• 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 Allen Institute highlights investigator Dr. Beno Freedman’s lab in video and 2017 Year in Review

Beno Freedman and colleagues are using the Allen Institute‘s human induced pluripotent stem cells to study kidney disease and regeneration. Watch Beno talk about the impact this has had on research his lab is currently conducting in the video below, also featured in the Allen Institute for Cell Science’s 2017 Year in Review.

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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

Kidney Research Institute Appoints Glenda Roberts as Director of External Relations and Patient Engagement

We are thrilled to announce that Glenda Roberts has joined the Kidney Research Institute, a collaboration between Northwest Kidney Centers and UW Medicine, as Director of External Relations and Patient Engagement. In this position, Glenda will combine her passion for incorporating the patient voice in research with her skills gained from years working as a […]

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Kidney Research Institute named part of central hub for new Kidney Precision Medicine Project

The KRI is partnering with collaborators at the University of Michigan and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to serve as the central hub of the new Kidney Precision Medicine Project. The KPMP is a national consortium that seeks to redefine acute and chronic kidney diseases in molecular terms and identify novel targeted […]

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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.