UK Kidney Research Consortium

UK Kidney Research Consortium

The UK Kidney Research Consortium (UKKRC) was established in 2007 and is jointly hosted and supported by the British Renal Society, Renal Association, and Kidney Research UK.

Meetings of the UKKRC are held twice a year in conjunction with the meeting of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Kidney Disorders Specialty Group.

The overall aim is to facilitate the best collaborative clinical research for health in kidney disease.

This achieved through Clinical Study Groups (CSGs) and three renal networks – the UK Renal Imaging Network, the Kidney Patient Involvement Network and the UK Renal Trials Network .

Kidney Research UK have also led on the development of two renal science networks in Regenerative Medicine and Fibrosis.

Members of the MDT interested in research are encouraged to join any of the CSGs or Networks and further details are available here.


UK Renal Research Strategy

The ‘Kidney Health: Delivering Excellence’ report was published in October 2013, which set out sixteen ambitions, one of which recommended that a research strategy for kidney disease was developed. The UKKRC took forward this ambition by establishing a Steering Group in February 2014, charged with undertaking the development of the first ever UK Renal Research Strategy.

This first UK Renal Research Strategy was launched on 14 April 2016.

This strategy details a number of aims with associated recommendations which are intended to unite the whole kidney (renal) professional and patient community and to provide information and evidence for funders, policymakers and those helping to create and support the next generation of researchers.