April 24, 2014
The PKD National Convention, taking place June 20-22 in Kansas City, Mo., is fast approaching. The PKD Foundation is excited to announce Dr. Gregory Germino will be the featured speaker for the event. Dr. Germino is the Deputy Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a world-renowned expert in inherited kidney disease and a former recipient of a PKD Foundation grant. Read more about Dr. Germino. To register for the Convention to hear from Dr. Germino and other leading experts, visit pkdcure.org/convention.
April 14, 2014
To support work being done to find treatments and a cure, we have awarded 15 research grants to PKD researchers. We will spend nearly $2.4 million over the next two years on these grants. The awardees represent top researchers and physician scientists throughout the United States, as well as Canada and Italy.
Five of the research grants focus on the development of a treatment for PKD so our patients have something that will slow the progression of the disease. The remaining ten are discovery research, which focuses on understanding the way in which cysts develop or enlarge in PKD. This must be conducted in order to identify cell compounds and pathways before therapy development can be done.
Voices of PKD
The spring, for many, signals a new start and a perfect time to set new goals for the rest of the year. For 21-year-old Brianna Rodgers of Grapevine, Texas, 2014 is her year to make a difference in the PKD community. "I just want to take the opportunity to do something good," she said.
Flash back one decade – Rodgers was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) at just 11 years old, making her the youngest person in a family full of PKD patients to deal with the disease.