• Innovative work

    Hear director Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb speak about the Kidney on a Chip, an exciting project that could help predict drug safety.
  • Transforming Lives through Innovation and Discovery

    Read more about the need for research.
  • Mission

    Our mission is to conduct research that can improve the lives of those with kidney disease.
  • Vision

    Our vision is for every eligible patient with kidney disease to be informed about, participate in and benefit from our research. Read what you can do to help.
  • Goal

    Our goal is to establish a leading clinical research endeavor focusing on early detection, prevention and treatment of kidney disease and its complications. Read more about our current research projects.
  • The Best People in the Business

    Meet our investigators, staff, director and scientific committee.
  • Research and Collaboration

    Learn more about our studies and clinical trials.
  • Leading Papers and Publications

    Read our investigators' publications.

Welcome to the KRI

The Kidney Research Institute is a collaboration between Northwest Kidney Centers and UW Medicine focused on developing early detection, prevention and treatment of kidney disease and its complications.

We bring together scientists in clinical medicine, pharmacology, genetics, pathology, psychology, education and physiology working closely with basic scientists in bioengineering, biochemistry, immunology, genomics and other disciplines.

Featured Story

Kidney Health Fair May 14

We’re proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Kidney Health Fair, held at the Seattle Vocational Institute from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016. Stop by to get a free health screening, eat healthy snacks and learn ways to prevent kidney disease.

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Director Dr. Himmelfarb gives President’s Address Nov. 5, 2015 at Kidney Week

As outgoing president of the American Society of Nephrology, our director Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb spoke about challenges and opportunities facing the nephrology community, and ways to inspire the next generation of clinicians and researchers. Watch his speech by clicking ‘read more’ below.

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News & Announcements

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Read our Spring 2016 newsletter to learn more about our first Patient Advisory Committee meeting, the kidney-on-a-chip study, University of Washington students focused on kidney innovation, and Dr. Bessie Young’s work on kidney disease and the APOL1 gene.

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Winter 2015 Newsletter

Read our Winter 2015 newsletter to learn more about our annual Scientific Advisory Committee meeting, involvement in outreach events and educating high schoolers about kidney research, new grants and research space, and recent recruit Dr. Benjamin Freedman’s work on stem cells and kidney regeneration.

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Donate & Get Involved

Every gift to the Kidney Research Institute is vital and helps us fulfill our mission to improve the lives of people with kidney disease.

  • With your generous support, we will attack the big problems and focus on discovery and innovation.
  • Our promise is to be good stewards of your gift, and leverage every gift dollar into multiple dollars supporting kidney disease research.
  • We will obtain the best possible scientific advice to gauge our progress and stay in close touch with the kidney community in the Seattle area.