The NURTuRE biobank has the potential to unlock answers to some of the biggest questions about chronic kidney disease (CKD) and nephrotic syndrome (NS).

We need YOU for NURTuRE

We are looking for patient volunteers!

Your participation requires no extra hospital visits… just your consent to be involved in this exciting, pioneering study.

If you are a patient with either late-stage CKD or NS at one of the participating renal units, you may be offered the opportunity to take part in the NURTuRE biobank study. If you haven’t yet been approached, and you are interested in participating, please ask the doctor or nurse at your renal unit.

Skevy’s story

Derbyshire mum, Skevy Piponides (pictured here with her daughters Florentia and Andrea), has late-stage CKD and hopes her involvement in the NURTuRE study could eventually shed light on the causes of kidney disease.

“I had no prior symptoms or problems but, after a bout of mild dizzy spells, tests revealed that I had the kidney of an average 80-yearold, in terms of condition and function. No one can explain how this has happened, but the biobank may help to finally get to the bottom of this mystery and shed further light on the causes of other kidney conditions.”

Skevy’s renal unit at the Royal Derby Hospital invited her to take part.

“I was more than happy to help and the whole process has been so simple. They just took blood and urine samples, did some height and weight measurements, tested my memory skills and asked me a few other questions. It was all done during a routine appointment and they’ll simply repeat the process in a year’s time. I’ve never been part of a research study before but, if my involvement can help other people like me, then that would be fantastic.

Skevy’s story also featured in an article about NURTuRE in Kidney Research UK’s Update magazine in November 2017

 Click here to read the article in full


The NURTuRE-CKD cohort involves 3,000 people from kidney clinics in England, Scotland and Wales. Researchers will look at disease progression in people with CKD. In some people, kidney function deteriorates more quickly than in others and researchers aim to investigate risk factors that may help us to predict which people with CKD will go on to develop serious kidney problems or disorders of the heart and arteries. This will allow us to reassure those people who are at low risk, sparing them from unnecessary treatment and to provide appropriate monitoring and treatment for those at higher risk.

The NURTuRE-NS (NephroS) cohort  involves over 800 adults and children with NS. Researchers will look at how the disease actually affects the kidney and whether this is the same in every patient, as well as looking at genetic factors. The aim is to increase medical knowledge about this disease and help provide better treatment for NS in the future.