National Kidney Foundation to Institute New Research Award

New York, NY (March 11, 1999) - The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announces the establishment of a new research grant program named in memory of Franklin McDonald, MD, former NKF Vice Chairman and longtime volunteer. Fresenius Medical Care North America is the founder and sponsor of this award, to be known as the "Franklin McDonald/Fresenius Medical Care Clinical Research Award." The research award, to begin funding in NKF's 2000 grant cycle, will be open to eligible scientists who are within five years of their initial academic appointment at a university or research institution. The research will focus on chronic renal failure or end-stage renal disease.

"We are proud to honor Frank and publicly recognize his tremendous dedication to the Foundation," says John Davis, Executive Director of the National Kidney Foundation. "Research is the cornerstone to accomplishing our mission of preventing and treating kidney disease and improving the lives of affected patients and families. We know this grant will continue Frank's legacy of caring and commitment to our mission."

According to Michael Lazarus, Medical Director, Fresenius Medical Care North America, "Fundamentally, research offers hope for the future. Fresenius is dedicated to providing the best possible care for today's dialysis patients. This new research grant is an important way of ensuring that our work continues into the future—that tomorrow's patients will receive top quality care and treatment."

Franklin McDonald was a pioneer in the development of freestanding dialysis units in the Detroit area. During his more than 25 year volunteer tenure at the National Kidney Foundation, he chaired the organization's Early Intervention and Prevention Task Force and the Public Policy Committee and served on the Executive Committee of the Council on Dialysis, the Public Education Committee and the National Medical Advisory Board. Frank was also a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Nephrology Division at Wayne State University in Michigan.

Nearly 20 million Americans are affected by kidney and urologic diseases, and millions more are at risk. 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. For more information about the Franklin McDonald/Fresenius Medical Care Clinical Research Award contact NKF's Office of Scientific and Public Policy at (800) 889-9559.