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Gattone honored for leadership on polycystic kidney disease

Feb. 7, 2013

Vince H. Gattone II, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and cell biology, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize by the International Society of Nephrology.

The prestigious international prize was created to advance polycystic kidney disease research and to recognize those who have increased understanding and treatment of polycystic kidney disease though basic or clinical research.

Vince H. Gattone II

Vince H. Gattone II, Ph.D., has been named recipient of the 2013 Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize.

"I am deeply honored and humbled by receiving this award from the polycystic kidney disease research community in recognition of decades of work leading to treatments for this disease," said Dr. Gattone, who has worked with the development of animal models of polycystic kidney disease and in pre-clinical research demonstrating the efficacy of tolvaptan to retard cyst progression.

In recent phase three clinical trials, tolvaptan has been found to be the first effective drug to treat autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.

The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize was established through the generosity of the family of Thomas and Dafna Kaplan, in honor of Thomas Kaplan's late mother, Lillian Jean Kaplan, who died of  polycystic kidney disease, and was created to stimulate interest in advancing polycystic kidney disease research and to recognize those who have increased our understanding and treatment of polycystic kidney disease through basic or clinical scientific research, leading to new treatments and a cure for the disease. The ISN collaborates closely with the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation on this prize.

The award will be presented this summer at the World Congress of Nephrology in Hong Kong.

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