Research which could lead to new treatments for kidney disease has received £255,000 funding

Kidney Research UK has awarded £255,000 to Sheffield University to fund two three-year research projects and a medical student placement. The money will be used to study Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD). This is a condition that causes cysts to develop in the kidney from birth and there is no way to predict, halt or slow the disease; eventually the kidney is destroyed.

The projects, under the supervision of Prof Ong, will investigate whether molecules that cause kidney cysts to form and grow can be blocked and Prof Ong said that it was an exciting time for patients.