Monthly Update from Kidney Research UK

Royal Derby Hospital reaches recruitment target for NURTuRE

Kidney Research UK’s biggest project, to create a bank of over a million samples from chronic kidney disease (CKD and idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) patients is gathering pace.

It is hoped the samples will be ready for use by researchers by 2019 and one of the hospitals helping to do that hit its 300th CKD patient recruitment target this month.

Derby Royal Hospital recruited their last volunteer and as one of 14 sites taking part in NURTuRE, this takes the total number of patients committed to over 1,500.

Kelly White, renal research nurse at Derby, said: “I feel privileged to be involved in the NURTuRE project. It is such a unique concept that has the potential to improve treatments for kidney patients and ultimately lead to better outcomes. It has been fantastic meeting patients with their enthusiasm and willingness to be involved in such an exciting project, and thanks to the hard work of the entire NURTuRE team we have achieved our target of 300 [CKD] patients.”

The NURTuRE project is being jointly delivered through the University of Bristol, led by Moin Saleem, Professor of Paediatric Renal Medicine, supported by Liz Colby as co-ordinator for the NURTuRE-INS (NephroS) study; and the University of Nottingham, led by Maarten Taal, Professor of Medicine, supported by Fiona Robertson, co-ordinator of the NURTuRE-CKD study. The biobank is funded by AbbVie Inc, Evotec AV, Retrophin, UCB Celltech Biopharma and Kidney Research UK.

Fund out more at www.nurturebiobank.org

Scottish Government partner with Kidney Research UK to fund a post-doctoral fellowship

Funding to support a Scottish based renal research post has been made available thanks to a partnership with Kidney Research UK and the Scottish Government.

Applications are currently invited for a career grant of £190K to support a post-doctoral post for a non-clinical scientist for three years – based in Scotland.

The funding is being provided jointly by Kidney Research UK and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO).

Transplantation and regenerative medicine focused research will be of particular interest to the awarding committee.

Director of Research Operations at Kidney Research UK, Elaine Davies said: “We are delighted to be working with the CSO to support more Scottish-based scientists working in the renal field. Our joint initiative addresses two recommendations in the UK Renal Research Strategy (published 2016), to improve support for non-clinical renal academic scientists and strengthen formal partnerships.”

The CSO’s vision is to support and increase the level of high-quality health research conducted in Scotland.

This is for the health and financial benefits of the population so that Scotland is recognised globally as a ‘come to place’ for health science.

Professor David Crossman, the Scottish Government Chief Scientist for Health said: “Renal disease has important health and economic impacts and is devastating for patients and carers. CSO is, therefore, delighted to be partnering with Kidney Research UK to provide funding for this exciting research initiative.”

The CSO is part of the Scottish Government Health Directorates. Applications should be submitted electronically to CSO Grant Applications.