24/05/19

Kidney Research UK update

Kidney Research UK at Brighton

We are looking forward to this year’s UK Kidney Week in Brighton.
Do come and see us on stand number 16 and find out more about how you can work with us to help tackle our health inequalities agenda for change.
Our health inequalities in kidney disease report was launched earlier this year and we invite you to join us to explore the report’s recommendations, discuss research ideas to address these and find how to apply for research funding to take them forward. There is an opportunity for you to meet the authors, Dr Fergus Caskey and Dr Gavin Dreyer, who will be on our stand 1-2pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Join in our activity on social media and follow us @kidney_research and use #kidneyinequalities. We also want to hear your views on progress made on the UK Renal Research Strategy – follow the #UKRRS #UKKW2019.

Don’t miss the fascinating sessions we are supporting:

Kidney Voices for Research

Do you want to consult patients on your research questions, get patient input on materials and lay summaries or develop patient-led outcomes? Kidney Voices for Research is a way for you to connect with patients, to share engagement events and opportunities and find the patient voice to inform your work.
Kidney Voices for Research is a Kidney Research UK initiative providing a community for patients interested in research. It enables them to share their news, stories and personal experiences of being involved in research. They can hear about our exciting research updates, use their experiences to inform consultations on treatments and research, get involved in meetings, events, new research projects and media opportunities as well as complete surveys to strengthen the collective patient voice.
We have had some amazing interaction with patients and it has already proved a useful pathway for researchers to connect with patients.

What can you do?

As well as telling your colleagues about Kidney Voices, encourage your patients to get involved and help us build up the group.

If you would like to put anything to the members then please contact our patient involvement officer Sarah Harwood.

“There is genuine two way traffic, researchers do gain from engaging with patients even laboratory researchers. Just by meeting face to face the people whose lives in the end you are wanting to change, even if you know that your research may not make a difference for decades.”
John Feehally

Forthcoming events

Fellows Day – 12-13 September 2019, at the University of Leicester
Registration open and call for abstracts
Fellows Day is a central event in the research calendar and a great opportunity to gain knowledge and forge new collaboration and connections to move science forwards and ultimately help patients.
If you are a researcher employed on a project and innovation grant or career grant funded by Kidney Research UK, take part in our abstract competition and present your work at the event!
Deadline for abstracts – Thursday, 20 June 2019.
Further details including a draft programme and how to submit your abstract are available here.

Cardiovascular, metabolic and kidney disease – cross cutting science and best practice
Kidney Research UK is supporting this meeting at the Royal College of Physicians on Monday 1 July.
The meeting aims to address multi-morbidity and clustering of common diseases which are a major problem for health service providers. The programme includes a presentation from UKRIN-MAPs (a project supported by the charity), and discussion of the potential of multi-morbidity imaging for kidney disease.
For further details and to register for the event, please visit the RCP website.