• 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

The Belding Scribner Award

The Belding H. Scribner Award honors the University of Washington physician who made modern day dialysis possible. It’s presented annually by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in nephrology.

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Kidney transplant is associated with improved survival and quality of life among patients with kidney failure. However, some have been noted racial disparities in transplant access. Leila Zelnick, PhD and her KRI nephrology colleagues asked the question: Is adjusting for Black race in estimating equations for glomerular filtration rate in patients with chronic kidney disease […]

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News & Announcements

NFK – ASN Task Force Recommends New Approach for GFR Estimation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and ASN established a national task force, that included Glenda V. Roberts, KRI’s Director – External Relations and Patient Engagement, to reassess the inclusion of race in diagnosing kidney disease.  The task force recommended

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Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb is the 2021 Belding Scribner Award Recipient

A key figure in both near and longer-term kidney research breakthroughs, the American Society of Nephrology has awarded Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb the Belding Scribner Award for his lifetime of achievement.  Recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in dialysis,

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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.