About Kidney Disease
About Help BEAT Kidney Disease
Help BEAT Kidney Disease is a dedicated campaign supporting people to take part in research looking to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage different kinds of kidney disease.
Registering with Research for the Future means you will receive information about opportunities to take part in research.
The process is easy. We will ask you for your contact details, some questions about your general health and what kind of kidney condition you have.
About kidney disease
Kidney or renal disease is often associated with getting older but can also occur because of other conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure or nephritis (inflammation due to infections or autoimmune conditions).
Around 10% of people in the UK have chronic kidney disease (CKD), an umbrella term used to mean the kidneys are damaged, diseased, or not functioning correctly, and have been that way for a while. It is a long-term condition that can affect anyone, but people of black or south Asian origin have a higher risk of developing CKD.
Taking part in research means you will be helping to improve health and care for future generations as well as helping researchers:
- better understand the causes of kidney disease and how to prevent it
- increase knowledge about how to slow the progression of kidney disease
- identify effective treatments, such as new drugs
- develop new services to support people living with chronic kidney disease, who are on dialysis, or post-transplant
- understand why some groups of people are at greater risk of developing kidney disease
There are lots of different types of research and ways you can take part, including:
- completing a survey or questionnaire
- being part of a discussion group
- testing a smartphone app, online system or activity tracker
- trialling a support programme helping people to better manage symptoms
- being part of a clinical trial testing new and existing medications.
We use the information you provide when you register to inform you about suitable opportunities as they arise along with details of how you can take part. It is always your decision whether to take part in anything we tell you about. If at any time you change your mind and no longer want to receive information, let us know.
The information you provide is stored on a secure NHS database. It will never be shared with anyone else. For more information about how we store and protect your personal information, see our ‘Privacy notice’
We are delighted that Kidney Research UK has partnered with us to promote the Help BEAT Kidney Disease campaign.
Kidney Research UK is the largest kidney research charity in the UK. It is dedicated to understanding the causes of kidney disease, it’s treatments and finding a cure. The charity funds cutting-edge research with the goal of ending kidney disease.
Health and advice
If you have a health concern, please contact your GP for advice and treatment.
The NHS 111 service is available to make it easier and quicker for people to get the right advice or treatment they need, be that for their physical or mental health. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Online at nhs.uk
- Call 111 for free from a landline or mobile phone
The best sources of up-to-date accurate health information about kidney conditions, tests and treatments:
- NHS website
- Kidney Research UK website
- Kidney Care UK website
Using biomarkers to predict CKD in diabetes
Developing research investigating if microRNA biomarkers can help predict kidney disease in people with type 2 diabetes.
Find out more about: Using biomarkers to predict CKD in diabetes
How you've helped us
Identification of chronic kidney disease
Capturing patient feedback on research developing ways to identify people prone to kidney disease.
The Wearable Clinic
Understanding if wearing digital devices can help people better manage their health and care.