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

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for the Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), created in 2002, recognizes a medical professional or researcher exhibiting excellence and leadership in PKD clinical or basic research. The $50,000 cash prize is one of the most significant awards in the medical research field.

 

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International PKD Prize was established by the PKD Foundation and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) through the generosity of Thomas Kaplan of New York, USA in memory of his mother Lillian Jean Kaplan who was a PKD sufferer and died in 2002.

 

The long term goal of the Prize is to stimulate members of the scientific and medical community throughout the world to increase, or to begin, research that will lead to a treatment and cure for the millions of people worldwide, who suffer from PKD. It also aims to generate momentum in the field as well as public awareness about the disease.

 

The 2015 Award will be presented to each winner in person at the World Congress of Nephrology in Cape Town in March 2015. In addition to the $50,000 USD prize, a citation depicting the winner's work and a Steuben crystal sculpture will be presented. The awardee(s) will present a lecture during the World Congress of Nephrology.

 

Nominations are currently being accepted. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30th, 2014.

 

Prize Description

There is a prize of $50,000 USD payable in American funds to an individual winner. More than one prize may be made.

The Prize may be awarded to residents of any country without restriction as to nationality.

The 2015 Prize will be presented at the World Congress of Nephrology in Cape Town in March 2015. In addition to the $50,000 USD prize, a citation depicting the winner's work and a Steuben crystal sculpture will be presented.

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

Nomination Requirements

A complete nomination must include the following information:

  1. The full name and complete contact information for the nominee(s).
  2. A formal letter of nomination which contains:
    1. a statement whether the award should be made to an individual or whether it should/could be shared with other scientists who may or may not be included in the nomination;
    2. a summary of the contributions of the nominee(s)
    3. a description of how and why the work of the nominee(s) represents a major advance in basic or clinical understanding of PKD, distinguishing those aspects of the work of which clearly set it apart from the work of others in the field.
  3. A full curriculum vitae and bibliography for the nominee(s).
  4. At least two letters of support for the nomination.
  5. The full name and complete contact information for the nominator(s).

Nomination Process

Nominations are ranked by the Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize Advisory Committee chaired by Dr. Nathan W. Levin. In addition to Dr. Levin, two committee members are selected by the PKD Foundation, and two by the International Society of Nephrology. For the 2015 prize, the members are Jared J. Grantham, Vicente Torres, Stefan Somlo and Ben Cowley.

The Committee will submit the names of the selected winner(s) to PKD Foundation and ISN Executive Committees for formal approval as soon as possible. The winner(s) are announced by ISN and the PKD Foundation 2-3 months prior to the WCN.

Nominations are to be sent to:

Dr. Nathan W. Levin
Chair, Advisory Committee
Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of PKD
Renal Research Institute
315 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10065 USA
Tel: +1 212 331 1754
Fax: +1 212 331 1701
Email: nlevin@rriny.com


Past Award Recipients

2013 Recipients

Dr. Vincent GattoneDr. Vincent Gattone

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Dorien PetersDr. Dorien Peters

Leiden University Medical Center
Leiden, Netherlands


2011 Recipients

Dr. Gerd WalzDr. Gerd Walz

University of Freiburg Medical Center
Germany

Dr. James CalvetDr. James Calvet

University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS


2009 Recipients

Dr. Lisa Guay-Woodford, M.D.Dr. Lisa Guay-Woodford, M.D.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Dr. Corinne AntignacDr. Corinne Antignac

Necker Hospital
Paris, France

   

Dr. Frieldhelm HildebrandtDr. Frieldhelm Hildebrandt

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 

 

2007 Recipients

Dr. Jing ZhouDr. Jing Zhou

Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Director of the Harvard Centre of Polycystic Kidney Disease Research
Boston, MA

Dr. Vicente TorresDr. Vicente Torres

Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN


2005 Recipients

Dr. Greg GerminoDr. Greg Germino

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Stefan SomloDr. Stefan Somlo

Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT


2003 Recipients

Dr. Jared J. GranthamDr. Jared J. Grantham

University Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center; Director of the University of Kansas Medical Center Kidney Institute
Kansas City, KS

Dr. Peter HarrisDr. Peter Harris

Professor of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Medicine, Mayo Medical School and Consultant, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

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