• 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

Launch of participant registry website for future research

The KRI Community Connection website gives kidney patients an easier way to enroll in research studies that will advance the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of kidney disease. At the KRI, patients and volunteers become partners with members of our research team, a relationship vital to the success of studies and trials.

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News & Announcements

Winter 2016 Newsletter

Read our Winter 2016 newsletter for an update from our director and to learn more about our renovated research space in north Seattle, the Kidney Health Fair and top grants awarded by Kidney Research Institute investigators. You’ll also read about our new registry–Community Connection–for people interested in joining research studies, and the work Mary Bray, clinical research coordinator, […]

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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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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.