Dr. Vincent H. Gattone
Vincent H. Gattone, Ph.D., anatomist and PKD researcher, passed away on January 26. His research focused on renal cystic diseases, including polycystic kidney disease. His efforts have affected the lives of thousands of PKD patients because he did the initial testing of a tolvaptan precursor in rodent models of cystic disease in early 2002, which has eventually led to the tolvaptan clinical trial.
Dr. Gattone was closely associated with the PKD Foundation for a number of years, serving on our Scientific Advisory Committee for the last six years. He was also the Director of the Electron Microscopy Core at Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the Foundation's Core Labs, and a professor of anatomy and cell biology at Indiana University School of Medicine. He previously held faculty positions at Penn State University and University of Kansas Medical School. Dr. Gattone loved teaching anatomy and research ethics. He received numerous awards and distinctions for research and teaching, most recently the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for the Advancement in the Understanding of PKD, from the PKD Foundation and International Society of Nephrology.
He was passionate about his family. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Diane, and their five children: Jennifer, Christina, Anthony, Nicholas and Catherine.
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