More than 22,000 people with diabetes currently need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Our partnership with Kidney Research UK aims to bring together expertise to understand and ultimately stop kidney disease in people with diabetes.
We've been working with Kidney Research UK and have established Clinical Studies Groups: groups of scientists, healthcare professionals and people living with either diabetes or kidney disease, who work together to identify the most important areas of future research. To support this new partnership, these expert groups are now collaborating, to ensure that expertise across diabetes and kidney disease is put to the best use, in order to tackle research priorities and improve the lives of people with these conditions.
We're both open to co-funding research projects, enabling supporters’ donations to go even further, and are encouraging researchers to notify both charities in advance of applying for funding.
Elaine Davies, Director of Research at Kidney Research UK, said:
“By working together, our two charities want to protect people with diabetes from developing kidney disease and slow the progression of this devastating condition, helping people live longer. We don’t yet know why some people with diabetes are at a higher risk of kidney disease than others.
“But, what we do know is kidney disease spotted later can result in poorer health outcomes, with people dying unnecessarily. We need to help people with diabetes and healthcare professionals to spot the signs of kidney disease early and reduce the risk.”
Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK, said:
“The statistics around kidney disease in people with diabetes are shocking – one in five deaths in people with Type 1 diabetes is a result of kidney disease, and this needs to change.
“As well as supporting healthcare professionals to spot the signs of kidney disease, we need to bring scientific experts together to speed up research into new treatments which can stop kidney disease in its tracks. Working together, our charities believe that we can put a stop to the harm diabetes causes
If you'd like to know more about our work with Kidney Research UK, you can read our joint statement for more information.