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With the help of PKD Foundation Chapters in cities across the country and beyond, the PKD Foundation provides a forum for patients who want to join in the fight to find a treatment and cure for PKD. Just contact us at newenglandchapter@pkdcure.org to find out how you can make a difference in the lives of thousands in the U.S. and millions worldwide.

 

 

News and Information News and Information

A note from your Chapter Coordinator:


Happy winter! Although most of us are hunkered down as we push through the remaining months of this dark New England season, I wanted to bring a PKD “bright spot” to your attention.


For the past three months, I have had the privilege of participating in the second clinical trial of the promising PKD drug, Tolvaptan. Starting this past October, I began to take the investigational drug/placebo which I will do for the 15 month duration of the study while the investigational team at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and the drug’s maker, Otsuka, evaluate its impact on kidney and liver function, and lifestyle. At this point, the visits are once a month and very quick; each time I go to Tufts, I feel so good to be able to actually be doing something that feels tangible to fight this disease. Tufts is still evaluating and accepting ADPKD patients for this study; I strongly encourage all of you to consider having this same opportunity. You can learn more at: clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02160145?term=tolvaptan+polycystic&rank=1


We are working on our spring seminar! Please save the date for Saturday, March 28 for What’s New in PKD: A Day of Learning. I really hope people will plan to come to the program so we can all meet once again, face-to-face, as we head into a glorious spring here in Boston. Thanks for all of your support and participation.

 

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What's New in PKD A Day of Learning

 

 

PKD Foundation Chapters are invited to participate in this exclusive, online educational conference! PKD experts from across the United States will discuss complications associated with PKD including aneurysms, hypertension, cardiovascular issues, cardiac valve abnormalities and polycystic liver disease. Click the button to learn more about the online education conference!

 

 

 


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Meeting Chapter Meetings

SAVE THE DATE!

What's New in PKD: A Day of Learning

Saturday, March 28
11:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Registration begins at 10:30 A.M.

Location:

Stearns Auditorium Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Parking vouchers will be provided for the Tufts garage.

PKD Foundation Chapters are invited to participate in this exclusive, online educational conference! PKD experts from across the United States will discuss  topics that are important to PKD patients. The New England Chapter will be hosting Dr. Ron Perrone as one of the guest speakers for the Virtual Conference!

Light refreshments and water will be provided. Feel free to bring your own snacks if you desire.

 Register Today!

If you have any questions about the Virtual Conference, please email our Volunteer Chapter Coordinator, Judy and Dean, at newenglandchapter@pkdcure.org.

 


View slides from previous New England Chapter Educational Seminars!


Meeting Local PKD Support Group

Local PKD Support Group continues to meet monthly in Manchester, NH. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other individuals whose lives have been affected by PKD in an informal setting. If you have questions or concerns, please join us at these meetings. Friends and family are also encouraged to attend.

Manchester, New Hampshire - Manchester City Library, 405 Pine St., First Monday of each month - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Click here to view our Flyer.

Contact Information: Walter Michelsen  at (603) 668-0095 or (603) 512-9678 or Nancy Rideout at (603) 746-5580 or (603) 848-1050 or email PKDSupport@gmail.com.

Support in Rhode Island - If you are looking to connect with others, have questions or concerns, and live in Rhode Island, please contact John Barattini at (401) 231-1337 or ripkd07@gmail.com


Boston and Rhode Island Walks for PKD

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The New England Chapter wants to thank everyone for participating and fundraising for the 2014 Walk for PKD. We had a very successful day and appreciate all of the support. We look forward to seeing you this fall at the 2015 New England Walk for PKD

 

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Dr. Clifford MilesKidney Allocation System Q&A

Presented by Clifford Miles, M.D., UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee Region 8 Representative; Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine; Transplant Nephrologist, University of Nebraska Medical Center

On Dec. 4, 2014, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) implemented a new system for allocating deceased donor kidneys to those on the transplant waiting list. Questions have come in asking how the new Kidney Allocation System (KAS) will affect PKD patients. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Clifford Miles, UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee Region 8 representative, where he answers your questions, both pre-submitted and submitted in real time, during the webinar.


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