• 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

Director Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb, others discuss the wearable artificial kidney

“A safe, effective, wearable artificial kidney would give end-stage kidney disease patients much more freedom in their lives,” says KRI director Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb who, along with the University of Washington’s Larry Kessler, is leading a trial at the KRI to test the safety of the device.

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News & Announcements

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Read our Spring 2015 newsletter to learn more about our involvement in a multi-center study on diabetic kidney disease, an update on the kidney-on-a-chip project and research critical care doctors are conducting to find out more about the effects of acute kidney injury in intensive care patients.

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Winter 2014 Newsletter

Read our Winter 2014 newsletter to learn about recent events at the Kidney Research Institute, new studies on depression and palliative care, and why Joyce Jackson, Northwest Kidney Centers‘ president and CEO, decided to join our Seattle Kidney Study.

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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.