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The Kidney Fund ( also known as South West Thames Kidney Fund)

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The Kidney Fund (formerly The South West Thames Kidney Fund) was set up to develop original research into kidney disease.  The Kidney Fund is the charity arm. The South West Thames Institute is the research institute that does the research. The charity gives a grant to the Institute to fund the research. Dr Mark Dockrell is the Research Director of the Institute and Dr Michael Bending is the Chairman of the Kidney Fund. 
Kidney Disease.
Kidney disease can be a progressive disease that it often not diagnosed until it is in an advanced stage. One patient came in for a knee operation but had high blood pressure and when this was investigated it was found he had an advanced kidney disease. Another lady was told that her pregnancy was going very well even though she only had one kidney - this was news to her! Diabetic patients are at risk of getting kidney problems -the Institute does research on diabetes and kidney failure.
Having kidney problems puts a strain on your other organs - and there can be heart related problems. If your kidneys cant clean your blood the arteries become blocked with 'rubbish'. 

The institute aims to develop preventative diagnostic tests that can slow down the disease and also help to understand how these diseases develop. It works collaboratively with staff and patients. As the disease is slow - people get to know each other and all want to find a solution.
Patients are willing to help with tests. Doctors in all areas, such as heart issues will collaborate to ensure a complete picture of this disease.
Although a small institute, there are less than 10 staff - research has made an impact worldwide. 
Any monies raised are used to employ research scientists, that include Doctors doing original research that they will take back into the NHS.
The Institute building was built upon the generosity of the patients and Doctors - the Kidney Tribe.
Money raised will continue to fund the research.



Charity No: 800952

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