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About Help BEAT Kidney Disease 

Help BEAT Kidney Disease is part of Research for the Future, an NHS-supported campaign that helps people living with kidney disease find out about and take part in health and care research.

Taking part in research means you are not only helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses but also learning more about living with and managing your own condition.  Find out more

About Kidney Disease

The kidneys carry out many important functions in the body. They remove excess water and waste, regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells and maintain bone health.

There are two main types of kidney disease, chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney injury (AKI).

CKD is a common long term condition where the kidneys don’t work as they should. The term ‘renal disease’ can also be used to describe any disease affecting the kidneys. Approximately 8% of the adult UK population have CKD, with black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities at highest risk of developing the condition.

AKI is when there is sudden damage to the kidneys, usually caused by another serious illness. Damage can range from minor loss of kidney function to complete kidney failure.

Kidney disease is often associated with getting older. It can also be caused as a result of other conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure or nephritis (inflammation due to infections or autoimmune conditions) as well as other rare causes. Find out more about kidney disease and how to manage it on the Kidney Care UK website.

If you are interested in finding out how you can take part in kidney research studies join Help BEAT Kidney Disease. By signing up you could help to improve future generations’ healthcare.

Joining Help BEAT Kidney Disease

Joining Help BEAT Kidney Disease is free. When you sign up, we will ask you for your contact details and what kidney condition you have. We will explain the different types of research and you can tell us which of these you are interested in.

It is always your decision whether you take part in any research we tell you about. Your participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw from a study or from the Research for the Future database at any time without it affecting the care you receive.

Any information you provide is stored on a secure NHS database and will never be passed to anyone else.  Please see our Privacy Notice for further details about how we protect your personal information.

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Current studies

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Gendius 21

Gathering opinions on a new research project investigating whether AI (artificial intelligence) can be used to predict which people with diabetes are most at risk of developing kidney or cardiovascular disease.

Find out more about: Gendius 21

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CKD symptom impact

Understanding the importance of symptoms experienced by people living with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Find out more about: CKD symptom impact

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EVENS (Evidence for Equality National Survey)

This survey will investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown is affecting people and will document the experiences of ethnic and religious minority people.

Find out more about: EVENS (Evidence for Equality National Survey)



The PRINCIPLE clinical trial is looking to find low-risk treatments that can be taken at home for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

Find out more about: PRINCIPLE Trial

How you've helped us

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Identification of chronic kidney disease

Project gathering patient feedback on a research proposal looking to develop new ways to identify patients prone to rapidly progressing kidney disease.

Wearable health tracking device

The Wearable Clinic

Research to understand if wearing a digital device such as a smartwatch can help people with long-term conditions manage aspects of their health and care.