Kidney Research Northwest

Our Research

Research work is/has been funded in the departments of Organ Transplantation, Urology and Nephrology, at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH) and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as well as occasional support of relevant work in certain departments of The University of Liverpool.

Kidney Research Northwest has been helped greatly by the joining of all services on the campus of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH). KRNW have rooms within the premises of the University of Liverpool’s, Cancer Research Centre providing all necessary support facilities. KRNW research is usually carried out by medically qualified personnel who have already acquired specialist qualifications. Most will obtain a Masters or Doctorate as a result of their work and proceed to Consultant posts in the NHS. Many of our former research fellows are now Directors of their own specialist department. KRNW pays for salaries and costs of research fellows during their normal tenure of two or three years.

Research project applications are submitted to KRNW and are considered by our Scientific Sub Committee, and our Board of Trustees before funding is given.

If you would like to apply for funding from KRNW you can do so by downloading the following documents and forwarding to KRNW central office via email to
Funding Application Form
Funding Terms and Conditions

Please contact us if you require further information regarding applying for funding.

Researcher – Petra Goldsmith

Supervisors – D Middleton D Lowe M Howse A Hammad

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Dr Jo Fothergill, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool
Dr Rachel Floyd, Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool

John Newman

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Dr Chris Barton, Dr Louise Oni (Watson), Dr Dan Hawcutt, Dr Caroline Jones, Professor Barry Pizer, Karen Selwood (Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner) and Oncology Research Nurses Sue Hemsworth and Erica Hincks based (Department of Paediatric Oncology, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital) in collaboration with the laboratory of Professor Munir Pirmohamed (Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine/Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool)

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Exploration of the new mechanisms of kidney damage

Researchers: Dr Rana Rustom, Dr Liliana Shalamanova, Dr Frank McArdle, Prof M J Jackson, Prof Anne McArdle

Kidney failure requiring dialysis treatment leads to increased morbidity and death and is very costly to the NHS. Damage to the kidney occurs at many levels but the site that is very important is called the proximal tubule

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Kidney Research Northwest project

The number of cases of kidney cancer diagnosed in the UK, and in many other industrialised countries, has doubled in the past thirty years. Almost half of all patients diagnosed with kidney cancer die from the disease. We urgently need to improve treatment for patients with kidney cancer.

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Mitochondrial function

Prof A McArdle, Dr A V Crowe, Dr A Sharma, Dr A Kayani

Advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a severe and debilitating disease suffered by a growing number of people worldwide. The impact on the lives of sufferers is profound, with most experiencing significant reduction in their quality of life.

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How does bacterial infection cause ureteric dysfunction and contribute to kidney damage

Researcher(s): Dr Rachel Floyd, Dr Ted Burdyga, Prof Susan Wray, Dr Craig Winstanley

The urinary tract is a highly adapted system that produces, stores, and eliminates urine. In humans and most mammals it is composed of two kidneys, two ureters, the urinary bladder, two sphincter muscles, and the urethra.

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Drs Mark Boyd, Nikolina Vlatkovic and Mr Keith Parsons. Cancers of the kidney are on the increase in the developed world. In the UK, the number of cases has doubled in the past thirty years with over 9,000 new cases diagnosed in 2010 and 4,000 patients now dying from this disease each year.

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Research Partners
Liverpool University The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital