October 23, 2002.

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

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.

    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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