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Developing new ways to assess kidneys so transplants last for longer

With our funding, a team of researchers from the University of Oxford, the University of Nottingham and University College London will develop ways to assess donor kidneys and predict how well they will work after transplant. The demand for donor kidneys is high Having a kidney transplant is the best treatment for kidney failure but…

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New research to identify kidney disease early in high-risk communities

Thanks to our funding in partnership with The Stoneygate Trust, Dr Kate Bramham at King’s College Hospital is researching whether a smartphone home urine test could detect protein and diagnose kidney disease early in communities that are harder to reach. Detecting kidney disease early Kidney disease is more common in minority ethnic communities and people…

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Family life blown into a million pieces when young brothers suffer kidney failure from E.Coli

A mum who donated a kidney to her young son after he and his brother became seriously ill with E.Coli has become a community ambassador for Kidney Research UK. Leo and Sam McFaulds were struck down by the same infectious disease after a walk in the Scottish Highlands. The McFaulds family It caused Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS)…

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Dominic raises money for research after watching his dad rise above kidney disease with a smile

A keen online gamer is raising money in memory of his dad to help fund research for kidney patients of the future. Dominic Russell has been inspired to help, following the loss of his dad Paul, a checkout operator at Asda, who was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1988. Paul Russell “He was diagnosed when…

Sam Ollier

Sam is hopeful for the future despite a rare kidney disease which left him blind in one eye and needing a transplant

A 25-year-old who became partially blind after a rare disease caused his kidneys to fail, walked 8,500 steps every day for a month to raise money for life-saving research. Sam Ollier, of Cheshire, became determined to do something positive to help others and raised more than £1,200 for Kidney Research UK in the 850 Step…

Dr Farah Latif in the lab

Understanding how kidney transplant patients respond to cytomegalovirus infection

With our funding, Dr Farah Latif from Cardiff University will continue her amazing work investigating the effect of cytomegalovirus in patients who have had a kidney transplant. Dr Farah Latif Cytomegalovirus can be dangerous for kidney patients Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a common viral infection and most people in the UK have been infected with…

Ben Reynolds virtual reality research

Developing a new tool to transport patients to a virtual dialysis world

Thanks to our funding, Dr Ben Reynolds and his team at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow together with scientists at Glasgow Caledonian University are developing a virtual reality tool that transports nurses, children on dialysis and their families to a virtual dialysis world and provides guidance, support and training. Dr Ben Reynolds Dialysis…

Neeraj Dhaun

The eye – a window to the kidney?

With our funding, Dr Neeraj (Bean) Dhaun and his team at the University of Edinburgh will discover if the eye can be used as a window to diagnose and monitor kidney disease. Dr Neeraj Dhaun Detecting kidney disease early The most common way to detect kidney disease is to measure the levels of a waste…

Marc Anderson

Marc is spreading awareness of kidney disease one sparkle at a time!

A 21-year-old aspiring blogger is passionate to support others with kidney disease through his light-hearted look at life mixed with a large dose of sparkle. Marc Anderson, of Fife, has become an ambassador for Kidney Research UK after discovering by chance he was ill while messing about with his gran’s blood pressure kit. Having struggled…

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New study reveals social media could help us understand kidney patient needs

With our funding, researchers have discovered social media could help healthcare professionals understand and respond to the questions and concerns of kidney patients. In a recent study published in Kidney International Reports, a team of researchers from the Universities of Leicester, Salford, and the Royal London Hospital analysed comments from the IgA Nephropathy Support UK…

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