When the team from King’s College Hospital asked us to support this pilot, we could see enormous potential of the project, and were delighted to respond quickly. Right now, it is more important than ever to give kidney patients options to keep moving and explore new ways to maintain good mental health.
We’re thrilled to have won this award, and see that our film really resonated with the public. Showing the impact of research; to understand diseases better, that goes on to change lives and save lives is so important. Although today’s climate is challenging, we are continuing our vital work to keep research going, and the hope this brings to patients is more important than ever.
Along with diabetes, high blood pressure is a significant cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney failure. This research suggests that miR-214 levels might be useful to identify people whose blood vessels are at risk of damage earlier, and could be a good target to develop new treatments. This is important because preventing high blood pressure could ultimately help us reduce CKD and prevent kidney failure developing.
The 2.6 Challenge is a great initiative and we’re delighted to be part of it. We would like all our supporters, plus their families and friends, to get involved. You can do your challenge in your own house or garden, at your own pace – so it really is open to everyone. Whether it’s baking 26 cupcakes, climbing your stairs 26 times, or doing 2.6 minutes of skipping, all we ask is that you donate £26 to our challenge page, or set up your own page and have your own target to raise - could you raise £260? With three million people in the UK having kidney disease, it’s vital that we keep research going. Thank you to everyone who is helping us by getting involved.
“The research funded by the charity provides hope to a lot of kidney patients, like me, who are uncertain about their future with the disease. The #mugshot campaign shines a light on the commitment of both the charity and its supporters, to keep this incredible research going and, ultimately, keep that hope alive for kidney patients. We would love to see lots more people involved.”
Research changes lives and saves lives. This film celebrates the huge medical advances that research funded by Kidney Research UK has brought to people with aHUS. We are delighted to be through to the finals for this award and owe a huge thanks to Ros for sharing her story.