• 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 recent research studies.
  • The Best People in the Business

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

    Learn more about Community Connection, a registry for patients interested in being involved with research.
  • 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 Stories

New direction for the Kidney Research Institute

Dr. Ian de Boer takes the helm as the Director of the Kidney Research Institute

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Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb celebrates 14-year run as the inaugural Director of the Kidney Research Institute

In April 2022, Jonathan Himmelfarb stepped down after 14 years as the inaugural director of the Kidney Research Institute (KRI), where he built and will continue to support a visionary center focused clinical and translational kidney research.” The Kidney Research Institute was established in 2008 as a collaboration between UW Medicine and the Northwest Kidney […]

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News & Announcements

Winter 2021 Newsletter

Read our Winter 2021 newsletter for an update from our director

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In Memoriam: Nancy Hewitt Spaeth, 1947 – 2022

Nancy Hewitt Spaeth, the longest survivor of kidney failure in the world, passed away on January 14, 2022

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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.