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Kidneys - what do they do? Well, quite a lot it turns out! During this event, we will learn what they do for us every day and how devastating it can be when they stop working. There is no cure for kidney disease, so we will hear from a leading professor and clinical consultant on how we can help tackle this issue. Event sponsored by Kidney Research UK. Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility. Bar snacks will be available.
What Would Life Be like Without Your Kidneys?
Dr Andrew Lewington (Consultant Kidney Specialist and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor)
A recent poll found that only 50% of the public know kidneys produce urine. Kidneys are very modest and don’t grab the headlines like other organs. They don’t have the intelligence of the brain, the romantic image of the heart or the splendour of lungs. Kidney disease is silent. It can be acute + dramatic or chronic + devastating. Patients who suffer from kidney disease often wish they had another disease that people understood more. I hope to increase your understanding of acute kidney injury, which can lead to chronic disease, the need for dialysis or the life-saving gift of transplantation.