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Our kidneys are incredibly powerful organs, capable of filtering our entire blood volume 25 times in the space of a single day. Come and discover what happens to our body when these essential organs stop working as they should, and learn about the exciting research going on from the experts themselves. Join us and KRUK in the ground floor room for the chance to win amazing Pint of Science goodies!
Silently inflamed kidneys
Professor Frederick Tam (Ken and Mary Minton Chair of Renal Medicine)
Kidneys are essential for maintaining our health through the removal of waste substances from our body by regular urine production, and are also important for balancing salt, water, and blood pressure. For patients with kidney disease, silent inflammation can further injure these vital organs with some patients not knowing the extent of the damage until late stages of the disease. This talk will explain how kidney inflammation happens and the importance of making an earlier diagnosis, as well as sharing the latest exciting research from the field.
Delivering success: safe pregnancy with kidney disease
“Babies born to women with kidney disease used to be born dangerously or not at all (not at all if doctors had their way!)” – a quote from the Lancet in 1975. Kidney disease is common, affecting ~3% of women at child bearing age. It can be caused by many different problems, but even mild kidney disease can have a bad impact on both the mother and the baby. Come and hear how we are improving outcomes by developing enhanced collaborative care and better planning. Our research is aimed at predicting exactly who is at risk, and excitingly, developing non-drug approaches that are safe in pregnancy.