Research in Sheffield which could lead to new treatments for kidney disease has received a £255,000 boost.
The Kidney Research UK charity has given the money to Sheffield University to fund two three-year research projects and a medical student placement.
Scientists and clinicians at the university will investigate Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, which causes cysts to develop in the organ from birth until it is destroyed.
There are currently no ways to predict, halt or slow the condition, but the Sheffield projects will involve researchers investigating whether they can block molecules that cause kidney cysts to form and grow.
Prof Albert Ong, who is overseeing the work, said: “This is an exciting time for patients.”