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About Us

WKRU (Wales Kidney Research Unit/Uned Ymchwil Arennol Cymru) is a partnership between Cardiff University, Bangor University and Swansea University. We are funded by Health and Care Research Wales and part of its core research infrastructure delivering an All-Wales strategy for the study of diagnosis, prevention, treatment and social context of kidney disease.

At WKRU researchers, clinical staff, patients, families and carers work together, to answer important health and social care research questions, and develop state-of-the-art services that benefit population needs. We work with commercial, public, private, charity and third sector partners to bring investment into Wales improving the health and wealth of the population.  See below a video of some of WKRU activities in the lab in Cardiff - a day in the life. 

Prudent healthcare and co-production underpin research design and development of prototype diagnostics and therapies in clinical and lab research, data collection and access, and social care in kidney disease.

WKRU works with academic institutions undertaking multi centre and international research in clinical trials, health technology assessments, identification of fundamental disease mechanisms and health and social care services research. Our research is aligned with Wales’ health and social care strategic aims as set out in key policy documents ‘Renal Services in Wales 2016-2020 Delivery Plan’, UK Renal Research Strategy, Social services and Well-being (Wales) Act and Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

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Read our newsletter here: June 2019 edition