PKD Foundation

Dave Switzer

(800) PKD-CURE

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Nathan W. Levin

+1 212 360 4954

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Polycystic Kidney Disease

Research Prize ESTABLISHED

(October 23, 2002)

The International

Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the PKD Foundation jointly announce the creation of the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the

Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease [PKD]. This prize will be

awarded to a medical professional or researcher exhibiting excellence and leadership in

PKD research every two years at the ISN’s World Congress of Nephrology. The $50,000 cash

prize is one of the most significant awards in the medical research field.

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize has been established

  through the generosity of Thomas Kaplan, Paris, France, in honor of his late mother

Lillian Jean Kaplan who died of the disease earlier this year, to stimulate interest in

advancing PKD research leading to new treatments and a cure for PKD.

PKD is more common than cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia,

hemophilia, muscular dystrophy, Down’s syndrome, and Huntington’s disease combined,

making it the world’s most common life-threatening genetic disease. It affects 600,000

men, women, and children in the U.S., and 12.5 million people worldwide.

PKD causes cysts to form on both kidneys limiting their ability to

filter toxins from the blood. A normal kidney is about the size of one’s fist, while a PKD

kidney can grow to the size of a football and weigh as much as 38 pounds each. Dialysis

and transplantation are the only treatments for kidney failure. There is no treatment or

cure for PKD, but scientists supported by the PKD Foundation and the National Institutes

of Health (NIH) are actively pursuing therapies to slow or stop the progression of PKD.

Each child of a parent who has PKD will have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the


“The Lillian Jean Kaplan

International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease is a

wonderful way to reward those who have dedicated their lives to research that helps

improve the lives of people who suffer from PKD,” said Dan Larson, PKD Foundation President and CEO. “We are deeply indebted to Mr. Kaplan for his

generosity and foresight in establishing this prize.”

“It is a real pleasure for the ISN and the PKD Foundation to partner in this exciting

venture initiated by Mr. Kaplan,” said ISN President, Dr. Robert Atkins of the renowned Monash Medical

Center in Australia; “the

Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize will significantly add to the awareness of PKD worldwide and

will be a major event at the ISN Congresses.”

The deadline for nominations for the 2003 Lillian Jean Kaplan

International Prize for PKD Research is February 1, 2003. PKD research experts selected by

the PKD Foundation and the ISN will judge entries. The first prize will be awarded at the

ISN World Congress in Berlin, June 8-12, 2003.

Full Nomination requirements

are available on the ISN and PKD Websites.

Nominations are to be sent to:

Nathan W. Levin, M.D.

Chair, Selection Committee

Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic

Kidney Disease [PKD]

Renal Research Institute,

207 East 94th Street,

New York, NY,

USA 10128

Information about the ISN is available at (404) 727-8527 or

Further information about PKD is available at (800) PKD-CURE or

PKD Foundation

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