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Around three million people in the UK have kidney disease

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What is research?

What is research?

Research is an essential driver of improvements in all human health. It forms the basis for the understanding of disease, for development and roll-out of new therapies, for the delivery of better healthcare and for preventative strategies. Human health cannot improve without research. It is equally as important to know when something works or when it doesn’t.

“Research means finding out new things which are going to make a difference to the lives of people with kidney disease and that might be now or it might be in the future”

Professor John Feehally, former Kidney Research UK Chairman.

We support a variety of research, building on what we already know and testing new theories including:

  • Basic science increasing our knowledge of the kidney and human biology
  • Emerging technologies exploring the potential around genetics and cell therapy, as well as IT and data resources
  • Translational and proof of concept, supporting the progression of evidence across to clinical application
  • Diagnosis, screening and prevention developing current and acquiring new knowledge and methods to improve diagnosis and treatments
  • Improving clinical care and quality of health/life by exploring the treatment pathways and processes, and measuring the benefit experienced by kidney patients.
  • Developing new evidence to influence patient, health professionals and public behaviours that affect or enhance kidney care.

Why is research important to patients?

"I am a woman with kidney failure and no hope of a transplant unless research progresses. I am covered in scars, unable to have children and my domestic life resembles a minor disaster zone.

Dialysis does not define me or control me, yet my entire life literally hangs on this machine.

Kidney disease is for life; transplantation or dialysis are not cures."

Maddy Warren, kidney patient advocate

Maddy Warren
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