Kidney Research UK Monthly Update

Women and kidney health the focus for World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day (WKD) takes place on March 8 this year, coinciding with International Women’s Day and this year Kidney Research UK is using the day to raise awareness and celebrate inspirational kidney heroines.

Rosie Loft, Communications Manager at Kidney Research UK, said: “We’d love our researchers to get behind the campaign. Who has inspired you? An amazing fellow colleague? A patient and their family? Sharing stories online of your kidney heroines fits well with International Women’s Day. Alternatively, why not host a superhero themed fundraiser with your colleagues, or  raise awareness of your own heroic efforts to combat kidney disease.“

More information can be found here. 

Organ donation consultation in England and Northern Ireland

There are just a few weeks left to contribute to the two public consultations on organ donation being held in England and Northern Ireland.

In October, the Prime Minister announced the Government will consult on a move to an ‘opt-out’ system in England, shifting the balance of presumption in favour of organ donation.

Peter Storey, Director of Communications at Kidney Research UK, said: “We see presumed consent as one of a number of things that could increase the availability of organs for transplant and thereby reduce the waiting list. It is not a solution on its own, and needs to be combined with improvements in the resources the NHS has to manage organ donation and, crucially, more funds for research into transplantation so that we can make kidneys work better and last longer.”

The consultation for England will have run for twelve weeks when it concludes on March 6, 2018, after which a Government response will be published. Sign up here to take part.

The consultation for Northern Ireland runs until March 5, 2018. To have your say, visit here.

Funding opportunity for medical students

Kidney Research UK is the leading charitable funder of kidney research in the UK. Since 1985, we have invested around £71million into research.

We wish to support a wide range of research that will advance our understanding of kidney disease and its causes, and improve treatment and management. Supporting the next generation of supporters is key to this.

Applications are now invited from medical students who wish to undertake an intercalated degree. These are grants of £5,000 over one year to medical students undertaking research that is directly relevant to the kidney and kidney disease as part of an intercalated degree.

Awards are required to commence by October 2018 (Academic Year 2018/19). The closing date is 5pm on Friday, March 30 2018. Applications are now online only. Funding decisions will be communicated in May 2018.

For further information please visit our website or contact the Research Operations Team on: Tel: 01733 367848 or 01733 367857 – email: grants@kidneyresearchuk.org

Research projects and innovation 2017/18 grants round closing soon

Research Project Grants – stand-alone research projects advancing our knowledge of kidney disease, refining current treatments or leading to new advances in the future. Maximum of £200,000 over three years.

Innovation Grants  – stand-alone research studies particularly for new hypotheses where initial pilot/supporting data is required prior to a full research project. Maximum of £40,000 over two years.

The closing date is 5pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

For further information please visit our website  or contact the Research Operations Team on: Tel: 01733 367848 or 01733 367857 – email: grants@kidneyresearchuk.org