Lifecycle (Malta) Foundation donated €25,000 to the University’s Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) to further the specialised medical programme in kidney research at the University of Malta. The money was initially received by Lifecycle as part of the 2018 title sponsorship by Foster Clark Products Ltd.

Lifecycle founder Alan Curry, in the presence of Foster Clark’s brand manager – Africa, Adrian Bonello, presented the money to the University rector and RIDT chairman Alfred Vella. Over the past four years the foundation has donated €120,000 towards the kidney research project.

Mr Curry said: “As part of the Lifecycle Foundation’s mission, we started supporting medical research in kidney disease in 2014. For the past 19 years, we have been raising money through our yearly challenge to help and provide better care for patients suffering from kidney disease.”

Mr Bonello said: “When Lifecycle Foundation approached us with their idea, we immediately realised this would result in a tangible financial support which we have offered for two consecutive years. We augur that the ongoing kidney research will be of benefit to future generations.”

Prof. Alex Felice, together with a team of scientists, namely lead researcher Dr Valerie Said Conti and Esther Zammit, are currently investigating what causes children to be born with congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT). 

Since CAKUT is classified as a rare disease and the number of individuals studied by any research group is small, the data will contribute to the larger pool with the aim to develop preventive measures and individualised therapy in the future.

Prof. Felice said: “We shall be able to look into fundamental physiological mechanisms of kidney development and explore in greater depth the effect of these and perhaps other gene variations in children and adults. The new kidney biobank gives us and the Maltese families the opportunity to join large research programmes with collaborators from other countries.”

Prof. Vella said: “We are grateful to the foundation, which has helped us prepare the essential groundwork for renal research in Malta. With today’s donation, we shall be able to sustain our investment in furthering kidney disease research.”


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