Who we are

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We are the only organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for PKD to improve the lives of those it affects. We do this through promoting research, education, advocacy, support and awareness on a national level, along with direct services to local communities across the country.

Our vision is that one day no one will suffer the full effects of PKD.

Dr. Jared J. Grantham and Joseph H. Bruening started the PKD Foundation over 30 years ago with a vision to find treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD). When they started, not much was known about PKD. The genes hadn’t been identified and there were only a small number of researchers even working in PKD science. Today, we are the largest private funder of PKD research. Over the last 30 years, more than $38 million has been invested in more than 550 research, clinical and scientific grants, fellowships, scientific meetings and educational programs.

Today, we lead the fight against PKD through research, education, advocacy, support and awareness. Our goal is simple — to discover and deliver treatments and a cure for PKD.

You can join our fight. You can help make a difference in the lives of millions of people with PKD.

A visionary’s quest to end PKD

PKD Foundation co-founder, Jared Grantham, M.D., shares the personal story that initially sparked his interest in researching polycystic kidney disease. A friendship left a lasting impression on his heart, and therefore, the rest of the PKD community.