Researchers investigating kidney condition receive funding boost

Posted by pt91 at Oct 14, 2014 05:10 PM |
Kidney Research UK has announced nearly £200,000 to support research at Leicester
Researchers investigating kidney condition receive funding boost

Immunoglobulin A (IgA).

A national charity is to provide £200,000 funding to a team from our Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation investigating IgA Nephropathy, a strain of kidney disease which affects around 10% of patients on dialysis.

The team lead by Dr Karen Molyneux will work to try to understand how the IgA protein, which normally helps the body fight infection, gets caught in the kidneys’ filters and causes damage.

Around 30% of patients with the condition will need to start dialysis or have a kidney transplant because their kidneys will fail. IgA Nephropathy doesn’t have a cure and many patients don’t find out they have it until it has already damaged their kidneys.

The funding comes from Kidney Research UK, the largest funder dedicated to kidney research and kidney problems in the UK.