For more than 15 years now we have worked closely with The British Renal Society (BRS) to fund research that improves the lives of kidney patients. Our focus is to improve the level of research in both the practice of kidney disease treatment and the support of patients and our work is critical in an area that has been highlighted as being under-resourced in the National Renal Research Strategy. The joint research committee, chaired by Professor Paula Ormandy, draws on the expertise and skills of health professionals, researchers and kidney patients.
There is no doubt that the support of Kidney Care UK to fund patient focused research helps to directly improve care for renal patients. The impact on the quality of life, of real people managing kidney disease, is significantProfessor Paula Ormandy
More than 60 research grants have been awarded since the partnership began, totalling £1.6million in funding. In some cases, our initial funding has enabled researchers to go on to leverage more investment from other sources which has helped them do more research to help kidney patients:
Every £1 of funding has roughly enabled me to raise around four times as much to sustain a research programmeA Nephrologist
Grants that we have funded have improved patient care through improved resources, education and self-management. Our research has also resulted in greater understanding of depression in kidney patients, and the benefits of exercise. Not only that but our research has influenced the introduction of new services, clinics, screening and treatments.
You can find out more about the current projects we are funding at the British Renal website
If you are a researcher who would like to apply for a grant please visit the British Renal Society's research grant application page
For more information about kidney research see Kidney Research UK