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Dan Hogben playing football

Former Hull City youth player shares his tips for staying fit post-transplant

Dan Hogben was on course for a scholarship with Hull City before his career was cut short with a kidney disease diagnosis. For World Kidney Day on 9 March 2023, 19 year old Dan spoke to us on life after transplant and why kidney health matters. Dan, before your transplant you had a very active…

Ninon in hospital following her diagnosis of kidney disease

Bristol resident who was always “the healthy one” recalls shock kidney diagnosis

Ninon Fougerit was just 28 years old when she discovered she had kidney disease. The French-born Bristol resident was always seen as “the healthy one” amongst her friendship group, exercising, eating healthy and never smoking – she could not imagine she would have to live with a chronic condition. Ninon was always one for adventure…

Fiona Karet in the lab

Powering research with impact: our plans for 2023 and beyond

This World Kidney Day we sat down with Dr Aisling McMahon, our Executive director of research and policy, to talk about our ongoing plans for supporting research designed to improve the lives of patients living with kidney disease. We know that kidney disease is a huge problem; there are around 3.5 million people living with…

Holyrood Scotland round table event

Government welcomes our Scottish kidney report

The Scottish Government has responded positively to our policy report ‘Changing the future for chronic kidney disease in Scotland‘ and has committed to do more to support kidney patients in Scotland. Our report published last year made a number of recommendations for the Scottish Government, including developing a national strategy for chronic kidney disease (CKD),…

Barry Smith and family

“I will play every golf course in Scotland to raise money for Kidney Research UK”

Barry Smith has always loved golf, but following his kidney and pancreas transplant in November 2019, the 41-year-old said it’s given him a “new lease of life”. Ahead of this World Kidney Day (Thursday 9 March), Barry is calling out for support for his challenge of playing every single course in Scotland – 580 in…

Dr Kate Bramham

Researcher focus: Dr Kate Bramham

Dr Kate Bramham is a Consultant Nephrologist at King’s College Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London. She heads up a number of projects we fund. We caught up with her for a quick Q&A to find out what makes her tick. First off Kate, how did you get into science and research?…

Laura Boylan - prior to kidney disease

“My bodybuilding lifestyle damaged my kidneys”

A mum of two from Speke, Liverpool, is raising awareness this World Kidney Day (Thursday 9 March), after suspecting that she caused irreversible damage to her own kidneys when training to be a body builder.  Laura Boylan, 37, has started volunteering for Kidney Research UK as she wants more people to take better care of…

Blood samples

Looking for new markers of kidney rejection in children to support personalised care

The problem Although dialysis is an important treatment for kidney failure, the best long-term approach is a kidney transplant. After a kidney is transplanted, rejection may occur. This happens because the immune system of the patient recognises the new kidney as foreign and attacks it, potentially leading to the loss of the new organ. Currently,…

Megan Hackett and her nan, Elaine

“I want my animation to get people talking about kidney disease”

It’s often the case that kidney disease has a huge impact on not just the person who’s living with it, but those closest to them, too. This is certainly true for Megan Hackett, 21, who lost her nan four years ago as a result of kidney disease, and is now witnessing her mum Stephanie, 52, sadly anticipating the same future path. Megan, a Graphic Communication and Illustration…

Dr Jane Carré

Looking to return to research?

Applications now open for the Kidney Research UK and Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship Taken a break from your research career in kidney disease and are now looking to return to work? Seeking an opportunity to re-establish your skills and make a positive impact in your field? Applications are now open for our two-year fully-sponsored Fellowship. …

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