Not only has he inherited his famous grandfather’s talent for magic, he has been given a donor kidney, from his mum Jo.  “I’m taking on The 2.6 Challenge to raise money for Kidney Research UK, because their research is lifesaving,”…

Blood pressure

New research gives clues to artery problems in high blood pressure

A small piece of genetic material could hold the key to diagnosing and treating high blood pressure earlier Research led by University of Glasgow was part-funded by Kidney Research UK New research by scientists in Scotland has found that a small piece of genetic material could explain why arteries become increasingly stiff (which happens in…

Abbie Bird

The training must go on!

A Virgin Money London Marathon runner, who is taking part for Kidney Research UK in memory of her inspirational dad, is back in training after the iconic event was postponed to the autumn. Abbie Bird is among 40,000 runners who have re-arranged plans and training schedules, after the run did not go ahead in April…

The 2.6 Challenge

The 2.6 Challenge: what can you do?

Kidney Research UK calls on supporters to join The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April 2020 Thousands of mass participation events have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing uncertainty to UK charities which rely on these events for vital fundraising income. Kidney Research UK is amongst those affected, with around 2,600…


COVID-19 – our updated charity statement

Over recent weeks, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented us with huge challenges. We’ve updated our statement, and we will continue to do so as the situation changes.  Hear from Sandra Currie, our Chief Executive, to find out more about the impact coronavirus is having and what we are doing to ensure we keep research…

Professor Sunil Bhandari

Doctors are joining forces as a global team

Doctors are joining forces as a global team community to ensure patients receive the best treatment during the coronavirus outbreak. Professor Sunil Bhandari, a nephrology consultant and trustee for Kidney Research UK, says it is the first time he has seen so much information freely shared by medics globally online. Professor Sunil Bhandari, a nephrology…

Dr Adnan Sharif

“It’s a tough time in medicine”

It’s a tough time in medicine, says our Trustee on the front line, renal consultant Adnan Sharif. Nobody can face this much daily pressure and bear it alone, says renal consultant Adnan Sharif, who has spoken of the camaraderie of NHS staff holding each other up in what will possibly be the most challenging time…

David Prosser

Vice Chair of Trustees, David Prosser, writes about the importance of research, now more than ever.

David Prosser, our Vice Chair of Trustees, writes in social isolation on the Coronavirus situation and the importance now, more than ever, of research to improve the lives of people affected by kidney disease. David Prosser, Vice Chair of Trustees, doing his #mugshot challenge photo David writes: “Ironically, my children and wife are engaged in…

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Stiff vessels, kidneys, inflammation and a little bit of genetic material

New research reveals how a small piece of genetic material called a micro-RNA might explain why high blood pressure develops and how we might treat it.  Over a billion people around the world have high blood pressure, or hypertension, and it is one of the main reasons why people die before their time. Along with…

Fez Awan

Patient waiting for third kidney transplant is staying positive

Don’t lose your sense of humour during self-isolation, advises sports fan Fez Awan, who is filling his time with comedy shows and playing ‘guess what happens next’, while watching old football coverage. The 34 year-old, who is on the waiting list for his third kidney transplant, added: “I’m sure I speak for a lot of…

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