About 70,000 adults and children in the UK may have Polycystic Kidney Disease or PKD - life-threatening inherited conditions that can cause renal (kidney) failure and affect other organs in the body.

We support those affected, their families and carers. We raise awareness and fund research.

Find out more about PKD.


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Do you or a family member have ADPKD or ARPKD but have never had a genetic diagnostic test?

If you have ADPKD (Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease) or ARPKD (Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease), you may be eligible to take part in the 100,000 Genomes Project run by Genomics England, part of the Department of Health.

You may have heard of this exciting project in the media. Genomics England is analysing - known as 'sequencing' - 100,000 genomes of people in the UK with rare diseases and cancer. The aim is to stimulate innovative research, deliver greater medical insights and transform genetics health services. Some people may also receive a conclusive diagnosis for the first time.

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Latest News & Events

Rare Disease Day 28 February 2017

This year's Rare Disease Day theme is “Research”.

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Would you like to take part in the DRINK Study?

The DRINK study is looking to recruit patients in the UK with polycystic kidney disease (known as ADPKD or PKD) to take part in a research study to determine how much water to drink.  Participants will be randomly assigned to either a daily prescription of high water intake or to continue with their usual drinking practices.

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It's time to Give PKD the Bump - first-ever European PKD Awareness Campaign

'Give PKD the Bump' has launched

Support our first-ever European PKD Awareness & Fundraising Campaign organised by the PKD Charity and PKD patient organisations in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland to spread the word about Polycystic Kidney Disease and raise funds for much-needed research.

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Latest Research

Clinical research fellowship grant - Addenbrooke's Hospital

The PKD Charity has awarded £10,000 to Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust towards a clinical research fellowship.

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PhD studentship award - Royal Free Centre for Nephrology

The PKD Charity has awarded £32,259 over 3 years to UCL Royal Free Centre for Nephrology towards a joint PhD studentship.

The grant will help support a PhD student undertaking PKD research.

DRINK pilot app - Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit

The PKD Charity has awarded £10,000 to Cambridge Hospitals and Clinical Trial Unit towards the development of a smartphone app to support the DRINK pilot.

Find out more about the DRINK pilot here.

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PKD Charity is a Member of

  • Fundraising Regulator Website
  • Visit The Information Standard website
  • Visit PKD International website
  • Visit Ciliopathy Alliance website
  • Visit the Genetic Alliance UK website
  • Rare Disease UK Website
  • National Voices Website
  • Specialised Healthcare Alliance Website
  • FEDERG Website
  • Visit EURORDIS website