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The challenge

In some people kidney function deteriorates more quickly than in others. We need to know more about why and how this happens so that we can predict more accurately which people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) will go on to develop serious kidney problems, and problems with the heart and arteries. In order to do this we need to collect more samples (including blood, tissue and DNA) from people with CKD so that we can map the progression of CKD across the UK population.  


The research

NURTuRE is a collaboration between researchers, funders and industry. The multiple partners will maximise the scientific value of the research. The NURTuRE-CKD IRAS project ID is 211479 and is sponsored by the University of Nottingham. At the moment the study is seeking to recruit as many people as possible, if you are interested to get involved you can register here https://www.nurturebiobank.org/patients/


The results

The study is open and ongoing. We have already collected over 3,000 samples from people with CKD. A novel outcome from the study already is the real time display of the samples in the data bank. This provides a glimpse of the possibilities to other researchers and industry partners interested in utilising the databank for further studies. Read more here https://www.nurturebiobank.org/dynamic-data-ckd/


The impact

If we know which people are more likely to develop more serious kidney and related problems we can provide appropriate treatment and monitoring. This will improve patient outcomes and quality of care living with a lifelong condition. We can also reassure people at low risk and reduce unnecessary treatment and visits to hospitals. This will represent significant cost saving as well as improving patient care and overall quality of life.

The NURTuRE biobank has the potential to unlock answers to some of the biggest questions about chronic kidney disease (CKD) and represents an important development in the progress of renal research and will act as a springboard for similar developments into other aspects of kidney disease. Updates including events, promotions and articles are available via the NURTuRE website https://www.nurturebiobank.org/

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