Kidney Research UK – June update

What are your thoughts on the UK Renal Research Strategy?

We are reflecting on the UK Renal Research Strategy which was launched 2016. How far have we come? What may be hindering progress? Need a refresher? Read the report here.
Please contact Elaine Davies, Research Director with your thoughts and comments.


Kidney Research UK funding calls now open

Kidney Research UK – Stoneygate Research Awards

We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Stoneygate Trust in this second year of a three-year dedicated programme of £800,000 per annum. We are inviting applications for both research project grants (up to £300,000 over three years maximum) and innovation grants (up to £50,000 over two years maximum) to advance our knowledge of kidney disease.

Proposals should demonstrate impact in one or more of the following areas:

  • translational research from laboratory to clinic
  • research in clinical settings
  • research into rare renal disease
  • increasing kidney transplant outcomes

We particularly encourage applications involving multi-disciplinary teams which take a holistic approach, providing wider health impact and non-clinical involvement.

Closing date – 12 September 2019.

Further details here.

Kids Kidney Research Paediatric Research Awards

This dedicated paediatric research programme, secures and consolidates ongoing investment in this area, with a total fund of £500,000 available annually. Non-medical, medical, nursing, pharmacy and allied health professionals are invited to apply for both paediatric research project grants (up to £200k over three years maximum) and paediatric innovation grants (up to £40k over two years maximum).

We welcome applications for both clinical and laboratory studies covering:

  • diagnosis, natural history, epidemiology or treatment of children who have diseases of the kidney or urinary tract
  • how the kidney and/or urinary tract normally forms, grows and matures before and after birth and the origins of related diseases in childhood
  • impact in adult health of kidney or urinary tract diseases with an onset in childhood or the prenatal period

Closing date – 26 September 2019.

Further details here

Applications for both funding schemes are only accepted through our online portal.

For further information please contact the research operations team:
Tel: 01733 367848 or 01733 367857


Opportunities to work with Kidney Research UK

Research Communications Manager

A new role in our Communications Team for an experienced science and research communications professional who will be instrumental in bringing the research we fund to life, and telling our story in compelling, engaging ways.
Closing date: 19 June 2019
More details here

Brighton Highlights

Many thanks to everyone who visited our stand in Brighton.

We had some great interaction on the theme of ‘health inequalities’, further to the publication of our report this year. Delegates shared their thoughts on addressing the issues, including how to encourage poorly-reached groups to take part in research. These conversations will feed into our future plans, please watch this space.

If you missed the moderated poster sessions featuring all 12 Clinical Study Groups and 5 Renal Research Networks – here is your chance to see the posters again. Find out more and how you can get involved.
See all the posters here (best viewed on a PC or tablet as they are quite large files).

Congratulations to Dr Rebecca Noble, academic clinical fellow in nephrology at the University of Nottingham, who was awarded the Kidney Research UK prize for the best presentation in the rapid-fire Three Minute Heroes session. Judges, Dr Mark Dockrell, Dr Carl May and Elaine Davies, Kidney Research UK, ensured the majority of the 16 presenters kept to time as they took up the challenge to communicate complex research in such a short space of time using many interesting and different approaches.
Rebecca’s talk focused on multiparametric renal MRI to assess structure and function in CKD, comparing diseased with healthy kidneys using clinical and histological measures. Future studies will focus on larger cohorts to optimise this approach to help stratify patients. This was Rebecca’s first conference presentation as a nephrology ACF, making it a notable achievement.

We are already planning for 2020 in Birmingham!!

Iron and muscle study gets underway

The first patient has been recruited to a three-year study supported by the charity, looking at how intravenous (IV) iron might be able to benefit people with kidney disease.

Researchers across seven renal units will recruit 70 people with CKD who are deficient in iron, but not anaemic or on dialysis, to see if giving them IV iron, combined with an eight-week exercise programme, improves their ability to exercise, their physical ability, how their muscle functions and their quality of life.

The study is led by Dr Sharlene Greenwood, consultant physiotherapist in renal and exercise rehabilitation and Dr Kate Bramham, clinical lecturer and consultant nephrologist, both based at King’s College Hospital, London. Sharlene is also the newly elected President of the BRS. As well as being one of the participating sites, the research team at Leicester, led by Professor Alice Smith, have and will continue to play a vital role in the development and implementation of this important study.

Further details here.