The PKD Foundation has entered a new partnership that will attract more early-career scientists to PKD. A contribution of $500,000 to the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Foundation for Kidney Research will help fund future generations of nephrology researchers through their fellowship program. A $1.5 million match by ASN will make this investment go even further. The $2 million will fund the Jared J. Grantham Research Fellowship, named after the PKD Foundation's co-founder.
Because of the PKD Foundation's support, the ASN Foundation has fully endowed their program, which means they can continuously fund researchers into the future. The ASN Foundation has committed $20 million to fund 10 new and 10 continuing fellowships annually. Recipients receive $100,000 over two years to conduct research for patients with kidney diseases such as PKD.
Jackie Hancock, Jr., PKD Foundation CEO, is appreciative of ASN and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research for this unique opportunity. "As an organization that is funded completely by donors, multiplying the PKD Foundation's contribution through this 3:1 match is significant and allows donor dollars to go even further."
In addition to the financial aspect, this partnership will:
- Heighten the PKD Foundation's profile in the research community
- Strengthen the PKD Foundation's investment in science by helping to:
- Provide a broader reach
- Attract new PKD researchers
- Deliver ongoing support for PKD scientists
"The PKD Foundation believes that fellowships are a critical way to usher in the next generation of physician scientists," said Hancock. "Our partnership with the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research demonstrates our collaborative efforts to solve the critical need in nephrology research that we believe will move us toward therapies for PKD."
With its contribution, the PKD Foundation becomes the sixth member of the ASN Foundation Founders Circle, joining Fresenius Medical Care, ASN, the American Renal Patient Care Foundation, Inc., Amgen and Baxter.
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