National Kidney Foundation Awards John Hopkins Professor for Work in Kidney Disease

New York, NY (April 1, 2004) - Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA of Baltimore, Maryland, is the 2004 recipient of The Garabed Eknoyan Award to be presented at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2004 Clinical Meetings on May 1, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Powe is Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The Garabed Eknoyan Award recognizes an individual who has promoted the vision of the National Kidney Foundation in making lives better for people with chronic kidney disease through special contributions to the foundation. Dr. Powe will be lecturing on "Understanding Disparities in Chronic Kidney Disease to Improve Health Outcomes."

More than 2,000 kidney care professionals including physicians, nurses, technicians, social workers and dietitians plan to attend the NKF Clinical Meetings. The meeting offers educational symposia, courses and hands-on workshops highlighting the range of chronic kidney disease, from early identification and treatment throughout the progression of kidney disease and transplantation. For more information or to register for the 2004 Clinical Meetings, contact the NKF at (212) 889-2210.

The NKF is a major voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.