UK Renal Imaging Network

The UK Renal Imaging Network (UKRIN) is founded and supported by the charity Kidney Research UK, aiming to coordinate UK-wide activities in the field of renal MRI:

https://kidneyresearchuk.org/research/research-networks/uk-renal-imaging-network/

UKRIN has been awarded a national partnership grant (UKRIN-MAPS, MRI Acquisition and Processing Standardisation) by the Medical Research Council to develop harmonized cross-vendor acquisition and analysis tools for renal MRI. The project is ongoing and due to end mid 2020. UKRIN-MAPS is led by Prof. Susan Francis from Nottingham University:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/spmic/research/uk-renal-imaging-network/ukrin-maps.aspx

Additionally, the NIHR has awarded a large national multi-centre study on renal MRI in CKD: AFiRM - Application of Functional Renal MRI to improve assessment of chronic kidney disease. AFiRM will build on the infrastructure developed in UKRIN-MAPS to image 500 CKD patients longitudinally with repeat imaging 2 years after baseline, and long-term follow-up. AFiRM is led by Prof. Nicolas Selby in Nottingham and is due to open for recruitment in 2021:

https://fundingawards.nihr.ac.uk/award/NIHR128494

Other activities of UKRIN include the organisation of the 3 international meeting on renal MRI together with PARENCHIMA:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/spmic/research/uk-renal-imaging-network/3rd-renal-symposium/3rd-international-symposium-on-functional-renal-imaging.aspx

As well as regular national meetings within the UK to develop further collaborative projects

Members

Lead: Prof. Susan Francis

Vice Lead: Dr. Nicholas Selby