As the largest kidney research charity in the UK, nothing is going to stop us in our urgent mission to end kidney disease. We’re here to be heard, to make a difference, to change the future. This is a disease that ruins and destroys lives. It must be stopped.
Over the past 60 years, our research has made an impact. But kidney failure is rising, as are the factors contributing to it, such as diabetes and obesity. Today, we are more essential than ever.
Kidney disease affects three million people in the UK, treatments can be gruelling and currently there is no cure. Only research will end this and nobody can do it but us.
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Research can change lives
Dr Emily Thompson investigated whether stem cell therapy could be used to help repair and revive donor kidneys before transplantation. She used the ‘warm perfusion’ technique, pioneered by Professor Mike Nicholson, also funded by Kidney Research UK. In warm perfusion, the donor kidney is connected to a machine that flushes oxygenated blood through it. This allows the function of the kidney to be tested before transplantation, while also boosting the kidney’s health.
When Emily used the machine to introduce stem cells, she was astonished by the results. “The stem cells are alive, and they can sense the environment they’re in. They react to the inflammation in a damaged kidney, releasing lots of different molecules that calm the inflammation, and heal the kidney.”
Today, around half of donor kidneys that become available cannot be used because they are not in good enough condition. But, coupled with the warm perfusion technique, Emily’s stem cell therapy could mean that many kidneys that would otherwise have been rejected could be used. This could shorten the waiting list and save many lives.
Kidney disease ends here.
To find out more about the research we fund, visit: www.kidneyresearchuk.org/research