Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement recognizes an individual(s) whose seminal scientific work constitutes tangible achievement toward improving knowledge and treatment of PKD. More than one prize may be awarded, and it may be awarded to residents of any country without restriction.

Award-winner 2020

Arlene Chapman, M.D.

Arlene Chapman, M.D.

Director of the Clinical Resource Center for the Institute of Translational Medicine | Biological Sciences Division, University of Chicago


Dr. Chapman is a physician scientist who’s worked in the PKD field for over 30 years. She’s been involved in the development of novel imaging biomarkers, the study of personalized (or precision) medicine, and the role of genetics in predicting responses to blood pressure medications to treat hypertension. Dr. Chapman sat on the PKD Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) from 1996–2005 and was chairwoman of the SAC from 2000–2001. She also established the FASEB research conference in PKD, now in its 15th year. Chapman’s work appears in nearly 170 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

In addition, Dr. Chapman served on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Kidney International, and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. She’s received continuous funding from the NIH for her work over the last 18 years.

Nominations for 2021

Nominations for the 2021 award are due August 27, 2020.

Award presentation to be held at: ISN WCN 2021, April 15-18 in Montreal, Canada

Nomination requirements:

  • Your details: complete name, ISN membership number, and contact information
  • Nominee details: complete name (as listed in publications) and contact information
  • Support statement: a description of how and why the nominee’s work represents a major advance in basic or clinical understanding of PKD, distinguishing those aspects which clearly set it apart from the work of others in the field, and a summary of the nominee’s contributions
  • Full curriculum vitae and bibliography of the nominee
  • Letters of support: at least two

All nominations and supporting materials are to be sent via email to Jo-Ann Donner at

Winners are selected by the Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize Advisory Committee: Committee Chair Dr. Nathan Levin, two committee members selected by the PKD Foundation, and two ISN members.

Past award recipients

2019 recipients

The 2019 Prize was presented at the World Congress of Nephrology in Melbourne in April 2019. In addition to the $50,000 prize, a citation depicting the winner’s work and a sculpture were presented. The awardees presented a lecture during the World Congress of Nephrology.

Read the press release.

Last reviewed October 2020