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. The 2019 Prize will be 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 will be presented. The awardee(s) will present a lecture during the World Congress of Nephrology.

Nomination requirements, deadline Sept. 14, 2018:

  • 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

The winner(s) will be 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

2017 Recipients

Ron Perrone, M.D.Ronald D. Perrone, M.D.Tufts Medical Center Boston
David R. Beier, M.D., Ph.D.David R. Beier, M.D., Ph.D.Seattle Children’s Research Institute Seattle

2015 Recipients

Peter Igarashi, M.D.Peter Igarashi, M.D. University of Minnesota Medical School Minneapolis
Gregory J. Pazour, Ph.D.Gregory J. Pazour, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, Mass.

2013 Recipients

Vincent Gattone, Ph.D.Vincent Gattone, Ph.D. Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis
Dorien Peters, Ph.D.Dorien Peters, Ph.D. Leiden University Medical Center Leiden, Netherlands

2011 Recipients

Gerd Walz, M.D.Gerd Walz, M.D. University of Freiburg Medical Center Germany
Jim Calvet, Ph.D.James Calvet, Ph.D. University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, Kan.

2009 Recipients

Lisa Guay-Woodford, M.D.Lisa Guay-Woodford, M.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Ala.
Corinne Antignac, M.D., Ph.D.Corinne Antignac, M.D., Ph.D. Necker Hospital Paris
Friedhelm Hildebrandt, M.D.Frieldhelm Hildebrandt, M.D. Harvard Medical School Boston

2007 Recipients

Jing Zhou, Ph.D.Jing Zhou, M.D., Ph.D. Harvard Medical Center Boston
Vicente Torres, M.D.Vicente Torres, M.D. Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn.

2005 Recipients

Greg Germino, M.D.Greg Germino, M.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore
Stefan Somlo, M.D.Stefan Somlo, M.D. Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Conn.

2003 Recipients

Jared Grantham, M.D.Jared J. Grantham, M.D. University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, Kan.
Peter Harris, Ph.D.Peter Harris, Ph.D. Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn.