The Outreach and Dissemination lead for WKRU is Dr Bob Steadman, Cardiff University. Bob is assisted by the WKRU senior team, receives administrative and website support from Cardiff University, and welcomes any opportunity to highlight our research. Please contact him (steadmanr@cardiff.ac.uk) or our manager Dr Chantal Colmont (colmontcs@cardiff.ac.uk) if you’d like to know more. Here are some of our year’s highlights:


15.05.17 - WKRU at "Pint of Science". WKRU present "Don't Flush the Answer!"

27.03.17 - Science is International. Artwork by immunology members of WKRU celebrates the international nature of research

24.03.17 - Body wars - the immune system strikes back. WKRU and other Systems Immunity scientists engage the public at Techniquest.

23.03.17 - "After Hours"WKRU took exhibits to this evening event joining other members of Systems Immunity URI

09.03.17 - World Kidney Day. WKRU raising public awareness of kidney disease, its treatment and WKRU research around Wales.

09.03.17 - Kidney Research UK opens new charity shop in Cardiff.  WKRU Director Prof Donald Fraser attended the opening event.

01.03.17 Involving People Network - Annual Conference. WKRU members including the Organ Donation Study team attended the event and presented the final session describing how the public have been involved in the Organ Donation Study. More information

14.02.17 - Launch of School of Social Care. The Social Care team of WKRU attended the event, held at the Temple of Peace, Cardiff. More information.

02.12.16 - 2nd Annual Meeting.The second WKRU Annual Meeting was organised by Dr James Chess and was held in the Postgraduate Centre, Morriston Hospital, Swansea. More information

13.10.16 - WKRU at Health and Care Research Wales 2016 Conference. More information

12.10.16 - WKRU Open afternoon for kidney patients and families, nurses and carers.

15.09.16 - Leah McLaughlin spoke about the Organ Donation Project at Llanelli Multi Cultural Network. More information

13.09.16 -  WKRU on Radio Cardiff.  Leah McLaughlin spoke about the Organ Donation Project and promoted organ donation week within BAME Communities.

21.07.16 - Minority Ethnic Elders Advocacy (M.E.E.A) Project - Jason Lakkiss from Race Equality First and Roon Adams enabled the Organ Donation Study team to have a stall at this event launched by Vaughan Gething AM, Cardiff

14.07.16 - Bawso Forced Marriage Dialogue Day, Cardiff

12.07.16 - “Kidney Research UK 2020” launch strategy, targeting all aspects of kidney related disease at Ty Hywel Welsh Assembly. The Minister for Health, Wellbeing and Sport - Vaughan Gething AM, launched the strategy and the event was sponsored by David Rees AM, Cardiff

02.07.16 - Keynote presentation at the WARPS, Welsh Association of Renal Physicians and Surgeons, Cardiff

24.06.16 – “Good research practice for social care researchers” - Prof Jane Noyes (Chief Investigator on the Organ Donation Study) alongside Zoe Hunter (Research Services Lead) from Health and Care Research Wales delivered their first Good research practice for social care researchers course at Bangor University this week, Bangor

10.06.16 - "Hands- on-the-Bench" Laboratory Sessions. An introduction to medical research and research techniques to Year 12 pupils. Helping students with career pathways selection and advertising CU biomedical career options.

09.06.16 – Two WKRU Postdoctoral Fellows competing for the Kidney Research UK Young Investigator award at UK Kidney Week, Birmingham

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08.6.16 - Research Officer Carol Williams was invited to come and speak at the Flintshire Deaf Association Group about the Organ Donation Project. It was a pleasure to meet the group and the visit prompted many interesting thoughts and reflections. 

 08.06.16 - Karma Nirvana Women’s Empowerment Roadshow, ending forced marriage and honour crime in the UK, Cardiff

 01.06.16 – “Lleisiau Bach / Little Voices project” - The children from Llanbedrgoch Primary School showed their film on the new organ donation act (featuring Abi Roberts, Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation from the North West team) to the children's commissioner Sally Holland at the conference hosted by Bangor University. Click here for more info: https://twitter.com/lleisiaubach, Bangor.

24.05.16  - Leah McLaughlin attended afternoon lunch  with Women's group in Machintosh Community Centre Roath via an Invite from Race Equality First to talk to Women from diverse and ethnic minorities about the Organ Donation Project. 


20.05.16 – Volunteers manned a stand at the International Clinical Trials Event in the Queen’s Arcade, Cardiff. See Report


09.05.16 - Leah McLaughlin attended morning chair yoga session at Bangladesh Centre, Machen Place, Riverside Cardiff via an invite from Race Equality First to talk about the Organ Donation Study. 

 20.04.16 - The Systems Immunity Research Institute including WKRU members sets up a Lay Faculty to foster a close dialogue between its scientists and the public.

14.04.16 – The life-size Operation Game was taken to Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff to inform about transplantation.

13.04.16 – The team held a ‘Bring and Buy sale’ as part of Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences All Research Event.  With very generous donations and a lot of selling the team managed to raise a total of £500 for Cruse Bereavement Care.  

 24.03.16 - Prof Jane Noyes and Abi Roberts (SNOD) visited Llanbedrgoch Primary School on Anglesey who are working on the ‘Little Voices’ project, which provides support for children and young people to carry out research within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to advocate for change informed by their research. Based at the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People at Swansea and Bangor Universities.

 17.03.16 – The team of young investigators returned to Techniquest to present and perfect their engagement projects. See Report.

 A separate team took a life-size Operation Game to Birchgrove Primary School, Cardiff to inform about transplantation.

 10.03.16 - World Kidney Day. WKRU set up a static cycle in the Main Concourse of the University Hospital of Wales. “Are you kidney aware” flyers were distributed, together with information about the Organ Donation Project undertaken by the WKRU Social Care Team in Bangor. See Report.

 11.02.16 - Leah McLaughlin and Charlotte Goodwin presented at the “7th Cardiff Transplant Symposium and TPM Workshop on Uncontrolled Donation after Circulatory Death” at Cardiff. The symposium included a host of talks to discuss challenges in Organ Donation and Uncontrolled Donation after Circulatory Death.

25.01.16 – A team of young investigators attended a workshop at Techniquest (previously announced at the Annual meeting) to explore ways to develop public engagement ideas.

 04.12.15 – 1st WKRU Annual meeting was held in the Life Sciences Hub Wales in Cardiff Bay, on Friday 4th December, 2015. Attendees included researchers from Bangor, Cardiff, and Swansea Universities, representatives from kidney patients organisations and charities, such as Kidney Research UK, HealthWise Wales, Health & Care Research Wales and the NHS, and Techniquest.