The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

October 23, 2002.

Nomination Guidelines:

The Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize for PKD Research inaugurates a new recognition for those who

have increased our understanding and treatment of Polycystic Kidney Disease through basic

or clinical scientific research.

The Prize has been established by way of a generous pledge from Dr. Thomas Kaplan in honor

of his late mother Lillian Jean Kaplan who died of the disease earlier this year.

Each Award consists of a prize of $50,000 USD, a framed certificate with an

appropriate citation and a designated sculpture to clinicians and scientists who have made

outstanding discoveries in basic science or who have made outstanding clinical

contributions to the care of individuals with PKD.

The Prize is to be used by the recipient(s) for personal use or for support of future


A joint Advisory Committee comprised of representatives of the International Society of

Nephrology (ISN) and the PKD Foundation (PKDF) will be responsible to recommend prize


Awards are made to residents of any country without restriction to gender, race, religion,

creed or nationality.

Normally the Prize will be presented every 2 years at a Congress of the ISN.

The first Prize will be given jointly by the ISN/PKDF in 2003 at a World Congress of

Nephrology held by the International Society of Nephrology in Berlin.

  • Nomination letters should describe the key role of the nominee(s) in

    a biomedical advance relevant to PKD and should be accompanied by a full curriculum vitae

    with a complete mailing address and at least two supporting letters that detail a major

    discovery or sustained advance.

  • The work of the nominee should be compared with that of others in the

    field, together with clearly articulated reasons why this work distinguishes the nominee’s

    work from others in the same scientific topic.

  • If two are nominated to share the prize, the reasons for why the

    prize would be shared must be clearly delineated.

    The nomination deadline for the first award is Feb 1, 2003 and nominations should be

    sent to the Advisory Committee Chair, currently Nathan W. Levin, M.D., Renal Research

    Institute, 207 East 94th Street, New York, NY, USA 10128.

A formal announcement of the awardee(s) will be coordinated between

and by ISN/PKDF and made 2-3 months prior to the ISN Congress.

The ISN and PKD Foundation are enormously grateful to Mr. Thomas Kaplan for his foresight

and generosity in establishing a unique prize in Polycystic Kidney Disease, that should

serve to stimulate new knowledge leading to new treatments and an eventual cure for

Polycystic Kidney Disease.


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