NKF Awards New Research Grant

New York, NY (July 23, 2002) - Stuart Goldstein, MD, of Texas Children's Hospital, was awarded the first-ever Franklin McDonald/Fresenius Medical Care Clinical Research Grant, the National Kidney Foundation announced today. Dr. Goldstein will study the health-related quality of life for pediatric patients with end stage kidney failure. The Grant will provide funding for three years.

Dr. Goldstein's project will involve the development and validation of a tool for assessing quality of life in this population. Factors that will be considered include growth, exercise capacity, school attendance and performance, self-reliance and functional development.

According to William Keane, MD, president of the National Kidney Foundation, "this award was designed to stimulate clinical research that could ultimately result in improved care for patients with chronic or end stage kidney failure."

The award is named in memory of Franklin McDonald, MD, a leading nephrologist whose dedicated service to the National Kidney Foundation spanned more than 20 years. Funding is made possible through a grant from Fresenius Medical Care, Inc.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.