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Welcome to the Our Virtual Chapter!
Thank you for visiting our Web page! Part of the PKD Foundation's mission is to provide programs of support and education to patients as we work towards a treatment and a CURE for PKD. We currently have 60+ Chapters that support PKD patients and their friends and families in cities across the country yet, we understand that we cannot meet the needs of all patients with our volunteer led Chapters alone. That is why we are launching the Virtual Chapter! Beginning January 2014, patients from all cities across the United States can join together, virtually, in support of each other. That is really what the Virtual Chapter is all about!
As we work to ensure that all patients have a place to find the education and support they need, we do want to hear from you! Take our brief survey and tell us how the Virtual Chapter can better assist you.
Registration for spring Walks is now open.
If there is not a Walk in your area, the Virtual Walk is for you. Pick a day, time and location that works for you and Walk for PKD. If you are unable to walk, you can use the Virtual Walk to raise money and awareness for PKD.
For more information on the Virtual Walk, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out us out at the Virtual Walk page.
PKD Foundation News and Announcements
April 22, 2015
Chef Michael Psilakis will be competing against fellow celebrity chefs on Food Network's fourth season of Chopped All-Stars. Michael's episode airs Tuesday, May 12 at 9 p.m. Central Time. If he advances and wins in the final competition round on May 26, Michael will donate $75,000 to the PKD Foundation, his charity of choice.
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Local Events and Meetings
Virtual Chapter Meeting Webinar
Keeping on Track With a Healthy Diet
Tuesday, April 21
Thank you to all of those that participated in our Chapter meeting! A special thank you to our speaker, Jacob Taylor, MS, RD, LS who presented on staying on track with nutrition.
We would love to hear your feedback on the Chapter meeting and suggestions for future meeting topics!
Meet Our Speaker
Jacob Taylor, MS, RD, LD is a clinical dietitian at Children’s Mercy Hospital and PhD candidate at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he conducts research under the mentorship of emeritus professor, PKD Foundation Founder and renowned PKD researcher Dr. Jared Grantham. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee in 2009 and his graduate degree at the University of Memphis in 2010 specializing in clinical nutrition. After completing his graduate degree, he traveled to Kansas City to complete his doctorate training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Alongside Dr. Grantham, Jacob has focused his research efforts on controlling dietary factors known to affect ADPKD progression with the development and implementation of the Kansas PKD diet in a clinical study pilot.
Jacob also works clinically as a pediatric nephrology dietitian at Children’s Mercy Hospital where he works with children who have chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, and kidney transplants. He also conducts clinical research at Children’s Mercy Hospital focusing on improving nutrition care provided to children with kidney disease and has interests in conducting research examining the effects of diet and kidney transplant function in donors and recipients. He has presented his research at various conferences including the Annual Dialysis Conference and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Visit our library of Virtual Chapter Meetings to view recorded presentations!
If you have questions or suggestions for future topics, please contact us at VirtualChapter@pkdcure.org.
Visit the Virtual Chapter Library to view the archived recording.
View the presentation slides.
Reading Nutrition Labels Handout
Learn More About PKD
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On March 28, 2015, PKD Foundation Chapters were invited to participate in an exclusive, online educational conference! PKD experts from across the United States discussed topics that are important to PKD patients. This year's focus was complications associated with PKD including aneurysms, hypertension, cardiovascular issues, cardiac valve abnormalities and polycystic liver disease. Not everyone that has PKD will experience every complication associated with the disease however, understanding these issues will help you to be your best advocate when you visit your physicians.
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