Research projects are at the heart of Kidneys for Life – the funding and support that we raise, helps this vital research continue, our grants would be considered as “Pump Priming Grants” and if you would like a further explanation and an example please follow download KFL – Pump Priming Grants Explanation.
One such grant was awarded to Professor Adrian Woolf who said “that a grant from Kidneys for Life has allowed his team to generate and grow human mini-kidneys in a dish. Adrian is a kidney consultant at the Royal Manchester Children’s hospital where he runs a clinic for families with inherited kidney problems.
He told us that “With Professor Susan Kimber and her team in the University of Manchester, we have been able to take special ‘pluripotent cells’ and encourage them to form little kidneys that contain glomeruli and tubules. They look just like small human kidneys”. Using the latest stem cell technologies the team have also begun to grow mini-kidneys from a simple blood sample taken from people with inherited kidney diseases. Adrian also told us that “Kidneys for Life’s grant has been critical in getting this work started. In the future, the door is open to make new mini-kidneys that make urine and to find new treatments for potentially devastating inherited kidney diseases”
The deadline for the KFL 2023 Research Grant programme has now passed. Details on all successful projects can be found below.
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