Kidney charity invests £416,511 into renal research at the University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Oct 27, 2014 10:50 AM |
Four research projects receive funding

Published by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 October 2014

Kidney Research UK has invested £416,511 into kidney research at the University of Leicester. The charity is the largest funder dedicated to kidney research and kidney problems in the UK.

The money invested by the charity will fund four separate research projects, looking at a wide range of topics including exercise, rare kidney diseases and cardiovascular issues.

Every year, the charity receives over 120 applications for funding from doctors and scientists around the UK. Each application is externally reviewed, and is then discussed and scored by a panel of independent experts. The highest scoring applications are recommended for funding.

Kidney disease is a growing epidemic. The number of people being treated for kidney failure in the UK has risen every year since 2006, with more than 55,000 patients now undergoing dialysis or receiving follow-on care for a transplant.

Elaine Davies, Director of Research Operations at Kidney Research UK, said: “It’s a testament to the scientific quality of the four separate applications submitted by the University of Leicester that they were recommended for funding. The scope of the research carried out by the University is far reaching, and all the projects we have funded will help us better understand kidney disease and how it affects patients.”

She continued: “Kidney Research UK relies almost wholly on donations from the public, and we can only continue to fund the very best research into kidney disease with their support.”

Professor Nigel Brunskill, Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Leicester, received just over £175,000 to investigate the prevention of damage to the heart and blood vessels during kidney disease. He commented: “These four grants range from laboratory bench research to patient orientated health services research. This illustrates renal strengths in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester across a broad area. The achievement is important because it offers the possibility of improving patient outcomes by approaching disease from a variety of perspectives.

“We’re pleased with this success because it gives us the opportunity to improve the lives of patients with kidney disease now and in the future. In addition it’s an endorsement of the quality of research that the renal team in Leicester carries out.”

To find out more about the work of Kidney Research UK, visit: www.kidneyresearchuk.org.

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Notes to Editors:
Kidney Research UK

The charity Kidney Research UK was founded in 1961 and is the largest funder dedicated to life-saving research into kidney disease in the UK.

Kidney disease is a silent killer and every year more than 55,000 people are treated for end stage kidney failure, 3,000 people die on dialysis, while 350 die waiting for a kidney transplant. Kidney Research UK is dedicated to substantially reducing these numbers through funding life-saving research into kidney disease and by generating public awareness of kidney health.

90 per cent of people on the transplant list are waiting for a kidney, which is more than 6,000 patients. Even though cases of kidney failure are increasing by four per cent every year, Kidney Research UK must turn down four out of every five research proposals it receives due to a lack of funding - proposals which are aimed at enhancing treatments and ultimately finding a cure for kidney disease.

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