Scientists seek cure to disease

SHEFFIELD University scientists are investigating a substance responsible for kidney failure to discover how it can be targeted and blocked before serious problems occur.

The research could pave the way for new drugs capable of halting the progression of kidney disease – a gradual irreversible damage to kidney function, for which there is no cure.

The disease, which costs the NHS £3.66 billion a year, is thought to be getting more common because of its links with Type 2 diabetes, the result of increasing problems of obesity and ageing societies.

The project, funded by charity Kidney Research UK, is being conducted by a research team at The University of Sheffield’s Kidney Institute in partnership with Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology.