Around three million people in the UK have kidney disease


UK Kidney Research Consortium

The UK Kidney Research Consortium

The UK Kidney Research Consortium (UKKRC) was established in 2007 and is jointly supported by the Renal Association, Kidney Research UK and the British Renal Society.

The role of ‘Chair’ rotates biennially between the Chair of Kidney Research UK, the Academic Vice President of the Renal Association and the Vice President (Research) of the British Renal Society.

The aim is to facilitate the best collaborative clinical research for health in kidney disease.

The current Chair (2019-2021) is Professor Jeremy Hughes (Chair of Trustees, Kidney Research UK). Kidney Research UK provide a permanent secretariat for the Consortium.

Meetings of the UKKRC are held twice a year in conjunction with the meeting of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Renal Disorders Specialty Group.

The UKKRC established a platform for 12 Clinical Study Groups (CSGs) and three renal networks - the UK Renal Imaging Network, the Kidney Patient Involvement Network and the UK Renal Trials Network.

UKKRC terms of reference.

A paper measuring the impact of the UKKRC was published in Clinical Medicine (2015 Vol 15, No 5: 415–9).

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Clinical study group vacancies

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Renal science networks

Kidney Research UK have led on the development of two renal science networks.

UK Renal Research Strategy

The ‘Kidney Health: Delivering Excellence (2013)’ report recommended that a research strategy for kidney disease was developed. The UKKRC produced the first UK Renal Research Strategy in 2016.

The strategy sets out aims and recommendations which are intended to unite the whole kidney (renal) professional and patient community and to provide information and evidence for funders, policymakers and those helping to support the next generation of researchers.

Through collaborative investment and effort, the strategy aims to achieve maximum impact to benefit the health and welfare of kidney patients and those at risk of kidney disease.