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Kidney biopsy

A kidney biopsy is a procedure to remove a very small piece of kidney tissue to examine under a microscope. This page explains about a kidney biopsy and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to have this procedure.

Kidney failure

Acute kidney failure (renal failure) or acute kidney injury is when your kidneys suddenly stop working properly. This means that they are unable to remove salt, water and waste products from the bloodstream.

Encouraging research into liquid biopsy use for Wilms tumour diagnosis and treatment

Jocelyn Charlton, a PhD student supervised by GOSH BRC supported Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones, together with colleagues, has published research findings in Genome Biology describing an epigenetic biomarker in Wilms tumour tissue that could be detected in the circulation of patients with Wilms tumour.

A new, genetic diagnostic service for ciliopathy disorders has been launched

In a collaboration between Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) North-East Thames Regional Genetics and the UCL Institute of Child Health, a new genetic diagnostic service for ciliopathy disorders has been launched for service delivery to the NHS.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Conference 2017 – ‘Advances in Paediatrics’


We are firm believers that the amazing work of our staff needs to be recognised. The staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) produce research at many different levels ranging from excellent clinical audits to randomised control trials.

New technique to aid diagnosis of glycosylation disorders present at birth

A study, supported by the NIHR Great Ormond Street BRC, investigated the use of a 2D-differential gel electrophoresis (DIGE) method that provides a global analysis of the serum glycoproteome (glycomic profiling). 2D-DIGE allows multiple samples to be run simultaneously, eliminating gel-to-gel variations, and allowing direct overlay comparisons.

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Our app Blood Quest is a finalist in two categories of the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards, which recognise organisations and individuals using technology for real, tangible good. “With the help of the right people, technology can really help change people’s lives,” said Mark Walker, the Tech4Good Awards' Organiser.