kidney research northern ireland

Aims of NIKRF

The Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund aims to raise funds to:

  • Support and promote research into the causes, prevention and possible cures for kidney disease.
  • Provide specialised equipment for research and advances in treatment of kidney diseases unavailable from the National Health Service.
  • To increase public awareness of kidney disease and the success of modern treatment including transplantation.
  • To promote the National Organ Donor Register.

Welcome to the website of Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund (NIKRF).


Thank you for visiting the new website of the Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund, a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital.  We hope that you find it interesting and informative.  The Fund is a totally voluntary organisation with no paid officials or staff.

Origins of NIKRF


In 1970 a young Waringstown woman, the late Mrs Josephine Kerr, became critically ill with acute kidney failure following the loss at childbirth of a much longed-for baby.  For several weeks she was near to death and dependent on artificial kidney treatment under the care of the late Professor Mary McGeown in the Belfast City Hospital.  She survived and subsequently regained complete health.

Following her miraculous recovery, Mrs Kerr was inspired to write an article in the Belfast Telegraph describing her life threatening illness, the treatment which led to her recovery and asking those who had benefited from similar treatment to join her to raise money for research into kidney disease. Together with her husband Walter, family, friends and others who replied to her letter in the Belfast Telegraph, Josie formed a steering group and in 1971  the Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund (NIKRF) was launched.





Latest News

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Clinical and Research Activity Reports (2014-2015:



Presented by Professor Peter Maxwell at the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund


On behalf of the Medical Advisors to the Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund it is my pleasure to highlight recent clinical and research activity in Northern Ireland.

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Organ Donation, Opt-in or Opt-out?

Jo-Anne Dobson Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann is submitting a private members Bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly to introduce legislation to change the law on how Organ Donation is organised.

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Change of online giving site

NIKRF has changed from PayPal to BT Mydonate for online giving

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