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.
For decades, the PKD Foundation has funded research aimed at accelerating treatment to patients so that one day no one will suffer the full effects of PKD. We are excited to announce that the Foundation has once again released a Request for Application (RFA) for proposals focused on the basic science of PKD and on the development of PKD therapies. Applications focused on childhood PKD are also encouraged. For RFA information, click here. It is anticipated that 12 two-year grants will be funded.
The Foundation previously funded research grants from 1984-2009. A successful example is the Foundation funding of early preclinical animal testing of a precursor of tolvaptan. Tolvaptan completed clinical trials in early 2012, and the results of that trial are currently in review by the FDA in consideration of approval for tolvaptan's use to treat ADPKD.
We are excited about the opportunities the research grant funding program will bring to help end PKD.
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.