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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Support Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Research

Research is important in the search for a cure for PKD as well as supportive management for symtoms associated with PKD. Thanks to PKD Foundation, I am updated to what's happening regarding these efforts.

There are several ongoing clinical trials supported by the PKD Foundation and some of them are in the process of recruiting volunteer participants.
Among them are trials studying the efficacy and safety of second-line treatment for hypertension with PKD. Others touch on Statin therapy and its effect on PKD disease progression. There is also a study on RNA as Biomarker for Autosomal Dominant PKD (ADPKD).

On the treatment side, there is the study of Bosutinib for ADPKD.

Of course these trials are done with the cooperation of PKD volunteer participants. For those who want to participate in these clinical trials, just click PKD Clinical Trials.

There are other groups that also support PKD research. Also the National Institutes of Health supported PKD research last year as they funded $41 in PKD research. The PKD Foundation is fighting to preserve this important research funds.


There is a petition that seeks to demonstrate support for preventing cuts to NIH funding, and it will be sent to Capitol Hill in early April which I recently signed online. It is the "Congress: Don't Cut Life-saving Funding for the National Institutes of Health" petition found at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/preservenihfunding/ .

I really think this is an important cause, and I'd like to encourage you to add your signature, too. It's free and takes just a few seconds of your time.

Thanks.


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