For Medical Professionals
To provide medical professionals in depth information about various aspects of polycystic kidney disease (PKD), the PKD Foundation has teamed up with UpToDate®. UpToDate is an evidence based, peer reviewed information resource, available via the Web, desktop computer, and PDA.
The following UptoDate topics related to PKD are available:
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In 1984, the PKD Foundation funded its first research grant for $25,000. In 2008, the PKD Foundation funded nearly $4 million in PKD research. In fact, PKD scientists funded by the PKD Foundation have progressed from identifying mechanisms of cyst formation and growth to conducting clinical trials to test therapies in humans - unprecedented success in biomedical research.
To support work being done to find treatments and a cure, we have awarded 15 research grants to PKD researchers. We will spend nearly $2.4 million over the next two years on these grants. The awardees represent top researchers and physician scientists throughout the United States, as well as Canada and Italy.
Five of the research grants focus on the development of a treatment for PKD so our patients have something that will slow the progression of the disease. The remaining ten are discovery research, which focuses on understanding the way in which cysts develop or enlarge in PKD. This must be conducted in order to identify cell compounds and pathways before therapy development can be done.
Order PKD Educational Materials
To better serve you and your patients, we've created several free PKD educational materials for your office and waiting room. Please contact Michelle Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn what information is available.
The PKD Foundation is not an accredited medical institution. It is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds for PKD research and awareness for one of the world's most common, life-threatening genetic diseases.